R. W. (Rob) Anderson
I create art which is an exploration of the media itself. I want to make images that serve the mind as well as the eye, that may have the ability to surprise, while always maintaining a playful sense of humour. For this show, I’ve explored the sensibilities of “polar”, “blackbird”, “floral” and “musical ride”. Initially I research my themes on the internet, refer to my own photographs, and create small experimental paintings to resolve colour, technique, gesture and composition. I like the immediacy of acrylic paint, and play with its viscosity by using various mixing media. I am a modernist.
Krista Beckett - Watercolour
I am a watercolour artist. I connect with watercolour because of its transparent quality, allowing me to paint what inspires me most … sunlight and contrasting shadows. I never tire of the colour and detail of familiar surroundings … rural landscapes, flowers, heritage buildings. Currently, the architecture of St. Marys is my focus. The challenge of taking an inspiration, from initial pencil lines and washes, to a completed piece of art is an exciting process. This process itself is part of what I love about painting. The time I spend working out a composition, colours, focal point, and all that needs to be considered, is time I thoroughly enjoy. I am thankful to God for the meaning and purpose I find at my art table … the connection I experience there.
Kathy Blake - Wood
Growing up surrounded by pine, cherry, birds-eye maple and walnut furniture, I developed a love of working with wood from my Dad. Upon my retirement from teaching, I was able to concentrate on crafting, painting and wood carving. Working with basswood and pine, I enjoy carving Santas, wizards and jesters. Painting floorcloths, doll-making, leading craft groups and hanging out with like-minded friends brings me great satisfaction. I am part of a local carving club and enjoy being challenged by our projects. I am inspired by anything whimsical or folk-art related. My goal is to do something creative every day.
Jess Blackmore - Watercolour
I make art because it’s fun. Working with, and being surrounded by colour, is like eating the best of a bunch of desserts at the same time. I often paint outside because being in the sun and having birds singing is the same as swimming in the ocean or seeing an alpine meadow for the first time. Art is about discovering why our lives are already so wonderful, even if we forget it for a moment. www.opaltones.com
Sylvia Bosgra Anderson
I divide my creative time between painting – in various media – and writing. After working for many years as a designer (textile), I approach my art as a design “problem”. I begin with a concept and rudimentary sketches. From then on the process becomes responsive and experimental. My current work is abstract with references to landscape. I am committed to exploring dream thought, memory and symbol in both written and visual formats. New discoveries in space and science excite me. I have been lucky to have had some stellar teachers.
Sandy Craig - Watercolour & Acrylics
I’ve always wanted to paint, but have had the opportunity only since retiring to St. Marys 10 years ago. The first things I painted (in oil and watercolour) were pictures of my 2 grandchildren. After a few years of occasional watercolour lessons, I decided to try the richer colours of acrylics. Landscapes, botanicals (especially mushrooms), cave art and, most of all, portraits inspire me. I started to paint in order to understand art better, to see pictures and their subjects more clearly; simply, to appreciate.
Alan Dhingra - Painter and Printmaker
I graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1984 and moved to St Marys in 1992. My “moose map mixed-media” paintings appear in private art collections throughout North America. They bring together my printmaker’s exactitude in layering and composition, with a whimsical nod to Canadiana and the mystic Northern Ontario landscape. I teach printmaking workshops in my studio and accept commissions that allow you to choose a specific map location for your painting. www.alandhingra.com
Lisa Gerber-Plancke - Watercolour
I typically start by laying down a very simple painting, then stepping back to determine what layers, texture or depth will bring the work to life. I know a piece is done when it holds my attention and draws my eye from one place to another within the painting. My style can be primitive or folksy, often playful, always intense and richly hued. I love natural shapes and growing things. As an artist, I look at the world and see stunning possibilities everywhere. I am dedicated to capturing these images on paper so others can share the joy I feel when I am painting.
Sarah Hamilton - Acrylics
I paint figurative pieces in acrylic with imagery drawn from old photographs. I have a collection of family and antique photos that I use. I look for an image that seems to have some mystery to it and explore it in full colour paint. As a child in St. Marys, I loved looking through my grandparents’ photo albums and listening to their stories. I could almost see the black and white images on top of the living town that I explored. If the past is another country, my paintings are dreams from that distant land. www.facebook.com/backwardglanceart/
My images are usually put together one of two ways. I will start with an idea or collage item and keep building the composition with a variety of media until the whole piece comes together, usually with a lot of trial and error. Other times I create paintings that are inspired by images encountered while walking the trails of St. Marys. I take a lot of photographs on my walks and will use some of these images as a starting point for my paintings.
Anna Koot - Encaustic
I am an encaustic artist residing in rural St. Marys, Ontario. When not in my home-based studio, I can be found working on the family-run dairy operation. My art education is an informal one, comprised mostly of any art book I could get my hands on, and taking as many workshops as possible. My rural surroundings are the inspiration for my work. And the love of the everyday is evident in the subject matter I choose to paint. An integral part of the encaustic process is to repeatedly reheat the wax, fusing the multiple layers and giving the work integrity, luminosity and strength. I revel in the push and pull of molten, pigmented wax which, when melted, has a mind of its own. www.annakoot.com
I am a visual artist who draws, paints, and constructs shadow boxes. After a country childhood, I attended OCA and Guelph University. I’ve been painting and constructing since the 1990’s, & drawing forever. A life-long interest in composition began in high-school; drawing classes at college taught me to see and express; later, an artist mentor provided painting instruction. I admire the Post-Impressionists and Canadian painters David Milne and Emily Carr. My pieces have been exhibited in one-man and group shows; some hang in private collections.
