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Mahtab Abdollahi
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Acrylic / Mixed Media

Mahtab Abdollahi strives to fully explore her creativity, to experience the outer limits and push the boundaries of her artistic journey. As an artist who desires to excel in her craft, Mahtab uses a variety of mediums to express herself and achieve the right texture and feel in her work. The canvas is her playground where she embraces the joy of the creative process, where she delights in happy accidents and other unplanned surprises. Her artworks represent a passion and excitement that she has cherished and nourished, and arise from the many memories of the experience of life itself.

Mahtab graduated with honours in Graphic Design from George Brown College. She has a BA in Fine Art, and a MA in Illustration. In addition, she has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Canadian Drawings. She is also a board member of the Newmarket Group of Artists.

 
 
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Sunni Ann Ball
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Acrylic

I have lived in King since I was 12. I attended the Toronto Waldorf School until Grade 12 where they require you to draw and compose your own text books. I have been very involved in art my whole life. I was a professional athlete traveling the world gathering inspiration for my painting along the way. Now I work as an In Home Personal Trainer, which brings ideas in the form of human anatomy to my work.

While living in Australia I moved into Oils but when I moved home I came right back to my favourite medium, acrylics. I focus mainly on canvas and wood but also do smaller colour pencil pieces as well. I bring my colourful past and mix it with the seasons outside my studio window to complete scenes of wonder.

 
 
Dina Artman
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Mixed Media

I was born in Romania, grew up in Israel and arrived to Canada 13 years ago. I have been teaching computer integration in education for 30 years.

Coming from a family of photographers, I was introduced to photography at a young age and immediately fell inloved with it. I enjoy creating mixed media pieces, utilizing digital photography and paint. I am inspired by real life, nature and our surroundings, and love enhancing captured moments with paint application to create original pieces.

 
 
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Robert Ball

Sculpture

I have lived in King since 1996. This is where my artistic career began. I have gone through many sculpture mediums including wood carving, stone, and for the last 6 years I have dived deep into Raku. I have taken years of training in Naples Florida when I am 'snow birding' in the winter.

I love the anticipation that comes with the colourful surprise that is the technique of raku. Each piece is unique with it's own character. I focus on faces in the form of masks for wall hanging or free standing sculpture.

 
 
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Karen Bowen
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Mixed Media / Glass / Oil / Acrylic

Karen L Bowen is an artist living in King Township, working in oils, acrylics and mosaics. As a biologist, artist and writer, Karen takes inspiration from the complements of colour and pattern found in nature and hopes to communicate her passion for human innovation, storytelling and free design.

 
 
Amanda Brittin
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Jewellery

Amanda Brittin is a visual artist from Mount Albert, Ontario, working predominantly in silver and stone jewellery. Her work is both whimsical and funky.

Although I work in a variety of media, including jewellery, mosaics and floorcloths, my work has a unifying element in that I focus on the functional aspects of creativity. My intention is to make pieces that can be used as part of daily life and bring a small element of joy and beauty to the owner. There is nothing precious about my work - it is fun and whimsical, often humorous - whether a ring, a canvas floorcloth or a mosaic window, the piece will be light-hearted and colourful.

 
 
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George Burt
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Woodturning

George began wood turning in the late 1980's, making gifts for family and friends.

George's work has been sold through several galleries across Canada - from Jasper BC to Perth, Ontario. He has participated in many of the Ontario Craft Shows, including One-Of-A-Kind Show and Sale for ten successful and rewarding years. The vases have been sent or taken as gifts to all parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, the Oreint and USA - even to a Tibetan Monastery.

His love for the wood is evident. He loves saving the wood by creating beautiful objects that others can love and appreciate. Each piece unique, people who love wood, love his work. George uses a tag for every creation " This is made with the hope it provides you as much enjoyment as it did for me in its making".

 
 
Alexandra K. Conrad
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Acrylic/Oil

Before I fully devoted myself to art, I graduated from different faculties but my last degree, with honours, from Ontario College of Art and Design is the most precious to me.

