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.

Introducing Mary Karavos

Joining the Octarines this year for the Encore show (May 1 – 10, 2015) is Mary Karavos

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“Raining Colour” by Mary Karavos.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Mary’s formal art training took place at the Ontario College of Art. Following a juried application process in her final year, Mary was accepted to study fine art in Florence, Italy. Florence became home for many years; during her time in Florence surrounded by the history, the architecture and the people Mary found herself drawn to paper fiber as a medium for her art.

Collections of her art have been seen in solo, group and juried exhibitions in Bologna, Italy, New York City, Paris and in various galleries and juried exhibitions across Ontario and Quebec.

In June 2014 following a jurying process of both her figurative and abstract work the Arts-Sciences-Lettres Academy of Paris awarded Mary the Bronze Medal. (The Arts- Sciences – Lettres Academy was founded in 1915)

In December 2014 Maryʼs art received “prix du Jury” at the SNBA (Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts} International exhibition at the Carrousel de Louvre in Paris, France. The SNBA is one of Paris’s oldest and most prestigious shows founded 153 years ago.

Vibrant color and rich texture have become the signature of Mary’s work.  After more than twenty years she is still exploring her love for paper and the creative process involved in an original work of art.




After the success of the first Octarine Women Artists’ Collective show in 2014, we have decided to do it again!  Our next exhibition, titled Encore!, will take place May 1 – 10, 2015 at Studio 404 in Guelph, Ontario.

In keeping with the Encore! theme, the show will feature all new work by participating artists Deborah Dryden, Carol Hughes, Helen Hughes, Kim Johnston, Mary Karavos, Jean Loney, Leslie Miles and Gail Root.  In addition, this year’s exhibition will take place over ten days, offering visitors more chances to see where each artist’s creative journey has led them during the past year.

The variety of media in this year’s show will also be expanded, with the addition of the intricate paper collage works of Mary Karavos.  (Mary is replacing Susan Strachan Johnson, who is currently taking a medical leave from the group.)  Other works on display will include watercolours, fibre art, encaustic, mosaics, oils, and acrylics.

The opening reception for Encore!, with artists present, will take place Friday, May 1, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Show hours are Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00, Sundays 11:00 – 3:00, Monday to Friday 9:00 – 5:00.