Sylvio Gagnon Art Show
at Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre
19, 2006 GuidingStar.ca visited the Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre at
197 Main Street, Unionville to chat with artist Sylvio Gagnon and
enjoy the beautiful paintings by this Ontario artist which are on
display from October 18 to 22.
Sylvio Gagnon hails originally from Hearst and it is
clear from his work that growing up close to the rugged landscapes of
Northern Ontario inspired his love of the outdoors and his preference
for painting en plein air--outside, and face to face with his
subject. We admired in particular his painting “Taiga” and enjoyed
his narration of the rigorous trip involved in reaching the location
that inspired it, traveling by all-terrain vehicle before embarking
in a canoe to take on the frequent rapids of the Missinaibi River.
The result is a breathtaking painting that captures the force of the
river and the ruggedness of the surroundings.
The exhibition includes many other moving and
delightful scenes from the Canadian outdoors. Some present nature in
stark, or riotous, beauty. Others feature small towns, blending with
their natural setting, seen from a hilltop.
Now living in Ottawa, Mr. Gagnon also enjoys capturing
the popular Rideau Canal, its winter ice offering recreation to
skaters and a unique view of our capital and Parliament.
Sylvio Gagnon travels by recreational vehicle
throughout North America, his easels and canvasses always on board,
in search of new subjects. He has plans for a trip to Arizona, and
the Grand Canyon, and we eagerly await the new paintings that will
emerge from such a spectacular destination.
You can see more of Mr. Gagnon’s work on his website, www.sylviogagnon.com.
|“Let the Games Begin”
||Sylvio Gagnon with a scene from
and the Rideau Canal.
Mr. Gagnon’s own home is in the background