'EUPHORIA': A Juried Art Exhibit
February 17 2024 - April 14 2024
Opening Reception: February 17 2024, 2 - 4pm
Euphoria is defined as a feeling of well-being or elation, the word is derived from the Greek word euphoros, meaning ‘healthy’. Research aptly shows that both creating and enjoying art can boost mood, lower anxiety, improve immune strength, and thereby induce a natural state of euphoria. Be it the ephemeral beauty of a sunset, the undefinable intimacy of a portrait or the conceptual exploration of a new idea, art makes life a little bit better. Art can also help to communicate an experience where words often fail, and as Leo Tolstoy once suggested, art can be “…the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced”. This exhibition invites artistic submissions that reflect on this idea and the artist’s unique interpretation of euphoria.
Best of Show
Painting & Mixed-Media
Works on Paper
Meet the Judges
Comber received a BFA in Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University, graduating in 2005 and in the years since has dedicated herself to the evolution of her fine art practice. Over the last 18 years she has developed a photo-based practice that explores the physical manipulation of photographic prints through hand-cutting techniques. Her original documents are recomposed, cut out and altered to create photographic and somewhat sculptural works that explore and articulate organic forms, their relationship to each other and her place within the environment. Becky’s early and prolonged exposure to wild things and her deep personal intimacy with her home environment has been a lifelong inspiration in her drive to create and explore her world visually. Comber’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is held in the permanent collections of both corporate and provincial institutions.
Owen Sound based artist Kristine Moran (b. 1974; Montreal) creates oil paintings that seamlessly merge historical, fictional and personal elements routed in the search for utopia. Her work is included in the collections of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, the Glenbow Museum, the University of Toronto and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. She has exhibited at Monica DeCardenas Gallery, Milan; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York City; The Hole NYC; the Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto; and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Her work has been featured in Phaidon’s painting anthology, Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting and has been reviewed in Artforum, FlashArt, MOMUS, and Artslant.com, as well as in NYArts Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, Bordercrossings, Art Papers, Elle Magazine, and Harper’s. Moran holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and an MFA from Hunter College, NYC.
I grew up in England where me and my peers took art for granted because it was everywhere. As a youth I started to take notice of art, and I began to develop my very eclectic taste. At one end of the spectrum were fine botanical illustrations, and at the other, was the work of Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, who could be seen anywhere I lived. After moving to Canada in the late 1970’s, I was living in Montreal where I was exposed to a whole new outlook on art. I then moved to Guelph where I became friends with many university students who introduced me to a whole gamut of new artists. From there, I moved to Flesherton, where, after two years, I opened the Flesherton Art Gallery. I started by showing the work of many local artists, eventually expanding to include artists from all over Ontario. The gallery enables me to indulge in my love of prints and works on paper as well as allowing me to show all the types of work that I love so much.