Callander Museum reopens with art exhibit depicting northern Ontario’s natural environment



For the first time since spring, the Callander Bay Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery is open.

The museum and gallery open with an art exhibition featuring works by Sarah Carlin-Ball and Carole Davidson.

The two Nordic artists depict the beauty of the region and maintain a special connection with nature.

“I am always inspired by nature,” Carlin-Ball said. “Sharing my love of nature is really my inspiration.”

Their art exhibition “Journeys to a Conversation with Nature” is on display at the museum.

Influenced by the gifts of her life and the natural offerings that surround her, each artist interprets what touches her soul.

“When I started practicing meditation about 12 years ago, I started painting again and it’s just a natural form of expression for me,” Carlin-Ball said, explaining how she got there. a brief career in graphic design before being diagnosed with MS.

At the end of the Art On Main art exhibition in North Bay in 2017, Sarah and Carole forged a strong bond and came up with the concept of connecting with nature. Sarah is the painter. Carole uses objects she finds outside to represent scenes.

“Sarah has a keen eye and is trained in painting,” Davidson said. “I find little bits of nature here and in North Bay. Now my medium is copper and copper can be manipulated to do just about anything.”

This is only the second exhibition at the museum and gallery this year. The site has been closed due to COVID-19 since mid-March.

“We have artwork on the walls again and the museum is open and it feels like things are starting to get back to normal,” said Natasha Wiatr, museum and gallery curator.

“We live in a beautiful part of northeastern Ontario and I think sometimes we take that for granted and don’t notice the beautiful nature around us.”

With both the museum and gallery open, the artists say it’s a chance to reconnect with nature as many people have been locked in their homes due to the pandemic.

“They would get a different perspective on things in nature,” Davidson said. “It will bring back memories and all of it is very precious.”

The exhibition is visible until August 21. The museum and gallery are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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