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Today’s permanent artist sneak peek features Amelia Kraemer. Amelia was raised in Owen Sound and attended Wilfrid Laurier University, studying Near Eastern Archaeology and Canadian History. She then completed a post-graduate certificate at Fleming College in Museum Management and Curatorship, and was honoured to be hired as an Assistant Archivist at the Grey Roots Museum. After enduring a life-changing car accident, Amelia’s support team insisted that she needed to do “something”. By luck and by fate, she enrolled in a course at the Southampton Art School and discovered her love for encaustic and the healing immersion of creative flow.
Amelia uses wax, paint, and ephemera to tell her story. Her mixed media paintings always begin with collage. Using a variety of papers including handmade Japanese papers, scrapbook papers, various ephemera, and turn-of-the-century newspapers, Amelia is able to achieve these incredibly unique works of art.
These snippets of her work show her passion for history through the use of elegant text and old photographs, contrasting modern colours and prints.
If you are intrigued by Amelia’s complex and personal work, we hope to see you at the gallery when we open after lockdown!
This next permanent artist sneak peek highlights Yukselle Hassan. Yukselle studied Fine Arts in Turkey, lived and worked in Toronto, and now lives and creates art in Southampton. Her adoration for nature is expressed on her canvases. Conceived through a unique impulse, her paintings are created in the style of “Realism In Fantasy”. Yukselle has a strong passion to recreate nature in an atmospheric style on canvas. Her inspiration is drawn from organic shapes and flowing patterns created by nature's magic. Yukselle’s paintings depict the moods and colours of the Great Lakes, beauty of Sweet Sea Huron and Georgian Bay. “You see the soul of the landscape beyond its physical majesty. I feel like I am inside this place”.
The first highlighted painting is a colourful take on Tobermory’s flowerpot island. Yukselle has used vibrant acrylics to pull off this whimsical landscape.
The next piece depicts another beautiful landscape, using soft sweeping strokes to create imaginative clouds and scenery.
If you’d like a closer look at Yukselle’s other-worldly art, make sure to visit the gallery when we open after lockdown!
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Our next sneak peak highlights work from permanent artist Peter John Reid. Peter was born in Plymouth, England, raised in North Toronto, and now resides in rural Grey County in the heart of Niagara Escarpment country, which has a wealth of beautiful landscapes. Peter currently lives on an idyllic 4-acre wooded property with his partner, visual artist, writer and yoga instructor Bonnie Gardiner.
Peter describes the creative process as a need, much like eating. His process is not just limited to painting but rather to anything he is creating, be it a sculpture or a fence. “I've always disliked the term ‘artist’ and the pretence that goes with it; and prefer the term ‘maker’ and the joy that accompanies the making.”
His first piece we are highlighting is “Water”, a beautifully organic display of water crashing against rocks.
The next painting, “Pine Trees” is an acrylic piece using rich earthy tones.
We hope you’ll stop by the gallery when we open to see these pieces (among others) in our Cleary Community Gallery room!
As we start the countdown to the day we can finally reopen our doors (hopefully soon) we thought it was a great time to get you excited about some of the work you’ll be seeing from our permanent artists in the Cleary Community Gallery room. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some pieces you’ll love!
First we have Bonnier Gardiner, a lifelong resident of Grey County, currently residing at A Brush With Words, a four acre property located in the suburbs of Massie, Municipality of Chatsworth with partner, landscape artist and sculptor, Peter John Reid.
The first highlighted piece is Yoga Sheep, a vibrant and playful acrylic painting. As a certified yoga instructor, Bonnie strives to invoke her reverence for life into her art. “I draw from the area's plethora of everyday miracles”. Bonnie describes her style as loose, free flowing, leaning towards abstract but still has a clear story to tell. “Through brush strokes on the canvas, I endeavour to convey my feelings of seeing the beauty in the simple things around me and transcending them to another level. “
The second piece is a beautiful arrangement of flowers in bright acrylics. Bonnie’s love of walks, photography, and creating is evident in this striking painting.
If you enjoyed this sneak peak, make sure to stop by the gallery to see these works in their full glory and more of Bonnie’s work when we open!
Garden Glories on Canvas has moved online!
Join Jacintha Krish @jkrish54 over Zoom to learn to paint our glorious florals in their natural environment as well as mixed bunches of colourful bouquets. You will learn to create spring and summer floral paintings using an impressionistic and more loosely styled approach to your artwork. Experiment with different techniques and tools as you broaden your horizons using unusual and vibrant colour palettes. Be it floral fields or garden flowers this will be the beginning of a wonderful journey as you step into the world of painting the world around you!
To register and to learn more, visit our website!
New staff announcement! 🌺
We are also so pleased to welcome Arts Administrative Assistant, Annie Buckton to the team!
Annie Buckton is a theatre major at York University with a passion for visual arts and all things creative. Annie grew up in Newmarket, attending a performing arts school, but has always spent her summers in Sauble beach where she took art classes at Southampton Art School. She moved to Owen Sound for high school and was a valued member of the local theatre community. Annie loves to create art in many forms, but especially enjoys realism and portraiture. She is thrilled to spend her summer surrounded by new styles of art to inspire her. As the arts Administrative Assistant, Annie will be assisting with social media, sales in the gallery, engaging with customers, and ensuring the summer camps run smoothly.
Join us in welcoming Annie!
On May 19 from 7-9PM, join Lisa Murzin for this *FREE* beginner’s workshop on photographing your 2d artwork with your phone camera. 🤳
She will cover the importance of good representation of your artwork, challenges, using the tools of your phone camera, natural lighting and saving your images. Bring along your phone (as this will be a virtual hands-on workshop) and your questions!
Participants who would like feedback on photographs of their work can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two days prior to the talk. Lisa will share your photos with the group and discuss.
Visit our website to register!
Presented by Bruce Power.