Monday, March 12, 2012

Kitchen Table Talk: Greenbelt Dichotomy





Kitchen Table Talk Sunday March 18, 2 p.m.
Studio/Meeting Room of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby

  





A Special Invitation to individuals affected by and concerned about Ontario’s Greenbelt Legislation


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to present This Land is OUR Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy, an exhibition of paintings and installation by four artists who are concerned, informed and moved by the Greenbelt Legislation in Southern Ontario. In their joint exhibition statement Jefferson Campbell Cooper, Gordon Leverton, Michelle Teitsma and Jan Yates say:

The Greenbelt Legislation protects almost two million acres, making it the largest policy of its kind in the world. At the start of this project we predicted opposition to the legislation by developers, but we were not prepared for the resistance of farmers and growers to the law and to the constraints it has imposed on their land. In effect, the legislation tells them what they can and can not do with the land that they have farmed, depended on and invested in all their lives or in many cases for several generations
...Initially hailed as the saviour by some of those working to conserve and protect our natural lands, the Greenbelt legislation has become a source of frustration and anger for others. Our combined bodies of work challenge preconceptions and present a diverse and compelling exploration of Ontario's Greenbelt.

All four artists live in areas affected by the legislation. Through their art they address the complex and contentious issues created by the legislation, using their works and research to create a better understanding in the community of the effect of the legislation on rural individuals.

Visitors to This Land is Our Land have also expressed their desire to learn more and to continue the discussion beyond the exhibition. To facilitate this discussion we have invited all four artists back to the gallery to be part of our Kitchen Table Talk, an informal panel discussion that will be held Sunday March 18 at 2.p.m. The event is jointly presented by the GPAG and the Gallery’s Volunteer Committee and is open to the public, but we are particularly interested in having a number of people who are directly affected by the legislation attend. 

Please let us know if you are able to be part of this event; we hope to have a number of well-informed individuals present to help guide the conversation. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email (rwenger@town.grimsby.on.ca) or by phone (905-945-3246) if you have any questions.

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