Category Archives: Almonte Corridor Gallery

Current Artists: Maria Moldovan

Current Artists: Maria Moldovan

3 April 2018 – 5 June 2018

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Maria Moldovan
moldarya@yahoo.com | moldovanmaria.com | 613-600-5643

Mária Moldovan was born and raised in Romania. She started her visual education in the High School of Arts, Sf. Gheorghe, her hometown, in a class specialized in painting. After four years of painting she chose to study ceramic art at the University of Arts and Design in Cluj Napoca. She made this decision because she was attracted by three-dimensional art but she couldn’t give up on colors. So it seemed to be the perfect solution to have sculpture and painting at the same time.

Painting and ceramic art fluctuates through her life since then. There are longer periods of time dedicated for painting and then for ceramic art.

Since 2008 she has been involved in projects related to children’s illustration as well. There are five books so far published with her illustrations.

Maria moved with her family to Canada in 2013.

Currently she is a full time studio artist living in Arnprior and she is teaching ceramic art at the Ottawa School of Art.

Education

1997-2002 – Bachelor degree at the University of Visual Arts and Design, ceramic departament, Cluj Napoca,  Romania

1994-1997 – School of Arts, Sfintu Gheorghe, painting departament, Romania

1988-1994 – „Mikes Kelemen” Highschool, foreign languages, Romania

Professional Memberships

Member of the Ottawa Guild Of Potters since 2015

Member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors since 2017

Member of the U.A.P.R since 2003 – „Professional Visual Artists’ Union from Romania”

Member of the „Association of illustrators from Romania” since 2012 

Artist statement

Creating art works for me is a journey. A constant moving from outside to inside and vice-versa. It is about the process of connecting the outside world to my inner world. I find an inspiring element in the surrounding world and I start to work with it, it goes through me and it’s transformed into something different. My being is working like a filter for the outside world.

I moved to Canada in 2013. Leaving a well known space and searching for anchor points in a new space is a challenging process. This searching has been a driving force in my creative work in the past few years. Exploring a new world, new dimensions can be inspiring and the process of searching leads us in unknown outer and inside spaces as well.

In my sculptures, I often combine different elements: shapes, body parts which in real life never would show up together. Using the freedom of the creative dimensions, I find the connection points and I create a new meaning for these elements.

I created ceramic sculptures with the similar symbols, color palettes what I used lately in my paintings. It is the connection between the bi-dimensional and three-dimensional visual language using the theme of connected elements.

Current Artists: Sharon Collins & Jo-Ann Zorzi

Current Artists:
Sharon Collins & Jo-Ann Zorzi
6 February 2018 – 3 April 2018

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Sharon Collins
Textile & Mixed Media Artist
sharoncollinsart@gmail.com
sharoncollinsart.com
613-622-5842

Sharon’s interest in sewing began as a young girl when her mother taught her how to sew; primarily to make her own clothes. After entering university, necessity turned into passion when she took an interest in designing and creating wall hangings and garments, using the skills her mother taught her as a young girl.

After graduating in medicine, Sharon moved to northern Ontario to start a practice. It was here that her love of art began to grow.  After taking classes at the local college with Stephen Braithwaite, renowned stain glass artist, Sharon was hooked on stained glass, designing and creating windows of her own. Her installations include a church, a restaurant, a funeral home and many residences. She continues to design stained glass windows today.

Stained glass led to water colour painting and quilting – a medium that brought her back to her mothers sewing lessons. She attended her first traditional quilt class in Kirkland lake in 1994 with Terry Whyte and began making quilts for family and friends. Since 2002, her quilting has expanded to art quilts and mixed media fibre arts. She continues to take classes from local and international instructors including Catherine Biddyk-Law, Ruth McDowell, Barbara Olsen, Vicky Pignatelli, Karen Eckmeier, Robbi Joy Eklow, Pamela Allen and Gunnel Hagg. She has exhibited stained glass art, water colours, traditional quilts, art-wear and fibre art locally and internationally.

Recently she has been painting both water colour and acrylics.

