As an established artist of 35 years, Janice has been sharing her knowledge both in her Art Mentoring program and in the painting workshops that she teaches in Canada, the US, and Europe. She has also become interested in inspiring artists to create a whole new response to the environmental crisis that goes beyond facts, pessimism, arguments, and blame, and instead offers up what nature means to our spirits; the love of it. Janice has developed an art teaching initiative called Workshops in Wild Places. In these unique, innovative workshops, students travel to remote locations throughout the world to experience the beauty, energy and power of the wild landscape, to deeply and joyfully connect with it, and then–– through a facilitated contemplative and creative process–– translate that response into abstract paintings.
Unexpected endorsement of his ability came when, employed as the doctor for a foray of the Eastern Division of the Canadian Alpine Club into the Arctic, in the month of July 1965, he shared a tent together with A.Y. Jackson. Each day they painted together, and AY encouraged Jim's interest, gave his support for a possible career move, and invited him to join him in an exhibition that Fall at the Klinkhof Gallery in Montreal.
From 1996 to 2016, Jim initially studied Classical drawing and painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art and continued to work annually for a month on his own in that inspiring city.
Her numerous awards include Best in Show, several public choice and juried awards. The County of Oxford commissioned a painting for a gift to Taiwan. Two of her paintings were accepted into Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club juried exhibition ‘Next’ in 2015. They received over 700 entries and only accepted 45.
Her work is in numerous corporate, private and permanent collections, some of which include The Government of Ontario, The Woodstock Art Gallery and The Woodstock Hospital.
She is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, The Woodstock Art Gallery and was a member of their Art Gallery Advisory Committee. She is a past Chairperson of The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and a member of Oxford Creative Connections.
Jesse is a member of the Ontario Society of Artist, the Society of Canadian Artists, Art Renewal Center and Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. He has been a part of numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada and the USA. Jesse's work is in the public collections of the municipal government of the city of Ottawa, the Corporation of the County of Essex, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham ON, the 48th Highlanders Regimental Headquarters in Toronto, the AIDS organization of Canada; CMHA in Windsor, Government of Ontario Art Collection at the Archives of Ontario, Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Michigan U.S.A.
My interpretations are expressed through my own eyes but very much influenced by following others examples. I feel I have developed as a painter over the years by constant learning and challenging myself to grow. The goal has always been about the journey itself, the enjoyment of new experiences and being able to share my interpretations with others.
John is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Josy graduated with an Honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1979. Her paintings have hung in over 90 juried and group shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and in 16 solo exhibitions. Josy is inspired by circular time, which constantly reveals miracles in nature, and is compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others.
She often paints a close-up point of view; breaking the painting into jewels of colour in a mosaic technique originally inspired by her love of Impressionism. Josy’s latest series is encaustic paintings of water lilies. The scale increased to 7ft by 4 ft paintings after seeing Monet’s water lilies at the MOMA. After a visit to the Muir Woods near San Francisco, Josy returned to her Look Way Up Series with large encaustics. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk through the woods.
Lee is a proud member of the SCA "The Society of Canadian Artists" and OSA "The Ontario Society of Artists." Lee has a number of pieces of his artwork exhibited across Canada, the USA and Europe which is represented in private and public collections.
She was a member of a co-operative gallery “Chimera” in Salem, Ontario from 1976-78 . She returned to teaching in 1986 and retired in 2000. Margaret has taught printmaking courses across Ontario and was the printmaking instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1988 to 2006.
Margaret is chiefly represented by the Art Gallery of Guelph, Kloepfer Gallery, and Barber Gallery, Guelph, the Rebecca Gallery, Toronto and Carnegie Gallery, Dundas. On Aug. 1, 2001, she took a painting studio at the “Williams Mill” in Glen Williams near Georgetown. She is known for her landscapes, abstracts and mixed media. She is a member of the Guelph Creative Arts Association, the Central Ontario Art Association, and is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (1990) and the Ontario Society of Artists (1991). She has received five Ontario Arts Council grants. Margaret has held many individual exhibitions since 1974. Participation in numerous juried shows throughout Southwestern Ontario has brought her many awards. Her paintings and prints are in private and public collections around the world. Her work “Harvest Time” was published in “International Artist Magazine” February-March, 2001 issue and her etching “Remnants of Life on the Trail” was published in the April/May 2002 issue. Guelph Life magazine (Jan/Feb issue 2008) featured an article by Rob O’Flanagan that profiled her life and career as a professional artist and teacher.
In 2014, she was nominated for a "Woman of Distinction "award in the Arts and Culture Category by the YWCA.
In the summer 2019 Issue of Living Spaces magazine, an article was written that featured her as a Local Artisan.
She has been exhibiting in 17 Countries across six continents and received numerous Awards and Grants. Her work can be found in private collections, Government of Ontario Art Collection Archives public collections of Art Galleries and Sculpture parks.
The specific forms of my work float on the surface of a well of memory. I create discreet objects, objects in series and installation.
My preferred material is steel, and/or Stone. In my constructions the material wears its identity through rough-cut edges, visible welds and an undisguised slabness. I may combine them with glass, stone, text, Photographs, and miscellaneous findings.
By cutting, burning and welding, experience and emotion are melded into steel.