Join us for our exhibit opening of “Ordinary Extraordinary Lives” with photographer Viara Mileva as she shares her experience photography the families included in the exhibit. The most meaningful memories of our lives are from ordinary moments. The moments of honest connection between a child and parent. The joy of discovery. The thrill of childhood play. The tender touch from a loved one. This exhibition addresses moments which often go unnoticed, and for which people don’t often pay attention to, the moments which we easily miss. The ‘everyday’ moments.

Only in hindsight, do we realize the importance of these moments. They are foundational. They shape who we are. Through vivid colour photographs of families living their lives in Lennox and Addington County, visitors have a chance to experience viscerally and emotionally the “extraordinariness” of ordinary moments in our lives.

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About the Presenter: Viara was born in Bulgaria, and has lived in the United Kingdom, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and the Netherlands. Before becoming a photographer, she was a parenting scientist. Viara earned her PhD, analyzing thousands of mothers playing with their babies and she noticed tiny changes in facial expressions, small movements, and family dynamics. These are important to her photography today.

Viara now lives on an acreage in Lennox and Addington County, with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals. Her days are spent with the crow of roosters out the window, while she drinks ALL the coffee and spreads the joy of loving life, loving your real self, and being forgiving of yourself as a parent.