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Triple opening draws nonconventional gallery crowd (15 photos)

New shows open at Art Gallery of Guelph

The simultaneous opening of three new exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Guelph brought out a different kind of crowd Wednesday evening.

From hoodies to formal attire, from Girl Guide and Boy Scouts uniforms to hipster fashions, the diverse combination of visual arts offerings made for a diverse throng that packed the gallery. There were a lot of children in the house, and lots of people speaking in sign language.

Melanie Authier’s Contrarieties and Counterpoints: Recent Paintings, fills up the main floor exhibition spaces with abstractions that conjure up thoughts of black holes, force fields and landscapes viewed in a blur.

Colin Carney’s Prence is an exhibition of layered photographs and multi-media pieces all composed of Guelph-related perspectives. It’s on the second floor.

Perhaps the exhibition/installation that brought out the most non-conventional element of the crowd was A Sense of Wonder. An exploratory and ambitious foray into the D/deaf community, coordinated by Guelph multi-media artist Dawn Matheson, it involves fun, fast and furious video adventures, sound pieces, and a second-storey projection in a Carden Street window.

A Sense of Wonder and Contrarieties and Counterpoints run to April 2, while Presence goes to April 23.