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Collingwood photographer inspired by strength, vulnerability during COVID

A new exhibit features portraits that nod to Dutch art history of the past, and current events of the present
Tjalling Halbertsma's photography work is currently on display for a Simcoe Street Pressroom Gallery exhibit entitled Past and Present. Contributed photo

A new photography exhibit at the Pressroom Gallery explores Dutch art history and current COVID-19 lockdown through the portrait work of a local artist. 

The exhibit is called Past and Present and features the work of Tjalling Halbertsma.

According to a press release from Halbtersma, the exhibit draws inspiration from Dutch art history of the past and the COVID-19 lockdowns of the present. 

"The Dutch Heritage series is inspired by the Dutch past of the Golden Century, when a new style was created by painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and many others," said the press release. "The Spirit series was created during the present time of the COVID-19 lockdown. It borders the line between photography and painting, and evokes strength and vulnerability." 

Halbertsma grew up in The Netherlands and settled in Canada six years ago, which is when he began his professional art career. He has a studio space at the 65 Simcoe Street building.

The Pressroom Gallery is located in the Simcoe Street Theatre building (65 Simcoe Street) and the Past and Present exhibit runs from Oct. 10 to December 20.