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BUCKHORN, Ontario (July 15, 2009) July 25, 2009, is a special day at the Gallery on the Lake as it marks the return of Silvia Armeni and her highly collected fabric collages and oils. This shy and incredibly talented artist, rarely makes public appearances.

Born in Italy to a family of artists, Silvia Armeni moved to Canada in 1979, and found the appropriate environment to fulfill her lifelong ambition of becoming a professional artist.

She returns to her beloved Italy frequently to draw inspiration for her creation of collages of ancient medieval Italian suburbs or typical Venetian canals, which take shape with the precision of an architectural drawing.

Microscopic bits of coloured fabric no bigger than a nail tip are carefully glued together, creating scenes with a special luminosity and vivacity.

The same palette of colours and details are found in her oil paintings, where she depicts Canadian life, mainly scenes from Quebec country life, bringing her people and their rural environments warmly to life.

While Italy inspires her fabric creations, her oil paintings are an expression of her Canadian experiences, depicting bright and playful oil winter scenes. Many viewers comment that they can feel the happiness portrayed in Silvia's winter-themed artwork. In recent years she has found a new exciting way to express herself through watercolours, revisiting her favourite subjects.

New works to be featured in the exhibit include scenes from her recent trip Maritimes, providing Silvia Armeni's unique perspectives on life on Canada's East Coast.

The exhibit will run from July 25 to August 14. The opening reception and "Meet the Artist" will be held in the Gallery Rotunda Saturday, July 25th from 1-4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. This opening will provide a rare opportunity for the public to meet and talk with Silvia Armeni; see her works; and add to, or start their collection.

The Gallery on the Lake is located on County Road 36, just east of Buckhorn. Open daily from 10 until 5. Call (705)657-1109; toll-free 1-888-242-7475 or visit the website at for further information and directions.

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