Michel-Luc Bellemare's showing at the Snapdragon Gallery is a vibrant display of bright, deep colours and thickly textured oil paint, from the palm-sized, circular, orangey-pink "Cupcake" to the large, tri-coloured triptych "Do-Re-Mi." Bellemare's technique can indeed sometimes look like icing applied a pastry, particularly when he works in those pale, pinkish hues, but darker works such as "Burnt Autumn" also show an earthier sensibility.
A visit to the gallery, on the corner of Bank Street and Third Avenue in the Glebe, will be time well spent, even if you are not in the market for art. The space is clean and bright and open, showing the works to good advantage, and the welcome, from gallery owner Richard, is congenial. It will be an oasis of calm and relaxed contemplation of art on a hot, buzzing summer day.