A Dynamic Collective of Local Artists

A Dynamic Collective of Local Artists

2017

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Spontaneity

 
featuring Candice Leyland, Sharl G. Smith, and Jean Weller.

Runs from Tuesday, January 17th to Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

There will be no opening reception. 

UpTown Gallery presents Spontaneity.
 
Like great improvisational jazz musicians, allowing art to be spontaneous requires a careful study, reflection and respect of the medium. Watercolour and wildlife photography as media lend themselves well to the theme of spontaneity. Artists in these media must give up a certain amount of control and let things flow naturally. They must allow for and embrace the unplanned or unprompted. In doing so, spontaneity in artwork creates pieces that are loose, fresh and exciting, inviting viewers to share a moment in time, a flash of an idea or an emotion or experience.
 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Candice Leyland is a Watercolour artist. Her work has been described as dreamlike and whimsical. It focuses on light and mood, using bright, vivid colours to explore her subject matter in a loose, impressionistic way.
 
Sharl G. Smith experiments with bead-stitching. Though there is much planning involved, happy accidents are welcomed with joy. This show features Sharl’s happy accidents.
 
Jean Weller’s photographic passion is to capture the all-important moment. When photographing animals and birds, Jean loves to catch the fleeting moment of a special look or interaction.

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ReArt

 
featuring Windekind Buteau-DuitschaeverValerie O'Flynn, Laurie Spieker and Nancy Yule.

Runs from Tuesday, March 21st to Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Opening reception is Sunday, March 26th, from 2 to 4 pm.

UpTown Gallery presents ReArt. In this new show Windekind Buteau-Duitschaever, Valerie O’Flynn, Laurie Spieker and Nancy Yule regard, reinterpret, recreate, reuse and recycle old and new connections, ideas and configurations in their bodies of art. Found objects, unexpected use of materials, multiple iterations of ideas, and much thought outside of the “box” are the hallmarks of this new show. Visit our show, refresh your spirit and rethink your perception of art.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Windekind Buteau-Duitschaever, owner of Simply Rooted Woodshop, transforms urban trees into functional items and art pieces. He particularly enjoys the challenge associated in using raw wood material that has been affected by insects, animals or ecological process. These natural defects challenge him to explore new ways to highlight the inherent beauty of wood that would otherwise be casted aside. This process allows him to create unique, one-of-a-kind art.

Valerie O’Flynn feels that form and content are inherently linked in art. An idea is given form and the content is delivered; change the form, change the content. In her body of work Valerie has often revisited an idea, altering its form, sometimes in search of greater clarity in conveyance of the idea, sometimes to explore the subtle or blunt impacts different forms have on the interpretation of the idea. Her works demonstrate that manipulation of colour, scale, medium, elements and principles can alter the content and message. Valerie also recycles and combines older forms to convey topical ideas.

Laurie Spieker welcomes the world to her doorstep at Grand River Glassworks, where she creates fresh and imaginative contemporary glass art and eagerly shares the inspiring beauty of glass with her community. In a busy glass studio, a vigorous collection of glass scrap is the reality. Laurie has turned her eye to this colourful treasure trove to recycle and shape a new body of work.

Nancy Yule works intuitively building layers of shape, colour, symbolism and abstract composition. She loves blending the warmth of fibre with the encapsulation of hardened encaustic wax to reveal a unique mergence of mediums. Nancy always challenges herself with reinterpreting tradition and exploring new material combinations. www.nancyyule.com

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Natural Beauty

 
featuring ManChoi Chow, Christine Gagnon & Sophie Drouin, Louise Marée, and Michelle Salter.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday, May 16th to Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

The opening reception is Thursday, May 25th from 6 to 8 pm.

The beauty of nature is used as inspiration showcasing the different disciplines of our featured artists.  ManChoi Chow works in photography to bring to us gorgeous and ethereal moments in our surroundings.  The new Organics micro-mosaic jewellery collection by Christine Gagnon and Sophie Drouin combines the beauty of finely crafted sterling silver with colourful hand-formed glass elements.  Louise Marée's oil paintings are energetic and vibrant recollections of her experiences.  Michelle Salter continues to be fascinated by the lusciousness and depth of water interpreted through the medium of encaustics.  Each artist approaches our concept in a uniquely individual way.  Come be surprised! 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

ManChoi Chow sees “beauty” in almost anything around him, but especially in the natural environment. He enjoys strolling through brisk winter landscapes in Dumphries County, as much as being enthralled by autumnal spectacles driving through the Hockley Valley. Even closer to home, the “urban woods” he and his wife Bonnie have cultivated at their home (Edenwilde), provide countless inspirations for photo art year round. He admits to be eclectic in style, however, drawn to the power of monochromatic pieces that can be powerful and dramatic while being simple and minimalistic. Or, he is caught off guard by rich, saturated layers of colours in a luminous sunset at Niagara.

Christine Gagnon and Sophie Drouin's love of organic, nature-derived themes and shapes is at the heart of their continued collaboration. ‎Christine has created a series of beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewellery in sterling silver, which Sophie has filled with intricate, vibrant micro-mosaic using hand-pulled "filati" (threads) of antique and contemporary Venetian glass.   

Louise Marée lets intuition and interpretation inform her oil paintings. Observing nature for light, wind and air, she layers close range and large vistas in her work.  Using palette knives and brushes, she is always trying to move further into abstraction. 

Michelle Salter explores her love of water in nature through the medium of encaustic waxes.  This medium lends itself to capturing the subtleties, the depths and the light of bodies of water. Encaustic is made from beeswax that gives her work both an implied depth and an actual sculptural quality.