Alice’s Featured Artist
Graham Mastersmith – Curator
Featured Artist: January to February 2019
“All of the amazing colours in nature whether dark or light, bright or subdued, make me smile. Bright colours are often very present in my work.
My goal is to spread that smile to everyone who views my paintings. My paintings are often described as happy. I like that”.
Joanne Coughlin is a Calabogie based contemporary and abstract artist who has been creating art for over forty years. She grew up in Quebec City where she began painting landscapes in oil.
After completing a degree in Commerce from the University of New Brunswick, she moved to Ottawa and started a career and family. She continued to create art in many forms. She owned and operated a home-based business called JC Designs which focused on creating hand painted clothing sold at local art fairs. She also co-owned a women’s tennis apparel business called Racquet Rags in the early 1990’s.
After a thirty-one-year career in Government and the Aviation Industry, she retired in 2008 and moved to a lake outside of Ottawa with her husband and Golden Doodle and renewed her love of art. She has been painting full time ever since.
Although mostly self-taught Joanne has completed numerous art classes and workshops in Canada and the USA. She is a member of The Ottawa Art Association and the West Carleton Art Society.
Her work can be found at the Gallery Gift Shop in Arnprior Ontario, The Art House Café and CARBEN restaurant in Ottawa Ontario.
Featured Artist: December – January 2019
Catherine Gutsche is an Ottawa abstract / mixed media artist and graphic designer with paintings in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. She studied Fine Art at York University in Toronto, Canada, earning an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a major in graphic design. She worked for several years as a graphic designer in the vibrant downtown Toronto arts market.
Since moving to Ottawa Catherine has returned to her beloved roots in painting, enjoying again an intimate relationship with colour, texture and pattern. Non representational abstract art is Catherine’s passion.
Travel has always played an important role in Catherine’s life, starting at the age of 16 with a trip to China during the period of Mao Tse-tung. China showed Catherine the importance of pattern. She was inspired by the Chinese ability to manipulate designs and colors to form intricate repetitions that are flipped or rotated to create masterpieces often seen on walls, floors, ceilings and household objects. Exposure to the capitals of Europe gave her an appreciation for the masters in all their glory – size, colour and textures – none of which translate in flat books that fit on coffee tables. But it was in Australia that she gained a feel for the impact of colour where Uluru (Ayers Rock) changed from earthy reds to silvery-greys, with streaks of charcoal black algae. Nowhere else in the world are there colours that extend as far as the eye can see.
Catherine brings all these experiences into her paintings, combining textiles, found items and paint, and finally allowing her joy of colour to spill onto every canvas she works on. To see examples of Catherine’s artwork please visit: http://www.catherinegutsche.com/
Art for September and October, 2018.
Deborah Guthrie has an artful life. Ideas and inspiration are her constant companions. As a graduate in Visual and Creative Arts from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus along with the daily learning curve Deborah is comfortable with her ideas and inspiration and how they allow for the exploration that she loves. A member of five art groups, she enjoys all the opportunities they provide through both juried and non-juried shows and has received a number of awards over the years.
Deborah paints; works in many areas of mixed media and has recently returned to her love of fabric. She has been creating painterly garments taking the paint off the canvas and into the street as wearable art. She looks forward to where all this will lead her both in her painting and her other artistic endeavours. As always it is a positive journey with a destination unknown and that suits Deborah just fine.
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Art for July and August 2018.
Bringing You Joy through Art
The aim of the works is to evoke a new set of emotions and visions both in me and in the viewer. To produce a new sensation, like a new taste. To communicate ideas with visual language that touches the emotions directly first, before the intellectual familiar brain looks for recognizable patterns and familiar emotions.
The newness of the thought and idea about the subject is more important than the physical representation of the subject. Ideally it needs to be original, at least original to me. The idea takes over and governs representation. The idea must have meaning by deepening my understanding for me to give it studio time.
I do not imagine a scene, or see it from life, and then “reproduce” it. I am more interested in discovering what colour, line, shape, and form makes me experience.
I fight not to remain in one specific style or subject matter for long. I purposely only make short collections in a particular style and medium so I do not get too comfortable. This gives me an ever expanding range of materials to work with. Favourites are vintage components to make assembly pieces, structures and sculptures from wood, plaster, and metal, oil painting, acrylic painting, digital and hybrid sketches and compositions, video, and collage.
My art has become a synonym and an expression of my life state in all its harmonious contradictions.
Maciek Peter Kozlowski is a multi award winning international artist. His awards include Artist of the Year in the U.K . in 2017 at artistsinfo.co.uk
He has been producing art for 30 years.
His works are in numerous private collections in Europe, Japan, and U.S.A. and Canada.
Ecommerce web site: www.maciekpeter.com
I am a printmaker and mixed-media artist living in Ottawa. I believe that the creative process in artistic self-expression offers a powerful and unique opportunity to promote growth, healing and transformation in and outside of one’s self. I am guided by an interest in the visual language of a thought or feeling, the generated image and its imminent potential for transformation. I investigate the power and vulnerability of a landscape, whether concrete or conceptual, the underlying energies and movements, and its affinity with the human experience. By means of experimentation, tactile techniques and layering, I have the opportunity to observe and explore the interaction of materials and the interplay of colour and form, subsequently creating texture and depth, and finding a balance between design and spiritual tone.
My current investigation in printmaking has unleashed newly discovered potential to assimilate my creativity and knowledge with my enthusiasm to succeed in producing new and unique printed art. The intent is to entice the viewer to consider what’s hidden within, between, and below the layers.
Intaglio is a printmaking process in which the design is cut, scratched, or etched into a printing surface of a copper, zinc, or aluminum plate. The ink is then rubbed into the incisions or grooves, the surface is wiped clean, and the paper is embossed into the incised lines with pressure from a roller press. Intaglio processes are the most versatile of printmaking methods, as they can produce a wide range of effects. Depending upon the colors and techniques used, the style of printing, the imagery is explored resulting in numerous yet distinct representations from one single intaglio plate.
In this current selection, Roy Ketcheson features everyday scenes from nature in a series of paintings. At times his work is a thoughtful rendition of a fleeting and quiet moment in nature and at other times his paintings invites the viewer to consider the relationship between humans and nature as in the beauty and destruction series. For many years, Roy has worked as visual art educator with a local school board and has, with his students, contributed to many community projects designed to beautify communal spaces. His work has been featured in the Ottawa Citizen, an educator magazine, buildings in the Ottawa area, and a Toronto billboard. As well his students have won many local, provincial, and national art contests.
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