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Dec. 1, 2017
For Immediate Release

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BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Yellow Brick Wall gallery at the Brantford campus features an exhibit titled From the Ground Up: Learning in Place. The exhibit runs from Nov. 6 to Dec. 20, 2017.

From the Ground Up showcases the work of Brantford, Ont. resident Arlene Laskey, and features abstract acrylic paintings and mixed-media works.

The exhibit reflects Laskey’s reverence for personally relevant landscapes, the events that occurred there and their influence on human relationships. Laskey’s concern for diminishing farmland is also evident in the exhibit. Her works possess map-like qualities with perspectives akin to aerial photography.

“As a child, I watched and listened and roamed family farms and wondered why people did what they did, said what they said, and how the natural world could offer such mystery and power and beauty,” says Laskey. “All of that is gone now, sold long ago. Once fertile fields are mostly sealed by asphalt and 'progress' has rung the death knell for tight knit communities like the one I used to know.”

Nineteen pieces of art are included in the exhibit, which features a colour palette reflective of Laskey’s respect for the rural environment: a spectrum of blues, greens, browns and ochres. Mixed-media works in the exhibit incorporate photographs of family members and friends who have significantly influenced Laskey’s life.

The Yellow Brick Wall is the exhibition venue at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, located at 97 Dalhousie St. It is designed to provide appreciation and enjoyment of Canadian art to members of the Laurier community and beyond. The Yellow Brick Wall aims to contribute to the growth of Laurier students, encourage dialogue and reflect the diversity and culture in the Brantford community.

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Media Contacts:

Beth Gurney, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753


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