Art Place Gallery’s new show, “Common Ground”, features paintings by two long-time friends and colleagues, Jane Marshall and Sonja Gabalis Mortimer. Former visual arts educators from the Peel District School Board, they paint our landscapes, whether land or water, and the interaction between human endeavor and the natural world, and the constant friction between natural beauty and the constructed environment.
Acton-based Mortimer says, “My art is landscape re-interpreted, altered or transformed. Momentary glimpses of natural settings, and colour and light effect that I see in my travels are a constant source of inspiration.” Her work features structured man-made spaces as well as the randomness of more natural scenes.
Welland artist Marshall has long been fascinated by the properties of transparency, translucence and reflection, and interpretations of these qualities always find their way into her work. Whether water, glass or sunlight streaming through a windowpane: all of these draw her attention and she recreates them in a dynamic and expressive manner.
“The study of water characterizes my work in this exhibition. Water moving, and water still: water free to choose its own path, and water imprisoned in containers: all of these variations are the many ways in which water presents itself,” she says. “A transparent medium that can assume any colour, that can move in different ways, that changes and distorts its surroundings, that transforms itself from liquid to vapour and to solid—all of these wonderful qualities make it a fascinating subject.”
These beautiful paintings filled with environmental meaning were shown at the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre, Glen Williams, ON during the month of September, and are coming to Arts Place Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne from October 20 to November 27. Arts Place invites visitors to meet the artists on Sunday, October 23 from 2 – 4 p.m.
September 2 – October 16, Arts Place Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12n – 4:30 pm
Or by appointment: text or leave a message at 289.783.2075
The drawings in this exhibition were sketched inside some of the various bars and pubs I played and drank in throughout my musical career in the Hammer aka Hamilton. The Kenilworth House. The Moosehead. The International. The Colonial. Gliders. And more. Most are all gone now except the Kenilworth. And especially Kilroy’s (formerly the Park House and currently Rolle’s Rockets). And some dance halls around town too. And more recently at Flyers / Readers Café in Dunnville. I sketch with oil based china markers (similar to pastels) which can be smudged or made into washes with a bit of thinners. They are very compatible with oil paints which I also occasionally use. Some sketches I complete on the spot but mostly I collect information and work on them as necessary at home. And from the original sketches some have been turned into black and white woodcuts. The above image is of the Fabulous Thunderbirds at Wentworth House, McMaster University.
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Arts Place Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne
Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Derek was born in Montreal in 1937 and very early began to show a sense of the pictorial. The family moved to the picturesque Eastern Townships where Derek was given a Brownie camera and picked up a childhood interest in landscape and nature photography. Moving to New Brunswick and Europe with a father in the armed forces, he continued an interest in photography, experimenting with darkroom print-making, colour slides, and had a brief fling at free-lance photography.
Married, with 4 children, and after a period in Toronto working for the Ministry of the Environment, he eventually settled in St. Catharines in 1972, to work in computers at the Lincoln County Board of Education. Retired now, Derek’s experience in computers and small-scale computer publishing fostered an interest in digital illustration and printing.
His youthful attempts at chemical print-making have now come full circle with a new technology that provides all the facilities and techniques of the early photo darkroom, but in a context that increases productivity and brings the photo artist closer to achieving some of the expressive and interpretive freedom of water-colourists and other graphic artists. Derek also sees himself as part of a tradition that is sensitive not only to the inner promptings of the artist but to the identity and independence of the subject and its context in the world. Despite a weakness for close-range subjects such as flowers, rockscapes and doorways, he describes himself as a wide-angle, zoom-out kind of guy.
PORT COLBORNE — Arts Place is taking a look back at the matriarchs of art in the city.
The artist-run cooperative gallery kicked off an exhibit of works by Madelaine Fregren and Mary Prittie last week. The exhibits celebrates two of the gallery’s founding members and cornerstones of the Port Colborne art community up until May 29.
“They are the matriarchs of the art scene in Port Colborne,” said gallery coordinator Joyce Honsberger.
Fregren, who now lives in Oakville, was known for her effortless watercolours of still life scenes ranging from birds to landscapes to floral depictions.
Prittie, who passed away in 1999, exhibited extensively throughout southern Ontario and was recognized for her unique colour harmonies, feathery drawing and bold depections in oils, watercolour, batik, ink and charcoal.
Honsberger recalled Prittie, never one to work from photos, often painted on site, usually in her car. She remembers Prittie choosing a new vehicle based on how the dashboard would allow her to paint.
“They were really bright lights,’ said Honsberger, noting both taught with a contagious enthusiasm in the city.
“They had this buoyant spirit,” she said.
On opening reception will be held this Saturday, May 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 714 King St. and is open from noon to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
thanks to Steve Henschel
Steve Henschel is a reporter and award-winning photographer covering the communities of Welland, Pelham, Port Colborne and Wainfleet for Niagara This Week in addition to contributing to Niagara Life magazine. He has a passion for telling the stories of those living in south Niagara and hopes to one day take life seriously. Follow him on Twitter.