BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF —
Ian Dunbar was first drawn to this area three years ago by the countryside and fresh air provided to him on a property he purchased on the East Back Line near Flesherton. An artist from Toronto, Dunbar paints in an abstract style but he also creates photo mosaics, all of which are both striking and colourful. He clearly has a love of landscape and a keen eye for design.
When the former Artery store came up for sale in Flesherton, Dunbar jumped at the opportunity to rent the space to showcase local artists' works. A beautifully renovated building with large windows and high ceilings, little needed to be done to convert a bathroom renovation store into a classy and well organized gallery. The single story double-bricked building with its historic architectural charm, has accepted its new purpose quite readily. Dunbar gives full credit to the vision and work of Sean Crawford and Stacey Hill for their renovations.
The art gallery currently displays the works of approximately 10 artists, most of whom reside in the area close to the gallery location. Dunbar originally focused his sights on the work of plein air sketches, a painting discipline that he personally appreciates. “This should be a resource for… [people], if they collect plein air sketches, that this would be the place to come.”
Plein air is the act of painting outdoors and follows a less structured method. While original works are available for purchase, he also has created photographic prints from them as a more affordable option for his patrons.
Dunbar gives fuller vision to the plein air theme, including other landscape and complimentary pieces that fill out the expansive walls nicely. Jewellery and wood turning pieces round out the artistic expressions on display.
The gallery officially opens on Saturday, July 1.
The building is owned by Stacey Hill and Sean Crawford.
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