Art in the Park 2018 included the following talented artists:
Through the use of acrylics and a variety of application methods, Ramona creates colourful esoteric paintings that explore our connection to our natural environment. Rather than presenting a factual reality, some of her paintings offer an illusion fabricated to conjure the realms of the viewer's imagination.
Amanda uses art to document her experiences. As a graduate of Georgian College's Fine Art Program, she works in oil and acrylic paints on top of a unique spray paint background. Her work currently features a sense of nostalgia from former travels.
Originally from Thunder Bay, Deborah (nicknamed Tiny One) has worked with recycled items and fabrics for many years creating many works of art that have been auctioned off at various charity events there. On retirement, she moved to Stouffville, opened Tiny’s Studio and is now creating one of a kind garden statues and teaching workshops in sculpting with fabric using an environmentally friendly fabric hardener.
Sonja is a self-taught black and white photographic artist with private Traditional Chinese Painting training in younger years, and later disciplined in Sign Graphics Designs and Production. Over the years, Sonja had been taking black and white fine art photography for personal interests. She began exhibiting her work in 2016.
Neil R Currie
The works of Neil R Currie are based on the premise that humans have acquired a highly developed ability to differentiate the unusual; fractals, created by the different motion patterns of brush and grasses caused by predators, prey, or even nothing more than a zephyr.
Jennifer Padden is a full-time artist who had been painting from her home studio in Newmarket, Ontario for 3 years. She and her husband moved to Stratford, September 2017. She is inspired by Impressionist painters, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, and loves to create vivid and colourful landscapes and cityscapes from within her mind, which allows her to experience periods of deep reflection and an overall sense freedom and spontaneity. She was a guest artist in Kincardine, Ontario January 2016 and hopes to regularly exhibit in future juried shows across Ontario.
Alison Sawatzky has been exhibiting her work professionally since 1996 in both group and solo shows. She specializes in original, hand-made water colour monotypes, and oil paintings of nebulae and other stellar phenomena. Her work is in private collections in Canada, England, New Zealand and the United States.
Kaitlin Mason is a BFA graduate from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earned an interdisciplinary degree. She now resides near Toronto, where she continues to exhibit in galleries and art fairs across the region. Mason’s work is derived from the ornamentation as well as its “free form” essence as simply a piece of cloth, her work investigates the figure and the vacancy of human presence as a purposely arranged garment. It is within these details that are carefully arranged and rendered, that she experiences juxtaposition with herself and the scarf. These works are referred to as “entities” as they are representational of the ambiguous human figure. The delicacy of the materials creates a feminine sensibility expressing the carefully constructed and scrutinized images women often portray to society. They are distinct, independent and self-‐contained beings.
Coined Images Photography
Penny has been a cottager on Lake Simcoe for 39 years. Through her love of nature, she has been drawn to everything from landscapes to lightning. Her eye is also drawn to structures and vehicles, where she loves finding detail that may go unnoticed. Her growth in photography is constant.
Cheryl Fulcher's jewelry is art in metal. Growing up with the influence of invention and attention to detail, she has brought a flow and balance to her chain link necklaces and bracelets. Starting with various gauges of sterling silver, she hand-winds wire into links making timeless classics and original designs.
Debra Bannister is a self-taught, award winning artist who uses luminous light and vibrant colors to explore a wide variety of subjects and experiences. She inspires others to explore their talent through workshops and classes. Her art work is found in permanent and public art collections in Canada and abroad.
Tara O'Connor Visual Artist
Tara O’Connor is an OCAD University Graduate of Fine Arts where she majored in Sculpture and Film. Ms. O'Connor is originally from Uxbirdge, Ontario, where her work can be seen at Elgin Pond. Tara enjoys working with new technology to achieve craftsmanship quality art. Her sculpting skills are life like with surreal elements of nature and beauty. Tara can be seen working in her downtown studio on a regular basis. Tara is able to do commissioned work throughout 2018. Please contact her for quotes. Check out her website at www.taraoconnorartist.com or on Facebook @TaraO’ConnorVisualArtist
Carla's Fine Jewellery
Carla Drimmie is an accomplished, certified gemologist who launched her own business creating unique custom jewellery. She draws on her retail experience and love of art to produce designs that are elegant, classical in nature but have an artistic flare. Each piece is hand made with the utmost of care and attention to detail using Canadian refined sterling silver and gold. Carla was featured in the 2012 fall edition of Arabella magazine’s Fabulous Finds and also receive honourable mention for best in show at the Summerfolk Art and Music Festival 2017 for her custom pearl pendant.
