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Core Sample: The Print

Core Sample: The Print

Core Sample: The Print
Dr. J Telford Biehn Gallery – Level 2
March 23 – June 23, 2013

The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) has over 1,100 works in the permanent collection and of those, there are 650 works on paper including 225 prints. Every print in our collection is an original, hand pulled work of art and should not be confused with mass produced photo-offset reproductions.

Core Sample: The Print features 17 exquisite prints offering a focused look at the range of work contained within the JNAAG print collection. The exhibition also provides a survey of the different printmaking techniques and styles used by artists working in Canada between 1928 and 1996, a time period of 68 years.

Representations of everyday life become social history in the art of Jessie Oonark, David Blackwood, and Lukta Qiatsuk. Landscape figures prominently in the iconography of the Canadian imagination and here, the work of Ed Bartram, Samuel Black and Mary Wrinch are grounded in the geography of Canada from coast to coast. Through this small exhibition the often overlooked medium of printmaking is given a voice, and what emerges is a strong exploration of the conceptual, creative and technical possibilities inherent in this traditional art form.

On view until June 23.

Dr. J. Telford Biehn Gallery – Level 2

Dr. J. Telford Biehn

Dr. J. Telford Biehn, a local eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist, was an active member of the Library Board at the crucial time leading up to the opening of the new Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery in 1961. As a member of the Board, Dr. Biehn was involved in all of the discussions on the construction of the new facility. Alongside his successful medical practice, Dr. Biehn developed a sincere passion for art. While on the Library Board, he had the opportunity to meet with A.J. Casson, who had been visiting Sarnia to help design the art gallery portion of the Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery. This was the catalyst Dr. Biehn required to stimulate a personal relationship to art. His art collection soon grew to include works by Casson, Lismer, JEH MacDonald, J. W. Beatty, Carl Schafer, J. S. Hallam and others; all of which enhanced the walls of his family home for 55 years.

During the mid-late 1980’s, Dr. J. Telford Biehn donated a number of paintings to the permanent collection, including works by Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, and J.E.H. Macdonald. His legacy has been honored by the generous dedication of the Permanent Collection Gallery by Dr. Biehn’s three children (Judy Craig, Terry Biehn, and John Biehn) as the Dr. J. Telford Biehn Gallery. His children saw this as a fitting way to commemorate their fathers’ dedication and passion for Canadian art, and as a way of giving back to a community that they all called home for so many good years.

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