WCAS Summer art Showcase
Welcome to the WCAS Summer Showcase!
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Our Summer Showcase Artists
Mixed Media Pam is a mixed media abstract artist in Kanata, ON. She is represented by Foyer Gallery in Ottawa and also Galerie d'Art Riverside in Wakefield, QC.
Watercolours Chantal Dupuis is native from Hull, Quebec and now lives in Orleans, Ontario. Always enamoured of the wilderness and myriad arts and crafts, she began to paint by chance in 2015 when, impulsively, she bought a sample kit of student acrylic paints from a local craft store. Chantal is now a member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation (15% of all sales from original artwork is donated to wildlife sanctuary or rescue centres)
Acrylic Stittsville artist, Charles Spratt OSA, CSPWC, SCA, has been painting and teaching art for many years. His impressionist style and the way he handles light is recognizable in private and corporate collections in Ottawa and centers across Canada.
Embroidery Judi Miller creates pictures using thread, a textile base and a sewing machine. In free motion machine embroidery the sewing machine needle is used as a pencil or paint brush. She starts with a sketch on fabric and may use watercolour pencil, silk paints or dyes to produce the desired effect for the background. She fills in detail using machine embroidery, from coarse texture to fine detail..
Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media, Watercolour My first love is nature which I try to depict in all its beauty reflecting realism and figurative styling but representing the subject in a way to reflect my own perception. I paint mainly in oils and acrylics but have tried other mediums as well. Having travelled extensively, both in Europe, North America the Caribbean and South America, my subjects represent some of the places I have visited.
Acrylic Roy Brash is an acrylic painter who creates colourful and bold depictions of landscapes, urban life and seascapes. He uses vivid colours, imagery and emotion to tell a story in his paintings.
Mosaic Influenced by my surroundings, my mosaic work focuses largely on beauty and movement in nature, often with a touch of whimsy. Each piece may include stained glass, smalti, shells, mirror, upcycled pottery, stones, jewels, found objects, driftwood and handpainted papers. Working as a graphic designer & living in Canada, England, Singapore and Australia I have been struck by the differences in light and colour. This has been reflected in my work since I began using glass over 25 years ago. Living in the Ottawa Valley on a lake is a gift. I spend hours exploring and treasure hunting on our property and along the Ottawa River and now defunct railway, gathering pieces to use.
John Hugh Craig
Wildlife and Nature Photography After being ill for several years and receiving a lifesaving liver transplant, John has a new perspective on life and a renewed appreciation for wildlife, nature and the outdoors. John Hugh Craig is a photographer with over 30 years of experience. He specializes in wildlife and nature photography. He lives and works in the rural Kemptville area, south of Ottawa, Canada. Primarily self-taught with hundreds of thousands of photographs taken, he has also had some professional training including in-class, online and video training. John enjoys capturing wildlife and nature at its finest in the outdoors and wilderness areas. John spends countless hours observing the animals in their natural environment.
Photography A nature and landscape photographer, Jane Cass loves exploring the back roads and hidden treasures of eastern Ontario.
Cold Wax and Oils / Acrylic I am a self-described process painter. I am not only inspired by my surroundings, I am awestruck by nature’s transient characteristics and processes. There is beauty in how nature presents and transforms itself complete with its imperfections. I am preoccupied by the intuitive journey that paint takes me on, especially when I am working with layers that can be revealed through scratching back, rubbing away or lifting to bring back the history in previous layers. I do not replicate nature, I am inspired by nature's processes and improvisation. I open myself up to its influences. I am more likely to be awestruck but a detail in some forest fungi than from a panoramic vista while still anchored in nature. Represented by the Sivarulrasa Gallery.
Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Printmaking & Mosaics I have been painting over 25 years and continue to explore different styles and mediums. Originating from from the east coast, I am often drawn to scenes with water but love urban scenes as well as figures.
Oil on Gallery Canvas My artistic style is an evolving quest to reflect life experiences, places and insights through the interplay of light, colour and form. My most recent abstract work offers me a different voice and a new way of expressing movement and emotion. It is a subdued avenue though which I explore my inner world and at the same time challenge the imagination of the viewer through the fluidity of colour and the simplification of form.
oil and watercolour My artistic style is an evolving quest to reflect life experiences, places and insights through the interplay of light, colour and form. My most recent abstract work offers me a different voice and a new way of expressing movement and emotion. It is a subdued avenue though which I explore my inner world and at the same time challenge the imagination of the viewer through the fluidity of colour and the simplification of form.
