March 31-April 21
Public Reception: Saturday, March 31, 1pm-4pm

A Canadian painter working in acrylic, watercolour and pastels, Micheal is an artist who has developed a distinctive way of seeing and conveying the world's beauty. His work pushes towards abstraction and it exudes a textural quality. His landscapes capture the dazzle of light. 

Micheal is having a one-man exhibition at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Chapel Gallery beginning on Saturday, March 31. Although Micheal has painted Muskoka and has shown in the area before, this is his first exhibition at the Chapel Gallery. “Because of the superb reputation of the Chapel Gallery, I feel it is an important venue to have an exhibition in,” remarks Micheal.  

 “Painting is a spiritual process connecting me to the world,” says Micheal. “The paintings are impressions of the particular – water spilling reflections across the surfaces of silent wetlands, individual meditative moments, quiet places that neither reveal themselves easily, nor ask anyone to specifically to come there.” For Micheal, water is a perfect source of abstraction due to its transparency. His paintings show the reflected sky in a river, the bottom of a lake that is revealed by passing clouds and the edges of a pond that are contained by a forest on all sides.  

 “Never one to be contained by any medium, I have over the years made continued leaps forward by taking the watercolour medium in new directions, thereby opening new possibilities,” says Micheal. Many of his watercolours are on paper but others are painted with on prepared Norwegian birch panels by means of a special technique he has invented through trial and error. “Working on gessoed panels isn’t much fun as it is akin to painting on a kitchen counter top with every stroke beading up, streaking, smearing and misbehaving like so much spilt coloured water. But I am dazzled by the new textures, the strength and the immediacy and directness that result,” enthuses Micheal.”  

To secure the watercolour to the bird panel, Micheal lightly applies two coats of a spray fixative and once dry, he seals it permanently against the elements by applying at least two coats of matt varnish just as if it were an oil or acrylic painting.  

When painting, Micheal works from light to dark and builds up layer upon layer of watecolour on the gessoed panels. “It occurred to me that I needed to take the painting further, to make my own acrylics by adding an acrylic gel medium to the watercolours as well as to continue working with acrylics themselves,” explains Micheal who has been elected as a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour of which he serves on the Board of Directors.  

When asked what he hopes viewers take away after seeing his exhibition, Micheal remarks, “If after seeing my work, people can see, feel or understand that no matter where they are, each moment is absolutely precious and chock full of interesting things going on, then maybe, they can be less destructive of that same immediate world around them.”  

A Fresh New Dialogue on Canadian Landscape opens with a public reception on Saturday, March 30 from 1pm until 4pm with Micheal in attendance. The exhibition continues at the Chapel Gallery until April 21.  

The Chapel Gallery is located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm with admission by donation.

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Located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, the gallery is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed during the last week of September and the second week of October as well as between Christmas and New Year’s Days. Please check the Calendar of Events for the actual dates. For a map, please follow this link.

Exhibitions are booked one year in advance.  To learn how to apply for a show, please follow this link: Exhibition Application.

The Chapel Gallery was opened in September, 1989. Housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, the Chapel Gallery hosts exhibitions of art and craft by our members and other local and provincial artists. Exhibitions are selected by the Gallery Committee and change every three to four weeks.

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