Two wonderful art installations have been added to the offices of Niagara Region. “Escarpment Perspectives” consists of three triptychs, or three-section pieces. “Niagara’s Bounty” is five separate works. All the creations are textile and mixed media pieces, except for one of stained glass. The displayed works are interpretations of eight different photographs that were chosen from hundreds that were submitted.
“Escarpment Perspectives” shows three complex landscapes from the Niagara Escarpment, of trees, rocks and water in different seasons. Selected textile artists worked on one panel each, adding up to nine artists creating three works in all. The panels are elaborately created out of fabric, sticks, stones, beads, netting, threads, wool and more. Close inspection is rewarded with detail that is astonishing. The creativity shown is amazing.
“Niagara’s Bounty” shows close-up slices of photographs of apples, cherries, harvest baskets, fruit blossoms and ripe grapes. Five artists created these out of felt, glass, ceramic pieces, fabric, beads and more. While simpler in subject than “Escarpment Perspectives,” these works also reward scrutiny by revealing the intricate beadwork and other media included.
Dianne Gibson of Fonthill and Nina Stahlschmidt of Pelham were the organizers and lead artists. The eight photographers whose works were the basis of inspiration are Amanda Addison, Greg Cooper and Anna Ripmeester for the Escarpment scenes, and Jesse Day, Jurgen Gurski, Shelley Bench, Olga Pidrahita and Yolanda Korwin for the fruit series.
These artists created “Escarpment Perspectives”: Roberta Masecar of St. Catharines, Karen Witteveen of Thorold, Mori McCrae of St. Catharines, Albert Coté of Niagara Falls, Suzi Dwor of Port Colborne, Irma Bull of Port Dalhousie, Karen Sirianni of Niagara Falls, Ruth Emerson of Grimsby, and Greta Hildebrand of Pelham.
“Niagara’s Bounty” is the work of Chris Liszak of St. Catharines, Shannyn Radolli of Niagara Falls, Janny Fraser of Welland, Azra Momin of St. Catharines and Valerie Brown of Fonthill.
These installations are part of Niagara’s Cultural Capital of Canada program. What do you think of these pieces? If you were part of this project, what was it like to work on?