A Dynamic Collective of Local Artists

A Dynamic Collective of Local Artists

Shows at UpTown Gallery



Favourite Things

featuring Jane Bayne, Sanela DizdarSophie Drouin & Christine Gagnon, and Jim Heldmann

The opening reception is on Sunday, May 22nd from 2 to 4 pm.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday, May 17th until Sunday, July 17th, 2016.

This eclectic group of five artists have conceived work that reveal their personal passions and memories.  They have used a variety of interesting mediums from historic to modern to create jewellery of distinction and pieces of art that leave a lasting impression on the viewer.


Jane Bayne keeps her camera by her side to record the welcome of warm light of spring days, flowers for the market and her love for antique pottery.  Watercolour will always be her medium of choice but she is now painting in acrylic as well to add another dimension to her work.

Sanela Dizdar’s favourite things are shown through a set of souvenirs from Old City, Sarajevo-Bosnia. The smallest details in her colour pencil drawings show a rich cultural background and exploration of the warmth spectra of colour in originally hand-carved masterworks.

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 pieces in sterling silver, which Sophie has filled with intricate, vibrant micro-mosaic using hand-pulled "filati" (threads) of Venetian glass. We really hope you enjoy this collection of classy, unique pieces.

Jim Heldmann is a toy collector and it is only natural that toys are among his favourite things to paint.  Waterfalls in southern Ontario are another subject he enjoys, having visited and painted many of them.  As for interesting buildings, Jim has found homes, churches and heritage buildings special subjects to paint.  As this show demonstrates, when painting his favourite things, he is at home with oil, acrylic, and watercolour.