Green Thimble Designs
Gallery 96 members, Wendy Orr and Wendy O'Brien, have started a new business, Green Thimble Designs, with Bernice Bartlett. This is a green business that makes products from pre-existing materials. At the moment, we are featuring bags of all sizes, uses, and designs.
Studio Straats presents
Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Runs: Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Studio Straats, 4289 Line #32 (Lorne Ave W.), Stratford
Stratford-area artists revive ancient art technique
Stratford, Ontario – Fusion, Stratford area’s first exclusively encaustic exhibition, will feature works by four local artists working to revive the centuries-old practice of painting with wax.
Running from Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11 at Studio Straats, Stratford’s newest art gallery, the exhibition will feature paintings and sculptures by Anna Koot, Wendy O’Brien, Wendy Orr and Michelle Salter.
Encaustic art is created by using heat guns, blow torches and irons to fuse many layers of a medium made from beeswax. The end result is luminous and luscious artworks. Encaustic is a 2000-year-old technique that is enjoying a revival due to advances in methods and technologies.
Anna Koot is the type of artist who loves to see "what will happen if..." when experimenting with encaustic medium. She revels in pushing the medium and delights in the results. Often creating representational works of art, she strives to have a painterly feel to her work frequently adding other media to the multiple layers of wax.
Wendy O'Brien is a mixed media fibre artist with an interest in encaustic painting, often integrating fibre into her artwork along with found and natural objects. Her finished pieces are sculptural as well as two-dimensional. Themes she explores focus on the fragility of nature and our carbon footprint.
Lately Wendy Orr’s most frequent subject matter has been landscapes that reflect her interest in the local countryside. She is drawn to light and textures and these qualities are present in her paintings. The challenge of exploring new materials and techniques excites her.
Michelle Salter’s recent work is inspired by her love of nature. As a child growing up in the Maritimes, she spent many hours in or near both the ocean and lakes. Each body of water, every river, every brook is unique and has its own special memories for her. From the Avon River in Stratford, to the Great Lakes, to the bays and coves of the Atlantic, each has touched her in its own way. Besides, she loves the irony of creating a painting of water using fire.
The artists will be present during the exhibition. This event is opened to all.
Contact: Anna Koot:
UNDERSTANDING ABSTRACT ART IS EASY! BY “Having New Eyes”
Art Show by Darlean Morris at Dr.Carol Venn’s Optometrist office, opening April 19th. Free Lecture, Free Lecture 7pm. 151 Queen St. E., St. Marys
Store fronts in St. Marys can be Art Galleries too!
Artist Darlean Morris’ idea of putting up an art show in Optometrist Dr. Venn’s large windows display cases seems to work. “Whenever I see an empty space, I just have to fill it”, said Darlean who is a Canadian artist living in St. Marys with her husband, Gary Austin. She has her studio/gallery at 12 Water Street South, in the Opera House (MORRIS ART). Darlean is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), and is on their Board of Directors. Darlean is also a proud member of Gallery 96 in Stratford.
You can see Darlean’s art work in Baristas’ Café, The Westover and the Alton Mill. She will be showing in Toronto at STUDIO VOGUE Gallery in June, and the Agora Gallery NYC, in October.
When artist Darlean Morris approached Dr. Venn for this opportunity to show her abstract art, Carol Venn was pleased to host this show especially when she heard the title, “Having New Eyes: Abstracts by Darlean Morris - The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”. (Marcel Proust)
Darlean has offered 25% of of sales to the Optometry Giving Sight Charity. “I’m encouraging other artists in town and members of the Art Salon Group of St. Marys to continue showing art at this venue”, said Morris. Darlean is delighted that Dr. Venn, who opened up her new practice in St. Mays last June, is making the downtown core more vibrant. Carol is married to Mike Richardson. They have two children, Megan, five, and three year old, Luke.
Darlean Morris, who has her doctorate in arts administration, will be sharing her passion about abstract art by offering a free lecture– “Understanding Abstract Art is Easy ! by Having New Eyes” on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. (Postponed to May 26th at 7 pm.) Morris hopes that she can persuade others to accept a new way of looking at something different by HAVING NEW EYES.
Please sign up or call Dr. Venn’s office at 519.284.4144 (limited seating) for the lecture. For information about the art work, please call Darlean Morris at 519.284.3855.
PAC ARTrepreneurship Event
Perth Arts Connect 2nd annual ARTrepreneurship Event
will be held in Stratford on April 28th
at Factory163 from 1pm to 8pm.
See, Hear, Feel and Taste Art !
Maureen Argon, a former CBC producer, will entice you with an interactive and practical workshop focused on promoting your business through “The Big Five Social Media Networks”.