J-Ann Zorzi
joannzorzi.com
jozodesigns@rogers.com

613-831-8471

Sharon spent her childhood in the Lower Laurentians, Quebec. She was exposed to a rich and diverse culture which has influenced her outlook in life. She spent many years as a scientist, followed by a career in the construction materials industry. In 2004, she began to experiment with silk fibers. Over the last few years, she has developed her own techniques for creating her images – adding woolen, linen, hemp and cotton fibers to her work, although silk remains the predominant material for her wall pieces. In 2014, she began experimenting with wool fibers to create 3 dimensional, playful pieces.

She see as much through her hands as through her eyes. Her work ranges from landscapes to figurative to architectural to quirky. She is largely a self-taught artist fueled by her imagination and the world around her. She hopes to continue exploring fiber for many years to come.

Selected Recent Exhibitions

2017 -Art in the Neighbourhood, Ottawa, ON
2017 -The Maker’s Hand, Picton, ON
2017 -West Carleton Family Health, Carp, ON
2017 -City of Ottawa, Plant Bath Wall Space, Ottawa, ON
2017 -Christmas in Carp, Carp, ON

2017 -City of Ottawa, Plant Bath Wall Space, Ottawa, ON
2016 -Art in the Neighbourhood, Ottawa, ON
2016 -The Maker’s Hand, Picton, ON
2016 -Soulplay, The Spirit of Trees, Belleville, ON
2016 -Expressions of Art, Carp, ON
2016 -Red Trillium Studio tour, Carp, ON
2016 -March Day in May, Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, ON
2016 -Wallacks, Best of the West, Nepean, ON
2016 -Out of the Box, Spring Fling, Ottawa, ON
2016 -Arts Carleton Place Spring Art Show and Sale, Carleton Place, ON
2016 -Spring into Art conference, Carp, ON

Current Artists: Linda and Sam Hamilton

Current Artists:
Linda & Sam Hamilton
5 December 2017 – 6 February 2018

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Linda Hamilton
Lvohamilton@gmail.com
daydreamflowers.ca
613-256-7238

Sam Hamilton
sam@samhdesign.com
613-256-7238

The artwork of
Linda & Sam Hamilton

Sam and Linda Hamilton are artists who work from their home studio in Almonte.  Both love to create art with images from nature and the many beautiful shapes and colours to be found there.  Sam is an illustrator who has created several children’s books and custom images.  Linda works through the summer as a flower farmer on her mother’s property near Perth.  Their two young children provide an endless source of interesting ideas and inspiration as well.  This collection represents the many media that they work in from sculpture to painting and drawing.

 

Current Artist: Stephanie Huckabone

Current Artist:
Stephanie Huckabone
3 Oct – 4 Dec 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Stephanie Huckabone
huckabonecart@gmail.com
flickr.com/photos/huckaboneart

Stephanie Huckabone has always been interested in art and art history and took courses in high school and at university.  However, it wasn’t until an evening mixed-media class that she rediscovered her desire to paint an explore different mediums.  She continues to grow and learn through work-shops, peer support and local classes.

In 2004, she became a member of Ottawa Mixed Media Artists and often takes part in group shows, artist retreats and professional development activities.  She has been on the executive of OMMA for he past 8 years and is currently President of OMMA.

Having grown up in the Ottawa Valley, nature has always been very important to Stephanie.  She often depicts local water, rocks, trees and mountains in her art.

More recently, however, she became familiar with the rocky, harsh landscape of Newfoundland.  She tries to capture the beauty and colour of that northern Atlantic island that draws her family to its shores every summer.

For Canada’s 150th anniversary, she has decided to celebrate each province and territory with a canvas depicting the flora, fauna, images and symbols connected to it.  She makes her own stamps and stencils, which she uses to give texture and provide images within my paintings.  She says it was a very fun and educational experience for her and she hopes you enjoy discovering the uniqueness and beauty of each province of the wonderful and diverse country of ours – Canada.