Stephen is a participant in a variety of juried outdoor art exhibitions in Canada & the US, which include; Toronto Annual Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Art on the Rockies, Nations Bank Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and the St Louis Art Fair. He has also exhibited various selected works at the Edward Day Gallery from 1997 to 1998 and the Christensen Fine Art Gallery in 2016.
Robert Leaper Photography
As a photographer, Robert tries to capture a mood or feeling in his work. He feels each image must stand on its own merits conveying a story while composition and light underpins a strong visual impact. Capturing an image, working in post-production and printing that image is what Robert loves to do and keeps him shooting year after year.
Winiola creates a work of art directly influenced by nature. There is a balance between unity & variety. In her life she was fortunate to live in three different continents with different landscapes and environments. Winiola likes making pieces that speak to people from all parts of the world.
Dan Souliere is a photographer from Windsor, Ontario specializing in Landscape, Action, Architecture, and Abstract photography. His work ranges from studies of shape, space, line, and other compositional elements, to highly processed images which challenge the viewer to define what is real and what is not.
Too Many Irons Studio
Janis has a B. Sc. in Home Economics and studied weaving at Holland College School of Visual Arts. Recently her weaving was displayed in Galleries in Pasedena, CA and Merano, Italy. Janis has work in two galleries and participates in the Fenelon Falls Arts Festival; and The Victoria County Studio Tour.
Nadine Simec has recently graduated from the University of Waterloo for Fine Arts and has started her own creative arts business called Poppysmicks. She currently specializes in embroidery, painting, photography, and drawing. She is currently accepting commissions.
Also featured at Art in the Park 2018:
3DE Creations A-Designs Jewelry Abstract Expressions/Pretty Little Liars Alicia's Designs CA Anita Archibald Artworx Glass Studio Block Print Tees Brigitte Granton Calithien Jewellery Carly Whitmore David's Pottery Erika E. Squires Photography Fei l.i Ian Ball Ignazio Colt Nicastro Jim Pohlman Juliana Sanguinetti Karen Neu Wideman Lucy Quin Northern Embers Art Prints & Princess Designs R. Murrey Haist Robert Allen Robert Doherty Robert McAffee Sculpted Light Simon Coates + Diane Ward Through Rain Or Shine Ting Su Victor Molev
2018 Jurors included:
Julie Williams Julie Williams is owner and lead photographer at Pretty In Pictures, based in Stouffville. She loves to photograph people, action, emotion and the wonder of the moment - whether it's a hockey game or a rock concert full of energy and excitement. Most rewarding of all are the stories and feedback she gets about her photography that continue to inspire her to capture the beauty around us, so that others can see what she sees.
Jacquelin Heichert Jacquelin Heichert is a Stouffville based artist who examines habitual rituals and experiences as they relate to value systems and ways of conceptualizing the world. Working in print media, book works and sculpture, minute everyday situations such as what is thought about when sharing an armrest or stepping into an elevator or the mental moment of choosing or deciding, are the subjects of her work. Through different methodologies and media, she attempts to highlight that which is implicit in everyday life and contributes to an understanding of the ways in which people interact with and make sense of the world.
Ann Rosa Ann Rosa is a self-taught painter and sculptor who allows herself freedom with her art and creates a very diverse scope of work both in subject matter and media (acrylic, watercolour, oil, encaustic-beeswax and wall sculpture). Ann's award-winning work has been exhibited in dozens of solo and group shows in Toronto and the GTA over the past 18 years. She currently lives in Stouffville. Ann believes that every day is a new adventure in her journey as an artist and tries to convey her idea of beauty, whimsy, happiness and yes, quirkiness in each piece she creates. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the globe.