The Art Gallery of Sudbury has two new exhibits opening Thursday, Sept. 12.
One is an exhibit by North Bay visual artist Dennis Geden.
The exhibition includes 10 oil paintings completed within the past decade.
Three works, John Rae: Arctic Explorer, 2018, John Buchan, 2014, and Ralph Smith: Trapper, 2017, are portraits raising the stories of arcane figures, historical and contemporary.
Geden's mysterious paintings test all five classical genres of the traditional art form at the same time.
Each painting is at once a history painting, a portrait, a landscape, a still life, and, by virtue of the consistent repetition of the artist's own idiosyncratic figurative style, strangely generic.
The other exhibit opening Sept. 12 is by emerging Anishinaabeg legends painter Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, entitled Oshkimaadiziig: The New People.
Pawis-Steckley, from the community of Wasauksing First Nation (near Parry Sound) is a painter and illustrator who has exhibited his work since 2015 across Canada.
He has recently completed a Google doodle in celebration of the jingle dress dance which was displayed on Google on June 15th, 2019.
Oshkimaadiziig: The New People is an exhibition exploring the Anishinaabeg Seven Fires Prophecies.
“(The prophecies) speak of the poisoning of the indigenous spirit and our lands, and our resiliency to survive and overcome it. They speak of restoring relations between indigenous settler society. They also educate Anishinaabeg youth on the history of the great Anishinaabeg migration from the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River over to the land surrounding the great lakes,” said the artist in a press release.
Pawis-Steckley will interpret the Anishinaabeg prophecies through eight paintings, with the eighth and final fire represented in the artist’s ninth painting.
The opening for both exhibitions takes place at the art gallery Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The exhibitions continue until Nov. 10. Admission is by donation.
The Art Gallery of Sudbury is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.artsudbury.org or phone 705-675-4871.