May 30 - July 5, 2015

The Colborne Art Gallery is pleased to present Faces of Northumberland, a solo exhibition by guest artist Oliver Steins, at the Colborne Art Gallery, May 30th through July 5th, 2015.

Oliver Steins Self Portrait

Oliver Steins’ project began more than two years ago as he started taking portraits of friends and visitors to his shop, Ganaraska Art & Framing. Over time, the list of sitters grew to its current number of more than 150. Their stories are told in their faces, rather than in words. They can be thoughtful, questioning, ecstatic, or stern. All are captivating.

Steins plans to include a digital slideshow alongside the prints, allowing the display of more portraits than there would otherwise be room for in the gallery.

Also featured in the Media Room at The Colborne Art Gallery will be “Expect Miracles,” a collection of artwork from three lino-printing workshops given by member artist Jillian Roos-Markowitz.

The opening reception with artist present will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

As part of our partnership with the Township of Cramahe, a member has work on display in the main office of the Town Hall in Colborne.

Press

Photographer asks – what’s in a face? – Northumberland Today, May 28, 2015

COLBORNE – What’s in a face?

The lines and expressions of our faces are crafted by a lifetime of experience. This is what makes us unique. And this is what Oliver Steins is sharing with us in his solo exhibition “Faces of Northumberland.”

Steins’ project began more than two years ago, as he started taking portraits of friends and visitors to his Port Hope shop. The portrait sessions were informal, with Steins engaging his subjects in friendly conversation as he took their picture. Because the sitters were unaware of the exact moments when exposures were being made, the resulting portraits are more natural and revealing of their personalities than a formal, posed portrait would be.

Over time, the list of sitters grew to its current number of more than 150, ranging in age from six months to more than 80 years.

“They have so much (to tell) in their faces,” Steins said.

Their stories are told in their faces, rather than in words. There is nothing contrived in these portraits, which is what makes them so intriguing. They can be thoughtful, questioning, ecstatic, or stern. They may reveal wisdom or uncertainty, knowing, and sometimes disbelieving. Some exude pride, some are silky-soft with innocence. All are captivating.

Steins plans to include a digital slideshow alongside the prints, allowing the display of more portraits than there would otherwise have been room for in the gallery. And with so many faces from our community in the collection, you just might recognize someone you know among these portraits.

Featured in the Media Room at The Colborne Art Gallery will be “Expect Miracles,” a collection of artwork from three lino-printing workshops given by member artist Jillian Roos-Markowitz. These highly popular workshops, held between September and March, were attended by enthusiasts who graciously agreed to have the artwork they created shown at the gallery.

With several photos and videos taken at the workshops also being shown, this exhibit will reveal a great deal about the creative process and the inspiration that comes from working amongst like-minded artists.

“Faces of Northumberland” runs from May 30 to July 5. Opening reception will be on Saturday, May 30 from 2 to 4pm, and the show runs until July 5. All are welcome, admission is free, and The Colborne Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please visit www.thecolborneartgallery.ca.

-Monika Devine

Scenes from the Opening

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Oliver Rack Card