March 3 to April 15, 2018
Thursday thru Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception March 3, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Colborne Art Gallery is proud to present new works by Melanie Browne – Ancient Objects and Other Paintings. The opening reception will be Saturday March 3rd from 2-4pm. All are welcome.

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Melanie Browne – Ancient Objects and Other Paintings

Melanie Browne’s studio glows with light as you enter. Small objects, drawings, paintings, inspirational vignettes sit on a shelf as if willing her to delve into her subjects’ depths.

Amphorae are tall vessels with narrow necks, used for everyday storage in Greek and Roman times. Using these objects as subjects and inspiration, Melanie’s paintings create a quietness, a museum-like quality; a stepping out of our normal reality into a place where time and history are fluid.

In some ways many of the current paintings really began in Antibes, a mediterranean town with its roots in ancient Rome. It is home to a small, silent, subterranean museum where a collection of amphorae and other artifacts live. The racks of amphorae bulge and hold their centuries as if in a womb. There, in the midst of their everyday past, these simple objects of utility are serene.

While these paintings may have begun in Antibes, they don’t end there – in fact she doesn’t want to know where the process will take her, and remains open to the natural evolution of each piece. It is a felt thing, a conversation between her, the subject, the paint and the canvas, and ultimately between the painting and the viewer. She wants to create mood, atmosphere and beauty; to feel and share a rich aesthetic experience that can transcend time and place.