Besides doing fine arts Alexandra is an illustrator and her medical illustrations were printed in numerous medical publications: books, lecture materials for University of Toronto and also American Medical Association Journals.

Alexandra's fine art paintings are mainly in oil and acrylic but she enjoys other media as well. Her subjects include portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, nature and abstracts and are expressed in vibrant colours with strongly accented brush strokes and thick application of paint. Alexandra particularly enjoys painting portraits in which she is focusing on the individual's gesture elements, which are the "soul of the person".

Alexandra's artworks are in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.

 
 
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Aloel Cristal
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Sculpture

I was born in Latvia, lived part of my life in Moscow, Russia, being a surgeon; then came to Canada in 1991 and became a Naturopathic Doctor. Now, 20 years later, I have finally embraced my life-long love for ceramics and became a potter.

I believe that our daily seemingly mundane moments of food preparation or eating or drinking can be transformed into esthetic and joyful moments by using certain utensils and dishes. I prefer creating simple pots but the ones that warm the soul.

 
 
Jacqueline England
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Oil, Graphite, Pastel

Jacqueline England was born in Nottingham, England, and was educated both in the U.K. and Canada. Jackie has been actively interested in the fine arts, and under the tutelage of Michael Spillane of the Spillaine Studio of Fine Arts. She has a special interest in producing photorealistic paintings of horses and wildlife, working in various media. As a young teen, while finishing her education in England, she spent many a long hour with her first love, horses.

Upon returning to Canada, time was also spent raising, training and showing horses. Jackie worked for many years as a computer analyst and resides in the Streetsville/Mississauga area. Before making painting her primary interest, she was an established bear artist. Her unique hand-designed bears have appeared in numerous shows and gift shops throughout Ontario and have been featured in bear magazines throughout Canada, the United States and Britain.

 
 
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Eva Folks
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Acrylic

Colour, whimsy, and a touch of humour are all important components in all of my paintings.

My painting style is illustrative. Words and phrases that capture my attention are the creative inspiration for my paintings. My medium is acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and wood panel. I prefer to design my paintings by first doing a series of sketches to capture the image exactly as I see it in my mind. Many times I stretch and prepare my own canvases to suit the image instead of trying to force an idea onto a standard size.

Over the past few years, I have reveled in painting work for the Urban Series, but the 'Cruizin' Series paintings are the most enjoyable for me. They are also the most time consuming to produce. Much thought and consideration is put into researching specific features of each car I select for a painting, making it easily identifiable to the viewer. Characters of my own design are added, many of whom are inspired by people I have met at some point in my life, who suit the selected car and the selected phrase, creating a play on words with the title of the painting. People can identify with my whimsical, surreal worlds giving them an emotional connection either through the car, the characters, or the depicted activity.

In 2011, I decided to make visual art my sole career. Since then, I have participated in a variety of juried shows including the Downtown Festival of the Arts in Naples Florida. I have also had a solo exhibition at the Colleen Abbott Gallery in Aurora, Ontario and have gallery representation in both Canada and the United States.

 
 
Debra Gibbs
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Pottery

I started on the Potters Wheel at age 16 learning with my students and then went on to graduate from Seneca College with a Visual Arts Instructor's Diploma in 1981. After successfully completing a four year apprenticeship with a Master Potter of FINE Porcelain, I continue to teach pottery in my studio and showroom, north of Toronto in Caledon.

I produce Wheel Thrown, Fine Porcelain dinnerware and gifts. My work shows in many galleries and stores including The McMichael Gallery Canadian Art Collection and The Art Gallery of Ontario. I participate in Trade and Contemporary Craft shows; through these shows I have won several awards of excellence for Master Quality Craftsmanship and Booth Design & Display.