Brendan Howley, a highly successful freelancer and marketing strategist, will share his ongoing journey in a very insightful lecture titled “Curating your creative success: mining your own metadata for fun and profit.”
Also, member artists and culture organizations will be able to “pitch” their funding story to a panel of experienced business judges for a chance to win a cash prize and private one on one coaching. Come out and begin a conversation that could change the direction of your efforts. Please email Irene Miller at
for more information.
Become involved in the growing world of arts and cultural excellence that defines this geographical area. The cost is $20 for Perth Arts Connect members and $25 for non-members. This event will include a late lunch and evening hors d’oeuvres.
From 6pm to 8pm the public is invited to join the fun and meet the artists and cultural organizations through displays and demonstrations.
Please pre-register for this event by April 22nd by calling Sylvia Pietras-Gorczewski at 519-603-3723 or emailing at
This event is generously supported by Perth Community Futures Development Corporation in conjunction with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. More information regarding this event is available online at www.perthartsconnect.ca
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Gloria Kagawa's Poster Image
FORCES OF NATURE (November 6 – January 7, 2011)
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant presents,
The Biannual Juried Exhibition: FORCES OF NATURE
Award Ceremony and Reception, November 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
It’s always intriguing to develop a theme that is relevant to our times and to the artists who interpret them. The theme Forces of Nature is timely as the issues of science, natural resources and the human condition are relevant in our current collective consciousness.
The call for entry for this show went out to artists throughout Ontario in all media for work created within the past eighteen months. The works you’ll see in this exhibition are combinations of ideas, materials, and views of our environment and culture.
Mounting a show such as this brings together 46 artists’ works from diverse disciplines into a comprehensive, relationship of contemporary ideas. We encourage open discussion about the trends in contemporary art today and particularly Ontario artists’ participation in that discussion.
Award winners will be recognized at the Reception.
Please Join Us at the Reception on Sat., November 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Rey Baecher, Aleks Bartosik, E.M. Carr, Robert Crosby, Kathryn Crowder, Bruce Cull, David Cumming, Sally Cumming, Martha de la Fuente, Maria Drazilov, Mary Elizabeth Duggan, Jeff Ferst, Fran Freeman, Warren Hoyano, Robin Hesse, Jane Hook, Robby J., Margie Kelk, Anna Kutishcheva, Ian McLean, Helga Morrison, John Novak, Wendy O'Brien, Kevin O'Connell, Irma Osadsa, Yang Yang Pan, Valerie Pearson, Malgorzata Pienkowski, Linda Rapai, Tom Ridout, David Samila, Robert Sandieson,Peter Schacht, Ryszard Sliwka, Marcia Tavernese, Kate Taylor, Vlodek Tydor, Bill Urban, Julia Vandepolder, Johannes Vloothuis, Donna Willard, Kathleen Warnick, Janusz Wrobel, Eve Yantha, Barbara Young, Cristina Zanella
Exhibition Dates: November 6 – January 7, 2011
Thank you to our lead sponsor MMMC Architects who will present the Jurors Award, Brian Stephen of RBC Dominion Securities who sponsors the two Awards of Merit and Charles Jones Industrial Ltd. sponsoring the Peoples’ Choice Award which will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
20 Ava Road, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 5G9
Telephone: (519) 756-5932
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm
This exhibition is also made possible through the support of the City of Brantford and the members of Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.
RURAL ROUTES STUDIO TOUR
RURAL ROUTES STUDIO TOUR
Discover local talent in our Rural Routes Tour just minutes from Stratford!
November 6 & 7, 2010 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. local artists will open their
doors inviting the public into their creative environments. Two Gallery 96 artist members are on the tour - Elisabeth Feryn and Gloria Kagawa.
Featuring painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, stained glass,
print making, mosaics, lettering art, hand made paper, fabric art and
more, this self-guided tour visits the quaint communities of Baden, New
Dundee, New Hamburg and Punkeydoodles Corners - a great opportunity to purchase a piece of original work made by local hands.
Artists will be available for questions and conversation while you
explore their works. Some artists will offer hands-on opportunities for
you to experience. We've also invited local art students to be part of our tour. Five percent of our tour sales will be donated to the Waterloo-Oxford Secondary School art department.
To find descriptions of each artist, see an online brochure, tour map, and e-mail contact, visit www.ruralroutes.org
In the Spirit (Oct 16 & 17)
Ev Scott, Anna Koot, Wendy Orr and Wendy O'Brien are members of Gallery 96 who are participating in this show and sale.
Morris - Morris Art Show (Sept 10-Oct 8)
From Farm to Table: Photo Exhibit (Sept 20-25)