May 25 - June15
Public Reception: Saturday, May 25, 1pm-4pm

“Ideas are only ideas until you put them into play,” says Wendy Moses. “I had a lot of thinking to do before I could even begin this current body of work. I had to ask myself many times, how I could relate painting with glass.”  

Through the Looking Glass began more than a year ago as Wendy considered how these two very different media could co-exist as an extension of one another. Once Wendy solved this quandary, the project took on a life of its own with ideas forming as paintings were produced and the glass organized. Wendy saw a relationship of colour, form and design between the large, bright acrylic paintings that resemble stain glass windows and stained glass lanterns and tiny houses. “I hope the viewer sees the relationship between colour, shape and design then enjoys the beauty that is re-created in both the stain glass and the paintings,” says Wendy. “I love to try to push myself in new directions and to have the courage to strive towards bigger things.”  

Making art has always been part of Wendy’s life. She grew up surrounded by the large abstract paintings by her grandmother, Alexandra Luke, one of the members of the Painters Eleven and would eventually be attracted to this type of painting. During the summer, Wendy and her siblings spent time at the family cottage in Muskoka, taking art classes from her grandmother. “I would take crayons and colour on everyone’s serviettes for dinner,” recalls Wendy. “I was so happy to colour and I suppose that’s how it all began.”  

Wendy attended the University of Toronto and was part of the art education program. After graduating, Wendy went to Nipissing University in North Bay. “I have been a teacher, farmer, framer, mother and an artist. It has been a complete circle,” states Wendy.  

Over the years, Wendy’s work has changed. “I relate to painting in a more natural way, allowing the idea to flow through my brush as if I have no control. For me, what transpires is truly amazing as the paintings become more vivid, more abstract and more free. My work seems to get bigger as I am more confident in the finished product,” Wendy explains.  

“Goals are meant to be reached and with this particular show, my goal was to somehow make two different forms of art relate to one another,” says Wendy. “It was a difficult goal to reach, to have these two media be complimentary to each other as they are hung together. Another goal was also to please people, have them feel joy after they view my work, to walk away and say, that was great. This was a lot of pressure to be successful.”  

Through the Looking Glass opens with a public reception on Saturday May 25 from 1pm to 4pm. The exhibition continues until June 15.

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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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