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Nocturne for a winter night
As we head into the long nights of the winter season, there is an exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre that seems singularly appropriate for this time of year. Titled “Nocturne” and running until early April 2021, the show explores how Canadian artists have given expression to themes relating to the night — from dusk until dawn — with works by both historical and contemporary artists. It is both a contemplative and thought-provoking exhibition, ranging through 150 years of artistic style from realistic landscape paintings to abstract expressionism to contemporary photography.
If life in the age of COVID has taught us something, it is, hopefully, the importance of the little things, the intangible things, the internal things, the “real” things. Not the material things, or the trending things, or the latest gadget things. But things of beauty, of creativity, of hope, of serenity and of steadfastness. And looking out from within the Kingston region, which has done remarkably well all through this pandemic in comparison to many other regions, we may also have learned the importance of community, of respect, of giving thanks and of giving back to others who give. One hopes also that all of these important things have deeper resonance as we approach the holiday season.