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Works by two Western University grads featured in new exhibits

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The works of two Western University graduates are featured in new exhibitions at a London gallery.

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The series On The Other Hand by Michael Pszczonak and 75 Oriole Rd. by Niloufar Salimi. are at the Michael Gibson Gallery until October 1 with opening receptions scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.

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“The (Pszczonak) exhibition is a continuation of last year’s series of paintings which explored the question ‘What color is the window?’ a question posed by her then three-year-old son,” said Jennie Kraehling, associate director of the gallery.

“Mike responded to the problem by painting the view through his living room window, capturing both interior and exterior reflections in the glass. flipped the view, now looking outside looking in. The structure of the window has changed, the figure is sometimes larger and what we see has changed, but the result is still just as appealing: a visually lavish study light, depth and color in painting.”

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Pszczonak is originally from Windsor and earned an MFA at Western after completing a BA at the University of Guelph. He teaches in the fine arts program at Fanshawe College. His work can be found in the collection of Museum London and in private collections across North America.

Salimi’s exhibit is in the middle gallery and features 12 “exquisite” drawings of the wild apple tree outside his bedroom window painted since 2020.

“Each drawing carefully records the passage of time and the changing seasons,” Kraehling said.

“Through a delicate line and a beautiful touch, we relive the life and growth of the tree from early spring to winter.

“With the suite of paintings by Michael Pszczonak in the front gallery, the two exhibitions complement each other well. Each artist reflects on his immediate surroundings, (Salimi) looking out of his window, while (Pszczonak) records what he sees reflected in the window.

Born in Iran, Salimi also earned her MFA at Western after completing a BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In addition to her painting, Salimi works as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Power Plant Contemporary Gallery in Toronto.

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO

What: On The Other Hand by Michael Pszczonak and 75 Oriole Rd. by Niloufar Salimi.

When: Until Oct. 1st with openings on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Where: Michael Gibson Gallery, 157 Carling Street.

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