SUMMERSIDE – Fall has arrived and with it has come the start of a new series of Sixty Days of Fame exhibits at the MacNaught History Centre and Archives in Summerside. The summer museum space of the archives converts into a small exhibit gallery for the next eight months to feature the works of area artists.
© Rachel Carter
Detail of diptych titled “Crumpled Up” by Rachel Carter.
Starting off the new season is artist Rachel Carter.
Carter fell in love with art as a teenager and is a 2010 graduate from Mount Allison University in the school’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She was recognized as the best classical artist in her year.
For the young artist, art is about a beautiful ideal that transcends reality. Carter has created several works that incorporate the “Golden Section” or “Phi” as a way of attempting to emulate the style of the great masters including Leonardo da Vinci, who used this technique in several of his signature works. The Golden Section is a way of using a mathematical ratio to draw the viewer in through the use of compositional elements and their proportions to each other.
Recently, she has been exploring the realm of fantasy art. With limitless subject matter, it has opened up new worlds and opportunities to use techniques she has practised and mastered. She sees it as the natural progression classical artwork has taken.
Carter has exhibited in a number of galleries across the Maritimes and continues to build on her skills by constantly challenging herself to paint ever more technically challenging pieces. Her dream is to paint in the style of the great masters while infusing it with modern subject matter, but maintaining a strong classical style with an emphasis on detail and technique.
She has also done several portraits in association with the Boys and Girls Club for their celebrity sports guests, such as Gordie Howe, Wayne and Walter Gretzky, Curtis Joseph, the Canadian Women's Hockey team, and Adam McQuaid, of the Boston Bruins.
Carter’s exhibit can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9 at MacNaught History Centre and Archives, 75 Spring Street, Summerside.