Gallery@501 presents _after by Laara Cassells, July 10 to August 30

July 6, 2015

Gallery@501 presents _after by Laara Cassells, July 10 to August 30

A Lady In A Flowered Shawl by Laara Cassells

In collaboration with Esplanade Art Gallery of Medicine Hat, Alberta and The Thames Art Gallery of Chatham, Ontario the Gallery@501 is pleased to present _after by Laara Cassells.

In _after, Laara Cassells integrates icons of historical portraiture with contemporary subjects in a series of double portrait paintings based on diverse sources from El Greco to Rogier van der Weyden and Charles Sprague Pearce.

Each piece is staged and painted in the manner of the original source, with the insertion of a contemporary young person uncannily resembling the historical, aristocratic subject and the substitution of icons such as books and instruments with electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, and cellphones.

_after will be on from July 10 to August 30, 2015 with the Opening Reception on July 10 at 7 p.m. Artist Laara Cassells will be in attendance. The reception is open to the public.

For more information or contact Brenda Barry Byrne, Curator at 780-410-8575.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595