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Uniquely Canadian exhibit on display

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Local artist Yvette Cuthbert, pictured, working on her Canada 150 themed exhibit - most of which is currently on display at the Portage and District Arts Centre’s Boardroom Gallery. Cuthbert is creating 150 different Canadiana-esque paintings using predominantly red and white colours. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

Local artist Yvette Cuthbert, pictured, working on her Canada 150 themed exhibit - most of which is currently on display at the Portage and District Arts Centre’s Boardroom Gallery. Cuthbert is creating 150 different Canadiana-esque paintings using predominantly red and white colours. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

150 red and white paintings for Canada’s 150th birthday.

That’s what local artist Yvette Cuthbert has been working on for the better part of the year and the culmination of that effort is hanging on display in the Portage and District Arts Centre’s (PDAC) Boardroom Gallery.

“It’s been quite an interesting journey and I’ve learned so much along the way," says Cuthbert, referencing the use of camels during the Canadian golf rush - just one of of her 150 different, uniquely Canadian pieces. “It’s been a good challenge because I don’t normally paint in red and because it’s all kinds of subjects.”

The North American House Hippo – the star of a 90s public service announcement, Mr. Dressup, Hockey Night in Canada, Roll Up the Rim and getting one’s tongue stuck to a metal pole are just a few of the several culturally iconic images Cuthbert created – all with the aid of stencils.

Sticking with the red and white motif, Cuthbert was forced to axe a few significantly Canadian images because the strict colour regulations wouldn’t do them justice. Poutine looking like spaghetti and canola fields resembling poppies are just a few of the obstacles presented.

“I wanted it to be about things that Canadians in general can relate to,” she adds.

With 137 pieces in the books and work underway on the remaining 13, Cuthbert hopes the exhibit can make its way across the country and one day become made available in book formation.

Cuthbert’s exhibit is on display at PDAC and open to the public until Oct. 7.

 



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