'Eye candy' on display at Campbellton gumball art exhibit

A new exhibit at the Galerie Restigouche in Campbellton takes the concept of eye candy to a whole new level. "Eye Candy," being staged thanks to a partnership with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, is made up of thousands of gum balls arranged on canvases to resemble famous works of art.

Van Gogh's The Starry Night, other famous paintings rendered in multicoloured gumballs at Galerie Restigouche

A new exhibit at the Galerie Restigouche in Campbellton takes the concept of eye candy to a whole new level.

"Eye Candy," being staged thanks to a partnership with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, is made up of thousands of gum balls arranged on canvases to resemble famous works of art. 
Charline Lanteigne stands in front of the iconic image of dogs playing poker, made entirely out of gumballs. (CBC)

Charline Lanteigne, director of the Galerie Restigouche, said this unqiue exhibit is the work of a Pennsylvania artist, Franz Spohn. 

"He does his work with bubble gum or marbles, and it's very unique in a certain way, because I hadn't heard that people did paintings with bubble gum ... in French we call it pointillisme," said Lanteigne. 

Spohn channels Seurat, Van Gogh and the impressionist movement with his work. Up close, it seems so simple — gum balls and marbles stacked one on top of the next, but it's the big picture that makes the best impression.
"Nobody saw an exhibit like this before and there's not only the bubble gum...if you notice in the other cabinet over there, it's paintings made with cake sprinkles ... it's amazing!" said Lanteigne.
The tiny pieces are a little easier to display than the giant portraits, which are so heavy the gallery had to construct special wooden boards to hang them on.
Lanteigne hopes the exhibit will attract a younger audience from local schools, and engage a new generation of art-lovers. 

But be warned: No matter how tasty it looks, this exhibit is not for public consumption


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