The Grimsby Public Art Gallery offers artists a space not only to present, but also to create.
Named AiR – an acronym for Artists in Residence – the gallery’s latest exhibition showcases the work of two artists who have been housed, in the form of a studio, to work during the pandemic.
Laura Wohlgemut was one of two artists to be given a studio in Woolverton, starting last October. His stay ends at the end of the month, with organizers hoping to find new artists to settle later this year.
Wohlgemut described the opportunity as “both terrifying and exciting”.
Previously, Wohlgemut worked as an art therapist, using art as a tool to help clients manage conflict. During the pandemic, she has been busy with various business ventures such as her B Creative Within workshops which promote creative thinking.
“I found that I had moved away from my own artistic approach. So when I was offered the opportunity to explore my own painting, I knew it was time,” she said.
For Wohlgemut, his art residency has given him time to explore various techniques, including photo-to-canvas transfers, making acrylic skins, and experimenting with various colors and paint application tools.
This is how she settled on a style she calls “intuitive abstract painting”. It is a combination of various techniques that she has used as an art therapist to achieve an art form that she believes helps her move beyond her own preconceived notions and the limitations of what art is. maybe.
“Trust the process, invest in the process, celebrate the process,” she said of her time in residency.
Sandra Mercuri, education and media coordinator for the gallery, said the gallery wants to pilot this program as a direct way to help advance emerging, re-emerging and mid-career artists to the next stage of their careers. career, by strengthening relations with local cultural institutions.
So when an offer arrived last summer from Castlepoint Numa, a property development company which currently oversees the Woolverton, to do just that, the scheme was launched.
“When artists can work outside of their usual environments, with the supports to ensure there is time to reflect, discover and create works in the space of the community, the exchange can be deep and reciprocal,” Mercuri said.
The artistic works of Wohlgemut and Carrie Perreault will be exhibited at the art gallery until March 31. Artists will be able to apply for studio space under the program later this year.