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"Together"


Eddie LePage & Kris Nahrgang together in a new exhibit ……at the Gallery on the Lake July 26-August 15th




The Name Eddie Le Page is recognized and respected by fine art collectors throughout North America. His awe-inspiring images of people and wildlife have captured the hearts of many for more than 15 years.



Eddies talent transcends the traditional. Using meticulous detail and incomparable skill, he reaches that place where eye and hand meet canvas in natural beauty and grace. He is a self- taught artist whose work has been called a gift of soul.



Eddie was born and raised in Dundas Ontario. When he is not at his studio Eddie finds comfort and inspiring view out in the wilderness and on quiet country roads.



His acrylic paintings and limited edition prints are in many private, public and corporate collections around the world.



"In my paintings, I strive not only to portray the bond between people and nature, but also my love of a natural untamed land……"




This collection of new paintings shows the love and respect for the First Nations People and the nature that surrounds them. Eddie depicts the bond and connection that Aboriginal people have with the natural world.




TURNING ADVERSITY INTO ART



Life often hands us lemons. We stub our toes; cars break down, our big presentations flop. Usually we manage to grin and bear it--maybe even make lemonade. But sometimes we're handed far worse things, such as serious illness or emotional crisis. At times like these, the old saying "Whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" can sound callous and cruel.


Is there a way to turn our troubles into triumphs, or at least to find meaning in the experiences? Here is a person who found his answers through art. Realizing creativity could help heal--and even give joy.



THE SCULPTOR


In 1989, Kris Nahrgang was a talented auto-body repairman in Peterborough, Ont. But then his arms started going numb at night, and within a few months, his hands were curling up into painful, useless claws. Doctors diagnosed his condition as "occupational overuse syndrome." Sixteen years of welding and sanding had damaged the nerves and tendons in his hands, leaving him crippled--and no drug or physical therapy could help. They ordered Nahrgang to wear braces up to the elbows of both arms, and told him he could never work with his hands again.


With three young daughters to support, Nahrgang decided to retrain to be a social worker, but he didn't give up on his hands. He shoved a chisel down an arm brace, taped it into place, and awkwardly did some wood carvings based on themes from his Ojibwa ancestry. Then he showed them to Norman Knott, a well-known sculptor and painter who lived on the nearby Curve Lake reserve. "Norm told me my work was too intricate for wood and said I should be working in soapstone," Nahrgang recalls.


One of his first stone sculptures was a small wolf's head, which a local gas-station employee snapped up for $10. Nahrgang used the money to buy milk and bread, then thought, Maybe I've got something here. He set up shop in a back bedroom and kept carving. Today, his sculptures can be found among the collections of people all around the world, including George H.W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, Prince Andrew, Bill Cosby and Justin Trudeau.


Nahrgang never did get a job in social work. For years, he has earned a modest income from his art, and his flexible schedule has allowed him to fulfill his (unpaid)duties as the elected Chief of Kawartha Nishnawbe First Nation. Sculpting also helped him to discover another part of himself. "My art has taken me into a world I'd never known," he says. "Sometimes when I'm carving, I go so deep inside that I don't remember anything. my hands do things I can hardly believe."


In 1999 Nahrgang's life changed again. While scuba diving off his dock, he discovered a muddy round object at the bottom of the lake. Experts identified it as a 1,400-year-old clay cooking pot--physically proof that indigenous people had lived in the area for generations. The discovery led Nahrgang to study archaeology, and in 2005 he became one of only a handful of First Nations licensed archaeologists in Canada.


Now 52, Nahrgang still suffers form chronic pain, and his hands curl up at night. But, he says, "If I would lose one of my arms tomorrow, I would still carve. I would not be the person I am today if I hadn't found this gift."



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