 

 

 

Current Artists: Krista Cameron & Edwina Wood

Current Artist:
1 August – 1 October 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Monika Seidenbusch
http://www.kaleidoscopestudio.ca
monika@kaleidoscopestudio.ca
613.264.2460


Ladies for Tea, 2014-09
Acrylic on stretched (black) framed canvas  20″ x 16″

Monika likes to paint as to tell a story, with a character,  a setting, and a mood.  She likes her work to bring out a sense of peacefulness, atmosphere, simplicity, life and beauty.

Her style is detailed and realistic when drawing; and, freer and abstracted when painting.  She prefers to portray the human form, but also enjoys illustrating botanicals and painting abstracts.

Inspired by the simple lines of Matisse, the colours and exaggeration of Modigliani, the sculptures of Henri Moore and the technical accuracy of many of the old masters, such as Charles Bargue, she combines what she has learned to refine her art and bring out the essence and beauty of nature.

Monika is a well known award winning artist and is currently a member of the Arts Ottawa East (AOE), the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists (OMMA), and the Nepean Fine Arts League (NFAL).

Born in Ontario and raised in Canada and Germany, Monika’s interest in art has been with her all her life.  Her mediums have been primarily pencil, pencil crayon, acrylics, water colour and mixed media collage.  For several years she has been attending life drawing studios.

Monika has three daughters and lives in Perth, Ontario with her husband.

Krista Cameron
1 August  –  1 October 2017

Krista Cameron
613-340-9671
kcameronpottery@gmail.com
kristacameronpottery.com

Krista Cameron is a potter and ceramics artist who works against the idyllic backdrop of Charleston Lake.

She believes in getting outside and connecting with nature.  She tries to bring some of the outdoor into her work through the softness of her pieces and the colours used in the finish.  When she isn’t outside with her bees and kayak, Krista immerses herself in creating pottery that can be used, loved, and functions well in every day life.

Krista works with clay because of the strength it offers, the tactile nature of her art offers the opportunity to introduce character and manipulate the subtleness of a piece.

Because clay can create decorative and functional forms,  it allows Krista to offer collectors a chance to connect with pottery that fulfills their desires and reflects their personality.

Krista teaches pottery to adults and kids in Brockville, Athens and Kingston.

Corridor Gallery Celebrating 20 Years!

Corridor Gallery
Celebrating 20 Years!
June 1997 – June 2017
 

Following an impassioned proposal by Reva Dolgoy to use the empty walls of the Library entrance as an art gallery, the 1997 Library Board and then Chief Librarian, Peter Nelson, wholeheartedly endorsed the founding of the CORRIDOR GALLERY. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful Library/Community collaboration which, 20 years later, continues to receive enthusiastic support and encouragement from our current CEO and Chief Librarian, Pam Harris and the Library staff.

Reva was a longtime champion of the Arts in Almonte and first curator of the Corridor Gallery.  Several years later, she was joined by Barbara Cotterill.  After Reva’s retirement, Deborah Saulnier and subsequently, Ann Jezewski joined Barbara as co-curators.

This month we are marking the Gallery’s 20th Anniversary. Please join us in celebrating and thanking the over 300 artists who have contributed to our love and understanding of art in its many forms.

Click on the banner below, save and enlarge to view the names of all of the many artists who have displayed their work over the years.

The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Almonte Branch of the library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond.  Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details on how to apply.

Current Artists: Krista Cameron & Edwina Wood

Current Artist:
Edwina Wood
6 June – 1 August 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Edwina Wood
africa@storm.ca

Edwina was raised in Kenya and from an early age has been painting African scenes, wildlife and people.

She works mainly in acrylics but also oils and collage.

Her background is evident in her work, as she often returns to her roots for subject matter, although she has also branched out into Canadian landscapes and sometimes for fun dashes down on canvas amusing moments witnessed in daily life.

Edwina has exhibited in Canada, Namibia and Tanzania and now lives at Otty Lake where her paintings reflect the scenery around her.

