Barbara Chittick looks out the window of her studio and sees inspiration everywhere. For the past 23 years, Chittick has been living and painting in Midhurst. It's where I can view majestic pines from my loft studio. I also enjoy painting the hidden gems of scenery in the Georgian Bay area that I can access with my kayak, she said. There is an enticing feeling of solitude drifting along past rock faces and wind-blown islands that reminds you of the elemental spirit of the earth. More
For 38 years now, Leishman Pottery has graced the homes of thousands who admire its handcrafted beauty. Mike and Connie Leishman, the Sunnidale couple behind the art, are in the process of celebrating nearly 40 years of success. More
Creativity has been an essential part of Keith Gavigan's essence since he was a young child in Scotland. Read More..
Sherilyn Edwards has been drawing for as long as she could hold a pencil. The 20-year-old North Simcoe native recalls the joy she felt just sitting around and doodling as a kid. I was always content just to sit and doodle. Drawing was always really enjoyable, she said, adding she became serious about it around Grade 3. I really wanted to draw things from real life and capture their essence, everything from people and animals to objects. Read More..
Barrie's Roy Hickling is a busy guy. He's not only a working farmer he's also a sculptor, painter and musician. My main artistic focus is in rusted metal sculpture with a series of globes scrolls and waves often including plasma cut runic patterns. I also paint abstracts and expressionistic portraits in acrylic on canvas, he said. My singing and song writing is lyric driven. It's progressive folk that touches on a wide variety of subjects. There is some thematic crossover to the artwork with space imagery and metaphors often coming up. Read More..
The Images Studio Tour, an artist-run, juried event, is one of Ontario's finest and longest running studio tours. More than 30 outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work from Oct. 11 to 14 at 16 different studios around Barrie, Oro-Medonte and Orillia. The tour is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit images-studio-tour.com Read More..
Barrie's Andrea Murray says she was doomed to become a comedian. Murray is making a name for herself on the comedy scene. She is well known to anyone who attends Georgian College's annual Gord Bastain Variety Show, and she's been popping up around town MCing a number of events. Comedy comes naturally to me. I don't have any filters. Comics can be the court jesters of the world. Being able to laugh at ourselves is key, she said. Read More..
You could say David Bruce Johnson's journey to becoming an award-winning sculptor started with a box of crayons. Read More..
Down an alley, between a parking lot and a dentist's office in downtown Barrie, lays the door to a hidden art gem. It's here that artist Pauline Bradshaw has set up a brightly lit studio where she creates her work, including a piece that was featured at The Louvre in Paris, France this past December. Read More..
Collingwood's New Age Digital Post-Impressionist, Andrew Peycha, has always maintained a close relationship with nature as well as a unique and special interest in the shifting plays of various natural patterns in the environment. Read More..
ime, and what it leaves in its wake as it marches on, fascinates and inspires Catherine Cadieux. Since she began sharing her abstract paintings with the world about eight years ago, this retired Banting Memorial High School teacher has exhibited at juried shows throughout Ontario, and has acquired quite a following of fans who eagerly anticipate her next collection. Read More..
Artist Bonita Lynn Ryerson has been creating art in the Barrie area since 1997. Ryerson has shown and sold sculptures throughout the area, including Oro-Medonte, Thornton, Penetanguishene and at a number of Barrie galleries. Read More..
For painter Sarah Martin, art is an exploration of memory. We use photos to capture a memory, so I start there, said Martin, who begins with a photograph and then uses paint to either remove or accentuate the elements for her desired effect. It's about bringing forward memories in viewers though they might not necessarily know what the memory is. Read More..
Leap and the net will be there is Lynn Connell's motto for life. The energetic, ever-optimistic Toronto artist and humanitarian has led an inspiring career that began as a producer for politically-charged events (including Nelson Mandela's 1990 visit to Toronto and the 1986 Bishop Desmond Tutu Rally Against Apartheid), followed by the creation of a successful art retreat in Dunedin, Ont. Then, just about the time she began her foray into grandmotherhood, Connell founded an orphanage in Tanzania, Africa. Today, she divides her time between painting, running the Creativity Art Retreat, travelling twice a year to the Majengo Orphanage and fundraising for its future. Read More..
Jonathan Sadowski sees the world from a different perspective. While working as a bush pilot and flying above the endless lakes and rock formations of Northern Ontario, the Barrie artist gathered a plethora of images that have served as the emotional starting point for his work. Read More..
Each year the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibits at the Musée de Louvre in Paris. It is a juried show and as part of an exploration into the European art market, Mary Lynne Atkinson of Midhurst submitted five paintings to be considered. Her painting, The Guardian, was selected to be hung with the other Canadian painters. Read More..
For thousands of years different cultures all over the world have sought to create objects of beauty and significance. We call these objects art. Read More..