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New Exhibition: Patricia Haftar, “Parts of Me”

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April 20 – May 30
Meet the artist at the opening reception, Sunday, May 4, 2 – 4 pm.  During her reception, she will offer one of her original paintings as a door prize.

“The title of my solo show is most apt. I have been painting and creating art for over half a century now! In this show, you will see images from my travels across our great country and from my most beloved area “The Canadian Shield”. As a child I ran barefoot and carefree running over the huge granite rocks, around and under majestic pines. It was indeed a magical time where anything and everything seemed possible! You will follow in my path discovering my passion for colour, texture, movement and pattern and see me transition from realism to mixed media and finally into the world of abstraction. I wish you all a rich and joyful experience.”

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I have been producing art for as long as I can remember. Greatly, influence by the art of Bea S. Coleman my maternal grandma. She would allow me to sit with her as she painted teaching me to see colour and texture it trees, water, flowers etc. When I was 4 she would allow me to draw or paint beside her as she worked, always encouraging and teaching.

I continued to study art taking commercial art in high school and studying at the Three Schools of Art in Toronto as well as many workshops and classes from international artists Jane E. Jones, Margret Martin, James Kerr, etc.

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I have travelled extensively across Canada from Hollyrod, NF. to Tofino,BC many times over the past years. I strive to recreate the rhythm, harmony, patterns, texture, movement and colour of my surroundings. Constructing a piece that is both pleasing to the eye and yet very intimate to me and hopefully to viewers of my work. When others view my work I want them to be caught up in the flashes of colour, movement, texture, patterns and the life rhythm of each piece. Reflecting on a moment in their lives when they too got caught up in a flash of colour, whisper of the wind, the tactile differences in the world around them.

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April 19, 2019 at 7:52 pm

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New Exhibition: “Moments in Time” Robbin Pulver

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Acrylic, encaustic and mixed media artist, Robbin Pulver-Andrews will be presenting her exhibit entitled, “Moments in Time” until March 31.

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Robbin was born in Hamilton, Ontario but spent most of her childhood and youth in Northern Ontario, living and working at her family owned Fishing Lodge on Lake Nipissing. She graduated Sheridan College from the Classical Animation program and did some freelance work before getting married shortly after graduation. As her family quickly grew, raising four children became her main focus.  Robbin took a job at a local garden centre / nursery, working in the greenhouses and also as an award winning floral designer.  She happily worked in this field for many years. In 2006, a serious spinal injury and subsequent surgery, left her with with some physical limitations that made it impossible to return to this kind of work. After spinal surgery and a lengthy recovery period, with the encouragement and help from her family, in 2008 she began painting again.  She has had a great response to her work and has never looked back. Robbin is self taught in acrylics and enjoys this medium immensely. She also began experimenting and working with soft pastels, encaustic and mixed medial, teaching these creative art forms at the Art Gallery of Burlington and at her home studio.  Robbin’s paintings can be found in collections in various parts of Canada, Europe, and the United States. Her work has also been showcased at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Dingham Gallery, Toronto, the Fieldcote Museum, Ancaster and the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas. In June of 2015 she spent an amazing month in Italy as Artist in Residence at Palazzo Rinaldi, Noepoli Italy.  She has won two volunteer awards from the City of Hamilton for her ongoing work in the arts community.   Robbin is the Past President of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton, an organization that has a very long, creative and interesting history in Hamilton. 

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March 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

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New Exhibition“Fibre & Foundry”: Liisa Harju & Patti Harris

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Friday, January 19 – February 24

Artists’ reception:  Sunday, January 27, 2:00 – 4pm

We welcome 2019 with an interesting exhibit from two different artists displaying two very different art forms in the presentation of “Fibre & Foundry”, a collaboration from Liisa Harju and Patti Harris.

Liisa has been creating art for about 50 years having taken numerous  art courses  including life drawing with  Ken  Cosgrove  at  Niagara  College, and  she has participated in many exhibitions.  Liisa admits she is always trying to express her concern for the environment, land preservation and  affordable housing, which are her main causes.

Patti Harris has used old foundry patterns for many years. She also collects intriguing items from all over; often unsure at the outset what eventually will come from them. Each piece of art in this show is a one-of-a-kind assemblage made in or on an old wood foundry pattern. Old objects seem to stand the test of time and Patti strives to reuse as many as possible. The items may not ‘go together’ but Patti proves that they can

Patti Harris, a mixed media, collage and assemblage artist, from Fort Erie will display her foundry pieces.  Her bio details, “I am inspired by industrial design, natural materials and vintage objects. Putting a variety of materials together, in old boxes, in frames, in and on foundry patterns and old wood typifies much of my work. Whether creating a collage or assemblage, I generally use these old parts that have stood the test of time. More recently I have begun to collage with paint and photographs that I have taken.”

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“Bass 89”

“I apply materials somewhat ambiguous in meaning, but arranged in a well-designed manner. For me, it is all about the visual impact. The objects I choose often don’t routinely ‘go together;’ the resulting work necessitates thought on the viewer’s part. Hidden meanings, humorous twists, irony and surreal elements embody many pieces.”

