Author Archives: Susan Johnson

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.



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.


Zen series, #3

Zen Series, #3

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

Zen Series, #4

See? I told you! See more of this paradigm-shifting work at Eight Dimensions. Here a copy of the invitation:

Rack card, front

Rack card, front