April 28-May 19
Public Reception: Saturday, April 28, 1pm-4pm

Pond is a collection of images taken in the same location over a period of many years. “It represents a place that draws me, one of many we hurry past, discrete, almost secret,” says Jane Croteau who now photographs fewer subjects but going into them in more depth with some projects taking many years to develop. “Muskoka is a community and a state of mind, identified by its expansive lakes and dramatic seasonal appearances. This pond is a tiny piece of the grandeur; every season showing a different face.”  

These images of a single Muskoka pond will be shown at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Chapel Gallery from April 28 until May 19. They cover all seasons and varying levels of water. One of Jane’s favourite images is Spring Reflection that was taken in early spring, with high water and few leaves with brilliant light cascading through to make the water sparkle. There are winter shots where it is hard to believe the space is anything but a clearing in the wood. Snow and ice fill the pond, showing it in an alternative state. The autumn usually brings low water and dying leaves. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a photo-mosaic that combines over 14,000 files drawn from Jane’s entire library of images shot of this place since 2005.  

Preparing for this show was a balancing act – what to include, what to leave out. “The fact that this show is all images of the same place made it a bit harder as I wanted to represent the idea of a changing place that by itself is only a modest example of a wetland,” explains Jane who received her first camera at the age of nine.  

When looking at the collection of photographs, Jane hopes that the viewer stops and thinks about scale. “All water is precious to life and these small ponds generate so many living things,” reflects Jane. “I hope a viewer sees beauty and tranquility in this small slice of a woodland.”  

Pond opens with a public reception on Saturday, April 28 from 1pm until 4pm with Jane in attendance. The exhibition continues at the Chapel Gallery until May 19.  

The Chapel Gallery is located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm with admission by donation.

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