Acrylic Bonnie McQuillan is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). Bonnie refined her craft in Florence, Italy as part of OCAD’s year-long Study Abroad program. Post graduation, Bonnie painted and exhibited in Toronto until moving back to Ottawa in 1998. Since then, Bonnie has been a practicing artist living in rural Ottawa. In 2005 she established a successful art business with locations in the villages of Osgoode and Kemptville.
soft pastels, and acrylics
oil Internationally recognized Ottawa artist, Margaret Chwialkowska, works primarily in the Ottawa area, focusing on the banks of the Ottawa River and the forests of the Gatineau Hills, working to capture both, its timeless grandeur and the ever-changing moods. Her work, distinguished by vibrant, almost fantastical colours and dramatic textures, has been honoured by numerous artistic awards. In 2018, she was named a finalist for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award. She paints “alla prima," blending pigments together on canvas using a palette knife; this technique permits a loose, spontaneous style allowing texture to evolve naturally. artistsincanada.com/margaret/
Glass (pâte de verre) The objective of my glass pieces are colours, and colours that change with light that changes itself. The shifting light brings movements to the otherwise static sculptures, thus forming a fourth dimension.
Acrylics, oils, watercolors, mixed media, abstracts I have enjoyed painting in acrylics, oils, watercolor, and mixed media for 30 years. I love painting nature scenes and animals as well as flowers of all varieties. I have been teaching adults, and youth out of my home studio for 17 years.
Mutimedia I am a graduate from OCAD and have been purchased by several public collections in Ottawa. I have always focused on the use of recycled materials that someone or something else has put their mark on. By incorporating these found objects I alter the spirit of the newly created piece.
soft pastel, coloured pencil and pastel I am drawn to paint the everyday beauty of the world around me. To capture a small moment of peace and contentment rather than the grand vista.
Karen Wynne Mackay
Acrylic/Mixed Media Abstract/Contemporary Artist largely inspired by nature. Other influences include: Poetry, Writing, Jazz/Blues/Folk and outdoor activities. Karen uses acrylic paint, inks, pastels, pencils, charcoal, oils, wax, handmade tools and more to create her art.
Acrylic/Mixed Media Kathryn’s art reflects the emotions, sights and sounds that nature evokes in her. Her process is intuitive, playing with paint and materials and allowing the artwork to unfold and emerge. She continues to explore colour and texture in an expressionistic style.
Fine Art Photography Once told that photography was not art, Ginny Fobert believes that a photograph is made, not taken. It is made in your own mind and with your own eye. It is slow and considered in its making. It can indeed be art! Primarily a self-taught photographer, her goal is to bring photography further into the art world using unique photographic techniques. Ginny is an accomplished fine art photographer who has had numerous solo shows with the City of Ottawa, and has been involved in multiple art festivals and exhibitions across Ontario.
acrylic Peter Leckett is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
acrylic A passionate artist, always looking for interesting shows and participating in challenging competitions. Showing in 4-6 solo art shows per year, some in prestigious galleries, some in cafes and restaurants. Also participating in numerous group shows. I have collectors in Europe, USA, Australia, New Zeeland and Canada. A member of the following professional organizations: Foyer Gallery, Glebe Fine Arts Association, Nepean Fine Arts League, West Carleton Society.
photography As a nature and wildlife photographer, Danielle feels a deep connection with nature and the landscape environment she is in. For Danielle, photography is the way to document the beauty and elegance of our surroundings. Danielle creates custom art prints from her passion for photography. They are purchased for home or office decor, by real estate agents and interior designers. Danielle is a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). She won the title of 2019 Ontario region Artistic Photographer of the year and has recently won the prestigious title of 2020 Artistic Photographer of the year at the national level.
Mixed Media, Printmaking, Ceramics Katharine is a fanciful dreamer, who enjoys interpreting three major themes (Spirit Horses, Enchanted, and Endangered) in her whimsical art. She loves the serendipity of printmaking and mixed media, incorporating elements such as feathers, plants, and bark collected from her travels and on her farm, Spiritwood. She lives in the Pontiac region of Quebec, Canada, with her husband, two Spirit Horses, and their kitty.
ANN SUTHERLAND GRUCHY
Watercolour, acrylic, mixed media Ann Sutherland Gruchy, a visual artist with her studio in North Gower (Ottawa), is known for her bold, large textured work. Her organic, semi-abstract images stress design, light and colour. Ann works in acrylic, mixed media, watercolour, ink, oil and printmaking.
textiles My creations feature the unique elements of hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns (spun and or/dyed by myself), making each a one of a kind wearable work of art. I work on floor and rigid heddle looms. I tend to prefer merino wool with the sometimes additions of silk and other blended fibres. My pieces are available locally at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum gift shops.
Photography Roy became a serious amateur photographer in the 70s, taking college courses and setting up a home darkroom. Later, he took up drawing and painting, studying at Algonquin College, the Ottawa School of Art, and elsewhere. His experience with life drawing inspired him to try also photographing the nude figure, which is now his primary medium. In his art, Roy strives to portray the beauty, grace, strength and vulnerability of the human form. Roy’s work has been exhibited in 10 solo and many juried and curated shows.
Acrylics Elizabeth loves nature and feels that creation sings songs of beauty and communicates deeper meaning and truths for those who have eyes to see and ears to listen. Elizabeth is mainly a self taught acrylic painter who has been painting for over 10 years and teaches adults and children the fundamentals of art 101. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the surrounding beauty and learning the fun of painting in plein air with her art groups. Her painting motto is “to notice beauty and invite to rest”.