A Land for All Seasons is the title for our 2017 exhibition, which takes place February 5 – March 5, 2017 at Homer Watson House and Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario. Opening reception is Sunday, February 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
The show is a collection of celebratory images of Canada, revealing an exuberant use of colour and a love for landscape. The styles range from realism to abstraction, and reflect the different ways each artist honours the peace, the openness, and the freedoms of this country.
Participating artists are: Deborah Dryden (encaustic), Carol Hughes (watercolour), Kim Johnston (oils, watercolour and pastel), Mary Karavos (paper collage), Jean Loney (mosaic), Leslie Miles (soft pastels and mixed media), Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel), and Susan Strachan Johnson (fibre mixed media).
Leslie must have been doing a lot of yoga lately, because we know she doesn’t smoke! At our upcoming Eight Dimensions show, she will be taking a playful break from the pace of her plein air paintings. Her new “Zen” series features abstract paintings that both hint at meditation and mesmerize the viewer.
Zen Series, #4
See? I told you! See more of this paradigm-shifting work at Eight Dimensions. Here a copy of the invitation:
Our members have been very busy! First of all, don’t miss the opening of the latest show by Connections Fibre Artists, titled Celebrating the Group of Seven, which includes work by our own Helen Hughes. It runs from April 5 to June 8 at Wellington County Museum, and the opening reception is on Friday April 4th, from 7 to 9 p.m.
If you want to see a spectacular Tom Thomson type work in textile, don’t miss this piece by Helen. The Museum charges a nominal entrance fee during regular daily open hours, but no fee is charged the evening of the opening. So that’s a good time to go!
Another show, which involves work by Helen, Deb and Leslie, will open this week of March 24th, at the Boathouse on Gordon St in Guelph, and it will be up until the first week of June. This show represents current art of the Studio Tour membership.
Just longing for Spring? Seen any robins? Well, they’re coming! Here is a lovely watercolour by Kim Johnston, which is currently included in her solo show in the main lobby of Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, as part of Art in Public Places (organized by the Elora Arts Council.) Kim’s work will be there until the end of April.
Leslie is a graduate of the University of Guelph Honours B.A. Degree (Fine Art), and also a graduate of Advanced Studies in Fashion Design and Illustration, St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England. This combined training has enabled her to develop her unique and characteristic style. Landscapes from the Muskoka, Bruce Peninsula, Algoma regions and further afield, Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces, as well as landscapes close to her country property near Guelph are all begun ‘en plein air’ and then completed in her studio. These stylized versions are done in a combination of silkscreen paint and acrylic media on canvas using a printmaking technique of masking out areas.
Leslie has been a member of the Guelph Studio Tour since 2002 and teaches drawing and painting part time for the City of Guelph. Awards include Jurror’s Choice Award, Annual ‘Plein Air’ Show, Hang Man Gallery, Toronto, 2013; First Prize, ’Plein Air’ Competition, McMichael Gallery, 2012; Sun Art Award, Insights, Wellington County Museum, 1996; First Prize, Painting on the Green, Guelph Creative Arts Association, 1998; The Warner Lambert Printmaking Prize, University of Guelph, 1991.
Landscape, still life and figurative subjects comprise the body of my work, with landscape and cityscape taking precedence in the last few years. I also work in soft pastel when painting ‘en plein air’, and many of these sketches are utilized as studies for larger stylized renditions in my studio.
One of our members, Leslie Miles, will be part of a show called View from the Hill and Beyond, to take place from January 17 to April 6 2014, at Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street, (519) 836-1221. This is going to be a special show in a special gallery, and if you would like to hear more about the work, the artists, and the raison d’être of the show, go to the opening reception on Friday 17th, between 7 and 9 p.m.
The Civic Museum used to be the Loretto Convent, and formed part of a collection of buildings belonging to the Church of our Lady Immaculate, an iconic symbol of Guelph for well over a century. Rather than tearing it down, the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph helped to make the renovation of the old building a reality, and the new museum opened in 2012, providing a new and improved venue for the archives of the history of Guelph, and for exhibitions of its art.
Below is one of Leslie’s paintings, a view looking up Carden Street at the famous twin towers of the Church of Our Lady.
Other artists represented in the show are also well known locally. They are Scott Abbott, Laura Coutts, Janet Ollers and Kathleen Schmalz. SEE YOU THERE – DON’T BE SQUARE!