Venus and the Doll at Quest Art Gallery in Midland
The latest show at the Quest Art School + Gallery, Venus and the Doll, works by Marlene Hilton Moore is worth visiting! Anyone heading up north this fall to see the leaves changing can visit the gallery and engage the pieces created by Marlene. The white, glossy resin figures are equipped with motion sensors which trigger the voices of various women answering the question, “do you feel measured as a woman”. As the text on the Quest website states, the standing figures are, "Reminiscent of dressmaker forms, the three Venuses, “Hottentot,” “Thin” and “Plus” similarly work to classify and declassify the female form due to their exaggerated or underdeveloped features".
Curator Jill Price continues to attract and display a level of work of international calibre. A similar curatorial strength can be seen at the Maclaren Art Centre in Barrie, now showing Murray Favro, Stu Oxley and the Artists at Riverside Studio. A drive through the vibrant landscape of Simcoe County any weekend this fall will be enriched with a visit to these two galleries.