We have signed up many new artists, and a few favourites from past years, for the 2024 show. Keep checking back to see who will be there!
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Monique van Someren
As a macro photographer with many years of experience capturing insects in the 1000 Islands Region, I have gained a deep understanding and appreciation for these fascinating creatures. I use this knowledge and my vast collection of photos to create insect- and animal-themed oil paintings that offer a unique perspective. My paintings take insects from their natural habitats and place them in new environments, often with a twist. By enlarging and focusing on the intricate details of these creatures, I encourage people to see insects in a different light and to appreciate their beauty and importance in our ecosystem. Oil paint allows me to express my ideas precisely as envisioned, making it the perfect medium for my work. Overall, my work celebrates the natural world and the often-overlooked creatures that inhabit it.
Grandfathers from both my parents passed before I had a chance to meet them yet each provided a little genetic artistic thread that I’ve embraced. Since retiring to the Gananoque area in 2014, I’ve explored music from Dad’s side and painting from Mom’s. When the brushes call, I do my best to meet their expectations. I love trying to capture landscapes in an authentic, but stylized manner. I can get swallowed up in the details and am constantly reminding myself “this is an impression, not a photo”. Self taught, I’m trying to share some of the things that capture my eye…
An award-winning artist, Barb began by working in watercolour and acrylic painting. Afterwards she branched out into collage and printmaking. Her most recent works are in oil paint, and since the beginning of 2022, she has been painting a small oil painting almost every day. She continues to explore various printmaking processes, and is a member of the printmaking open studio at the Kingston School of Art. Barb’s work can be seen in solo and group shows in the Kingston area, and in her home studio.
Through the imagery of trees, I strive to portray the sense of tranquility that I feel when I’m by myself in the woods. Early morning is my favourite time for hikes and paddles - the light is soft, the wind is calm, and I am most likely to be alone. The world can be overwhelming and full of chaos, and these solitary excursions provide a respite that I hope to capture in my paintings. I work in watercolour and oils, from my own photographs. Stylistically, the images feature strongly delineated shapes, reminiscent of stained glass, and Art Nouveau. They are created in layers, built up like the rings of a tree, often becoming invisible, yet still contributing to the finished painting. Marc Chagall said “Art picks up where nature leaves off.” It is not my intention to copy nature, but rather to be inspired by it, and to express the essence of the trees that mean so much to me.
I have painted, on and off (LOTS of off!) from childhood. Since moving to Eastern Ontario in 2018, I have rediscovered my love of painting. I'm a studio painter, but spend much of my time outside. I'm fascinated by the strong horizontals and verticals of nature and the effect light has on these elements. If I'm not in the studio, I'm out with my camera in my kayak, or hiking or driving around searching out new subjects. I am truly blessed to be a full time painter, and to be able to share the beauty of the countryside with you. I paint with acrylics on stretched canvas. I love (and hate!) how quickly acrylics dry, the intensity of the colours, the ease of cleanup (that lets me spend my time painting). I love the feel of canvas - the texture, the way the fabric moves under the brush, and also the way it resists the pressure - the feeling that the canvas itself is part of the process, and not just a static entity.I find the countryside invigorating - I close my eyes, hear the twittering of birds, the rustle of leaves, the lapping waves against my kayak - what could be better than this! And I want to capture that feeling on canvas. I want my paintings to be more than pretty pictures - I want to capture a moment in time, have it evoke a feeling or a memory - of a favourite spot, a perfect moment in time, a childhood spent free in the outdoors. I want to capture the aching beauty of a sunset, the gentle embrace of a sunrise, the excitement of an approaching storm. I want the viewer to smell the pine needles, hear the water crashing over the rocks, feel the breeze whispering through tall grasses. It's a tall order, and I enjoy working every day, trying to achieve this.
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Karen Leslie Hall
Karen Leslie Hall was born in Ottawa, attended Queen’s University in Kingston, then lived and worked in Toronto until moving to Gananoque, Ontario, in 2021. She paints in soft pastel, watercolour, and acrylic, and also enjoys drawing and collage. She has explored still life, landscape, figures, and abstraction. For this show, Karen is presenting contemporary still life paintings that invite the viewer to ponder the beauty of simple, everyday things. These pieces, painted in acrylic on square canvases, bring together two of her favourite motifs: the elegant simplicity of a single pear (the shapeliest of fruits, reminiscent of the female form) and the dramatic effect of strong light and shadow. The process begins with a grisaille underpainting (image fully rendered in greys), followed by many transparent colour glazes. This results in a smooth, glossy, photo-like finish with depth and nuance.
