May 26-June 16
Public Reception: Saturday, May 26, 1pm-4pm

Lloyd Walton likes to travel. For Lloyd, roads were always leading him to his next adventure while traveling for his job as a director cinematographer. On his journeys, Lloyd always carried a sketchbook with him to record certain special moments and places. Over the years, many of those dirt roads, trails and highways made it into his paintings.   

The paintings in this exhibition feature the highways, landscapes, objects and architecture from places across Canada and elsewhere. A farmer's 1949 Pontiac sits rusting in a Saskatchewan field. A church in Northern Ontario sits forlorn, snowed in and awaiting its fate along the lonely Highway 11. Idyllic scenes of Muskoka moments range from a ghost dancehall, elegant wooden boats to a starburst over Lake of Bays, illuminating a mysterious assembled group of people.   

“I had a successful career as a multi-award winning director cinematographer. Specializing in short films, I learned the principles of storytelling,” explains Lloyd who has had many short stories published and is waiting for the release of his latest work, Positively North Street: A Journey to the Near and Distant Past.  

Working in three media has its advantages. Each one requires intense concentration. “Coming back to painting after a long period of writing, for example, is a refreshing experience,” notes Lloyd. “Surrounded by all my tools again, they greet me as an old friend. As I’m refreshed, I want to give it all I’ve got. However, when I do get charged up and start to get it down, I always realize that the job will be much harder than I thought. There is often a moment when I want to give up. It’s at that time I’ve learned that in the next hour there will be a turning point. It is good for the soul to face challenges, especially creative challenges. ”  

His film, writing and painting career has given Lloyd many memorable experiences. He has received more than 35 awards including awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, the World Festival of Tourism Films in Milan, Italy and the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Then Governor George W. Bush made Lloyd an Honorary Texan. He was the Creative Director for a gift from the Province of Ontario to HRH Queen Elizabeth. While filming, he was once kissed by a moose while surrounded by black bears, has been in the middle of a herd of caribou, stared a polar bear in the eye and had tigers jumping over him.  

About his exhibition, Lloyd says: "I hope people take the time to take a second look. In doing so, they might feel that something is going on or has gone on. Or, is something about to happen?"

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