Gallery owner recreates icebergs in exhibition

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  Jamie-Lee Cormier has been providing artists with a space to showcase their work and talent for five years. But in that time the Corner Brook woman and owner of JL Gallery has never held a solo exhibition of her own work.

“It’s kind of like a combination of finding my own time to create enough work to have an exhibition and then trying to let others use the space more so than myself,” said Cormier.

“It wasn’t about my art.”

Over the years she has had small displays of her work in the gallery and participated in some group exhibitions.

But Cormier said the focus for her really has been on growing the business. That’s included adding art lessons to the mix and recently moving from West Street to a larger location on Broadway.

Now that things are more settled, Cormier decided it was time to show her own work.

Her solo exhibition, Dissolve, a series of paintings of icebergs, opens tonight at the gallery. The paintings show the icebergs in their many states of melting, breaking apart and slowly dissolving into the oceans they came from.

Cormier has 10 paintings in the exhibition and some are created using mixed media.

“I like adding texture into my work,” she said. “So, some of the icebergs come out of the canvas and are a bit 3D, which gives it a more heavier feel.”

The inspiration for the paintings came from a trip to St. Anthony in the summer of 2011 to see the icebergs, including a fragment from the Petermann Ice Island, that travelled along the province’s northern coastline that year.

“It’s the first time I really saw an iceberg,” said Cormier, who was struck by how big the masses of ice were and drawn to the colours and lines created by pieces cracking off. One picture features an iceberg that had recently tipped over so half of it was jagged and rough and the part that had been in the water smooth and shiny.

“Two totally different textures.”

Cormier took a lot of pictures during the trip and used them to create the paintings in Dissolve.

The opening reception for the exhibition takes place this evening at the gallery from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display until July 19.

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Geographic location: Corner Brook, West Street, Broadway

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