Jana is a graduate of McGill University in the Philosophy and Fine Arts department.
After raising a family of three boys, she continued art studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Toronto School of Art, as well as diverse workshops around the world.
"Painting 'plein air' with other artists is the most thrilling and educational experience for me―whether at home in Northumberland or in a far off locale."
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto Judy spent close to forty years living in the heart of the city while teaching elementary school in North York. From a very early age, she gravitated towards the arts and still has some of her kindergarten paintings to prove it! Her mother used to go to the old Toronto Telegram to buy newsprint in bulk for her prodigious childhood art projects. She studied art throughout high school, a year of Fine Art at the University of Toronto and completed her Visual Arts Specialist at the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto.
But it wasn’t until she retired that she really began to paint, first in acrylics and then oils. She attended classes at the Gallery School of the AGO and quickly realized she needed more space than a city loft afforded. The search for a studio and a change of scenery eventually brought her and her husband to a country property in the Northumberland Hills near Baltimore two and a half years ago.
Since moving to the area she has met and painted with other artists through classes with Lucy Manley in Warkworth and Joanne Purdy in Grafton, Life Drawing at the Upstairs gallery in Port Hope, her affiliation with the Pine Ridge Art Association, the Cobourg Art Club and her membership in the Spirit of the Hills. She has spent the last couple of years “finding her style” and has explored a number of subjects. Streetscapes, landscapes, giant flowers, portraits and still life all have filled her canvases. Her work attempts to display a looseness and gestural approach to subject matter, a continuing and ever evolving process.
Russell Styles is a self-taught photographic artist who specializes in Fine Art Photography. His approach and his subject matter are eclectic. He will search out a unique angle to convey his own perspective of an often-photographed image.
Travel and photography are his passions in life. He believes that travel broadens our awareness and makes us appreciate the diversity and beauty in the often neglected and sometimes overlooked.
He is a contributing photographer to ‘Conde Nast’ Magazine and has numerous book covers to his credit. He is a 2013, 2014 and 2016 finalist at ‘RMG Exposed’, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery annual photography competition.
Stephen is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and has been an illustrator for 35 years working with book and magazine publishers and advertising agencies. He has also worked with the Canadian War Museum covering peace time exercises for the Canadian Armed Forces in Germany and across Canada. He is busy teaching in the Port Hope and Peterborough area as well as busy with his portrait commissions and landscape and cityscapes for galleries and private collectors.
Fishing The Ganny - South Side
Katie Flindall grew up in Kansas. One of five children, she was homeschooled on her parent’s apple orchard. At age 4, Katie took her first ballet class and has continued a lifelong pursuit of dance and the arts. She spent her high school years attending the National Ballet School in Toronto and the Virginia School of the Arts. She spent a summer with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre of Vermont and performed with their touring group at Edinburgh, Scotland's Fringe Festival. Katie spent the next five years teaching ballet, point and modern at ArtisTree dance studio in Hutchinson, Kansas. She was also a charter member of Prairie Nutcracker, dancing the lead roll of the Prairie Doll (otherwise known as the Sugar Plum Fairy). In 2001 Katie spent a summer traveling in Europe and there met her husband. They were married on her family's farm in Kansas in 2003. Katie and her husband Sandy moved to Vermont where Katie pursued her career as a dance instructor with Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. She also was a member of the Same Planet Dance Company, creating repertoire and performing in Vermont. During this time Katie also started her visual art business, Moon House Art, and over the years has created many custom works, illustrated two children's books (Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits and Prairie Nutcracker) and illustrated for magazines such as Highlights for Children and Eating Well.
Lucy Manley’s favorite subject is the traditional landscape, quite often with teams of horses, sugar shacks and old buildings found in and around her area , as well as the wilderness scenes of the north country. She travels extensively around Ontario, and sometimes Quebec, to find special locations to paint. Her work is rendered in a loose painterly quality in oils and sometimes in watercolor.
Painting ‘on location’ is where most of her work is created. She enjoys nature and tries to get outdoors painting in all the seasons. This ‘on location’ urge has taken her across Canada to the Rockies, to southern France, Italy, Mexico and the USA. Later in the studio, Lucy makes compositional adjustments that are required … adding or deleting shapes, values, colors … sometimes putting in figures that would complete the overall feeling and statement of her work. However, there are times when a field sketch captures all the qualities necessary, leaving very little if anything to do in the studio in order to preserve the freshness and spontaneity of the moment. Sometimes there is time only for a pencil sketch and perhaps a photo. These provide inspirational ideas for future paintings in the studio as well as material for class demonstrations.
