It has been a busy summer starting with a visit to Vancouver
at the end of June.I enjoyed the
fantastic landscapes of mountains and ocean on a trip along the coast to
my return, I took part in Artistry by the Lake, the annual Canada-day weekend
show in Niagara-on-the-lake.I was happy
to win the Best-in-Show award presented by the Chamber of Commerce.
This was followed by a successful show at Canada’s largest juried
outdoor exhibition at Nathan Philips Square on July 5-7.Luckily I missed the Toronto flood on the 8th.
The last weekend in August was the Mount Carmel Art Festival
in Niagara Falls, with both artists and musicians participating.
In September, my piece, “Mailboxes” was accepted into the
John B. Aird Gallery’s 5th annual juried photography show, Photo-op,
which runs from Sept 5th to Sept 21st at the MacDonald
Block, 900 Bay St, Toronto. Mon-Fri 10-6
My drawing, titled "Veils", was accepted in the 2013 Juried Drawing Exhibition. This juried drawing show is an annual event held at the John B. Aird Gallery, located in the Macdonald Block at Queen's Park, Toronto. The jurors were Stuart Reid, Director/Curator at Rodman Hall Art Centre, and Dale Barrett, Director of the John B. Aird Gallery.
My drawing is executed on a thin silk panel suspended from the ceiling and exhibited in January 2013.
Niagara has been designated a cultural capital of Canada,
along with Calgary.I am a participant
in two Niagara projects affiliated with this program. Both projects were an open-juried
competition for Niagara artists.
The first is “Harvest Baskets”, a mixed media project by a
group of artists, from different parts of the Niagara Region, working in
The project is based on large photos of the escarpment,
divided into panels, with each artist interpreting a section of the panel in
their own medium.These panels will then
form two large murals for the Regional Headquarters in St Catharines.As well as the two mixed media murals, there
will be five individual panels dealing with Harvest and Niagara’s Bounty.
My panel is based on a photo taken of a collection of
discarded, broken, wooden fruit baskets.
My medium is porcelain mosaic.I
treated the subject by pressing and stamping different dates, months, and words
such as Apples, Cherries, Pears, etc., along with small icons of the same into
thin sheets of porcelain. I then applied Iron Chromate to the sheets of
porcelain and wiped them like an etching plate, leaving black printing.
The sheets were then fired in a kiln,
fractured, and set as mosaic pieces to fit the design of the baskets.
I used a black grout to give the overall
effect of a drawing.
The second project was a site-specific installation for the
schoolhouse at the Jordan Museum in Jordan Village.This was a one-day show on the Museum grounds
with twenty-three participating artists.I called my installation “Now I know my ABC’s”.It consisted of 6 small children’s mannequins
which had been collaged with photos of regional maps, street maps, buildings,
faces, letters, and numbers.The collage
became the children’s clothing.
porcelain heads were imprinted with letters and numbers and hung above the
A selection of large and
small letters surrounded a large convex mirrored dome on the ground.The children and the letters were reflected
in the dome.The installation had
multiple readings dealing with urbanization and population growth.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, held at Nathan Philips
Square, is Canada’s largest juried outdoor art exhibition with over three
hundred exhibitors.It is a three-day
show, with artists from all over Canada participating.
Nathan Philips Square is still under re-modelling and will
hopefully be finished next summer to accommodate the usual 500 artists.
City of St Catharines Public Art Advisory Committee annual
juried show, this year called “Red, an exploration of the most primary of
colours” accepted my piece “Earth Views – Night to Day”. The show exhibiting seventeen local artists
runs from April 30th to Aug 17th, 2012.