Another Spring January 5 - February 3 Friday January 12, 7-10pm
“Another Spring” reflects my interest in flowers and plants, found specifically at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Hamilton and Burlington: Hendrie Garden, The Rock Garden and Laking Garden; as well as the Walker Botanical Garden at Rodman Hall, Brock University.The flowers and plants in the paintings have been taken out of their context, creating a new landscape; another garden, another spring.
“Another Spring” also comes from something my Mom would say at the end of every winter: “I made it to another spring.”
During the last few years of her life, Mom developed serious ailments during the winter months: a heart attack in 2006, and then pneumonia in 2009. Since then, she would endure the winter months as best she could, waiting for the day she could confidently say, “I made it to another spring.”
In March of 2013, two weeks before her 87th birthday, she passed away. She almost made it. But her springtimes ran out. Stephen Altena is cofounder of Hundred Dollar Gallery, with Andrew McPhail, and is a founding member of the Hamilton artist run collective, The Assembly Gallery. He is a graduate of Redeemer College University and the Independent Study Program at Dundas Valley School Of Art. He lives and works in downtown Hamilton.