Valerie Spence Hounsell, AFCA, ASCA
I have always had a love of the outdoors, but it was during young adulthood, while living in rural Ontario, that I began to understand the role that the environment would play in my art. It was then that the Canadian landscape became my passion and the driving force behind my work. As a kayak enthusiast, my view from the water as I paddle through the wetlands, has been the primary source of inspiration. Granite shores, quiet inlets, and the rushing waters of the glacial melt are my signature subject matter. I imagine the divine aroma of the pine needles on the forest floor, the warmth of the sun on my face, or the soothing sounds of water lapping up onto the shore as I paint. I savour these sensory moments and draw upon them as I portray these memories onto the canvas. My fascination with water as an agent of geological change is represented in many of my pieces. I use interpretive realism to convey my vision, and with each brushstroke of acrylic paint on the canvas, I create the suggestion of shapes, light, and shadow. Exploiting the beauty of all four seasons I use colour, contrast, and composition to create a unique perspective of the Canadian landscape. As an artist, I have documented my experiences for over 30 years. My artwork has sold consistently through galleries, art shows, and online exhibitions and has been successfully juried into several significant exhibitions in Ontario. My paintings are now held by private collectors across Canada and the USA.
I spend a lot of time exploring the area around my cottage on Bobs Lake, and walking along the Cataraqui River closer to home. There is always something inspiring wherever there are trees, especially in the autumn.
I was also inspired last year by a workshop offered by Debra Krakow, entitled 'Whimsical Interiors'. It was a lot of fun and I am grateful to friends with the same quirky taste in furniture that I have!
Every artwork I make is a journey that I take with my heart, body and my sense of wonder. With each of these journeys I experience firsthand the joy of making art and the excitement of watching it develop before my eyes. With art I enter into a magical world in which time seems to float on fluffy clouds and all things are possible. What a journey! Come join me. I love to share.
Batik is an ancient complex art practiced in Egyptian times and in China, Japan, Java and Indonesia from the 8th century to today to produce decorated cloth that utilizes textile dyes and wax resist to create unique designs on natural fibers for clothing and wall hangings. In the1920s modern chemically based textile dyes started to replace traditional organic dyes, bringing a deeper, brighter and more varied colour palette, changing the potential visual possibilities for the artist.
Eda’s paintings create a sense of place at a particular moment in time. The use of vivid and vibrant colours with quick brush work brings the viewer into a place that can be uniquely their own. Eda has always been a painter. As a young person attending school, art class was her favourite place. Studying Graphic Design imbedded a visual vocabulary and design-sense on which to build. Now, fast forward a few years, Eda spends most of her time in her home studio on the banks of the mighty St Lawrence River where she is inspired by her surroundings each day. Working mainly with oil paint, she creates landscapes which clearly have a loose and painterly feel. Her work has been acquired by collectors across Canada, USA and Europe.
Pamela is a self-taught wire artist who was first inspired to create gifts and custom jewelry for family, friends and friends of friends. While continuing this tradition, her passion for wrapped gemstone, Herkimer diamonds and fine metal craft eventually led her to participate in a select few juried artisan events in Leeds and the Thousand Islands, including the local Before the Rush Fall series and most recently the Before the Summer show. Her small workshop in the beautiful Thousand Islands overlooks a wild marsh, hence “Sur le Marais”!
Michael explores landscapes and water related shapes using watercolor and acrylic mediums. Always striving to find a loose watercolor style, Michael often dabbles on the edge of abstract in his art. Regardless of medium or style, he continues to find inspiration and excitement from the challenges of painting intriguing shapes associated with water and seasonal landscapes.
I fell in love with glass while working as a Graphic Designer at a marketing firm in Ottawa, Ontario. Glass was a side hobby that turned into a passion that led me to open my own business and become a full time artist in 2004. I work in both Glass-on-Glass (G-O-G) and Glass Fusing techniques. My muse is the simple beauty I see in nature and everyday life. Glass enables me to capture the essence of this ever changing face by exploring the many ways it can be manipulated. I create unique glass artwork for homes and gardens - sometimes combined with hardwood or repurposed items like antique windows, bottles and century old barn board using vibrant colours and textures that mimic the natural world to evoke the viewers senses and emotions.
Charleston Lake, ON
I am primarily a self-taught artist who has spent a lifetime loving and exploring art. Every moment I spend outside in my garden, in the woods, or on the water inspires me to create. While predominantly an oil and palette knife painter with an impressionist style – the art I create is about combining all the layers of my life into something visceral and unique. My creative atelier often tests the boundaries of a traditional style of painting, with depth and boldness and heavy textures. Earthy greens, vivid reds, sunshine yellow, deep blues, and unexpected little swoops of colour are the heart and soul of my paintings. In my work I paint what I know intimately, what I see and touch daily – the love of nature! I feel so lucky to live in this rich, vibrant ecosystem located in the Frontenac Arch/Axis region…I spent years living and sailing on the St. Lawrence River and now live and create at beautiful Charleston Lake. There is such an abundance of beauty and inspiration…peace and tranquility! Being seen, connecting through my art is the joy and privilege of being an artist! My art evolution is a journey and hopefully it creates a connection with you!
Born and raised in Brockville, my artistic journey took an unconventional path. High school lacked art classes, and it wasn’t until after graduation that I delved into the world of creativity. The summer of 1973 marked my initiation into pottery, followed by unforgettable drawing lessons with Mr. Aromi, who imparted the quirky wisdom of using fresh bread as an eraser with charcoal. Fast forward to 2011, I established my pottery studio, dedicating most of my spare time to the intricate dance of potting and painting—a testament to the enduring passion ignited by those early artistic encounters.