The Riverside BIA is thrilled to exhibit local Artists from the Artists’ Network, featuring framing from Dimensions Custom Framing. Please pop in to the offices at 761 Queen St East to view work of 7 talented artists. Their work and information about the Artists is outlined below.
About the Artists’ Network
Artists’ Network is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting visual artists in their business practice. They promote professional development, entrepreneurship and growth by organizing educational seminars, offering networking opportunities, providing business tools and developing exhibition opportunities. They work with individual artists, the community and arts organizations, as well as the private sector and all levels of government to promote the arts. And, they attract art lovers and collectors to experience members’ work. For more information please click on this: Artist Network
Dimensions Custom Framing adds it’s inviting convivial presence to trendy Riverside. This fresh expansive gallery is the collaborative product of Ellen Davidson and Wendy Palmer, in business together for over 10 years. Dimensions not only showcases works by emerging and established artists such as Donna Zekas, Janet Potter, Scott Johnston, Shawn Skier and Ileana Grimm but also homes a custom design framing empire where visions are brought to life by renown master framer Wendy Palmer. Proud sponsors of non profits such as ACT, Art Gems and Interval House, both Ellen and Wendy create an engaging comfortable space bridging a dynamic visual mix of art in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.
Please scroll through the images and artists statements to see what is currently on exhibit in the Riverside BIA Offices.
JANET F POTTER – Artist Statement: As an artist I have become totally indulged in urban environments and the surrounding nature from Newfoundland to Northern Ontario to Vancouver Island B.C. I’m extremely passionate about my art and use my tools to dream the dreams, see the visions, sketch the intricate detailed plans, and take the time to feel and view every aspect of my creation. My mediums include personal writings and drawings, partial photo transfers, silk screenings accompany with various mediums process onto Japanese Washi and Mylar Paper and Aluminum creating Paper Art and Art Book.
JUDY-ANN CAZEMIER – Judy-Ann’s Biography: Born, raised, and schooled on the Prairies, I received my first camera, a Kodak 174 instamatic, at age 10. Since 1985, I have gained experience in scenic, portrait, and stock photography, and a few more cameras. One of my photos was used in an advertisement for Ontario Tourism in these well-known publications: Time, People, National Geographic Traveler, and Reader’s Digest in 1992. And more recently, in 2009, Ontario Tourism published one of my photos in their book: Ontario: Seasons of Discovery. I photographed three assignments for Seasons magazine. Canadian Camera magazine published a design article, illustrated with sunflowers, and highlighted a portfolio submission in a second article. I have two diplomas in photography from Humber College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Winnipeg.
NANCY BENNETT – Nancy’s Bio and Artist Statement: As a life long artist and crafter, starting with knitting at age 7 and oil painting at age 10, I have expressed my creativity in weaving, sewing, woodworking, ceramics, quilting and soap making. After a long hiatus, I returned to painting this past summer.
I’m inspired by the contrasts between the old and new structures in our neighbourhood and the beautiful skies. The smokestacks, sometimes known as the Leslieville Twins, feature in many of my pieces. Their smoke (really it’s steam) indicates the force and direction of the wind. The colours change with the time of day till the blinking lights take over at night. I am a longtime fan of Tom Thomson. His portrayal of Canada was unusual at the time because he found beauty in the “ugly” wilderness. As a rural to urban transplant, it took me a while to recognize the beauty in old factories, rooftop HVAC equipment and smokestacks. Now that I see it, I have to paint it.
ALICIA TYSON – About Alicia: After spending the better part of a decade on the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda, Alicia Tyson returned to Toronto inspired by the endless motion and restless energy of the sea. A descendent of seafaring Scandinavians, Alicia explores the depths of the canvas with broad gestures, colours and layers that appear to be forever shifting, rising and falling.Whether capturing the human figure, landscapes or her primal fascination with waterborne vessels, Alicia’s abstract images flow with no defined beginning or end, reflecting the nature of human entanglements, relationships and memory. Alicia has studied with Harold Klunder, John Leonard, Otis Tamasauskas and Peter Kolisnyk and graduated in Graphic Design at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. A full-time Professor at Niagara Collage, she teaches within the art and design program. Alicia also continues to design and paint. After 20 years of painting, Alicia Tyson has work featured in numerous private collections throughout Bermuda, Canada, England and the United States.
GABRIELE M. CRAIG – Gabriele’s Biography and Artist Statement in Brief: Gabriele Craig has been an artist throughout her life. Her training and studies began in Germany and continued in Canada after moving to Ottawa in 1969. What captures Gabriele’s interest is a representation of nature and the feelings our experiences of nature evoke. Her medium is water colour, mixed media and encaustic, these allow her to explore ways of using layers of colour to convey inner dispositions and feelings in an abstract manner, this enables the viewer to experience his or her own unique emotional reaction to her paintings. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto.
New creations are works produced on Mylar, incorporating mixed media, i.e. working with oils, watercolour, inks, transfers, also including textured materials. This transparent material allows for the manipulation of images on both sides, front and back, creating double images or positive and negatives at the same time. The result has been the collection of Seascapes. Expressing herself and the world around her through drawing and painting has been a “Leitfaden” throughout her life. Her background as a cartographer and interior designer, both have influenced the style and images of her work. This found expression in the geometrically ordered, aesthetically pleasing, or ultimately organic images.
DONNA ZEKAS – Artist Statement: My paintings are defined by colour and texture. I do not have specific images in my mind when I begin a painting. I work with numerous layers and make conscious decisions about whether to leave parts visible, obscured or covered. As I proceed with adding, subtracting, wiping away or pooling paint, I fuse the conscious and accidental.Each step is dictated by previous one and each layer is constructed with the knowledge that it will be altered… I react intuitively and rely on my instincts and impulses to both obscure and reveal what lies beneath.
KING WONG – Artist Statement:
My visions are reflections about human remnants of survival in a time-less and unfathomable world. Beyond is an exploration of context delving on our affinity with authentic real objects, figures and surrounding spaces. My paintings are pathways to exploring an awareness of what it means to “be”.
We hope you enjoyed the sampling of artwork from local East End Artists, if you want to see more, please visit the Riverside BIA offices at 761 Queen St E. We appreciate your feedback, and invite you to leave your comments.