Richard Gill 2020 Show "SCOTLAND in the Yard "
Aug 22-Sept 6/2020 with invited guest artist
Since 1972 Burnstown sculptor Richard Gill has conceived and created a thematic body of work for his annual show every fall.
When the pandemic hit he and his wife Cheryl Babineau ( Bittersweet Gallery ) decided that the show must go on.
Since it is much safer to gather outdoors and since Richard's work is weather worthy they are making good use of the gallery grounds to enable a safe environment for patrons to view the works in person while maintaining social distance.
Scotland in the Yard
The inspiration for Gill's Scottish theme is many fold:
Richard holds a fascination and curiosity with human settlements, history, immigration, the roots of our country, and the connections we all have inherent in our DNA. The Burnstown artist resides in a former tavern built by Scotts in the 1800s where the Laird of MacNab frequented and it was here that the settlers eventually conspired to oust the notorious laird from the township ending feudalism in North America.
So Scotland has been on his radar for some time and an opportunity emerged to travel there last fall. From the Highlands of Perthshire where Robert Burns penned "The Birks of Aberfeldy", Killin ( home of the Clan MacNab), Dunkeld, Crieff, the glorious gardens of Drummond Castle, Eilean Donan, Blair, Stirling, Menzies. The sojourn continued to distilleries of fine whiskeys and on to Glasgow. Additional works are inspired from earlier travels with his son to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Pipes and drums, highland dancers, and iconic cattle all emerge from the sculptor's hand giving form and dimension in clay sculpted wall plaques.
Steel by Stekelenburg
Invited guest artist Jack Stekelenburg joins Richard in the yard with his forged expressions and abstract metal sculptures. Although Jack creates pieces that are representational he often creates art as an unconscious, unscripted, wordless act of emotional expression.
The gallery hosted a successful solo show for Jack 2 years ago and is delighted to have him back. The interior of the gallery will be open to patrons in limited numbers. ( disposable masks will be available for those who forget )
While masks are mandatory indoors, kilts are not.
Scotland in the Yard and Steel by Stekelenburg opens on the grounds at Burnstown's Bittersweet Gallery on August 22 and continues to Sept 6 - 11 to 5 daily. The gallery is currently open Wed to Sunday 11 to 5 and also by appointment.
For more information call Cheryl or Richard at 613 432 5254.
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View Richard's Fall Show 2013
View Richard's Fall Show 2014
View Richard's Fall Show 2015
View Richard's Fall Show 2016
View Richard's Fall Show 2017
View Richard's Fall Show 2018
View Richard's Fall Show 2019