It is mid-Summer with the baking of bread, singing and many projects coming into
fruition at Tea at Tympani Lane Records. Poetry EBook: Radio Storms is being
turned into a Web site file and will be coming exclusively to Poet’s Corner,
www.tympanilanerecords.com. Also, there will be 4 more books of poetry coming
including, In a darkening sky (poetry from 1981 to 2001), Haiku: From the blue
series (written in Toronto (1997)), Without Borders (written in Toronto from
1997 to 2006), In the Time of Winter (written in Montreal in the winter of 2010
– 2011). And the Video: The Valentine Rain is in production. I will be appearing
at infringement Festival Montreal, Concordia Coop Bookstore (Bishop and de
Maisonneuve) on June 21st, 2011, 9:00 p.m., as well as performing in the velvet
underground stoneworks of the Montreal Metro over the Summer . . .
I am planning a series of Review articles of art gallery exhibitions and various art happenings in Montreal, beginning with this Review of artist Emilie Shamie’s work. I love to attend art gallery exhibitions but rarely have enough monies to purchase a work, wouldn’t it be great if the artist/gallery could have a tip jar for donations, so you could drop in a dollar or two for the celebration of viewing the works.
Emile Shamie @ Galerie Point Rouge.
Emile Shamie, originally from Lebanon lives and paints in Montreal. He is of the naïve school, the paintings full of colour, dance and movement, featuring landscapes, birds, horses, flowers and nudes. “I really look at my work as in the third person” says Mr. Shamie, he describes himself as the vessel through which the painting occurs, as if unconscious, from within a trance, “the canvas dictates the painting.” He likes to leave his paintings untitled. The work culminates in the unofficially titled “Mother Earth”, a work with embedded images that depict nature worship themes in vibrant oranges, magenta and blue-greens. Every time you look at this painting you discover a different image, it weaves the story of the earth’s beginnings into a song of worship of the Creator, not unlike Miro. Some of the earlier works are more raw in celebration. The ink and charcoal nudes are favourites with ample images that move, like a dance with a hidden dialectic, reminiscent of Matisse. Emile Shamie’s paintings and nude drawings sing with movement and colour
@ Galerie Point Rouge, Montreal – June 15th to June 25th, 2011.
The Way of Peace,