October 21 – November 29
Four renowned artists of the Kawartha are showcased in this special exhibit that highlights their careers.
Born and educated in England, Brenda is a graduate of the College of Art, Manchester. She specialized in Textile Design, with special emphasis on Silk Screen applications. She immigrated to Canada in 1957 with her husband and children, and has lived in Lindsay, Ontario since 1960.
Brenda taught Basic Drawing, Watercolour and Mixed Media for the Continuing Education program at Sir Sandford Fleming College for over 30 years and taught Mixed Media Techniques for the Lindsay Gallery until a few years ago. She created a course in Basic Watercolour Techniques for the Haliburton School of the Arts, and taught the course there for 20 years.
Brenda has created commissioned works in various media for many institutions and private individuals. Her work may be found in private collections in England, New Zealand, the United States and many parts of Canada.
Brenda has been associated with the Lindsay Gallery since its early days and served on the Board for 13 years. She is a Life Member.
Brenda has been very active in the community, including the Kawartha Summer Theatre, Lindsay Little Theatre, the Lindsay Concert Foundation and Cambridge St. United Church, where she sang in the choir for over 40 years.
Brenda was honoured to be chosen as Citizen of the Year for 2002.
A talented artist of some repute, Lois Brennan is also an avid art collector and an art teacher. Lois’s work is to be found in collections throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. Lois was born in Maidenhead Berkshire, England at the end of the First World War. She later came to Canada with her family and her schooling was split between England and Canada. When the Second World War broke out, Lois volunteered with the Red Cross Corps, serving in England and Canada. She became the youngest POW Liaison Officer in Canada.
Lois studied at the Doon School of Fine Arts, the Art College of Ontario and Fleming College, receiving diplomas in Fine Arts. As you might expect, Lois does not limit herself to one medium but expresses herself in many ways, using a variety of methods and tools. Lois is also a writer and has recently published three books. In the words of author M. Morgan McKnight, “These works reflect Lois’s life, a life lived close to the earth and the beat of its heart. She sings songs in the darkness of tragedy and shines a lens on the glow of day, mixing colours and words for our delight.”
Embracing life fully has taken Lois on a path, which included travel on six continents and a wealth of experience. She is now settled in Bobcaygeon and continues to lead a busy life writing, painting and volunteering in church and community.
Jim Majury, although a native of Toronto, spent much of his youth in the woodlands around the family cottage near Uxbridge, Ontario. He began sketching flora and fauna in the region at an early age and used any scrap of paper he could find.
Jim attended a four year art course at Danforth Technical School in the east end of Toronto and after graduation worked in commercial art for four years.
In 1952 Jim joined the Toronto Police Department and married Peggy. Jim and Peggy raised three children; Eric, Donna and Bruce. During his time with the Toronto police force Jim continued to hone his artistic abilities by drawing composites of suspects and wanted persons. Jim also published a cartoon strip relating to wildlife, conversation and ecology. Jim’s composites assisted law enforcement agencies across Canada and the United States.
Jim retired from police work in 1985 to give his full attention to his first love, painting and drawing. Both police work and fine art may seem miles apart but according to Jim, attention to detail is a necessary ingredient in both.
Jim’s artistic interested are varied and include cartooning, portraiture, landscapes and depicting North American wildlife. Jim strives to depict animals accurately in their natural habitats displaying the common behaviour that we seldom see such as, less than expert hunting prowess and playful interplay.
Jim is an avid supporter of North American conservation and animal rescue organizations as well as a regular contributor to conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited, Wildlife Habitat Canada and wildlife care groups continent wide.
Jim’s original paintings and limited edition are in private corporate collections throughout the world but Jim considers his the Whetung Art Gallery in Curve Lake, Ontario his home gallery.
MICHAEL DUMAS: INSPIRED BY LIFE
The philosophy guiding my art can be described by answering
the three simple questions of Why? What? How?
The answer to the ‘Why’ question, at its most fundamental level, is that I did not choose to be an artist. The innate desire to create has been part of my personality since early childhood and for as long as I can remember. My natural inclination for realism in my work comes from the simple fact that reality is the foundation by which we all experience our lives. This in turn establishes a universal visual language that has the ability to convey even the most nuanced and specific ideas, be they physical, intellectual, or emotional.
What I paint is an expression of my experiencing real life as a thinking, feeling person. Much of daily life is often thought of as ordinary, even mundane, and this can make us rather complacent about familiar surroundings and what we thing of as ordinary and uninspiring. A deeper contemplation however, reveals that there is something profound even in the most simple, commonplace things. It is the deep realization of existence itself, the marvel of ‘to be or not to be’ applied to all things.
As to how I produce an actual work, drawing is the unifying component of my art, from concept to completion. Observing through the act of drawing results in a heightened sense of things. Ideas are fleshed out and made concrete through drawing, and final paintings are extensions of the drawing process. I place no special value on the ingredients that go into creating an image. Colour, tone, detail, etc. are essentially neutral in and of themselves and I never utilize them simply for their own sake. These things take on value only to the degree in which they contribute effectively to conveying the point of any particular work. The desired effect in the finished work always relies on being highly selective in what extent these features are chosen and manipulated. It is a fragile balance that can easily be lost.
Exploring the shared bond between twins and the vast Canadian landscape that
Debbie Richards & Diane Stewarton explores the shared bond between twins and the vast Canadian landscape that both separates them and through shared artistic vision, brings them closer.
Debbie Richards, a Saskatchewan artist, interprets her vision through one-of-a-kind, abstract artistic quilts based on Canadian landscapes. Debbie builds the pieces using traditional quilting techniques then layers textures and shapes on top. Debbie’s career has been one of lifelong creativity and innovation, highlighted by her achievements as an award-winning quilt artist and designer. Debbie is also the creator of DJ Richards Design through which she publishes original patterns for other people to enjoy.
Diane Stewart, a Northern Ontario artist, portrays the images through a unique method of textile mosaic, building depth and texture using hundreds of tiny fabric pieces. Diane has worked for over thirty years to perfect her skill experimenting with multimedia, adding layers of textile and beadwork to her watercolour paintings, leading to the development of her current technique.
June 27 – August 23, 2014
Influenced and taught by Rosalie Namer at MacDonald College, Pierre Legault of Quebec and many others associated with OCA and Fusion the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Brenda’s work is based on natural elements that pre-date recorded history. Dragons, Mythology, and a touch of Art Nouveau can be found in many pieces that Brenda creates. Teapots are a perfect vehicle for combining funk with functional where she strives to end the battle of art verses craft. She is always pushing those boundaries and they are usually infused with her quirky sense of humour. She considers tea and laughter the best medicine to calm and cure anything from broken hearts to frazzled nerves.