Past Exhibitions

Chris Morton – Along My Way

Exhibit Dates: Tuesday August 14th, 2018 – Saturday September 29th, 2018.

Reception Date and Venue: Saturday August 25th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Kawartha Art Gallery.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world and since my earliest years, I would venture out into the forest to study its ways.  The changing of the seasons, the diversity of plant life, the ever changing light effects and the abundance of nature would become my obsession.  Painting and drawing was the best way I knew how to communicate what I was learning about the world.  Over the years, painting from life (plein-air), daily field-work and studying the works of the world’s great master painters would consume me.
To truly learn the art of painting and not drawing with your paintbrush is a lifelong pursuit.  I look forward to the challenges and pushing myself to better my last painting.  I fully intend to expand content and my geographical range, but along my way, I will continue to paint the Canadian landscape, where I have been and what I know best.”

-Chris Morton

Chris Morton

“Evening Shadows”

Oil on Canvas

Biography:

Chris Morton was born in Owen Sound, Ontario.  He is a landscape artist who, from his earliest years, possessed an intense interest in the natural world around him.  Chris uses a variety of mediums including acrylic and oil on canvas, Masonite and panel, to manifest his love of the Canadian landscape.

At age fourteen, Chris had the honour of meeting his artistic idol, the world-renowned wildlife artist, George McLean. Morton remembers the experience as being incredibly inspirational. He would realize the importance of George’s words as he continued, with George’s help and on his own, to grow as a painter.  In 1985, Morton entered his first art competition The Chrysler Search for Canadian Wildlife Artists taking first prize.   Morton continued producing wildlife art as a student which included private hands-on instruction from distinguished artist and instructor Dwayne Harty, who he met in Algonquin Park.

Following a move from Owen Sound to Peterborough, Chris’ dream of being a full-time painter finally became reality.  Within weeks, Chris was showing his work with some of the most accomplished artists in the world.  He was chosen by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters as their “Conservation Artist of the Year, 2003“.   His work was also reproduced on calendars and limited edition prints.  Later that same year, The Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation commissioned Chris to produce an image entitled Memory Lane to promote fishing as a part of our Canadian heritage.

Chris has always been inspired by the beauty of Algonquin Park and relishes the opportunity to paint on site at this celebrated Canadian landmark.  In 2003 Chris became the Resident Artist at the Algonquin Park Visitor Center.  While he set a sales record what he remembers most about the experience was the fact that he narrowly escaped an attack by two black bears that descended on his campsite in the middle of the night.

Chris now resides in Owen Sound and was a featured artist in the 2015 Thomson Art Gallery’s presentation – Tom and Rob’s Excellent Adventure II – along with guest commentary from George McLean.  McLean praised Morton’s work, conceding that “Where I failed was to see just how talented Chris was when he was young.  I saw him doing great [works] but I didn’t realize the vision he had.”  During the show, Morton sold Freezing Creek, a piece that received very high acclaim by artists and critics at the show including McLean.

In 2016 Chris received two awards at the Paint Ontario Juried Art Show for best Waterscape and his painting Remembering When was selected for the prestigious Calendar Cover choice.  The International Gallery of the Arts also recognized his work honouring him with a position in the Gallery’s Two Person Spotlight which included a 10-page spread in their National Art Magazine.

Morton’s art is now mostly in private collections world-wide, however a variety of pieces, including Huron Hue which won the Paint Ontario best Waterscape 2017, and many new works have been assembled for his Ontario gallery tour.  In 2017, Chris’ work was featured at the Niagara Pumphouse Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Leamington Art Centre near Windsor.  In 2018 Chris will have exhibitions at Gallery de Boer Fine Art in Owen Sound in June, the Kawartha Gallery in August and Cedar Ridge Gallery in Toronto in late October.

Chris continues to show intermittently at Algonquin and has become a regular feature artist at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival.  His works continue to win awards at Paint Ontario and have been exceptionally well received in galleries across Ontario.

Curve Lake Young Artists Exhibit

Artists between the ages of 15-30 living in the Curve Lake Area showcase their talent in this wonderful exhibit!

Featuring art by juror Clayton Samuel King.

Visit his website here

Young Artists of Curve Lake

July 11th, 2018 to August 11th, 2018.

Awards & Reception:

Wednesday, August 1st, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Kawartha Art Gallery.

  • Technical Skill & Use of Colour
  • Creative Sense of Balance & Composition
  • Interpretation of Personal Vision
  • Honourable Mention
  • Highest Achievement

 

 

2018 Annual Juried Exhibit

An exhibit showcasing the wealth of talented area artists!