Born in Germany 1947 to Polish-Ukrainian parents, Lucy emigrated with her family to Ontario. There they eventually settled in the Peterborough countryside where she now resides with her husband. Early interest in art led her to study in Peterborough with John Norton at Kenner Collegiate and later with David Bierk, Eric Loder and Edwin Matthews at Sir Sandford Fleming College. There she also completed first year of Fine Arts. This led to further studies at trent University. Since then she has attended many workshops around Ontario headed by various established artists such as Poul Thrane, Guttorn Otto, Ron Leonard, as well as the artists at the Buckhorn School of Fine Arts.
Lucy has been painting full time since 1989, when she and her husband sold their welding business. As an active member of the East Central Ontario Art Association since 1979, she has the position of Newsletter Editor producing a quarterly newsletter to over 400 members. Her work has been accepted in the Associations’ annual juried shows where she has won several awards including “Best in Show’, Juror’s Choice and Honorable Mentions. She is also a member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough where her work is represented in the Art Rental Service, Art Auction and Annual Studio Tour. Her work has also been accepted at the annual juried shows of the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario, where she has received the Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Her work is represented by various galleries in Ontario.
Some have called Ilgvars Steins a "post-surrealist" but that is a classification that he had never truly embraced. Steins' art education first started with Leo Svemps in Riga, Latvia in 1941-42 where he was taught art composition. After the war, Steins continued his studies with Friedrik Milts in Libeka, Germany, while living in a camp for displaced persons. After moving to Candada, in 1958 Steins graduated from the Ontario College of Art with 'summa cum laude'(highest honors) designation.
In 1959 Steins and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he worked with the CBC as a graphic artist until 1965. Once again another opportunity presented itself and Steins moved to Ottawa where he took a government position at eh Experimental Farm working as an illustrator of various plants and insects. He remained at this position until 1978 when he moved back to Toronto where he accepted work with the North York Board until his retirement in 1990. Steins saw retirement as an opportunity to spend his time on new works and prepare for new exhibits. Since 1959, Steins has had 19 individual exhibitions and has had works exhibited in Latvia.
Over the years, Steins has created many remarkable works; many have been sold but there are some that he kept for his own personal collection that will never be sold.
A new opportunity had presented itself and Steins had moved leaving Toronto, his home for many years. Steins had embarked on a journey many would not attempt in their youth let alone in their retirement years. Steins had moved to Dawson City, Yukon to live with his eldest son John Steins. Steins continued to create work. The inspiration was still there. The thought provoking work continued; Steins passed away on November 11th 2011 at the 11 hour at the age of 83.
It seems I have lived all my life in art of one form or another. In work and play I’ve always gravitated to the creative side.
While my work took a practical path in retail floral design, then as a designer of quilting patterns, the elements and principles of design instilled during those years have helped pave the way in my passion for painting.
Our Canadian landscape is a never ending source of inspiration. The turning of the seasons and the ever changing mood of skies and waterways fuel my quest to grasp “a moment in time”.
To catch the feel of place is always challenging, and I ‘buzz’ whenever I come close to making mind, eye, paint and brush work together as I hope them to do. Those moments are magical.
I paint for me, but as an artist I can only hope my interpretive approach will touch the viewer to feel a connection to a time and place revisited in their own memories.
Working primarily in oils and acrylics, and playing with encaustic from time to time.
Paul Bailey was born and raised in Port Hope. He has a degree in French and philosophy from University of Guelph. he studied life drawing at Ontario College of Art night classes in the 1970s. Among his current projects, he celebrates his home town in words and pictures.
Originally from Montreal, after retiring from a 20 year career in the banking industry Betsy decided to pursue her life-long passion for design and colour. Following completion of the Fine Arts Certificate program in 2010 at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, she began to develop her unique expressionistic abstract painting style. Based in her Cobourg studio since 2011, she specializes in highly original work in acrylic on canvas. Using a limited colour palette, paint is mixed and applied directly on the canvas using large palette knives , allowing the piece to take form via a variety of techniques. No plan is made, or reference used. Betsy’s work continues to evolve in exciting new directions.