Time... Place... People...
What images does this evoke for you?
Local visual artist Donna Bilyk currently has an exhibition at the Trianon art gallery entitled Time…Place…People… The exhibition is made up of a collection of charcoal drawings, oil paintings, etchings and sculptures reflecting just that…time, place, people.
Places such as Paris, New York, Lethbridge are all represented in images from the past and present although the present images seem as though they are from the past. Referencing the blurring of time and how some places never seem to change that much.
Twelve charcoal drawings make up a part of this exhibition, reference for these large scale drawings are copies of photographs that resonated for the artist during interviews with twelve senior citizens from the Black Rock Terrace Housing for seniors here in Lethbridge.
There is something special about the fact that all twelve residents raised their families and resided here in Lethbridge. All twelve would have been familiar with the Trianon but not as an art gallery, instead a dance hall. The Trianon ballroom was the name given to a number of ballrooms in cities during America’s big-band era. All twelve residents were in the prime of their life at the same time the Trianon dance hall was in its glory days. It is almost ghostly when you look around the room and connect the images to the building and its history. It brings to light how time passes by too quickly and how places and people change.
The exhibition ran from August 31st to October 24th with a reception on September 26th.