Meredith attended her first opening when she was a few weeks old and she grew up drawing and colouring across the desk from her artist father. After the Bealart program, she continued her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax and was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Art in Film and Art History. She has recently returned to the London area and is employed by The Art Exchange and Attic Books. Meredith is currently renewing her own art practice in printmaking and watercolour. Meredith’s other love is animals, particularly horses. During high school she completed over 500 hours of volunteer service at the Special Abilities Riding Institute.
Domestic Postpartum is a series of over 2000 small houses and domestic structures that range in size from 1.5” to 12” tall and wide. I constructed them using materials from my archive of several years of art making, including drawings, paintings, etchings, screen prints and writings. I tore, ripped, shredded and cut into pieces past work to create new objects, thus, Domestic Postpartum was born from creative destruction.
In this work I explore, critique and visualize themes of “creating a home” and “domesticated duties.” Showing sacrifice as a tool in art making as well in life, these small sculptures and prints are a response to the struggle of my entering motherhood while trying to maintain an art practice. The monotony of my every day life includes repetition, familiar motions and the desire for recognizable outcomes. The fact that printmaking weaselled its way into this project is fitting, for these motions and outcomes are anticipated within its practice. With this work, I am interested in visually challenging the difference between loss and change, shifts in plans, loneliness and over crowding. I am also exploring what it means to be an artist, feminist and mother and the pre-constructed roles that are given to each.
He was born in Canada and educated there (B.A. with distinction, U. of Sask., 1954), as well as in the United States (U. of Wisconsin, M.S., Art Ed., 1955), in the Netherlands (Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, Holland, 1956) and travel in Europe. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada. His research involves the cultivation and harvesting methods of hemp and fibre flax at Environmental Sciences Western. He has a particular interest in the development of alternatives to trees as a source for papermaking. Currently, he is experimenting with ancient processing techniques on hemp for papermaking and sculptural applications.
A couple of Helmut's woodcut blocks are included in the new group exhibition at Westland Gallery running from June 19th - July 7th.
Megan Milton attended the bealart program at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London. She started her post-secondary training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax and then transferred to the Studio Art Program at McMaster University. She completed an Applied Humanities placement at the St. Thomas-Elgin Art Centre last year and then headed to a printmaking residency at Spark Box Studio to finish her degree.
Meg is currently a part-time sales associate at Curry’s Artists’ Materials and also works at the 4Cats Arts Studio in Byron.
Russwurm includes her personal collection of dolls, toys, puppets and marionettes in the works, bringing to life memories from her own childhood. Russwurm begins each painting by staging the scene with models, props and makeup. She uses digital photography as type of preliminary sketch to reference while she paints.
Liana studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto ON, completing her final year in Florence, Italy in 2007. Here she developed a style reminiscent of Caravaggio’s use of light and dark. Her work has been displayed in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Italy and Ireland. Her art is owned in public and private collections across Canada.
Lowden began her art career while living in Toronto. She studied fine art at the University of Western Ontario, and continued her studies at the Ontario College of Art and then at the Alberta College of Art. Throughout her career she has participated in various workshops and artist retreats to further her learning.
“Memories, Moments Imagined” runs from May 22nd to June 19th. An opening reception will be held Friday May 25th at 7 pm and an Artist Talk on Wednesday June 6th at 7 pm.
Elle marries abstraction and realism. Her works are immediately recognizable as flowers but are built up with layers of dynamic brushwork and gestural mark-making. Her expressive style allows her to capture both her subject and the emotions that it evokes.
Much of the work on display is a part of Elle’s newest series, also the title of the exhibition, “Heaven on Earth”. Of this collection, Elle says"
‘Open your heart, be brave, be courageous, be bold; marry fragility with strength; femininity with masculinity, light with darkness, transformation with transparency and marry Heaven with Earth.’
Elle received a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island with honours in 1997. Currently a full-time painter, Elle resides with her family in Oakville, Canada.
“Heaven on Earth” runs until May 19th. An opening reception will be held Friday April 27th at 7 pm. An artist talk will be held on May 9th at 7 pm.
Carol Finkbeiner Thomas is primarily an oil painter whose subjects include landscape, floral and figurative work. Colour, texture and mood play important roles in her works which have been described as evocative and deeply atmospheric. Paintings begin with a loose, freehand drawing, and progress to the building up of the surface of the canvas using brushes, palette knives and a variety of traditional and non traditional methods.
Carol was born in London, Ontario and raised north of Toronto. She returned to London in the early 1990’s after receiving her Honours Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts at York University. She enjoys working in a wide variety of media including drawing, printmaking and pottery.