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“Sound and Vision at the Loft Gallery” (Mississauga News Review)

Sound and vision at the Loft Gallery

Music in Me

Staff photo by Rob Beintema

Art Divas Mona Engeset-Faustino, Iwona Kozibroda-Santiternik, Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak, Vanna Boghossian and Ann Ivy Male.
Mississauga News

MISSISSAUGA — A group of six artists have tapped into the powerful unifying nature of music for their latest exhibit in Port Credit.

Members of Art Divas Canada released their “Music in Me” collection of paintings and photography Friday night at the Loft Gallery.

The free exhibit, which runs until Sept. 20, features original works by Mississauga artists Halina Wyluda-Kazmierczak, Vanna Boghossian, Ann Ivy Male, Mona Engeset-Faustino, Iwona Kozibroda-Saniternik and Sylwia Piekielska.

“When you paint, you open your soul, and sometimes you can hear something inside yourself. Until you start expressing, it stays in you until you release it,” Wyluda-Kazmierczak said of the show’s theme.

However, transposing something you hear into something you see can be a challenge.

For instance, one of Wyluda-Kazmierczak’s four acrylic paintings showcased at the gallery, “Dance Me,” denotes sound with a three-stage, vibrant image of a dancer.

“I was trying to show movement in my painting. It’s difficult to show movement on a two dimensional canvas — I was trying by colour and form,” she said.

Kozibroda-Saniternik’s series of landscape abstracts also managed to overcome sensory limitations.

In her work “Winter’s Echo,” the moody blues and whites perpetually bounce off the reflection cast in the icy waters.

Similarly, the lively colours and texture of “Sounds of Fall,” speaks volumes to its viewer.

“Every colour gives you a sound,” said the Lorne Park resident.

Art Divas Canada formed in 2011. The 12-member, all-female group meet weekly to create at Wyluda-Kazmierczak’s Port Credit studio.

Twenty per cent of art sales from the show will be donated to the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

“It’s for helping underprivileged kids to express themselves through art,” Wyluda-Kazmierczak said of the charity.

She added that the group previously donated $2,000 to the foundation from an auction they held last year.

The opening reception also included a live acoustic performance by Marc Hogan, Judy Whyte and Jay Kana, three-fifths of the local band Radio Road.

The Loft Gallery is located on 42 Port St. E.