Ivan Wheale Exhibit

Just had the great pleasure of photographing the official opening of the show Ivan Wheale – An Artist’s Journey at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

Jean & Ivan with Alan MacNevin, Councillor and Deputy Mayor for North-Eastern Manitoulin & The Islands

Jean & Ivan with Alan MacNevin, Councillor and Deputy Mayor for North-Eastern Manitoulin & The Islands

I have been volunteering with the gallery for just over a year now, so I have seen several openings, but this was by far the best attended I have yet to witness. The place was packed, and I do mean packed! Although Ivan and Jean have lived on Manitoulin Island for many years now, they still have so many close friends in Sudbury where Ivan started his painting career fifty years ago, so he and I share an anniversary together this 2010, as this year also marks fifty years since I picked up my first camera. Meeting and photographing Ivan and his wife Jean was a special pleasure for me as I have long admired his art. Although we use different mediums to record the world around us, we seem to be looking through the same lens. It is as though we are drawn (pardon my pun) by the same spirit.  Along with all the friends and fans, there were several dignitaries in attendance to make their special presentations: John Rodriguez, Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury presenting on behalf of MPP Rick Bartolucci; Carol Hughes, MP Manitoulin, Algoma and Kapuskasing; and Alan MacNevin, Deputy Mayor and /Councilor for North-Eastern Manitoulin and the Islands. This is the gallery link. Please read the note concerning registration prior to entering the gallery.

Jean, Krysta Telenko (AGS Curator) Ivan, Karen Tait-Peacock (AGS Director) with floral tribute from the Perivale Gallery

Jean, Krysta Telenko (AGS Curator) Ivan, Karen Tait-Peacock (AGS Director) with floral tribute from the Perivale Gallery

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