I enjoy working with FINE Porcelain because of the physical purity and hardiness. Fine Porcelain has its' own qualities from the 'whiter than white - baby powder' feel to incredible strength and durability when kiln fired at very high temperatures. The colour effects create depth and textures which make us want to use and enjoy each piece.

Fine Porcelain is all about the natural relationship between 'true form' and the 'FINE' touch. It draws you close and exposes its honest beauty through everyday use.

The development of my pottery has always been with the desire to improve on style. Over the years, as my technique has become increasingly refined, I feel I've developed a clean and elegant look to the pieces in keeping with my overall view of simplicity in life.

 
 
Brigitte Granton
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Acrylic/Oil

Brigitte Granton's passion for painting landscapes in acrylic and oil paint comes from her love of nature and education in the biological sciences. As a resident of King Township for much of her life, she is drawn to the woodlands, rolling hills and farms of the surrounding Oak Ridges Moraine as well as the rugged landscapes of the Parry Sound/Muskoka area.

While working in medical research and forensics, art was always a part of her life, and after raising a family, she was able to focus on painting full time. Over the years, Brigitte has taken numerous courses and workshops in oil and acrylic painting from various prominent artists.

Brigitte has participated and won awards in numerous juried art shows and her works are currently displayed on banners throughout King Township, publications of the North American Native Plant Society and in private collections and in corporations in Canada.

"Inspiration is everywhere. The countryside of Canada never disappoints!"

 
 
Cayla Hollingshead
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Photography / Painting

I grew up in Schomberg, Ontario and have always loved the country. This usually translates in my artwork whether that be, in my paintings or photography. I have always been interested in art so I decided to attend school for the arts. I am currently completing my 4th year in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program for visual arts at York University.

I tend to create paintings using an oil medium and occasionally will use an acrylic medium. As for my Photography I have been interested in photographing close-ups of different subjects as well as landscapes.

 
 
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Jane Kabarguina
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Acylic / Oil

Jane Kabarguina was born and grew up in Kazakhstan where she developed love of Art with anything that was available. Her grandparents started her art education when she was 5 years old. Jane used all kinds of materials while growing - pencils, watercolors, oil, chalk, sand, textile, wax and even motor oil.

 
 
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Sharon Kirsh
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Oil / Mixed Media

Sharon Kirsh's art focuses on the classical elements of earth, water and fire, and how they describe our experiential sensations of the natural world.

Beginning with meditation, and integrating poetic metaphors that relate emotions to the natural world, Sharon paints with thick transparent layers in cold wax and oil on birch panels or paper. This rich textural surface is enhanced by digging lines and scraping, revealing what lies beneath; creating a history.

 
 
Ileen Kohn
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Oil, Watercolour, Charcoal

Ileen Kohn, artist, seeks to capture the figure in movement, the spirit of a portrait, the beauty of landscapes and nostalgia of still life using oils, watercolour and charcoal.

Ileen trained with the Academy of Realist Art (formerly Michael John Angel Studios). She received further training in Figurative Painting at the Ontario College of Art, and Cartooning at George Brown College. Ileen teaches art at the high school level in Toronto; she accepts art and tutoring commissions.

 
 
Janna Kozoub

Oil

Janna Kozoub was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to Canada in the 90's. Moving to Canada gave her a unique vision that allows her to see the world from multi-cultural and multidimensional perspectives. Janna has three passions: nature, animals and art. All her impressions are reflected in her art. Her oil paintings cover a variety of subje;ct matters: nature, human and animal portraits and, most importantly, human relationships.
 
 
Olena Lopatina
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Oil

Olena Lopatina was born in Ukraine and graduated from the Academy of Art and Design with a Bachelor in Fine Arts Diploma. She moved to Canada in 1997and is now living in Stouffville, Ontario. After moving to Canada she attained a degree in Computer Graphic Design and Multimedia Web Design. She became an active artist in the community.

Her love of art came at an early age. The inspiration of nature - landscapes, waterscapes and floral became the themes of her paintings. As an intuitive painter she finds beauty in her surroundings and enjoys painting what inspires her, using oils to portray that beauty.

