Brampton - For a limited time only, the Peel Heritage Complex (PHC) will host internationally renowned Montreal artist Michael Smith, and locally-based Mississauga artist Claudio Ghirardo.
Smith's first major solo showing in an Ontario public gallery in almost a decade, Wresting Vision, Conjuring Place, runs Jan. 17 through Feb. 28, 2010. Wresting Vision, Conjuring Place is a landscape-based exhibition: an enquiry into the nature of memory and observation, and the transition of landscape through light and atmospheric changes.
Ghirardo will showcase Neo-Humanism from Jan. 14 through Feb. 21, 2010 in the PHC's Whitney Community Gallery. Neo-Humanism focuses on the body's expression in relation to the action of an activity. The series shows how one changes and grows as time goes on, and how the body adapts to its environment. The Whitney Community Gallery is devoted to showcasing Peel artists, craftspeople and collectors.
Smith has exhibited across Canada and internationally for over 35 years. Ghirardo has exhibited work in both New York and Southern Ontario.
"The PHC is thrilled to share this talent and artistry with our visitors," said Judy Daley, Acting Curator, PHC. "Michael's show has been in the works for a few years now – this is really a tremendous opportunity for Peel residents to see a well-known artist they might not normally be able to see."
In addition to viewing noteworthy artists in a location close to home, Peel residents can enjoy access to archival photographs and maps, celebrate cultural diversity, and learn about our community's unique roots at the PHC.
"Wresting Vision, Conjuring Place and Neo-Humanism are powerful exhibitions – a stunning finale of art before we temporarily close the Peel Heritage Complex for our exciting expansion project," said Diane Allengame, Acting Manager, PHC. "The demand for more space for both our own collections and those of guest artists continues to grow. We're looking forward to hosting more exhibits in a bigger space to connect – and reflect – our growing community."
For a complete list of exhibitions and events at the PHC, visit http://www.peelheritagecomplex.org/ or call 905-791-4055 for more information.
The PHC consists of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel and the Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a variety of materials related to Peel's heritage.
The PHC is operated by the Region of Peel and is located at 9 Wellington St., E. in Brampton. The PHC is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission fees are $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for seniors; $1 for students and $7 for families.