Oil Paintings by Sharon Macsai
March 4 – April 16
Meet the Artist Sunday, March 5, 2 – 4 pm
gallery hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12n – 4:30pm
Sharon has always had the need express her feelings through art. As a self taught artist she has her own unique way of putting thoughts to canvas. She is mesmerized by the play of light on water, the spray of sunshine on nature and also the effects of street lights illuminating the darkness. With the use of oils, bringing that light to canvas has a special appeal for her. She brings a feeling of warmth to her work with the use of colour and the layering of paint to achieve the desired effect of light and shadow which draws the viewer into her creations. There is a serene yet whimsical approach to her work with a story to unfold.
Born and raised in Welland in a time when children spent most of their time playing outdoors, Sharon was observing the wonderful splendor nature has to offer. The need to put those findings to paper or canvas came at an early age. She also expresses herself through gardening and decorating. An empty flowerbed is a canvas waiting to be filled and nurtured to fruition.
This past year Sharon has exhibited at the Welland Rose Festival Show at the arena, Day in the Park and the Rose Festival Art Show at the Seaway Mall in which she was awarded 2nd place for the People’s Choice Award. In 2015 Sharon placed first in Welland Rose Festival People’s Choice Award and has also displayed her work at the Welland Civic Centre’s Wall of Art. In 2015 she participated in the SPARC revitalization program working with students to create a mural for Fitch Street School which took first place in the People’s Choice Award.
Read Niagara This Week’s Steve Henschel’s interview with Sharon.http://www.niagarathisweek.com/whatson-story/7168792-back-into-the-light/
See more of Sharon’s work at
Decor Style: A Portfolio of Classic Interior Designs
January 20 – February 22, 2017
Meet the Artist Sunday, January 22, 2 – 4pm
The work that will be featured is from the course requirements for an interior designer, done by France when she was a student at Niagara College, which gave her skills that she used throughout her career as a local designer. In those days, before computers and CAD, all drawings were done by hand, relying on tools like rulers and French curves. Proposals for customers were drawn and presented by the designer, and included both perspective and elevation drawings, as well as samples and vignettes. Frequently, the customer purchased the drawings as well as the furniture, accessories and decor services being presented.
The portfolio of work being presented shows the depth and breadth of this approach, rendered in different decor styles, such as Louis XIV, Queen Anne, and Modern, in a variety of colours and media. The exhibit shows the technical and creative skills necessary in the interior design profession, and also harks back to a day when computers were not so omnipresent in our lives.
Gallery Winter Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12n – 4pm
Recent Work by Gallery Members
December 2 – January 15
reception December 4, 2 – 4 pm
through Sunday, December 18
Thursday – Sunday , Noon – 4 pm
Gallery Open December 30, 2 – 4 pm
Gallery Hours starting January 7
Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 4 pm
watercolour by Cathy Peters
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.
See and read more about George Sanders Remembered at
June 3 to July 10, 2016
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.