As a member of Richmond Hill Group of Artists (RHGA) she has participated in numerous solo and group art shows at Mill Pond Gallery.

Nothing is so perfect and so beautiful as nature. I have always been fascinated by harmony and beauty of nature. To study nature was always a source of great pleasure for me. My passion for nature is reflected in my painting. And much of my imagery I found just by opening my door, outside in the ever-changing landscape and in the garden. Inspired by nature I want the viewer to be able to feel like they are actually there. I want the viewer to fill like me every time they look at one of my paintings.

 
 
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Vladmir Lopatina
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Wood Sculpture / 3D Oil Painting

Vladimir Lopatin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Academy of Art and Design in Kharkov, Ukraine. He moved to Canada in 1997 and now lives in Stouffville, Ontario.

His interest and love of art began during childhood and became a lifelong passion. He likes to work using different materials like oil, pastel, and watercolor, but he finds oil paint and wood sculptures to be the ideal mediums to express his passion for art.

He paints and sculpts the world he lives in. Nature gives him an endless supply of forms and patterns for inspiration. His inspiration comes from the shadowing, curvature, shape, color, and texture of the wood itself. His art is stylized fantasy rather than realism. His work can be found in private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Yugoslavia, Germany, Australia, USA, and Canada.

As a member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists (RHGA), he has participated in numerous solo and group shows at the Mill Pond Gallery.

 
 
Robert McAffee
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Oil

"Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world are right here in Canada waiting to be discovered by those adventuresome enough to step off the beaten path. My challenge in life is to present Canada on canvas to the world. To assist each one who wishes to bring a dramatic Canadian landscape experience into their private space, at home or in the office."
Robert McAffee

"I have always had it in my blood, the desire to draw and paint". Any surface was fair game in the early years of Roberts's life. "I remember my mother shrieking from the dining room, when I arrived I could see that she had discovered my well crafted carving of my name into the surface of her cherished dining table, but she didn't seem to think it was such a nice piece of work!" Such was the beginning of Robert's long road through the creative arts and the constant rediscovery of new methods and mediums.

In 2007 Robert was given an oil painting kit which would dramatically change his life and the direction of his art. "Oil gave my painting power and texture, colours were richer and far more expressive." He explains. What followed was a succession of sales of his art that to the present time has exceeded over 300 original paintings.

Join Robert in his examination and celebration of beauty, colour and light as he steps off that beaten path.

 
 
Mary Morganelli
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Acrylic/Watercolour

Mary's love of painting started in her early school years and in her teens she attend a few art courses. She took a break from her artistic talent to concentrate on her marriage, career and raising a family. After 40 years she decided to return to her passion of art and attended an art class to refresh her memory and history was made.

Painting gives her a feeling of peace and satisfaction. Her paintings are relaxing, peaceful, an expression of beauty, and inspirational. It touches her creative imagination of her visualization of a great world and takes you in a place of peace, tranquility and serenity. She expresses her ideas in the use of different mediums acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, ink, oil pastels. The realistic fine art painting begins from an individual photo and or multi photos perfectly composed to the right composition. With the use of imagination, colors, value, tone and texture along with an extra touch of expression her painting is created.

The Alzheimer Society has used her inspirational painting "Forget Not" for their Alzheimer Awareness campaign.

 
 
Gaia Orion
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Oil

Gaia sees the world as a harmonious geometric composition. Her work explores many archtypical themes about all aspects of life and refelect her interest in the interconnectedness of our lives with the elements and cycles of nature.

Sacred and ancient forms of art from various cultures throughout history have always Gaia. With beauty in their simplicity, their strong lines,vivid colours, the images transcend time through feel 'like they have always been here'. These images have the same power as the beauty we find in nature. The more connected we are with our own true nature and the natural world the greated harmony we feel.

