Alice’s Featured Artist
Graham Mastersmith – Curator
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.
May and June, 2017.
Elisabeth Thomson– Artist Statement:
Art has always played an important role in my life. I’ve enjoyed taking art classes throughout school and have always sketched and painted in my spare time. My friends all knew that they could find me working in the art room during lunch hours at high-school; I just couldn’t get enough!
It was only in the past five years though that I’ve truly developed my love for painting with acrylics and mixed media. Inspired by landscapes and wildlife, I incorporate different textures and many bold colours into my work. I find inspiration for art in the surrounding area. Often times I will see something that inspires me while driving, which always leads me back to my paints and blank canvas.
I grew up in the Westport area and have since followed my career as a chiropractor to Carleton place where I own a clinic, Abundance Chiropractic & Wellness Centre. I still make lots of time to paint and explore my creative side. Art for me is a fabulous way to de-stress, and unclutter my busy mind. My techniques are always growing and changing and I find this to be one of the most exciting features of my art journey.
More recently I have been leading local Paint Nights. I love being a part of others art experiences and have discovered that helping others to explore their creative side is one of my biggest passions in life. I think it’s important for all of us to tap into our creative sides. Whether you’re interested in visual arts, music, dance, or gardening, I encourage you to be creative and to never hold back.
March and April, 2017.
Elisabeth Thomson– Artist Statement:
I was trained in graphic and fine arts in Ottawa and Haliburton, Ontario. I have been exhibiting and selling my work in watercolour, pencil and acrylic since 1982. My style and subject matter have shown wide diversity over the years. Recently, I have begun to focus on landscapes, florals and music themed pieces, though in earlier years I was fascinated with the figure and took many life drawing courses and workshops. I am still excited when I receive a portrait commission, and I sometimes weave the human form or face into landscapes or abstracts, either intentionally or subconsciously.
I am inspired by a love of the outdoors, having spent much of my youth in a rustic, log cabin near Gatineau Park. I now enjoy sketching and painting at our cottage in the Haliburton Highlands, which has become my second studio. I love to travel and many of my art works are based on sketches and photographs brought home from local and remote wild places and trips abroad.
Some of my work is highly realistic, while I also enjoy playing with reality by means of abstraction and metamorphosis. If you visit my gallery, you will see paintings in many stages of completion. There is often a stick of conte or a pencil lying around for times when I see something I wish to add or change before it is complete. I know that art isn’t always static. Sometimes pleasant images appear quickly and easily, while other times they evolve slowly and over time.
I began my artistic training as a teenager during a four year art program in Ottawa, after which I sold pencil portraits on commission while working in a gallery in Hull, Quebec. I went on to study literature at Trent University and education at the University of Ottawa. After this, I spent many years working with young children while selling my work at shows and in galleries.
I am happy to welcome visitors to our Carp River Studio, here in the lovely and serene village of Fitzroy Harbour. In my large studio overlooking the Carp River, I offer art classes to children and adults. Classes are relaxed and reasonably priced, as well as being flexible to fit any schedule.
3773 Carp Road, ON, Canada
Mon-Wed 6am - 9pm
Thurs-Fri 6am - 10pm
Saturday 7am - 10pm
Sunday 7am - 9pm
*Kitchen closes at 9 every night