The exhibition is entitled “Honouring Clement Berini: Artist Teacher Community Organizer.”
Terrance Galvin, founding director of the Laurentian University School of Architecture, saw the exhibit as an opportunity to showcase the art of the north for both his students and community and jumped at the chance to bring it here.
“I was very happy to say yes to this six months ago to try and get the show to Sudbury and the north,” he said. “For us to have the show here ... it’s wonderful.”
The exhibition features many works grouped together by the Berini work they were inspired by. The artists created their own pieces in response and through inspiration of the selected Berini pieces.
Berini studied in Montreal under Alphonse Lesperance, and the two restored the alfresco paintings of Quebec churches for 12 years until 1960. At that point, he returned to his hometown, Timmins, and taught at Northern College, established the Timmins centre La Ronde and became the artistic director of CFCL television.
The exposition included Berini-inspired works by sectors of BRAVO. One of the artists, Sylvia Antinozzi said Berini is a name that resonates with art in the north.
“He taught a lot of our artists, actually and when we talk about people from the north, like Timmins and surrounding areas, a lot remember him. He had a big influence.”
For Artina Voz, a visual arts teacher at Macdonald-Cartier Secondary School, it was an opportunity to explore art through both Berini and her daughter as inspiration. Her piece is of her daughter playing bass.
“She plays bass and paints and it’s the idea that music and visual art are vibrant within her. That’s the reason she’s in it like that.”
Voz also said art is important for cultures to grow, especially for the Francophone community, which she said has had a smaller trail and she’s very proud to be part of this exposition.
“It’s really grown the past few years and we’ve really found ourselves on the level of the arts. We aren’t in competition with the Anglophone community, we’re really two different cultures who are very prevalent in Sudbury.”
Ultimately, Galvin wanted to give people in Sudbury a chance to appreciate northern art. “Many people have written that you see your culture through the expression of the arts,” he said. “All of the arts celebrate our combined will.”
The exhibition takes place Oct. 15-25 at 111 Larch St., St. Andrew's Place Building, from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.