Krista Cameron
6 June  –  1 August 2017

Krista Cameron
613-340-9671
kcameronpottery@gmail.com
kristacameronpottery.com

Krista Cameron is a potter and ceramics artist who works against the idyllic backdrop of Charleston Lake.

She believes in getting outside and connecting with nature.  She tries to bring some of the outdoor into her work through the softness of her pieces and the colours used in the finish.  When she isn’t outside with her bees and kayak, Krista immerses herself in creating pottery that can be used, loved, and functions well in every day life.

Krista works with clay because of the strength it offers, the tactile nature of her art offers the opportunity to introduce character and manipulate the subtleness of a piece.

Because clay can create decorative and functional forms,  it allows Krista to offer collectors a chance to connect with pottery that fulfills their desires and reflects their personality.

Krista teaches pottery to adults and kids in Brockville, Athens and Kingston.

 

Current Artists: Alan Mirabelli and Jennifer Anne Kelly

Current Artist:
Alan Mirabelli
4 April 2017  –  6 June 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Alan Mirabelli
alan.mirabelli@gmail.com

Earth’s Textures
Moments of Stillness

Alan Mirabelli, a photographer, sets out to perceive, appreciate and understand the beauty that is nature.  Carrying a camera serves as his reminder to be attentive, with an objective to open the heart, to focus and to journal the moment.  The resulting print is never his goal; it is the memory of a moment of stillness, a visual diary of a moment cherished.

Mirabelli explores the simplicity and complexity of nature; evocative moments commanding deep respect.  His frames are an exploration of the interdependent relationships that exist on earth.  Each image is a reflection of a frame of mind and an act of humility.

Each moment is a moment of wonder; time sculpting earth’s surface, feeling its flow, and acknowledging tenderness in decay and renewal.  Each chosen moment is the essence of a past, a present and a projection into a future.   Mirabelli marks these moments.  They are a meditation; an inquiry into the mystery of time and their echoes can be felt and imagined with each encounter of the artifact.

Nature and its cycles are reminders of a power, sometimes gentle, sometimes destructive, and always a matter of wonder.  He sees beauty in new life and in decay.  Mirabelli’s images are a reflection of re-cognition (re-knowing) what is before him.

For him, each image is a topographic map of emotion; each frame is a story to self, an appreciative enquiry and a seduction.  He seeks textures which seduce the eye and soul, colours that arrest attention and forms that invite reflection of a metaphor.

For Mirabelli photography is pursued as a spiritual expression, a form of renewal.

About the images:  Mirabelli brings a film aesthetic to digital image making. The film he preferred was recently discontinued and, as a result, he has adopted a method of work which most closely resembles that of Fuji/Velvia film.

Photoshop:  adjustments are limited to exposure, contrast, saturation and sharpening and all are minimally applied.

Images are cropped in the camera. If filters are required they are neutral density filters which do not enhance colour.

Jennifer Anne Kelly
4 April 2017  –  6 June 2017

Jennifer Anne Kelly
613-859-0100
jenniferkelly@rogers.com
jenniferannekelly.com

Kiln Formed Glass

Jennifer Anne Kelly lives on Glen Isle by the Mississippi River.   After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carlton University Jennifer enjoyed the expertise of many renowned teachers and mentors.  She has studied at The Studio at Corning in New York, Pittsburgh Glass Center, American Steel Studios, and Ottawa School of Art.  Jennifer works with stained glass, fused and kiln formed glass, natural found elements, and metals.  The process, including sand blasting and kiln work, is completed in her teaching studio, Current Works of Glass, at 112 Queen Street, Almonte.

Her work can be found at Cirque du Soleil boutiques, Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts boutiques, Latitude 44 in Toronto, Ungallery in Picton, Algonquin Arts Centre in Algonquin Park, Santini Gallery and Crichton Street Gallery in Ottawa and select exhibits in Ontario.

