Ron Milton’s “The Who, The How, The Why” opened with a busy reception on Saturday at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. The exhibit is a multi-faceted portrayal of the artist's family stories. It is enchanting to view and likely to evoke a bit of wonderment as you pause before each of the pieces.
The artistry, craftsmanship and collecting of items involved in creating the exhibit was obviously a labour of love. Although the work is a personal and intimate expression of one extended family’s journey, Milton also set out to make his relatives of interest to others. “Everyone has a story so including events and objects with figures in sepia tones lends a sense of history that many Canadians share.”
His work was also designed to involve the viewer. “One may squeeze an atomizer to release scent, push a button to view hidden scenes or hear sounds, and even slide pieces back and forth to change the composition.”
The Who The How The Why is an artistic response to the questions we all have, especially those of us in the second half of our lives. We still hear and see the voice and faces of those gone before us and yet our children are now gown. Our definition of family is unique and yet shared, a common journey through different locations and experiences.
The overall effect is similar to one of curling up in a cozy corner with a novel, a multi-generational story of one Canadian family, lovingly told, charming and beautifully illustrated.
“The Who, The What and the Why” continues to Saturday June 6th at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, 401 Talbot St, St. Thomas, 519-631-4040.