A blend of music and art coming to Callander 

The Alex Dufresne Gallery in Callander is welcoming a new show “String Theory-The Art of the Musical Instrument” that opens Saturday

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“Music is art and art can be musical,” said Natasha Wiatr, the curator of the Callander Bay Heritage Museum.

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That blend is coming to fruition in the next few weeks at the Alex Dufresne Gallery at the museum.

Wiatr is happy to welcome artist Morgan Walker back to the gallery.

Wiatr had this to say about the upcoming show featuring the works of Walker, art that is tied directly to music.

“Music can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For some it is a way of expressing and being able to relate to others.    For others it offers a sense of freedom, or something that can explain when words fail. Music brings hope, it is a source of stress relief, and can connect you to life. Art is the same in many ways.”

Walker’s new art show “String Theory: The Art of the Musical Instrument” explores these themes of music through the creation of paintings and wood carvings.

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The release from the gallery curator continues with a further description of the artist and this new show.

Walker first started with pencil sketching before learning how to paint. He spent a lot of time outdoors, and when asked about that process he “prefers to do my work via ‘plein air’, even if it is just a quick sketch of something that piqued my interest, or an idea he has for a piece.

Walker draws inspiration from creating on location.

“Working onsite can reveal details that photography just could not provide. This motivates you to get outside and see something different.”

For this show, however, Walker explores a more impressionistic style, something he has not done much of in the past. When asked why the change, “to be different. There has been a lot of realism, not that there is anything wrong with realism, but there has been a lot of realism lately and I wanted to step outside my comfort zone.”

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Around 2002-2003 he began wood carving and since then has won multiple National and Worlds carving competitions. In his last show at the Alex Dufresne Gallery in 2019, he had on display a 16-inch ruffed grouse that had won three awards at the 49-inch Annual Ward World Wildfowl Carving Competition, as well as an award at the Canadian National Championship.

“String Theory” will feature several carvings as well which will tie into the musical theme.

When asked about why he chose music as a theme, Walker said, “I listen to it all the time, whether I am working on something, fixing something, or driving somewhere, music is just always on. I like playing instruments, I have done a few realism ones in the past that have sold well and so I thought, might has well try it and see what happens.”

“String Theory: The Art of the Musical Instrument” opens Saturday at the Alex Dufresne Gallery at 107 Lansdowne St. E. in Callander.

The reception will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the artist will be present. The show will remain on display until September 17th and the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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