About Us

Back row, l to r: Anne Smith, Leslie Miles, Judy French. Front: Carol Hughes, Gail Root, Susan Strachan Johnson, Kim Johnston. Absent: Jean Loney. Photo: Chris Piccinetti, County of Wellington.

Octarine Women Artists’ Collective (OWAC) is a group of visual artists working in various media who have decided to show together. Current members are Judy French (oils), Carol Hughes (watercolour), Kim Johnston (watermedia and oils), Jean Loney (glass mosaic), Leslie Miles (soft pastel and mixed media), Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel), Anne Smith (textile art), and Susan Strachan Johnson (mixed media fibre).

Past members who exhibited in previous shows are Deborah Dryden (encaustic), Helen Hughes (textile art), and Mary Karavos (paper collage).

This diverse group of artists, all residents of Wellington County, Ontario, formed a collective in 2013 to plan their first exhibition.  The upcoming show titled “Octarine: The Colour of Magic” runs from June 17 to October 6, 2019 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, Ontario and is the sixth annual exhibition of new work by the group.  Previous shows took place in Guelph, Oakville, Kitchener and Elora.

The name Octarine is taken from the colour imagined to be the eighth colour in the spectrum, the “pigment of the imagination”.  It is used as a metaphor for the colour that is beyond the obvious and absorbs and refracts light in new and original ways.