Sharon Barfoot is an artist who has enjoyed a long and varied career in the arts and, on June 15th (2019) at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre (BCM&CC), her latest exhibition “Good Eye: Responding to the Landscape” opened.
The Exhibition features minimalist works of art where she has applied the Buddhist concept of Miksang, a Tibetan word meaning ‘good eye’.
Among the many fellow artists of Barfoot who attended the opening, was Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau.
“The difficulty I have is that when I see these works of art, i want to take them all home!” said Charbonneau. “This exhibition is a testament to the artistry and skill that Sharon Barfoot has and we appreciate that she is sharing her work with us. ”
Charbonneau also went on to thank the Museum staff and volunteers. “Without the volunteers and staff, the Museum would not be able to function.”
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“I don’t paint the landscape in a realist manner because this is a way of seeing that is different,” said Barfoot. “I often talk about the difference of looking at something and really seeing something. When you actually see something, it is looking deeper and that’s what I try to paint.”
Barfoot explained that she does not paint ‘plein air’ (out of doors) given the sizes of her canvasses that make it difficult to transport. Instead, she works from meticulous photographs that she takes and from a ‘feeling’ of the landscape that she then meditates on. “I then paint from the ‘inside’.
With extensive academic studies in Fine Arts, Philosophy, Comparative Religgion, Women’s Studies and Adult Education at several universities including, the University of Western Ontario, of Michigan and of St. Francis Xavier University, Barfoot went on to teach at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College in London (ON) in addition to working in professional theatre, including the Stratford Festival Theatre.
While painting is now her primary passion, Barfoot has also been involved in visual art and jewellery design, costume design, computer graphics and design and has been in demand as a juror at juried exhibitions and has held several of her own solo shows.
The Barfoot exhibition continues through to September 2nd at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre however, there are closure dates due to private functions in the gallery.
- Friday, June 21, for the full day
- For the week of Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 28
- Saturday, June 29, for the full day
- Monday, July 6, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Museum at: 519-797-2080 or 1-866-318-8889.