 
 
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Dominick Petrungaro
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Photography

Dominick Petrungaro began exploring his interest in photography and film as early as grade school and his photographs have appeared in Toronto newspapers and magazines. He specializes in portraiture, landscape, and architectural. He is also a freelance photographer whose work includes; Justin Trudeau's campaign trail in Ontario, Cadbury Canada, Parkinson Society Canada, Ashley's Angels, Sick Kids Hospital, Art World Fine Art,The Breast Cancer Society of Canada,

His style has been described as being abstract, and cinematic. His major influences in his artistic endeavours are from such renown Cinema directors as Federico Fellini, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Michelangelo Antonioni and Sergio Leon. Like these maverick artists, Dominick aspires to form a visual language in his art that renders unnecessary any explanations to plot, story or emotions.

Dominick has won numerous awards for his work including being the first and only photographer to win the 2010 'Best in Show' in the history of the Franklin Carmichael art Centre. In August of 2014, he won the 'Unexpected Rainbow' National contest hosted by Mocca (Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art) and Nikon Canada for his image, 'Azul'. He has also participated in the Contact Photography festival in May 2014, and 2015 at Artworld Fine Art in Etobicoke.

Dominick currently resides in Nobleton, Ontario and is a graduate of York University and Humber College.

 
 
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Silvia Phillips

Oil

Silvia has been creating in various forms throughout her professional and personal life. Mostly self taught, her favorite medium is oil.

Her paintings are her response to what she sees and feels around her, repeated in form and colour. Silvia was born in Germany and now makes her home in Schomberg ON .

 
 
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Lucy Quintero
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Oil

"My passion for painting is rooted in nature and the fascination I have for light and shade. That has drawn me to paint through my senses to share what I'm feeling".

A native of Colombia, Lucy grew up enjoying the mountains and the tropical beaches where she found a great appreciation for nature. In high school she was interested in many forms of art and later, when she received a degree in Architecture, her passion for art focused on oil painting. After graduating, she attended private classes with different teachers and also participated in numerous workshops to improve the technique.

Although she is known for her depictions of landscapes and still life, Lucy's work is very diverse and includes a wide variety of subjects. Her richly colored style has afforded her the opportunity of showing her work in private collections and shows in Colombia and Canada. Now, living in Canada, she finds inspiration in the endless wonder of the seasons and the beautiful scenery that Canada offers

 
 
Michele Rose
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Acrylic

Born just outside of London, England, in the beautiful rolling hills of Essex County, Michele Rose has been using her creative forces from the young age of ten. In 1982, she moved to Canada and studied at Ontario College of Art. Michele experimented with many styles and media throughout her post graduate years. She soon discovered her one true love, painting inspirational landscapes, florals and abstract works.

Her paintings depict the quaintness of Michele's homeland while celebrating the vastness of Canada's beauty. Her primary goal is to create peaceful, calming landscapes, into which the viewer can escape from the hectic demands of everyday life.

 
 
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Josee Savaria
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Acrylic

Formally trained as a graphic designer in Montréal, I subsequently discovered the tremendous liberation found in expressing my imagination and projecting my unique whimsical imagery on surfaces using the power of texture and colours. My current series of paintings concentrates on an exploration of the boundary between sea and land: the place where the terrestrial and marine realms meet. The beauty and power of the marine world profoundly move me, and its variety and mystery infuse me with a deep sense of awe.

I project my imagery in a bold colourful style using a variety of media and techniques which include acrylic paint, pencil crayon, block prints and ink and whatever medium strikes my fancy.

I hope that my work instils in you a small measure of the joy and wonder that I feel when marvelling at the natural world!

 
 
Judy Sherman
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Oil

After a career as a graphic designer / illustrator and then travelling to Florence, Italy to study academic painting and drawing, Judy decided to pursue her career as a visual artist full time. Her work is shown in galleries and exhibitions. Judy has received OAC Grants and won various awards for her work. Her pieces hang in private collections throughout Canada, USA, Scotland and Ireland.

