Art-Mersion is this weekend at Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S in Waterloo.Friday evening, we’re serving Wine and Cheese from 5:00-7:00pmSaturday afternoon is #PiDay2015 – 3.14159 so we’re celebrating by serving up 9 pies on 03/14/15 from 1:00-4:00pm
What does serenity mean?
For me, serenity is a condition of the soul, and it means ‘calm acceptance’.
What does that look like?
Well, representing calmness usually involves horizontality. Calmness can also be represented as a lack of excitement and an abundance of harmony, or, unity. A serene type of calmness epitomized by expansive scenes in nature, with sight lines that go into the distance: water, mountains, sky, trees and flowers.
It’s as if the idea of serenity has to with something bigger than you. Big open spaces embody the serenity of the great outdoors. Indoors, most people find open, uncluttered spaces to be more calming than tight, cluttered spaces. Blues, cool tones and neutral colors all seem to point to serenity. A notable exception would be the type of serenity found a nice, warm, cozy cocoon setting, definitely not an open space, but also a space with no room for clutter or confusion.
The challenge with serenity is to not over-do it. Serenity is just a short step away from boredom. And that’s where the yellow comes in!
I hope you can make it to my show, Serene Yellow Spaces, on Friday, March 13th, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Button Factory Arts.
Amy Ferrari’s new exhibition, Serene Yellow Spaces, will debut at Button Factory Arts in Waterloo. The opening reception is Friday, March 13th. This unique show chronicles her efforts in moving away from complexity, towards more clarity in her compositions.
Additionally, this show opening will be the kick-off for Art-Mersion, which is a community-wide endeavour that explores ways to enhance and enrich the experience of viewing low-tech art with hi-tech wizardry.
Why I would want to feature generous amounts of yellow in every painting of this exhibition about serenity? Well, yellow is my favorite color, as I’ve always been attracted by its energy, happy mood, and yellow’s powerful ability to concentrate intellect and spirit. It’s as if, to me, that yellow exists for the purpose of propelling us to greater levels of conscious progress and creativity. Also, yellow exists for the purpose of allowing our spirits to soar high enough to be able to jettison away the everyday petty things that can weigh our spirits down. With such tremendous power, yellow must be used judiciously, allowing all of the positive aspects to shine while limiting the potential overkill of its hyper puppy-like exuberance. Additionally, yellow must not be allowed to drift into the negative realms of dinginess and jaundice! Only healthy, strong yellows, and healthily yellowy neighbors of yellow (greens, oranges, and browns) shall be cast in the yellow characters of the paintings in this show. Placing some restraints on the over-exhaustive use of yellow will ultimately allow serenity to co-exist with the yellow, and result in an amazing sense of peace and harmony.