Wishes, wells, wounds on display at Whitby’s Station Gallery

Artist Catherine Lane sets up for her premiere at the Whitby Station Gallery Friday night. Photo credit: Meagan Secord

Hidden histories and art become one this Friday night as Whitby’s Station Gallery opens a new exhibit, “WISH THEM WELL.”

The three-part exhibit was created by Catherine Lane, 35, a local artist and art professor at Sheridan College.

Lane says she “often works with narratives,” which is why a three-part exhibit made sense.

“It just gave me the opportunity to treat each space uniquely and have a different body of work in each space,” says Lane.

Part one of the will focus on the “idea of a wish, so hope and longing, but also failure,” according to Lane. She’s calling it “WISH.”

Part two is called “THEM” and tells the narrative of an unsolved murder that happened in the room it is staged in, which is the original Whitby train station.

“My drawings are focusing on the suspects in the case, it’s based on that,” she says.

According to Olexander Wlasenko, curator of the gallery, William Stone, 24, was shot and killed in the old Whitby station that forms the gallery on Dec. 10, 1914, and the police never caught the killer.

There are many theories about Stone’s death. The three most popular theories are his father killed him for money, he was killed over an alleged affair or was killed over a potential gambling debt, according to Wlasenko.

Lane’s drawings and sculptures tell the story of the historic cold case and the suspects that were in question.

The final room of the exhibit is called “WELL,” and centres around a collection of art Lane put together in 2012.

“There are a few images. There’s a water well and then you’re supposed to piece together a narrative,” she says.

The idea for the show came together when Lane walked through the gallery and saw there were three spaces to fill with a new exhibit.

She says some of the portraits she started a couple years ago and then started developing the final product this past summer after her idea was approved. After including the collection from 12 years ago she had enough to form her narrative and fill the gallery.

The exhibit runs Feb. 1 – March 24.