Octarine Women Artists’ Collective (OWAC), founded in 2013, is a group of eight women working in various media who have decided to show together.
Current members are Judy French (oil), Carol Hughes (watercolour), Kim Johnston (watermedia and oils), Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden (woven tapestry), Jean Loney (glass mosaic), Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel), M. Anne Smith (textile and fibre art), and Heather Wood (glass and mixed media).
Their most recent exhibition, “Octarine: The Colour of Magic” ran from June 17 to October 6, 2019 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, Ontario and was the sixth annual exhibition of new work by the group. Previous shows took place in Guelph, Oakville, Kitchener and Elora.
Past members who exhibited in previous shows are Deborah Dryden (encaustic), Helen Hughes (textile art), Mary Karavos (paper collage), Leslie Miles (soft pastel and mixed media), and Susan Strachan Johnson (mixed media fibre).
The name Octarine is taken from the colour imagined to be the eighth colour in the spectrum, the “pigment of the imagination”, which appears when magic is present. The concept comes from the books of the late fantasy author Terry Pratchett.