A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008
Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
In 2002 Allison met and fell in love with soft pastel and is now devoting
her life fulltime to soft pastel painting and other artistic pursuits.
Animal portraiture and landscape as well as mixed media with soft pastel
and wood are her current focus.
Allison’s work is in private collections in England, the United
States and Canada. Her painting "A Hole in the Sky" won 2nd
place at the 2007 Ottawa Art Association Spring Show.
" Having recently experienced a life-threatening illness, Grave
Goods gave me a place to express my thoughts about death and after death.
I believe that mortal death is but a stage in our spiritual life and that
funeral rites are more for the living than the dying. "
Soft Pastel painting on Blue Canson paper
I believe that death is a transition. To what, I don’t know
but in this painting I expressed this belief that death cannot contain
my spirit as the funeral urn explodes releasing the ashes. The symbolism
of a butterfly, a creature that itself undergoes a transformation
was subconscious but appropriate.
Various woods for box and Intarsia cover(s)
A funeral urn should be a thing of beauty if we wish to display
it. Why not make it a piece of art? This urn is a wall hung box
which will contain the ashes and have one or more ‘covers’
which will hang over it. These covers could be a representation
of the dead ones face, something that they loved or simply a work
of shape and movement. Since the cover is for the living, anything
that would bring that person joy and good memories would qualify
as a subject.
Text and Objects copyright the individual artist. A general
statement of copyright can be found HERE