By Jarrett Heckbert
The Haldimand Press
CALEDONIA—Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre held an exhibition by local-area artists Justin Mulder, Monique Campbell, and Robert Irvine on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The artists are returning from a trip to Paris, France, where they had the pleasure and honour of exhibiting their photography at the coveted museum, the Louvre.
The exhibition showcased the work from the Louvre as well as new and old works from the artists, including a digital painting titled “Crossing the Grand” which depicts the bridge that crosses the river in downtown Caledonia. A homely sense of comfort filled the atmosphere as this was not the typical art gallery scene, yet the artworks themselves were of the highest caliber you can find exhibited within the county.
Campbell, from Hamilton, showcased street photography from her time in Paris, France. She focused on characters she encountered during her walks through the city, capturing the complex emotion each individual portrays in a subtle yet impactful way.
Mulder, who is from Jerseyville, has a different focus as a photographer. He captures landscapes and inanimate objects at the perfect moment using long-exposure times to encapsulate the beauty of movement within nature.
Finally, celebrated artist Robert Irvine from Selkirk, although absent during the exhibit, explained in an interview afterwards how his selection of work examined his own challenges with bipolar disorder and how he dealt with it through his creative process.
Each of these artists have a unique story to tell, yet one of the reasons their photographs go so well together is because they share common interests and creative motivations. This exhibition, curated by Anne Unyi, is a unique Haldimand County experience for anyone interested in the fine arts and culture. It will run until May 22 and is open during regular museum hours.