On April 12th, MPP Jim McDonnell and Trillium Foundation representative Paulette Hébert presented TAG Cornwall with a fabulous gift that will bring new lights on the arts featured at TAG Cornwall.
“Changes like this is what Trillium is all about,” said MPP Jim McDonell. “The grant will be used to update the lighting.”
“I know how much of an impact this grant will have on the gallery and on the community so it can showcase even more lovely art,” said Trillium spokesperson Paulette Hebert. “We are thrilled to allow you to have this money.”
Twenty something years ago Marc Trottier, who was the Art Gallery Executive Director at the time, secured the donation of a used professional lighting system from the National Art Gallery of Canada. It was a great improvement for the art gallery then since the gallery only had generic commercial fluorescent lighting system.
The new lighting system will not only have an aesthetic function, they will also represent an important annual operational cost saving. The new lights will only use 1/4 of the electricity consumption compared to our current system. Therefore the Gallery will save over $1,200 annually in utility cost alone. This cost saving could potentially be reinvested in the Gallery’s programs and multiply the benefits of a simple lighting system upgrade.
The new lights will also improve the ambient temperature in the Gallery. Our current halogen bulbs produce more heat than light causing discomfort in the summer months. The upgrade will also help save the environment by reducing waste as the new LED bulbs last for 50,000 versus 1,500 for halogen.
Marc Gagné and SooZ (Susan Jillette) never met before they were introduced to each other through TAG Cornwall.
Marc Gagné is a long-time resident of Ottawa who grew up in Kingston, Trenton, Ottawa, and later Toronto, attending the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU).
SooZ (Susan Jillette), a resident of Rigaud, Quebec, is an active member in numerous art associations & societies including the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) and the Autour de Nous (ADN) group of local professional artists.
Marc’s pieces are created by combining found objects such as sheet metal, weathered wood, old books and other items with more traditional materials like oil painting and encaustic; combining, distressing, cutting, burning, or otherwise altering and re-combining the pieces until they form an integral whole. He always has been drawn to the urban landscape with its aged and decaying surfaces.
SooZ works with acrylics and let the textures and colours evolve on the canvas during the painting process. Her new series called “Improbable Creatures” fits into the Steampunk category. Most of her work can be described as witty and whimsical, sometimes flashy at other times more subdued.
Both artists’ creations are clever, rich in texture and inventive. Their similarity and their contrasting differences enhance one and other and will provide the viewer with an exciting visual treat.
The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on April. 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at TAG Cornwall, 168 Pitt Street, Cornwall ON K6J 3P4
You are invited to attend the Catholic Education Coalition regional event “The Clothesline Says So Much!”, an art and poetry show that is being held at TAG Cornwall on April 2nd, 2014 featuring the work from our Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. The exhibition will include French and English poetry as well as art pieces that the students created based on our board theme “Witnesses to Hope.”
Participating Schools include: Bishop Macdonell, Holy Trinity, Immaculate Conception, Iona Academy, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sacred Heart, St. Andrew’s, St. Anne, St. Columban, St. Finnan’s, St. George, St. Joseph, St. Matthew, and St. Peter.
Throughout the day, poetry will be read by some of our students visiting the gallery. The poetry and art will be on exhibit until April 4th and open for public viewing.
We hope that you are able to drop in to see the display of creative works from our students.
Come to the Gallery and meet Chalmaster Dave, Wednesday and Thursday, February 26 and 27 from 10 am to 5 pm. His work will be on display at the Gallery until Saturday March 1st.