2017 Show

Great Big Love, oil by Kim Johnston.

Great Big Love, oil by Kim Johnston.

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).

The Show is Up!

Our new show is up at the beautiful Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, and it will be there until May 8th. Our Opening Reception will be from 2 to 5 on Sunday April 3rd, and we invite you all to be there.

We’ve called the show “Elemental”, because that’s what it is. Familiar with Joshua Creek and its peace and serenity, we each visualized how to respond to the natural forces at work here. Each artist has worked to her own elemental imperative, seeking to interpret and portray her own unique environmental view.

Here’s a sample of the work. First, an encaustic from Deborah Dryden:

Deb Dryden, Aqua II, encaustic








Deb is just back from the west coast, with a new series. Don’t miss this!


And a new watercolour from Carol Hughes:Hughes, Carol, Eels Lake Skyline, watercolour, 2016










Kim Johnston has a lot of new work, and is also offering prints of her oil paintings:Kim Johnston, Around the Bend, oil

Mary Karavos also has new work, including a beautiful long banner that is difficult to post here: here is one of her collages:raining colour for octarine











Jean Loney is our glass mosaic artist, and here is one from the show:

Jean, dark seascape











Leslie Miles has more from her Zen series, a screen print on raw canvas:Leslie, Zen, Service Berry, Pastels on Canvas










Here is an oil on canvas from Gail Root’s many travels:

Gail, Field Flowers, Root, oil












And finally, a gicleé photograph, altered with coloured pencils and watercolour,  from Susan Strachan Johnson. You can just see the original photograph inset into the upper left corner.

Susan,Eagle, with its cloud inspiration inset










So, if you’d like to see more, you’ll have to come to see the show! Hope to see you at the opening.

New Show

“Elemental” is the title of the 2016 Octarine Artists’ exhibition, which will take place April 1 – May 8, 2016 at Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

This year’s returning artists are Deborah Dryden, Carol Hughes, Susan Strachan Johnson, Kim Johnston, Mary Karavos, Jean Loney, Leslie Miles and Gail Root.

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Encore sampler

helenhughes fibre art

Fibre art by Helen Hughes.

Our next show, Encore, is coming up fast!  Opening night is Friday, May 1, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Studio 404 in Guelph. Here is a preview of work from this year’s participating artists:

Johnston, Morning Blackbird

“Morning Blackbird”, pastel by Kim Johnston.


dark seascape

“Dark Seascape”, mosaic by Jean Loney.

Gail Root landscape

Landscape by Gail Root, oil.

Sand I

“Sand I”, encaustic by Deborah Dryden.

raining colour for octarine

“Raining colour”, paper collage by Mary Karavos.


Grand Day in June

“Grand Day in June” watercolour by Carol Hughes.

Peonies in the Window, Leslie Miles

“Peonies in the Window”, pastel by Leslie Miles.