If all art is autobiographical, as Frederico Fellini said, then Every Green Tree is visual artist Gwen Frankton’s autobiography. Her third art show, Every Green Tree, is a wonderful collection of tree portraits in acrylic paintings and pen-and-ink drawings. It will be hosted at McDonalds Corners / Elphin Recreation & Arts (MERA) from April 3rd to 28th, 2015. MERA is located at 974 Concession Road 9A, McDonalds Corners, Lanark Highlands, ON.
The public will have the opportunity to meet the artist on a number of occasions: There will be a vernissage on April 12th from 2 to 5 p.m., during which visitors can talk to Gwen about her artwork. She will be treating visitors to her fabulous gingersnaps and her son’s amazing sticky buns, which alone would be worth the time to come. Gwen will also be at MERA twice per week for the duration of the show; on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During these times she’ll be working on her pen-and-ink mural. The mural, a work in progress, will be about 4 feet tall and 12 feet wide when completed, and portrays a scene from a trail-walk she takes near McDonalds Corners.
Blogging about one of her paintings at gwenfrankton.com she said, “… this painting is really a portrait, a tree portrait; a portrait of a friend.” Trees are her friends. Gwen spends a lot of time walking among and under them, as she has a deeply-engrained love for the natural world. It’s a legacy she inherited from her parents, Clarence Frankton, a botanist and the author of Weeds of Canada, and Enid Frankton, a former high school principal and birdwatcher. Like her father, Gwen also has a plant book to her name. While in Nunavut working for the Department of Education, she designed, laid out and published Common Plants of Nunavut. You can follow Gwen on Twitter at @gwenfrankton.
Every Green Tree will be Gwen’s third art show, fourth if you count the November 2014 open house at the Rectory Art House, where her studio is located. If you missed her first two shows, which were examinations of the plants and landscapes of the tundra, it’s because they took place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, a place she called home for 13 years. She now lives with one foot on sea and one on shore, dividing her time between Maitland, NS and Ottawa, ON. Gwen is a graduate of the University of Windsor Art History Program. She has two wonderful, grown-up children, is married to a professional writer, and has a golden retriever named Rosie with whom she walks over hill, over dale, thorough bush, thorough forest, over park, over tundra; they do wander everywhere.
For more information contact:
Gwen Frankton, Visual Artist
110 Walnut Court, Unit 20 Ottawa, ON K1R 7W2
Tel: (613) 608-9131 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist’s Blog: gwenfrankton.com