Carolyn Dover: The Long View

Carolyn Dover, Walter’s Rd., 2022, Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

Grimsby Public Art Gallery presents

The Long View
Carolyn Dover

October 18 through to December 1, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20 from 7-9pm
Artist will be in attendance. Remarks at 7:30pm.

This October, Grimsby Public Art Gallery (GPAG) is pleased to present the exhibition, The Long View. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm. Artist Carolyn Dover will be in attendance to talk about her work during a short Q&A with curator Alexandra Hartstone. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Grounded in form and colour, Carolyn Dover’s laboriously crafted works challenge us to take pause and explore materiality, shape, and rhythm—all speaking to our understanding of the language of the lands in this region. Comprised of en plein air work, The Long View is a survey exhibition that gathers together works spanning as early as 2010, tracing the evolution of Dover’s painting practice. From small-scale to the monumental these works explore the perceptions of realism, seen through the lens of Dover. Purposefully distilled, the works are void of any traces to architecture and highways—a pointed effort to underscore the realities of the continued changes happening to the lands.

Culminating as the final presentation of her landscape vineyard series, The Long View not only calls on the depth of these compositions and their vantage points, it likewise references the perspectives of time and the development of Dover’s career. Bringing together this series in one space, the works engage with the intangible nature of the changing landscape, eliciting visual tensions and encouraging visitors to move slowly through the exhibition, to take pause, reflect, and get lost in the landscape.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 20 from 7 – 9 pm. Remarks will begin at 7:30 pm.

About the Artist:
Carolyn Dover is a Hamilton born artist who has lived in Grimsby the better part of 30 years. Currently her studio is located at the Cotton Factory, Hamilton’s largest creative facility. She studied at both McMaster University in Hamilton and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with distinction in 1985. Dover has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Southern Ontario.

For many years she worked as an art instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art and the Art Gallery of Burlington. Dover’s varied experiences are as juror, guest lecturer, and conference workshop facilitator. Although she has tackled feminist issues in a variety of genres, like the human figure and symbolic still life works, Carolyn consistently returns to the landscape. Her process and work is very much a product of the Canadian landscape tradition.

About Grimsby Public Art Gallery:
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was founded in 1975 as a committee of the Grimsby Public Library Board, creating an active and accessible community art gallery in the lower level of the Grimsby Public Library. In 1999 the Gallery became a separate sub-department of the Town of Grimsby, although we still shared a building with the Library. In 2004 both Gallery and Library moved into a new purpose–built facility that has significantly enhanced our ability to fulfill all aspects of our mandate.

Forging and maintaining connections with our community is of primary importance and we do this through our careful selection and presentation of exhibitions and programs. We preserve art by our responsible care of the permanent collection. We encourage visual art by maintaining a gallery that is open and welcoming to all visitors and by offering a range of thought provoking art and related programs.

Grimsby Public Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 1 – 5 pm

For more information please contact:
Alexandra Hartstone
Art Gallery Manager/Curator
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
905-345-3246 x 2079

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