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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Celebrate the journey of aging at Pumphouse’s latest exhibition
“Remembering Giverny” by Ron Clavier. SUPPLIED

A Niagara-on-the-Lake painter who brought a huge splash of colour to Virgil last fall with a mural paying tribute to agriculture workers is set to showcase a solo art exhibition this spring.

Ron Clavier will be hosting his show, titled “Coming of Age,” at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre from April 2 to 28.

The exhibition’s goal is to challenge the conventional notion of “coming of age,” typically tied to legal adulthood based on age.

Instead, the artist is encouraging viewers to appreciate the continuous process of personal growth, regardless of age.

“Coming of Age,” the exhibition, consists of 17 representational figurative canvases, each reflecting Clavier’s philosophical beliefs.

“Aiming beyond mere aesthetic appeal, the paintings prompt viewers to reflect on their own experiences and perceptions,” read a media release from the arts centre. “The artist defies artistic boundaries, incorporating diverse styles and subjects throughout his career.”

As a neuroscientist, psychologist, author, and educator, Clavier values shared perspectives.

In 2023, he collaborated with the Pumphouse Arts Centre to create a giant mural completed on the Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp. building on Niagara Stone Road, completed last November.

The mural, based on an original oil painting of his called “Days End,” depicts a farmer looking out into a field, and represents the town’s farming community — whom he calls the “heroes” of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Clavier’s art serves as an invitation to spark a dialogue with viewers.

The exhibition invites its visitors to consider the challenges and rewards of aging.

Despite the changes that come with age, each painting highlights the “upside” of growing older.

The public is invited to the show’s opening reception on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to personally engage with the artist, savour the artwork and connect with fellow art appreciators over refreshments and nibbles.

This event is supported by Château des Charmes, providing an assortment of fine wines.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a talk titled “Eye to Eye with the Artist: A Conversation with Ron Clavier ‘Coming of Age'” will be held on April 13 and 26.
Open to the public at no charge, Clavier will lead the discussion on aging and dispelling misconceptions in society’s emphasis on youth.
More information about the exhibition, which will run in the Joyner Gallery, can be found at niagarapumphouse.ca/exhibitions.

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