From sculptural work to painterly two-dimensional pieces the narrative thread throughout is a positive human experience with the natural world.  Living on the river has influenced Jennifer’s work both in imagery and in her meditation on glass and water.  The river inspires the combination of energy and serenity and this is brought to the finished glass piece.   Jennifer spends a great deal of time pondering the light, shadows, and reflections of the water and translates that in new techniques.  Much of Jennifer’s three-dimensional work is focused on glass nests, feathers, and glass fused into reclaimed wood and stone.  This work is a celebration of our natural world as a gable.  Jennifer twists reality and imagination by creating new interpretations fo what is naturally found.  This body of work is the result of intense passion and dreams, overcoming fear, and delighting in the mystical.

 

 

The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details of how to apply.

Current Artists: Debra Tate-Sears

Current Artist:
Debra Tate-Sears
7 February 2017  – 4 April 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Debra Tate-Sears
www.debratatesears.com
debratatesears@gmail.com
613.353.7302

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Debra Tate-Sears is a painter who has exhibited and presented her artwork to the public for over thirty years.  For most of those years, her work has focused primarily on watercolour painting, and the development of a unique detailed, “dry on dry” transparent layering technique.  This stylistic approach is very similar to the technical aspects employed with egg tempera, and Debra now includes this medium in her portfolio.  Egg tempera is an almost forgotten medium that is fascinating in its organic engagement of the artist.  The processes involved with preparing panels, making gesso and grinding pigments to create paint with egg yolk as binder hasn’t changed in over 1000 years.

Debra also paints on old weathered slate tiles that have been removed from heritage buildings with transparent India ink and watercolour.   She creates 19th century styled landscapes that incorporate 19th century structures synonymous with the type of architecture found in this area.

The natural staining and weathering of the stone comes through the transparent mediums, and dictates the composition.  The result is very moody and dark, reminiscent of the “Romantic” landscape treatment employed  by Britsh artists (1800-1850) during the time that our own “landscape” was created.

The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details of how to apply.

Current Artists: Paul Saindon and Ian Paige

Current Artists:
Paul Saindon and Ian Paige
6 December 2016  – 7 February 2017

NEW ART SHOW AT THE CHAMBERS GALLERY, ALMONTE, ON

Paul Saindon
http://www.paulsaindon.com

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Artist Statement

I’m always enthusiastic when faced with a new vision to discover and to share.  Those that really capture my imagination have interesting and well-defined tonal contrasts, as well as rich colours.  Figures, landscapes and interiors are great pretexts for exploring these ideas.  I follow no formula, these seem to be the things I have been instinctively using since as far back as I can remember.  Perseverance will often yield unimagined results, and I readily attribute this to magic…

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  Oscar Wilde said it almost 100 years ago.  Something in what he said rings true for me in my painting development.  I can’t make copies of the same painting.  I can’t always paint the same way.  I have to try new things.  Maybe make some blunders…and paint over them.  I will not grow unless I experiment.  No one has my “Paul Saindon road to success” already figured out and printed.  And the only path I can follow is the one inside me.  I cannot copy someone else’s technique.  I have to be true to myself.  Only then will I see progress.

An important aspect of painting, for me, is the state of the spirit.  Brushstrokes reveal an artists’ inner state.  The search for harmony is an important part of my development.  The American author Robert M. Pirsig stated it very succinctly in his book ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ : “…so you want to know how to paint a perfect picture?  It’s easy.  Just make yourself perfect and pain naturally.”  By “make yourself perfect” he means to seek balance, sincerity, harmony and gratitude in your daily life.  The brushstroke must be free of any constraint.

Ian Paige
Lanark County Potter
613-256-9712
ianpaige@live.com

Long-time County potter, Ian makes functional ware on the potter’s wheel.  The pots are fired two or three times to a highest temperature of 2,260 degrees fahrenheit.

The glazes on these pots are made with Lanark County materials principally calcium carbonate, known locally as Tatlock marble (from the mine west of Almonte) is in all the glazes; wood ash from local hardwoods and feldspars (granit rocks) are also use in carefully measured proportions.  The clay in the pots is a white stoneware from Alberta.  All the ware is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Pots are available for purchase by contacting Ian.
Orders are welcomed.

The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details of how to apply.