ART BEFORE CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT
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Saturday ‘Meet the Artist’ Schedule:
Please come out to meet the Artists and share a cup of cheer!
December 2: 11 am – 1 pm Bronson Smith & 1 pm – 3 pm Mary Derrick
December 9: 11 am – 1 pm – Carol Jones & 1 pm – 3 pm Sheila Brenchley
December 16: 11 am – 1 pm – Debi Purvis & 1 pm – 3 pm Wayne Medford
Born in Georgetown Guyana. Lived and attended high school in Montreal.
Acadia University, BA.
Mc Gill University, Ed. Certificate.
Concordia University, BFA
Taught art and photography for 35 years in Montreal, Quebec. I finished my career at Port Perry High School in Ontario.
Though the decades I have explored many media. Currently I am fascinated with the expressive qualities of the sky, clouds and storms. I use a very limited palate. I refer to it as “pushing paint “around. I also am fascinated with the endless expression through the human figures. Movement and colour are qualities I focus on for my figure drawings. The drawings are done using charcoal, pastel or conte crayon. The initial drawing is fast to capture the movement with detail completed later. The end result is a fresh and intellectually engaging image.
Bronson Smith (Formerly GEOFFREY SMITH)
473 Donegal Street, Peterborough ON http://bronsonsmith.com
Home – 705-874-9600 Cell – 705-933-9600
“I have been drawn to decay and transitory nature of the world around us. Buildings and communities age and disappear into the mist and are confined to stores of days past.
I feel the need to capture the images of out ports of Newfoundland & Labrador and the barns of Ontario. These solid structures become fragile as they are subjected to the elements of neglect, the environment, and despair.
My paintings hold onto the world that is lost or disappearing – sometimes in the blink of an eye.”
Geoffrey Smith was born in Ottawa, in 1955, who originated his style of wood relief paintings in 1983. He changed his name from Geoffrey to Bronson (a family name) June 2, 1994, as part of his personal growth.
The paintings started out as flat enamel paint on ¼’’ plywood with balsa wood strips to build up the areas. He was inspired by an AGO exhibition of Paterson Ewen’s work to use a router to add depth and detail to his work. When the manufacturers of flat enamel paint phased out the line of paint that he used, he switched to Liquitex acrylic paint. That move changed his entire colour palette and intensity of his artwork.
The early paintings focused on images of rural and urban Ontario – cows and barns, Toronto streetcars and old Victorian row houses. He began to start capuring scenes of Newfoundland and Labrador (his dad was stationed there during WWII). One studio exhibition dealt with the relocations and abandonment of isolated Newfoundland outports in the 1960’s.
Since moving to Peterborough from Toronto in 2007, he has started new work based on his new surroundings. His work continues to capture elements in our lives, such as old barns, rural scenes and abandoned outports, before they disappear.
His work has been honoured with FIRST PRIZE – FOLK ART at the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition; BEST OF SHOW at the Beth Tikvah Art Show; HONOURABLE MENTION and BEST 3-D/MIXED MEDIA at the Warkworth Festival Art Show, and PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD at the Members’ Juried Art Show at the Kawartha Art Gallery. He is found in a number of select private and corporate collections.
Daisy Arts Studio www.daisyart.ca
“I inspire young artists to have a passion for the creativity inside them. I believe there is an artist in each and every one of us and there is no such word as ‘cannot’. I teach in private or group lessons from my home studio and get a lot of pleasure watching budding artists develop their skills. Painting is one of the greatest learning experiences which you can have. I use simple step by step instructions which allow the student to understand and create something they can be proud of.”
Dagmar Pinney enrolled in a local arts program in the late 1990’s. After attending several classes and then having the pleasure over the next few years to work privately with some local artists, she started painting seriously in 2002. Since that time she has had the opportunity to study under several other artists and continues to develop a style of her own.
Recently retired as a special needs educator and now an active member of the Kawartha Arts Council, she puts her focus on developing new works as well as working with children helping them open a window into their imagination and to develop the creativity within.
