Friday, April 22, 2011

It's a Spring Exhibition at Gallery ArtPlus

Gallery ArtPlus in Belleville has welcomed Spring with a colourful, eclectic show.  Two of the featured artists are Tina Osborne and Valerie Kent.

Tina Osborne

As we huddle indoors by our fireplaces with warm cups of consoling liquids, Tina Osborne has done Mother Nature's job of announcing Spring with a dynamic exhibition of outdoor art panels that remind us of what it will soon look like in our gardens and countryside, once Spring and Summer actually arrive.  Her large wooden panels have been meticulously prepared to receive her painted images, and they have been completely weatherproofed for our Canadian climate.  In additon, Tina will brighten your day with her hand painted silk scarves and fine jewellery.  A certified Reiki Master, all of Tina's work emanates with positive energy.  Visit her website here.



Valerie Kent

I first met Valerie at an AFAC Conference in Toronto in 2008, where she was a workshop presenter.  I am always struck by Valerie's ingenious use of found materials to enhance her artwork.  The viewer is surprised when upon closer inspection, all kinds of found objects can be found in some of her work: eggshells, tiny glass beads, gold leaf from wrappers that would have otherwise been thrown away.  These materials never overpower her work.  In her understated way, Valerie makes a statement about her concerns for our environment, and at the same time creates images that are joyful yet peaceful.  A dedicated teacher, artists will have opportunities to work with Valerie this summer under the Loyalist College Summer Arts Programme. Click here for more information about these workshops.

Try to make a point to drop in at Gallery ArtPlus, and experience an invigorating, lively art show.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ECOAA 53rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Tender Sketch, Oil/Cold Wax
14 " X 11"
A small oil/cold wax piece was recognized at the recent ECOAA Annual Juried Show with the Jeanne-Marie  McAdam Award for Innovative Work.  The exhibit continues at the Shenkman Arts Cenre, 245 Centrum Blvd., Ottawa until April 22, 2011.  Over 140 works of art were submitted, with 89 pieces juried into the show, representing 47 artists.  The centre encompasses a large, modern building, with several gallery spaces, a clay studio, and dance/theatre studios.  It appears to be well appreciated and used by the community, with very friendly hours.

Paintings displayed along the back wall and along the long side wall at the Shenkman.

Continuation of the exhibition, along the wall and under the grand staircase.

Thank you to Linda Sitler Howe for taking the photo. Tender Sketch (r), and Fugue With Confused Square (l)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Validation as an Artist

Ode to Lover, 14" X 11"
Oil/Cold Wax on canvas

All artists, I believe, are appreciative when someone or some organization encourages them in what they do by actually purchasing a work of art.  Emerging young artists, and emerging older artists (like myself!) must get the same thrill when such an event happens in their art-life.  For me, a recent purchase by the John Parrott Gallery in Belleville, a nearby town, has given me a hearty boost.  A small oil/cold wax piece, "Ode to Lover" is now in the gallery's Permanent Collection.  I have to say that I am very appreciative of the recognition, and thrilled to bits.