There is something of the intrigue to the Ray Mead exhibition continuing at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa until Jan. 24 2016. Mead, born in England, settled in Hamilton, and became part of Painters 11. The current show showcases the evolution of the artist. What comes to mind quite quickly is Mead' sense of balance, which draws perhaps on his years as artistic director with the McCann Ad agency. Mead works within the confines of the frame, acknowledging the border and ensuring that whether he is working with colour fields, or loose forms, there is a balance to the elements. What is intriguing about his art is the placement of slivers of colour which act like shadows, slices, or cuts, adding depth to the images. The slivers which create the fine balance of his work mirrored wonderfully the works of the young Whitby artist Mike Drolet whose work, Equipoise, on display in Gallery A just closed. Janice E. McHaffie has her exhibition opening at the Gallery A this Friday Jan. 8. Holly King's "Edging Towards The Mysterious" will also open and as its the Gallery's monthly Friday event Celtic musicians The Ugly Horse will be performing. Fittingly Shayne Travis will have the premiere of his film, "My Vivid Life's : Ireland" webisode. The RMG Fridays is all-ages but there is a cash bar for anyone wanting to get their Irish on with the Horse.