In her art classes Dagmar inspires young artists to have a passion for the creativity inside them. She believes there is an artist in each and every one of us and there is no such word as ‘cannot’. Dagmar teaches children and adults in private or group lessons in her home studio and gets a lot of pleasure watching them develop their skills. As a past member of the Dufferin Arts Council “Artist in the School” program, Dagmar worked with the classroom teacher to plan art activities and then went into the school classrooms to introduce the children to their creative side. Painting is one of the greatest learning experiences which you can have. Dagmar uses a simple step by step instruction which allows the child to understand and create something they can be proud of.
At home with her family and dogs, Dagmar is an avid gardener and has transitioned that art form into her paintings. Working with watercolours and acrylics has brought out a passion that she didn’t know she had and continues to develop with each painting.
“For every season there is a reason”
In this season of Sheila’s life, clay is the medium she is using to express her feelings, her ideas, her desires, her dreams and the things that make her happy and make Sheila who she is.
Since 1998, Sheila has been exploring this art by taking classes, working in her studio, travelling abroad to Spain, South Korea and Japan to work with potters and sharing ideas with other potters in Ontario. Every avenue brings a new light and inspiration to Sheila’s work. From functional ware, sculptures, water fountains and outdoor pieces to one of a kind abstracts – Sheila’s stoneware pottery is expressive and interesting.
“My pottery is mostly thrown on the pottery wheel with stoneware clay, fired to Cone 6-7 in an electric kiln. The functional pieces are glazed with food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and oven safe glazes. There are several glazes to choose and functional pieces may be available in all the colours. The sculptural pieces a combination of thrown and /or altered or hand built sections. and may be finished with non-food safe glazes.
All sculptures are one of a kind and usually represent an idea or message that is important to me. I am proud to explain my motives…. I have been a potter for ten years and have settled in my new studio, overlooking gardens and lakefront, which inspire me and sometimes distract me. Peace of Earth Gallery
The shop is open all year around, by chance or by appointment. I accept Visa, Debit and cash….You may also visit me at various shows in the area and studio tours. Drop in and say hi – You may experience a raku firing, a wheel throwing demonstration or a lesson…”
Two Fishes Pottery
Tim and Linda Kieley Fish1@twofishespottery.com
Wheel Thrown Stoneware Pottery
Established in 2015, Two Fishes Pottery is an artist operated pottery studio located in Fenelon Falls. Trained in printmaking and painting, Tim and Linda enjoy experimenting with new shapes, glazes, and pottery techniques to create functional and beautiful items.
Their hand-drawn pottery pieces are created using a glaze pencil, which is then carefully covered with 3 layers of white or transparent glaze.
Tim and Linda‘s printed pottery pieces are created with an ink made from coloured stain and linseed oil, and burnished onto leather-hard clay using a photocopy transfer technique.
Their sgraffito pottery pieces are created by carving into a thin layer of stained slip that has been applied over the white stoneware. After the first firing, it is then finished with 3 layers of transparent glaze.
Tim and Linda Kieley are constantly inspired by the beauty that surrounds them in the Kawartha Lakes, and lately that has been expressed through their drawing, printmaking, and sgraffito finishes.
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“Just a little about myself… My name is Debi Purvis and for the past 12 years my family and I have made Lindsay our home. I have always been a creative spirit since as far back as I can remember. Over the years I have experimented in many mediums always returning and concentrating my efforts mostly in fibre arts.
Unlike a lot of artists I have spoken with, my art education does not exceed the high school years preferring the self-taught path which has served me quite well educating myself through books, galleries and practical hands-on experience.
I have participated in many local craft shows here in town and out and have hosted many of my own, both in my own homes and those of close friends over the years. I have been commissioned to do custom orders occasionally as I have always preferred creating “one-of-a-kind” designs.
