Our jury is appointed annually and consists of five members; a representative of the Board of Directors, a representative of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, a member of the local art, culture or business community, an esteemed member of the broader artistic community and the Director of Programming.
REPRESENTING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sharon Barfoot has worked in the arts for 40 years as an instructor, curator, textile artist and painter. Her studies include Fine Arts at University of Western Ontario and Textile Arts at Sheridan College. These studies led to several positions in costuming at Stratford Festival Theatre and several smaller local theatres. She has been an active supporter of the arts in Bruce County since relocating here 20 years ago.
Sharon’s past experience includes Director of the Southampton Art School and a board member of the Southampton Arts Society (now the Southampton Arts). She also served on the board of the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre in Wiarton and the boards of the Bruce Trail Association and Gallery 96 in Stratford Ontario.
REPRESENTING THE TOM THOMSON ART GALLERY
Shannon Bingeman | Assistant Curator
Shannon Bingeman is a curator based in southern Ontario. She received her Honours BA from the University of Waterloo (2011) and her MA in art history from Carleton University (2013). She wrote her masters thesis on the Canadian landscape painter, Homer Watson, and was the founding editor of Render: the Carleton Graduate Journal of Art & Culture. She has worked as an arts professional throughout Ontario and Alberta at organizations such as the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Waterloo), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (Medicine Hat). In 2015, she was awarded an Emerging Curator Fellowship from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and worked as a curator for their Travelling Exhibition Program.
REPRESENTING THE LOCAL ART, CULTURAL AND/OR BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Paul Schendel | 173 High Street : An Inn For the Fortunate Few, Southampton BIA Events Chair
Bio coming soon!
REPRESENTING THE BROADER ARTISTIC COMMUNITY
Wendy Bermingham | Artist
Wendy Bermingham grew up in the small town of Aurora Ontario. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1985 with a major in Communication and Design and winner of the prestigious Southham Scholarship for Excellence, Wendy truly fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an artist. Moving to Toronto, Wendy enjoyed working as a freelance assembly artist for a short time but later developed a successful career at MCG Graphics, a close knit, in-house studio of Ogilvy and Mather Advertising, working as a graphic artist with major accounts such as Canadian Pacific and Minera Mines.
Years later, after spending time getting back to her roots in nature, she discovered that fine art was her true calling. Primarily self-taught, Wendy now paints full time in her studio or outside painting plein air and has never looked back. Wendy has traveled throughout Ontario, Europe and USA to paint, but it is the Canadian landscape where her true passion lies. Painting exclusively in oil, Wendy uses both brush and palette knife, utilizing their unique marks to create the texture, and movement found in her colourful paintings. Wendy considers her artistic evolution as an ever-changing and unending journey.
Wendy is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists and a member of the East Central Ontario Art Association. Her work can be found in private collections throughout Canada and the United States.
REPRESENTING SOUTHAMPTON ARTS STAFF
Allison Billings | Director of Programming and Communications