Hope, Healing & Contemplation : Jill Brooks, Mélanie Rocan, and Shelley Vanderbyl
Until March 3, 2019
Through the work of three artists: Jill brooks, Mélanie Rocan, and Shelley Vanderbyl; Hope, Healing & Contemplation examines the role of art as a significant tool in our journey to hope and healing; and contemplation of what is and what might be. Art is not an afterthought at St. Boniface Hospital; it is the raison d’être for the Buhler Gallery in this non-traditional, medically focused space. Each work is imbued with a particular feeling that the viewer can connect with.
Shelley Vanderbyl’s tiny landscapes remind us of the naturalbeauty all around; and her frescoes, with broken and renewed surfaces reassure us. Marks from the past are palimpsests that inform our futures.
Mélanie Rocan’s lush, dreamy and sensuous forms encourage awakenings; and invite us to move into her very personal landscapes – unfamiliar and perhaps foreboding.
Brooks works evoke the ephemeral and the temporality of ourexistences; a treasured image of anicon causes us to remember, and a faded flower causes us to contemplate the future.
In contemplation we can rebalance. Through contemplation these three artists are encouraging us – and all viewers – to become the best versions of ourselves.
View exhibition catalogue here.
Image at top of page: Pocket Paintings by Shelley Vanderbyl
Hibernation by Melanie Rocan
Double Pink Tulip by Jill Brooks
For more information on the Buhler Gallery, please call
Leona Herzog at 204-237-2309.