Art-in-the-Park 2017 Artists
Announcing the following Artists
at the 2017 Art-in-the-Park
August 13, 2017
I make jewelry that is unique and one of a kind. I work in copper as well as sterling silver embellishing natural stone, freshwater pearls, sworowski pearls and crystals. I have been making jewelry for 3-4 years and selling for the last one and half years. I have participated in many craft and art show over the past year including the first Art-in-the-Park at Country Heritage Park in 2016. It was one of my most successful shows!
My current studio practice examines the importance of contemporary painting and portraiture. In using paint and creating images from observation, I try to prove painting's worth in contemporary art. My work is heavily influenced by post-impressionist portraiture and traditional technical painting methods but uses modern colour palettes and hard-edged shape structures. My training in eye to hand techniques, measurement, value, colour-mixing, and shape create the foundation for the images in my paintings. My paintings break the elements of the face down into specified shapes, but still with an emphasis on extreme value and colour relationships. My new experimentations submerge portraiture into both simplified and chaotic abstract backgrounds.
My art is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction of landscape spaces through relief printmaking. The design process divides the landscape into pieces but the printing process, completed step by step by hand, rebuilds the landscape through the layering of colour. This creates something familiar but precarious, as nature is, and comments on the beauty of natural spaces. My limited print editions (3-8 prints total) range from small 4”x 5” snapshots to 22”x 30” vistas, and incorporate various perspectives and colours. Depending on availability, my work is available framed and/or unframed.
I create wearable art inspired by natural items like nests, eggs and flower seeds. Through traditional gold-smithing techniques and modern technology like 3D printing, I use form, texture and contrast to remind us of nature. Although the materials are different, the themes and style of my precious metal jewelry and my 3D printed collection are closely related.
Lynn COUTTS - Wingham, ON
Lynn grew up in Northern Ontario with a love for the beauty of nature and open spaces. She has studied with some of Northern Ontario’s wonderfully talented artists at the Cobalt Artists Colony, as well as with Laura Landers, and the members of the Englehart Area Artists. After moving to Fergus, Lynn joined the Wellington Artists gallery, began plein air painting with George Perdue, and has continued developing her own style.
Maria Drazilov is a multi-disciplined artist whose work often centers around photography. She likes to incorporate the elements of painting and drawing with pixels, highlighting textures and abstraction within the photographic image. She loves to print her own work and considers that an art unto itself. Aside from creating fine art photography, she also makes photo jewelry (wearable art) which she displays on tables with framed pieces in the background. She also offers matted photographs in various sizes for those who want to frame themselves.
Ron ELMY - Toronto, ON
Ron has been a photographer most of his life. He is retired from a 40 year commercial career and now enjoys experimenting with art and video. He still works out of his 1,700 sq/ft studio in Toronto and has travelled internationally. His work has never been confined to one style or medium but he has worked in many formats and post production processes in order to find a final look to each image. The art work ranges from images on canvas to photo prints framed in all sizes. There is no subject specific curriculum, as he loves to bring focus to everyday objects, situations and concepts.
Erin’s work covers a wide range of subject matter and topics from nature to abstract. She travels wherever her heart and camera takes her , searching for beautiful moments to capture. Her work is printed on a unique type of paper that gives each image a unique depth and beauty.
The body of work Mark is featuring in Art-in-the-Park includes his multi-disciplinary compositions from his “USSMBL” series. Collaging elements from his fluid-acrylic and impasto painting, photography, wood lath, cut metal, as well as vintage found objects. Gleberzon creates very unique compositions.
Peter GRAORE - Waterloo, ON
I am a self taught artist who enjoys working in various mediums. I discovered as a teenager that I could simply draw what I saw and after that I was hooked. From simple pencil drawings I branched out to painting in both acrylic and oil, pastels, graphite and coloured pencil. Painting large cats is a passion of mine. I feel these beautiful animals need to be illustrated before they become extinct. They are majestic creatures with similar characteristics but at the same time very distinct from each other.
Andrea Howson is an acrylic painter from Milton, Ontario. She is an honours graduate of Sheridan College Fine Arts program. Her continued passion of art has led her to volunteer for the Society of Canadian Artist, where she has serves on the Board of Directors as Publicity Chair, a position she has held since 2011.
Her work celebrates bright bold colours, typically acrylic on canvas. Although she is diverse in her subject matter, her current focus is on farm life, stemming from her appreciation, fascination, and love of animals. She has participated in shows across Ontario; her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections across Canada.
Daniel MARTINS - Mississauga, ON
Born in Toronto, Daniel was raised in a home filled with tradesmen and learned at an early age how to get his hands dirty. He understood the joys and satisfaction of creating something that simply didn’t exist before he made it. Regular trips through the city’s core filled and saturated his eyes with the vibrant boldness of Toronto graffiti. Exposure to the sites, colour and sounds of the city led to his eventual and inevitable purchase of his first airbrush. Aside from the surrealist greats and contemporary masters, the airbrush led him to his next great inspiration: Hot Rod and custom culture. These kinetic sculptures on wheels share with graffiti a uniqueness, a bold style of individual flavour that hit home and hit deep. It’s these aesthetics and palettes filtered through a love of theology and philosophy that echo in his work. A refined boldness that he cannot escape, in everything he crafts. My art is a combination of all the skills and techniques I've accumulated over the years. My main focus is the exploration of glass and how far we can push it.The works attached are a blend and exploration of illuminated etched and carved glass. As well as back painted glass.