For the past couple of years, I have entered my designs in the annual Lindsay Fair and to my delight have received quite a few red ribbons. Before that, while living in Norland, I entered one of my rug-hooking designs in the Kinmount Fair and have received a red ribbon for that as well.
As I’ve continued my life path I have acquired a great respect for our planet and its inhabitants and the environment in which we all live. I have tried to incorporate some of those details into my creative life as well choosing to use re-purposed materials for my creations as much as possible excluding the poly-fibrefill which I use to fill my stuffed projects. Therefore a lot of my creations are “one of a kind” and separately unique.”
– Debi Purvis
Multi Media artist email@example.com
“My art journey began as a hobby in the 1990’s. I started with realistic acrylic pieces and quickly switched to free flowing watercolours. But when I discovered fluid acrylics, gels and pastes, my path was clear. I became a multimedia abstract and eventually non-objective painter. For me, it’s all about colour, shape and texture. As with most abstract artists, my art is ever evolving. My latest work involves using old rusty bits and pieces combined with shale and pumice gel.
Without the benefit of an art education, I’ve found my way with the aid of generous mentors. Among them, well known Canadian abstract artists Lila Lewis Irving and Annette Blady Van Mil. I was also fortunate to be a long-time student of award winning American artist, Carol Frye.
Carol Jones www.carolsfeatherart.com
“I was born in England and started to sketch at an early age. I would go to the local farms and ask if I could draw pictures of the beautiful big Shire horses.
I emigrated to Canada in 1968 and my art was put aside for quite a few years, but not forgotten. I finally found my way back to painting again after taking a few folk art classes. That started the ball rolling and I wanted to do more. I then discovered using feathers as my canvas. After a period of trial and error I found a way to produce a painting without making a total mess of it! This I have found to be a very rewarding art form and though I still paint in the traditional way, I’m always glad to get back to my feathers. I now reside in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes area of Dunsford.
As my studio name implies I specialize in animals of all kinds, using acrylic paint on wild turkey tail feathers for the most part. Through my painting I have met a lot of very interesting people and my work has found its way to several different countries including England, Germany and several U.S states. The feathers I use have either been molted or were birds used for consumption. I do not support taking feathers for the sole interest of marketing.
All my paintings are one of kind originals, no prints are ever taken. They are matted and framed, ready to hang.”
Jean P. Pollock
64 Bessie Avenue, South
Trent Lakes, ON
Born and raised in the Beaches of Toronto, Jean completed the four year Commercial Art Course at Danforth Technical School.
Most often Jean paints landscapes but also does some still life and occasionally animal portraits, architecture and commissions. Jean works in watercolours, acrylics and is also proficient in oils, but her favourite is watercolours.
Over the years, Jean has exhibited in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Mindon, the Trenton Art Gallery, Trenton, and the A. Sheila Boyd Art Room in Bobcaygeon. She has also exhibited her work in the Victoria County Studio Tour in 2006 and 2008.
Several of Jeans paintings have been accepted in some of the juried shows at the Kawartha Art Gallery in Lindsay.
“I paint in oils reveling in their flexibility and depth. While my paintings often use representations of nature, they really have nothing to do with nature, or any specific place, and everything to do with emotions. I paint what I am feeling onto the canvas, using primarily water & skies to convey those emotions, having no preconceived idea of what the end result will be. Each piece is a journey of discovery for me, and I hope for you the viewer as well.”
Though Beth was born in Toronto, she grew up in Lindsay and it has been her home for most of her life. Beth didn’t realize that she had a creative side until after she was married. It started with writing stores for children when her own children were young. But taking photographs became a passion when she was given a 35mm camera. Photography allows Beth to capture the beauty she sees that she cannot recreate by drawing or painting. She has learned a lot through experience and advice from other photographers about what makes a good photograph. Beth’s eye tells her the rest. When she discovered digital photography, she also discovered a way to express herself artistically. With the help of a computer program, Beth adds different effects to some of her photographs, and creates a visually appealing image. She calls it Photo Art.