‘ESCAPES’ July 16 to September 1, 2013

A small group show by members of the Harris Artist’s Collective in the Harris Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts featuring work by pat Baker, Francis Baker, Dick Marvin, Jean Lowney, Lyn Barett-Cowan and Deborah Dryden

The opening reception is at the ECFTA on Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Centre Wellington Field Patterns No. 2
22″ x 28″
Oil on Canvas

Insights: A Juried Exhibition 2013

On the evening of June 17, the opening and awards presentation for the 34th annual Insights Juried Art Exhibition at the Wellington County Museum and Archives took place. Insights 2013 runs till the beginning of September.

This years jurors were Video Artist and Teacher Sara Angelucci, Contemporary Artist and Teacher Yael Brotman and painter and Teacher Barry McCarthy.

My paintings Missy and Centre Wellington Field Patterns were juried into the show. Centre Wellington Field Patterns’ was purchased at the exhibition by the Wellington County Museum and Archives for its collection.

Missy_20x 16_Oil_and_Cold_Wash_ on_Linen_Board
20″ x 16″
Oil & Cold Was on Linen Board
Centre Wellington Field Patterns
20″ x 28″
OIl and Cold Wax on Canvas

West of Calgary Painting Commission

ImageWhile visiting and Plein Air Painting near Calgary last August I received a commission from Jack and Diane Avrill to paint one of the view from the back of their new home just “West of Calgary”. The landscape is beautiful rolling ranch land with the Mountains in the background. We are in the process of making plans to spend a good part of this coming summer in southern Alberta.

Daisy Mae, Jack Russel Terrier: 04.1998 to 02.2013

DaisyAfter a year of failing health following an unprovoked attack by an off lead German Shepherd in our local park my little painting companion took her leave from us quietly at home on Jan. 28,2013. Daisy travelled with us Plein Air painting from coast to coast in Canada. She chases shore birds on Vancouver Island, dug for gophers in Southern Saskatchewan, went whale watching of the coast of Nova Scotia and watched us get “Screeched In” in Newfoundland. After an hour or two of hunting, digging and chasing she would find the shade of my easel and doze for the remainder of the day only stirring to move back into the shade or I think, cast a slightly critical eye at my efforts. She will be missed.

Sunday Afternoon With the VAM Show Jurors

On the afternoon of Sunday Jan. 22, I was among a group who had the opportunity to spend time with the jurors of the (VAM) 34th. Visual Arts Mississauga Show.   They were Art Green, Catherine Beaudette & April Hickox. Google them?

They did an absolutely bang up job jurying this show and yesterday Mr. Green and Ms. Beaudette did a 90 minute walk through of the show explaining their feelings about the pieces selected, and why they made the choices they did.  Ms. Hickox was unavailable yesterday. The event was attended by about 150 people, mainly artists whose work didn’t make it into the show. There were about 210 entries and 69 works were chosen for the show. It was by far the most insightful art appreciation experience I’ve ever had. Both Mr. Green and Ms. Beaudett were particularly eloquent and thoughtful in their critiques using knowledge, incite and humor to make their points.

The show was particularly well curated and curator Keeler  gave an explanation of why various works were grouped the way they were, and juxtaposed in the mounting of the show. Most interesting. It was a very credible experience.

Seven by Seven

The Harris Artists Collective is a group of 35 artists working in a variety of media out of the Elora Centre for the Arts.  Recently in an effort to display the work of the artists in the collective in a more meaningful way, the collective was divided into 5 groups.  Starting Jan. 5, 2012 and running till February 12 the first group show entitled “Seven by Seven” will take place at the Elora Centre.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday Jan. 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.