Susan Gray

Susan Gray      Pushing the boundary between realism and abstraction  

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Susan and Portia

Susan Gray is a local artist.  She began painting years ago as a way to remain connected with her grandmother and indulge her creativity.  A move to beautiful British Columbia allowed her the opportunity to pursue art more seriously at the Vancouver Island School of Art while exploring the West coast art scene.  Susan is currently working in her home studio with many new pieces underway.

Susan is inspired by the beauty of nature, where the blending of colours and textures are random yet perfect.  She loves painting landscapes, usually of places she knows or has travelled to.  Re-creating these special places allows her to share it and to remain forever connected to it.

Recently she has been drawn into a more abstract style of landscapeShe loves pushing the boundary between realism and abstraction and some days finds herself in one, some days in the other!

For more information contact Susan at:
Email:  susangray@bell.net
613-769-9668

Roxanne Ward

Roxanne Ward      The beauty of lampworking is that it is a journey, not a destination

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Roxanne Ward, a retired nurse and researcher, has always found ways to explore her creative side.  In 2009 she began designing and fabricating unique jewellery pieces while experimenting with various techniques and combinations of materials and colours.  During her trip to Murano (Venice, Italy) in 2007, she was inspired by the glass artists’ masterpieces and was intrigued about the process involved in glass beadmaking.

Roxanne Ward

In 2014, Roxanne’s enduring curiosity about this ancient art brought her to the Glass Shoppe Studio where she took an Introduction to Lampworking class with teacher Grace Edwards.  Continuing to develop her skills, Roxanne attended many classes and workshops, including sessions with Karina Guévin, Jana Filípkova, Nancy Mirsky, and Zuzana Hron. 

Roxanne currently works out of her home studio in rural Ottawa, as well as her space within Loretta Studios and Gallery.  She and her husband Jeff engage in outdoor activities all year round.  While immersed in nature, Roxanne gathers inspiration and this experience informs her designs.

“The beauty of lampworking is that it is a journey, not a destination.”

To learn more about Roxanne’s work or to contact her:
Business Name:   Shiny Things by Roxanne
Email:   shinythingsroxanne@gmail.com

Website:   www.shinythingsbyroxanne.ca
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/shinythings.by.roxanne/
Instagram:   www.instagram.com/shinythingsroxanne

Etsy Shoppe:   www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ShinyThingsByRoxanne
Ottawa Handmade:   www.ottawahandmade.com
Loretta Studios and Gallery:   https://lorettastudiosandgallery.com

Alison Simser

Alison Simser     Spirited colour choices, purposeful brushstrokes and expressive texture  

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Alison is a contemporary painter, creating expressionist works of landscapes, animals and abstracts.  She is inspired by the shapes and rhythms of nature and the innocent charm of animals.  Also inspiring to her is colour and the way colours can play with each other – soothing combinations that calm, and striking contrasts that energize, are equally thrilling for her to work with.

Alison Simser

The daughter of an accomplished artist, her appreciation for art and art history began early in her teen years, when she started drawing and visiting art galleries with her father.  She is primarily a self-taught artist, with formal training in graphic design and photography.  Working out of her home studio and listening to music or true crime podcasts, she can often be found painting at her easel with two dogs at her feet!  When not painting, she is likely reading about it – she enjoys books about artists (past and present) and the creative process.

Painting is an explorative process for Alison and she is inclined to let her work evolve organically.  Her creative process is mainly about deconstructing the scene or subject, removing detail and building it back up through spirited colour choices, purposeful brushstrokes and expressive texture.

She paints subjects the way she feels them, so is less fussed with specifics and more focused on invoking sensation and spirit.  Her use of loose and lively brush work, shapes and lines gives her work a feeling of movement.  The end result is a dreamy scene, full of life and energy.  When looking at Alison’s work, she wishes the viewer to feel as though they are on the cusp of reality and a dream, with space and time to contemplate.

To learn more about Alison and her work:
website:  alisonsimserart.com
Instagram:  instagram.com/alisonsimser
Email:  alisonsimserart@yahoo.com

Karen Mackay

Karen Wynne Mackay           Abstract, gestural art

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Karen W. Mackay is a contemporary artist best known for her abstract, gestural art.  She began her career as an artist over 25 years ago.  She is an Abstract artist, Calligrapher, Teacher and Guest Speaker.  

Karen W. Mackay

Karen has travelled to the United States and throughout Canada to attend workshops covering a variety of visual art disciplines. 

Gallery Representation:
Rothwell Gallery- Ottawa, Ontario
https://rothwellgalleryottawa.com/

 

Recent Shows and Exhibits
• West Carleton Arts Society, “Expressions of Art” Exhibit, Carp, Ontario, Juried 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
• Spring Fling Show KCAG Gallery Kanata – Juried- 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
• Nepean Fine Arts League Members Show, Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa – Juried -2018
• Group Exhibitions: City of Ottawa: Plant Bath Recreation Centre, Zola’s Restaurant, Verdara Cafe – 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015
• Nepean Sportsplex – Group Show – 2017-2018
• Red Trillium Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, Ottawa, Juried 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
• West Carleton Arts Society, Group Exhibition, Ottawa City Hall-2016

Memberships:
• West Carleton Arts Society – Past President
• Nepean Fine Arts League
• Arts Carleton Place
• Ottawa School of Art
• Arts Network Ottawa

To learn more about Karen’s art or contact her:

Email:  karenwm@rogers.com
Website:  https://www.karenwynnemackay.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Karenwynneart/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karenwm/

Barry Fawcett

Barry Fawcett                Catching the very essence of the subject

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From an early start in high school with an old 35mm camera, to his current use of a digital SLR camera and the time to pursue his passion for photography in retirement, Barry has been building his skills and portfolio for many years.