Chantelle Marshall - Acrylics
My challenge with painting is to try and capture an image or thought from my mind, and recreate it in a new way on a white canvas. To me, the joy of painting is in the abundance and relationships of colour. I paint objects or images that allow me to play with colour. I enjoy using many bold, passionate colours or, conversely, a limited palette and seeing how many colours I can create. The intense colours in acrylic paints, and the range of ways acrylics can be used, make it my favourite medium. My hope is that each painting can create a little spark of joy in the viewer.
Heather McKenzie - Oils
For the past 25 years, I have worked full-time as an artist painting garden, street and landscape scenes. Feeling the need to grow and change, I decided to try my hand at abstracts, working in oil on canvas. My first abstract evolved from the need of a painting over my sofa. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Feeling further need for growth and change, I experimented working the oils with a palette knife. It has been quite liberating! This series of paintings exhibited at the Station Gallery are sunsets inspired by the magnificent ones I’ve witnessed on Lake Huron, and are of a more impressionistic nature. Each painting was executed in oil, using only a palette knife.
Diana McQuirk - Acrylics
As a newcomer to both St. Marys and acrylic paints, my creativity has had a jump start! I consider my paintings as “honest” interpretations emerging naturally and freely when using the luscious thick bold colours of acrylics. My inspiration springs from seeing, hearing or feeling “something”, moving me to put paint to canvas. My “painting training” has been through courses at OCAD, Sheridan, Sir Sandford Fleming, Humber College (for photography) as well as in class and plein air experience both in and outside Canada with individual artists. I hope, too, that my quirky outlook on life is present and peeking through my images.
Gerie Noordam - Fibre
As a young girl, my hobby was working with different fibres … sewing, knitting etc. This has since become my passion. I take photographs from my surroundings … lakes, landscapes etc. I also draw inspiration from magazines, postcards, photographs and pictures that I like. My wall hangings are usually done in wool needle felting, fibres, and machine and hand stitching with different threads. Other wall hangings are created using such fabrics as silk, cotton, satin, dyed cheesecloth etc. and, again, different threads. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to create these fibre wall hangings.
Donal O’Connor - Watercolour
I began painting in watercolour about 20 years ago as a diversion from my daily work as a journalist. Typically, each of my representational images emerges after a series of sketches experimenting with composition, tone and colour … all aimed at rekindling some moment in time that nudged me into a contemplative state. I find it magical when a painting results, that meets my artistic goal for that particular piece. The possibility of surpassing my expectations keeps me returning to this often capricious medium.
Torrie Sanderson - Glass
I began making jewelry over ten years ago, but quickly migrated to wire working and fusing glass. I happily play with colour, light, glass, minerals, metal and heat. My affinity for symmetry, texture, geometric shapes, bright colours, simplicity and rhythmic patterns is apparent in the pieces I create. There is something exciting, but mysterious, about working with warm glass. I always anticipate how the stacked layers might merge and change in a firing and yet, somehow, they always turn out differently than I expect. I love the discovery of opening my kiln to see how the tiny layers of glass blend and recreate themselves into tiny pieces of art, each one individual and unique.
Ev Scott - Multi Media
The ability to focus on a single medium has totally eluded me. Long ago, I chose to embrace my apparent A.D.D. (Artistic Disorder Disorder) rather than harness it. That decision has led me through a myriad of creative endeavours, all of which I love … writing, photography, sculpting, wood carving, fibre art, painting and mixed media. I am fueled by words, colour, nature, animals and good people. Being surrounded by all of those things at our farm in Avonbank, in the beautiful countryside of Perth County, and at our summer home on the sea in Newfoundland, there is not a remote possibility that I will ever hone my focus and stick to one thing. My sole mission is to keep a playful spirit as I live passionately and artfully.
Anne Storey - Wood
I have been carving in wood, under the tutelage of Ken Felkar, for over four years. Using cottonwood bark and basswood, I like the whimsical detail in carving walking sticks, bookends and Christmas decorations, and I love the colours and flow of painting with acrylics. For me, being creative is both important and satisfying, as well as being fun. Through Stonetown Arts, I have discovered a variety of experience, creativity and encouragement for my work. I am inspired through travelling … but St. Marys is home.
Cyndi Vink - Acrylics
Presently, I am inspired to paint by exploring and photographing nature. Seasonal fields and gardens provide an endless fodder of flowers, foliage, birds, insects, and animals for painting with acrylics on wooden panels. Taking a picture in a favoured light captures the living moment and later determines the expression of the drawing or painting. Colour, lighting, and textural relief are critical elements in reflecting the realism of the photographed natural world. Acrylic paints provide the perfect medium that allows me to bring the captured moment to life. Painting gives me a calm meditative focus, and naturalistic expression brings me great joy.
Paula Wilcox - Fused Glass
I am a fused glass artist and create wall art as well as unique glass dishes. I transitioned from stained glass work to fusing glass in 2014. Fusing glass involves firing two pieces of compatible glass in a kiln. Firing the kiln to a high temperature (up to 1500°) yields a smooth finish to the glass, whereas firing the kiln to a lower temperature results in a more textured, three dimensional finish. I get my inspiration from nature … and from my colleagues at Stonetown Arts. I love the tactile appeal of the glass after the transformation it makes in the high heat. The excitement of that first look in the kiln keeps me challenged and eager to create the projects I place within it.