Grey's Rare Spirits celebrates the resilience, determination,
and spirit that characterize the fifteen accomplished Canadians
listed at left, affirming the value, not merely of their public
achievements, but of what they teach us about growing old.
lives have spanned most of the twentieth century, a period shaped
by remarkable social and technological change. They serve as touchstones
for those of us looking forward, with trepidation, to living our
own twilight years in this new century.
"The compelling impact of their gazes seems to stand for the
impact of their lives on the world, and gives the intense sensation
of fathoming unmediated character."
- Lilly Koltun, Public Archives of Canada
uses her sitters' age and venerable status to splash cold water
into the face of our youth-obsessed, goal-driven culture, underscoring
the value of a life well-lived well experienced."
- Molly Amoli K. Shinhat, X-Press
the inaugural exhibition of Rare Spirits at the Ottawa Art
7 December 2000 to 4 February 2001.