"I have always admired the quality and aesthetics of the old masters and at the same time was fascinated with the reality and emotions that cartoons evoked. They could convey a message with such simplicity and ease. After much contemplation, I decided to incorporate the two ideas. With this combination I am excited to paint in the traditional style that I admire and at the same time include toys that evoke a spirit of nostalgia and elevate the soul".

 
 
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Steve Silverman
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Photography

A native of Toronto, Canada, Steve Silverman is an international award-winning, fine art photographer with a keen and unique artistic vision. His love and appreciation for black and white photography is reflected in his dramatic landscapes and engaging architectural cityscapes from across Canada.

Steve's photos represent a visual interpretation of his outer reality. He uses strong tonal contrast, texture and mood to express his artistic vision. His photos are easily recognized by his use of strong leading lines combined with the interplay of light and shadows to create depth, giving a two-dimensional image the illusion of three dimensions. Simply put, he can transform a simple, mundane scene into a compelling black & white fine art photograph.

Steve's photos have been published in many international books and magazines. He is also a guest speaker at local camera clubs.

Steve works in conjunction with several Canadian art galleries and publishers on a variety of corporate and home decor fine art projects. These include Kodiak Gallery, Denison Gallery, Liss Gallery, Select Art Gallery, Mima Fine Art Publishers, Out of the Blue Art Publishers and Laila's.

 
 
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Helen Simpson
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Acrylic

Helen was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland. Upon leaving school she emigrated to the United Kingdom where she trained and became a nurse. Helen then married and emigrated to Canada.

After raising two children she went back to College and obtained a Library Diploma and spent many years working in Provincial High School Libraries.

Helen is well travelled and an avid reader. In 2012, Helen developed a keen interest in painting with a particular interest in farming landscapes. Helen joined the Local Colour Aurora group of artists in Aurora, Ontario, Canada and has since increased her love of painting.

 
 
Brian Sinnott

Leather Work

Brian Sinnott has almost 40 years experience in working with leather, making a full range of equestrian products as well as doing creative custom work. His custom leatherwork includes items such as eReader, iPad and phone cases, briefcases, belts, bracelets, fishing rod cases, dog collars and leashes, motorcycle seats and bags. His attention to detail and use of quality materials is evident in all his work, whether it is a simple dog collar or a custom briefcase.

 
 
Holly Speers

Pottery

Holly's passion for clay started 30 years ago when she joined The Richmond Hill Potters Guild. Since then, she has taken many workshops as well as attending George Brown College and The Koffler Centre for the Arts. Holly taught pottery to seniors for the North York Board of Education for eight years and at CACY (Caledon Art Camp) for five. She now creates wheel thrown functional pieces in her studio, inspired by her garden, pets and wild unruly property. Holly teaches classes in the studio in the spring and fall.

 
 
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Karola Steinbrecher
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Acrylic

Karola Steinbrecher was born in Germany and now resides north of Toronto. She has been painting for over forty years and is primarily self-taught. She has exhibited in both group and solo shows, won awards for her work, and is a member of artist leagues both in Florida and Ontario.

Karola has a penchant for warm colours and can be detail oriented or abstract in her selection of subjects often presenting a familiar subject with unusual backgrounds. Her use of red hues are most obvious in her present work and she has recently moved to more abstract subject matter. Her pieces are lively and expressive, delivered in very intense colors, on simplified rich backgrounds. The work is very modern and contemporary and illustrates her versatility, particularly in her works of nature.

Karola has shown frequently in galleries, shows and exhibitions in North America and her art has been purchased to private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A and Europe.

 
 
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Jane Stysinski

Oil

I inherited my artistic ability from my father. I took several art courses a at York University where I received my Art Specialist certificate. I also took several art courses at an art college in the States by correspondence where I received a proficiency in art certificate.

