06 - 15 Nov 2015
11am - 7pm
Opening reception Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Gallery open Nov. 7 & 8 / Nov. 12 thru 15 or by special appointment:
The Arcadia Gallery
680 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, M5V 2Y9
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Photographic show highlighting images of the passing industrial age, contrasted with images of the power and beauty of the sun.
This Photographic show includes a collection of photographs taken in the seminal heritage building; the Grand Trunk / CNR steam engine repair shops in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. The magnificent art deco era industrial historic building is currently empty and left to decay but has amazing potential to be adaptively re-used. The dream of the potential in this building could be compared to the cultural development; LUMA Arles, in France. This Stratford steam engine repair shop is on the list of the 10 most endangered heritage sites in Canada.
Also included is a series of photographs taken between November, 2014 to September, 2015 of Pounder Bros. Building and Hardware Centre, again in Stratford. This business, which started in 1907, has a deep history in the community. It was closed in December, 2014. The building has been adaptively re-used to become a new distillery; Junction 56 Distillery. I photographed the transition of the historic building and as the changes took place, layers of human endeavour from over 100 years in the industrial era were revealed.
A third aspect of the exhibition focuses on the quality of light as a force for energy and beauty on the planet. There will also be a selection of poetry on the walls to further the theme.
Opening Ceremony with Coast Tsimshian First Nations Elders, Shannon Thunderbird and Kate Dickson.
All photographs by Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick
Gallery space The Arcadia Gallery in Arcadia Artist Co-operative
Large print reproduction Carmen's Photo, Stratford