Annual Juried Exhibit

May 8th to June 23, 2018

Kawartha Art Gallery

Awards & Reception:

Friday, June 8th, 2018

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Kawartha Art Gallery

 

Dianne Lister

“The Travelling Blue Dress”

Exhibiting in SPARK Photo Festival:

March 20 to May 5, 2018

Tuesday to Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

At Kawartha Art Gallery

 

Artist Talk & Reception:

Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kawartha Art Gallery

SPARK Photo Festival of 2018 marks the first year to be celebrated in the City of Kawartha Lakes and will run from April 1-30, 2018. Photographic exhibits take place at public galleries and in places you least expect.

This is Dianne Lister’s 5th year exhibiting in SPARK Photo Festival.

Dianne Lister has been experimenting with photography and mixed media since 1991. `The Travelling Blue Dress` exhibit uses the technique of intervention — in this series, placing a piece of clothing in unpopulated landscapes, inviting the viewer to complete the story. The same image can evoke different feelings – one person sees freedom, another sees loneliness, one feels wistful, while another viewer may anticipate pleasure. The audience will be encouraged to write down stories and create the narrative.

Photo taken by Robert Boudreau Dianne Lister with her brother, Steve Lister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kawartha Gallery had a wonderful evening with Dianne Lister’s artist talk & reception with 35 guests participating in the project, writing stories and poems about particular images, reflecting and asking good questions.

 

Annual Student Juried Exhibit

January 31 to march 17, 2018

An exhibit featuring the talents of I. E. Weldon, Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational institute and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic secondary School students

Awards and Reception:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm at the Lindsay Golf & Country Club

Concentric

January 12 to January 27, 2018

An exhibit Featuring the talents of the I.E. Weldon, I.B. Art Students

Artists Talk and Reception:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Gallery.

HONOURING THE SPIRITS EXHIBIT

October 17 to November 18

Norval, Christian & Kyle Morrisseau

A grandfather A father and son exhibit.

Showcasing their shared talent passed through generations.

HUW MORGAN

August 29 to October 14

Huw Morgan went to art school to learn how to be a better photographer. On the way, he discovered his inner environmentalist. In his latest work, Huw documents mankind’s adversarial relationship with nature and how our destructive attempts to tame and organize nature are doomed to eventually fail.

Huw was born in Wales, United Kingdom, and emigrated to Canada when he was 10 years old. He went to the University of Toronto, graduating in mathematics and received his MBA from York University. Huw recently received a Certificate in photo arts from the Haliburton School of the Arts, part of Fleming College. He has been fortunate to have had three parallel careers: as an Information Technology professional, a musician and a photographer. As a musician, he has been a drummer and lead singer of several Canadian rock bands as well as a classically trained tenor who has sung with Canadian opera companies and oratorio choirs.

Artist’s Statement

Traces of Civilization is concerned with the ongoing battle between mankind and nature.

Mankind wages a constant war to tame nature. We organize the countryside into rectangular fields with one type of crop in each one. We selectively breed plants and animals to our taste and have recently started to genetically engineer crops. In our cities and towns, we pave over nature, build our brick and concrete structures and then re-plant lawns and flowers to suit our rational plan. We call this process civilization.

And yet, we see evident that nature seeks to balance order with chaos. Whenever mankind abandons an area or structure for even a short period of time, nature returns rapidly and completely. The fecundity of nature quickly overcomes the makings of man. Trees grow up through concrete and stone, walls collapse, variety proliferates.

In the Traces of Civilization project, I seek to capture the borderline between man and nature, where the conflict is most visible. This work focuses on areas where nature is winning the war and traces of civilization are slowly vanishing.  The project focuses on photographs of rural Ontario where industrial farming in the south has made the family farming uneconomic. It also focuses on industries that once flourished, but were undermined by newer technologies as well as cultural artefacts, like churches, that have been replaced in the age of social media.

The images examine human artefacts that document the traces of former human structures, some decayed and some preserved, to show how quickly nature reclaims our efforts and to pose questions around why we choose to preserve some traces and not others. It also raises questions about how we, as individuals, can change civilization to be more sustainable and at harmony with nature.

Best regards,

Huw Morgan

PERMANENT COLLECTION EXHIBIT

August 1 to August 26

An exhibit of a Selection of the Permanent Collection. This collection belongs to the citizens of the Kawartha Lakes.

 

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT

June 6 to July 29

Artists in Ontario ages 18 years and older, this exhibit showcased the wealth of talent within the Kawartha Lakes and beyond.

Awards Presentation Reception:

Saturday, June 24th. Lindsay Golf & Country Club

ANNUAL STUDENT JURIED EXHIBIT

February 14 to April 1

A celebration of the talents of local high school students.

Awards Reception:

Saturday, March 25/2017. Lindsay Golf & Country Club

Ken Prescott

April 4 to May 27

An exhibit of collages, with all the tangible textural qualities is the artist’s chosen medium as he builds elements that create sensuous interplay of form and colour.

 

 

 

Artist Talk & Reception:

Thursday, April 20/2017. Kawartha Art Gallery

For more information visit: http://www.kenprescott.ca/