Rebecca is a 20-year-old abstract artist who thrives on spontaneity and the accidental. After attempting realistic works for most of her life, Rebecca grew tired of perfection and began to make unpremeditated works that took advantage of colour, rhythm, and passion. She work in acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Materials other than acrylic paint range from varnish to thickening cream, thin paint, glitter, newspaper, magazine clippings, and old tests. Many pieces incorporate the use of a paintbrush along with finger-painting and splatter painting. All pieces created flat on the ground. Each piece has a one-word title, meant to provide/provoke one interpretation, while leaving room for infinite possibilities. Rebecca has been producing and selling abstract pieces for the past 5 years. She studies media and business at Western University in London, Ontario.
Jane paints in acrylic and focuses on two styles, abstract guitars and graphic realism. She went to art college in the early 80's. Her paintings were published and exhibited two years in a row in the "Island Visual Artists" in the late 80’s. She started focusing more of her time on my paintings as she gets older.
Sue paints pure, watercolour landscapes. Her watercolour landscapes capture the rolling rhythms and changing light upon Ontario’s most beautiful geological landform, the Niagara Escarpment. Sue’s current inspirations include drawing and painting the human form, big skies and sketching/journaling her visits to her local farm, Everdale in Hillsburgh, where she has been a community-shared agriculture member for several years. Recent travels include Newfoundland, where her heart is, painting the beauty of wild open places and spaces. The paint brush and paint are always close on hand.
In 2009, Sue was awarded Hills of Headwaters Artisan of the Year. In 2014, Silver Creek Arts Project was awarded the Hills of Headwaters Artisan of the Year. Susan is one of the 6 artists in the project. In 2016 Sue was awarded Headwaters Tourism Champion.
Much of my life experiences have revolved around communications. In my youth, it was through musical theatre. Later, it morphed into the written word. Now I find stories to tell through the lens of my camera. I look for the narrative in urban and rural landscapes, detailing fading echoes of lives lived. I watch for little mysteries in commonplace occurrences. I travel to places that fill me with awe and wonder at our planet. These things remind me how, in the grand scheme of things, we humans occupy little significance in the face of Mother Nature. These are the stories I look to tell.
I focus on fine art landscape and nature photography. My daughter is my inspiration for nearly everything I do. As a new father I find myself frequently asking - what kind of future am I building for her? What kind of world will I be leaving behind? Will these wild lands and animals that her mother and I both adore still be recognizable for her? Will they even still exist? I have been inspired by the power of an image, paired with a few carefully chosen words, to provoke self-reflection, thought, and action. In a day and age where images are shared and consumed in an instant, I believe that there is a huge opportunity to create a community that not only cares about how we treat the world, but lives those values everyday. This is my way of promoting mindfulness and conservation of the environment through imagery and story-telling. I truly hope that these images will not become a memorial of what once was, but will continue to be a reminder of the power we all have to preserve what has taken millennia to create.
Kathryn THOMSON - Amaranth, ON
Kathryn works in all forms of glass. Blown glass bowls and vases in vivid colours and swirling forms are part of her unique work. Paperweights, small birds and cats and forms with sandblasted imagery will delight the eye. Whimsical torch-worked bead necklaces and earrings compliment the palette.
Vladimir TOPAL - Toronto, ON
Painting landscapes might look easy but it is not. Factors like the light and weather conditions are constantly changing while the artist is at work. Every second the view is different and catching the mood of the whole area becomes a challenge for him. The event comes to the point that an artist created his/her own landscape. When it comes to finishing a landscape, it takes careful observation of nature; the ability to capture the wholeness of a landscape location. It takes memory, and accurate technique: making sketches every day to determine the colour palette as well as the size of the canvas. But this is only the preliminary work: imagination, talent and the love of nature are the main power of creation.
In stoneware, Jackie works mainly with slabs, sometimes combining them with thrown work to create hand built pieces which are both unique and functional. She uses organic shapes and often incorporates textures into the surface of the clay using laces leaves and netting. Mixing her own glazes she uses 2 or more glazes on each piece to create unusual colour combinations which “break” on the folds and texture making each piece unique. She makes a variety of serving dishes including her signature “folded” bowls, divided platters and popular berry bowls. Other designs include wine holders, chip and dip dishes and soap dishes. Jackie's Raku work is truly “one of a kind”. Her pieces are all hand built and she draws her inspiration from the nature surrounding her studio imprinting her platters with leaves and shells. Her birds, fish and trees are mounted in driftwood and her popular Christmas ornaments feature birds snowmen and animals.The iridescent and white crackle Raku glazes enhance these designs. The new copper matte glaze produces a rainbow of colours on bowls vases and pendants. Each Raku piece is uniquely different.
Steve’s recent work is a combination of natural and architectural landscapes, exploring our natural and manmade environments, some with satirical approach offering a glimpse into our modern lifestyle, figures in some of my pieces offer a peak into our social life and how we interact within our own world.