“My art clearly may mean one thing to one person and possibly something different to another. Each of us has a unique set of experiences that inhabit our perceptions and cause us to react one way or another to what we see. My goal is that my art will strike at that perception and create a new way of looking at the relationship between the parts and the new emerging dynamic, keeping in mind that others’ interpretations are often different than mine, as their reality is also different from mine.”

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Art Place Gallery’s Annual Silent Auction will take place this year on
Sunday, April 14. 2 – 4pm.  Previews available Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13

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January 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

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A Festival of Colour

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The Holiday Season is coming fast and furious and we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about the many gifts and presents available at Arts Place.    The current exhibit, “A Festival of Colour”, represents the work of the Gallery’s collective of fine artists and artisans and opened this past week.  All the  work, by both the consignment and member artists, has been displayed for the season and your gift giving consideration.

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We are pleased to offer unique and exclusive items and all the offerings are all hand made from local artists who take pride in expressing their creative talent.  All purchases are TAX-FREE too.  From hand-dyed 100% silk scarves, exquisite glassworks, attractive pottery and striking jewelry to original fine art and photography, the gallery represents local, professional artists producing original artwork at reasonable prices.   Arts Place has just the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person.   Gift Certificates are also available.

The Gallery will hold an artists’ reception from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, December 2 for
“A Festival of Colour”.   Stop in for a view and season’s greetings.

Gallery Hours  – Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 4:30

714 King Street, Port Colborne, ON  905-834-9060

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November 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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Relics, A New Exhibition by Jane Marshall

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October 11 to November 18, opening reception Sunday, October 14, 2 – 4pm

My work expresses the interaction between human endeavor and the natural world and the constant friction between natural beauty and the constructed environment.  Capturing the occasional interaction between these produces iconic images of treasured artifacts and reminders of times gone by in this series of paintings, inspired by a trip that I took to Scotland and England in 2017.  My depictions of Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian structures convey not only the long history of the island, but also the exquisite juxtaposition of these constructions with the land itself.  The past is easily accessible in Britain, and remnants of earlier societies are celebrated in place, rather than eradicated in the name of progress.

Revealing the properties of transparency, translucence and reflection continues to characterize my work, expressed in colour, form and contrast, rendered in a dynamic and expressive manner.  Rather than strict representation, my work has always suggested an expressionistic rendition. This series of paintings takes that quality of abstraction even further, working toward a more loose and painterly delivery.

Jane Marshall, 2018









from left to right: “The Darkening Sky”. “Column Bases, Melrose Abbey”, “Chester Cat”

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October 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm

New Exhibition: Dan Pigeon, “Traces”

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Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, October 7
Meet the artist opening reception:  Sunday, September 9, 2 – 4pm

DanPigeon. Delve. 2018

Traces began as an exploration of the relationship between man and land, how one shapes the other and vice versa, mostly through the avenues of agriculture and waterways. This series is visually inspired from cartography; how we use maps to record the ever-changing land in various ways and its multitude of layers. We humans trace the land with the use of maps.

I redrew sections of Niagara’s map and then traced and redrew my drawings anew a multitude of times, each time deconstructing and altering the surface of the image furthermore. Deconstructing and altering the surface of the land, much similarly as we humans do.

The title of this series arose firstly from the act of tracing a map and the plentiful meanings and interpretations of the word, trace. The final pieces that are scene here are but only hints of my original drawings of Niagara’s map, and that also only a trace of the original piece of land itself that once existed. What trace will you leave of your existence?

Dan Pigeon

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August 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm

“Making Connections”, Linda Hankin

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“Making Connections” is the Gallery’s newest exhibit featuring the paintings of
Linda Hankin.  This accomplished artist, whose creative artistry is both identifiable and distinguishable,  presents eclectic expressions of her travels and life around her home.

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Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Visual Art, Brock University, St. Catharines,  Her residencies, workshops and paintings trips include such destinations as Spain, throughout Newfoundland and the United Kingdom.  She has participated in numerous juried and selected solo and group exhibitions, as well as being the recipient of awards and grants throughout her career.  Founded in October 1999, The School of Ideas, is her fine art school and contemporary art gallery which exhibits her work and on occasion, the work of invited international artists.  The mandate of the gallery is to show work in the area of environmental philosophy, science, the universe, spirituality and mystical associations with the natural world.

Linda’s opening reception is Sunday, July 29, 2 – 4 pm

Making Connections
Photo Steve Henschell

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 Also Coming Up:

Joyce Honsberger’s Windpoppy Gallery, housed at Arts Place Art Gallery, will be Studio Tour stop # 7 on this year’s South Niagara Artists 7thAnnual Summer
Studio Tour
, August 11 and 12th, 10 am – 5 pm.

Arts Place Gallery hours are Noon to 4:30, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
714 King Street, Port Colborne

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July 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm

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