Barry Fawcett

Barry’s work displays his fascination with the play of light and shadow, and the patterns and lines that occur in the natural world.  Subject matter may be from half a world away or from his own backyard but in each picture Barry seeks to catch the very essence of the subject whether a temple, a bird, a flower, or a mollusk’s trail.  Through experimentation and ongoing study, Barry continues to explore the endless possibilities of digital enhancement to go beyond what the camera sees and better express his vision.

Barry was one of the founding member artists and Gallery Director at ArtScene Spencerville, an art gallery in Spencerville Ontario which was in operation from 2009 to 2019.  As well as exhibiting at ArtScene Spencerville he has had numerous solo shows in Ottawa and other locations in Eastern Ontario.

Prints are mounted on foam-core and matted with museum grade 8 ply mattes.  Frames are plain black.

For more information about Barry’s photography:

Email:  bfawcett@jcis.ca
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/fawcettbarry/
Website:  www.riveroakphoto.com

Steve Svarckopf

Steve Svarckopf    If it doesn’t pass, then into the fire it goes
“Custom Fire Wood” Creative Wood Art


Steve started working at Dofasco in Hamilton right out of school.  When he retired from there it wasn’t long before he realized that he had too much time on his hands, so he got a job driving a tour bus.  This took him all over North America.  When he retired again, he moved to Smiths’ Falls. Again he found himself at odds with too much idle time.  At this point he spent many winters in the Florida Keys.  Fishing kept him busy for four months of the year.  After that he found he had quite an interest in woodworking  and has spent many hours creating and fine tuning his new found talent

His success with local shows keeps him interested and always motivated to try new projects.  Lately he has incorporated exotic wood to improve his line of inventory which has proven to be even more of an asset .

Steve Svarckopf of “Custom Fire Wood” Creative Wood Art  … There is a sweet backstory to the company name.  Steve has quality control (which is his wife) if it doesn’t pass, then into the fire it goes.  But not these beautiful selections! They made the grade.

Both of the platters/boards are so pretty, you may wish to hang them on your wall!

To contact Steve about his Creative Wood Art:
Email:  sunsetriders@aol.com

Patti Clarke

Patti D. Clarke    Focusing on the light in the water and sky

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Patti D. Clarke taught primary children for over thirty years and now enjoys spending time with her family.  She has painted her whole life but last year had more time to focus on growing as an artist. 

Patti Clarke

Her passion is in painting acrylic landscapes and seascapes, and she wants to share the peace that this brings with others.  She hopes to inspire others to connect with the creation around us as she focuses on the light in the water and sky.  All work is original to the artist and is acrylic on canvas. 

To see more art by Patti or contact her:

Instagram: patti.clarke.104
Website:   gallea.ca – Patti D. Clarke
e-mail: pattidclarke@outlook.com

Angela Plontz

Angela Plontz         A passion for design, typography, art, life drawing, gardening and a love for the colour yellow!

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Angela graduated from the Graphic Design Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, ON.  She has taken many classes such as; colour theory, art history, life drawing, fashion design and interior design.  She has worked in print, production, administration and, while on the east coast, worked in vehicle graphics to create brand-driven artwork for commercial clients.

Angela Plontz

The three years spent living in Halifax was inspiring as an artist and has produced many coastal paintings.  Now in Carleton Place, ON, she works as a graphic designer for a local printing company in Perth, ON.

Angela has a passion for design, typography, art, life drawing, gardening and a love for the colour yellow!  She has experimented with a variety of mediums over the years, but currently using watercolour with pen and ink

 

To contact Angela or learn more about her art: 
email: aplontz@hotmail.com
website:
www.yellowinkdesigns.com 

 

Ginny Fobert

Ginny Fobert        Photography as art

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Ginny Fobert/MYND’S i, Photography as Art

Ginny Fobert

Once told that photography was not art, Ginny Fobert believes that a photograph is made, not taken.  It is made in your own mind and with your own eye.  It is slow and considered in its making.  It takes a discerning eye, a sense of what is around you and a comprehension of how everything reacts to the surrounding light sources to make a picture.  AND it can indeed be art!

Primarily a self-taught photographer, her goal is to bring photography further into the art world using unique photographic techniques.

“To me, it seems limiting to only photograph the world in one way.  I like to look for something of interest and go beyond it to find a different way to portray what I see.  Photography allows me to get outside the box, be a bit rebellious, break some rules and get away with it.  Photography is a way of slowing down, escaping the norm and watching the world move at a more peaceful pace.  The day I discovered photography I also discovered a hidden part of myself.”

Ginny is an accomplished fine art photographer who has had numerous solo shows with the City of Ottawa, and has been involved in multiple art festivals and exhibitions across Ontario.

To contact Ginny or learn more about her art photography:

Email: ginny@mynds-i.com
Website: www.mynds-i.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mynds.i
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mynds_i
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mynds_i

David McAuslan

David McAuslan            Paintings derived from personal experiences

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Dave McAuslan’s paintings derive from personal experiences in his life, people he knows, places he has visited, nature and everyday objects and activities he does.

David McAuslan

He has painted on and off for many years while also working, living family life and cycling; he has been much more regularly at it in the last four years.  He paints in transparent watercolour on 100% rag paper.  Though largely self-taught he has benefited over the years from short courses with several artists, the many excellent books out there, and the incredible amount of material now so easily accessible online.

He paints from home in Carleton Place and can be contacted by email at mcauslanite@gmail.com.