 
 
Helen Walter
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Acrylic

For the past 69 years, Helen Walter has called Czechoslovakia, Israel, England and, primarily, Canada home. She is a graduate of Ryerson's four-year Film and Photography program at Ryerson University and is a self-taught graphic artist. Eventually, she returned to her first love, painting. In the past 12 years, Helen has come into her own as a landscape painter and art and creativity teacher.

"I'm attracted to Ontario's small towns, mostly those very close to where I live, but the hamlets, farms and fields of Quebec and the Maritimes are also a constant magnet.

I love to work in acrylics, mostly on wood, moving quickly, as a plein air and studio artist. I always say 'Give me enough time and I will destroy anything', so speed is of the essence, particularly as the sun never stops moving across the sky. I always look for the light and the narrative in a scene. There usually is one, even when it's not immediately apparent, and often it's found in the way the light plays in the image. I hope that if you look closely at my work, you'll see your own story."

 
 
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Anna Whitmore
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Acrylic

Nature, when it is not satisfied with circumstances, creates new ones. A sapling will bend, strain and swerve to become a great tree, water will wear away at rock to reach its destination and as an artist I strive to do the same. With my art I never want to be just satisfied. Instead, I continually aim for joy.

I have spent over 25 summers in the interior of Algonquin Park. I have lived amid waltzing trees, decaying stumps, painted skies, and barren rocks. Nature has been my temple, my school, and my home. I have come to realize that trees often show more humanity than humans, that the sun rejoices in it’s setting, and that moonlight makes even the most common object beautiful. In nature I have seen the struggle for life, the necessity of death, and the reality of something greater.

Growing up in the Algonquin wild, I fell in love with the created world, with the howling wind, the dying trees, and the lonely moon. I want to share that love with others, and so I paint.

 
 
Lynn Wilson
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Acrylic/Mixed Media

I love to paint flowers (both realistic and impressionist) and also paint abstract images combining both regular acrylic, mixed media and metallic acrylics including iridescents.

Some of the comments I've heard from customers is ... "a very strong presence" ... "would be quite complementary to modern and/or corporate spaces" .... and comments about my mixed media textured large pieces "they look like they are hard, metal sculpture yet are soft to the touch" .... "amazing, strong pieces"... "they make me happy when I look at them".

I am also into photography, especially in black and white. My favourites are close-up floral images and architectural pieces.

I had the opportunity of displaying my art at the Skylight Gallery at the Aurora Town Hall in 2007 for one month and display and sell both my paintings and my photography at local juried art shows, town festivals, restaurants and shops. I also do commissioned pieces and have had the pleasure of clients purchasing more than one of my pieces to display in their home.

 
 
Darlene Winfield
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Oil

Darlene J. Winfield has traveled the world extensively and while living abroad spent time drawing and studying art and art history. Her passion to travel allowed her to visit some of the most important galleries and museums around the world. The joy of living abroad in Mexico and Indonesia has bought her to a new understanding of the world and our place in it.

The main focus of her art is the Canadian landscape done through representational painting. Landscape to her, represents our world, our responsibility.

 
 
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Tom Wray
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Photography

Tom's medium is photography and his inspiration comes from outdoors.

He captures images of landscapes, waterscapes and flowers, turning them into compelling pictures that have an almost painterly quality about them - hence the name Images Photo Art.

When Tom takes a photograph, he thinks about composition, angle, light and atmosphere. The finished picture might be soft and dreamy, or bright and cheerful. His intention is to evoke an emotion; it might be calming, exciting or mysterious. Maybe it conjures the memory of a previous experience. And sometimes his images will pose the question "What is that?" provoking a sense of curiosity.

A number of Tom's pictures have been purchased by Southlake Hospital for their Cancer Centre, and he is one of the artists on their Legacy program. Artwork in the hospital follows themes of wellness and nature. The selected pieces benefit patients, their visitors and healthcare workers alike.

Tom can be seen at his home studio/gallery, the annual King Studio Tour and Schomberg Street Gallery.