November 21 - December 18
Artist's Reception: Saturday, November 21, 1pm-4pm

Art Talk: Wednesday, November 25, 4pm-5pm
Nipissing University, 125 Wellington Street in Bracebridge

It’s the little things in life that matter. When it comes to water, this often repeated saying rings true. “So much of our environment depends on the little things that few have the opportunity to see but are crucial to our environment and our health,” begins Lynda as she starts to explain the thoughts behind her current series of paintings. “Over the centuries, artists have been the lookers of the world, observing and recording current conditions and happenings in their surroundings, events in history and evolving ideas. I hope that this body of work will help to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the necessity of preservation of the incredible but crucial, hidden living organisms in our world,” says Lynda.  

Most people are familiar with the whales, giant squid, sea lions, the numerous species of fish and the aquatic plant life that exists in the oceans and fresh water and are essential to our lives. “However, few people understand that more than 99% of the living creatures, plants and animals in the world’s waters are tiny, almost too tiny to see with the naked eye,” comments Dr. Norman Yan, a Senior Research Scholar with the Department of Biology at York University. “Muskoka’s lakes are chock full of life we never think about,” states Dr. Yan. “For example, there are 10,000 times more living animals swimming around in Lake Muskoka than people on earth.”  

To bring awareness to this minuscule watery world, Linda’s paintings portray its inhabitants as seen through the eyes of an artist. “Looking more like abstract art to the viewer, these paintings are my interpretation and reverence of this hidden realm,” states Linda.  

One challenge Lynda faced was knowing what to paint and how to get the message across while still having paintings that could be enjoyed. Conversations with Dr. Yan helped Lynda to choose the most interesting and relevant creatures that inhabit the lakes found in Muskoka. “The other issue was in trying to involve the viewer by having them be able to see different images as they moved from one side of a painting to the other,” Lynda explains. To achieve this objective, Lynda used many transparent layers with opaque paint between them to get the depth and the feel of looking into water.  

Each painting is accompanied with commentary written by Dr. Yan about the marvels of this submarine world.  

Lynda and Dr. Yan hope to grow our sense of wonder in the same way as when we look at the night sky that expands our view to the enormous – we can also grow our sense of wonder when we look at the microscopic and discover that remarkably interesting living creatures can come in very small packages.  

An opening reception takes place at the Chapel Gallery on Saturday, November 21 from 1pm to 4pm.  

An Art Talk about this exhibition will be given by Lynda and Dr. Yan on Wednesday, November 25, from 4pm to 5pm in the lecture hall of Nipissing University, located at 125 Wellington Street in Bracebridge. 

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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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