Mysterious 'Masks' debut at new Peace Gallery North exhibition

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By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative

Mysterious masks are lining the walls this month at Peace Gallery North, the handiwork of artists Suzon Anne Tremblay and Sherry Petryshyn.
The pair have been crafting the unique and visually striking masks since 2019, as the exhibit was intended to be on display long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Irony is not lost on either Tremblay and Petryshyn, as humanity has entered a strange time where wearing masks is part of everyday life, making for an ideal time to share their artistry with the public.
Petryshyn is a long-time member of the North Peace Potter’s Guild and says she’s been deeply enjoying her time building the cla- fired masks, experimenting with different colours, shapes, and textures to convey emotion, much like Greek theatre masks of old – between tragedy and comedy.
“With me, the building seems to just happen. You might end up with tragedy or comedy, it’s hard to tell as you’re building and molding the clay,” says Petryshyn, who is happy to let the art take on a life of its own.
The process has been very therapeutic, and builds off ideas from a solo show in 2017, which also featured masks, she says.
“We’ve glazed and painted them, and added in embellishments. I try to keep mine in groups of three, and you get so many ideas that you’re starting the next one as you’re thinking of the last one,” Petryshyn says. “The more you do it, the more...continued.

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