Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba: Public reception for the launch of three summer exhibitions, July 18

On Thursday, July 18th at 7:30pm, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba will host a public reception for the launch of three summer exhibitions. In the Main Gallery are two exhibitions: Reproducing the Old Masters by Brandon-based artist Jan Brancewicz and Standing in the Calm of the Storm by photographer, Doug Derksen. The Community Gallery showcases an exhibition of acrylic paintings and mixed media works by Kay Chapman entitled, Dream Within. Thursday's opening reception is free to attend with complimentary refreshments.

There will also be a free "Lunch and Look" tour, open to the public on Friday, July 19 at 12 noon. Guest speakers, Jan Brancewicz and Doug Derksen will tour visitors through the Main Gallery.

For over a decade, Jan Brancewicz has honed his artistic skills and painting techniques to render reproductions of well-known European artworks that show his remarkable commitment and dedication to learning the techniques of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Amedeo Modigliani. Born in Krakow, Poland, Brancewicz has spent over 30 years at Brandon University as a Professor and has been involved in mentoring many young artists across southwestern Manitoba.

A scientist by trade and a self-taught photographer, Doug Derksen seeks to capture the essence of life beyond the physical and tangible. His artistic practice is tied to his recovery after life-altering injuries. Standing in the Calm of the Storm is part of Derksen's ongoing journey to seek peace and make visible his connection to the land.

Kay Chapman is a Brandon-based, self-taught artist who uses mark-making, collage, and fluid acrylics to explore the world of abstract art. Working intuitively, Chapman creates artworks that parallel our lives; she expresses a narrative about the passing of time marked by happiness, love, and sadness.

Dream Within will be on display in the Community Gallery until August 24, Reproducing the Old Masters and Standing in the Calm of the Storm will be on view in the Main Gallery until September 7th.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Whitehead Foundation towards the presentation and reception of the summer exhibitions.

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is located at 710 Rosser Avenue, and can be accessed from either the Town Centre parkade, or from the first floor of the Town Centre Mall through the elevators near the library. Parking in the Town Centre is free for AGSM