Friday, November 26, 2010

Doris McCarthy

I got teary eyed when I heard the news that Doris McCarthy had died.  After she retired from teaching in 1972 she spent the next 38 years painting and she has left us so much to be grateful for.   I remember in the early '80's seeing her artwork for the first time.  I worked for a company that had an extensive collection of her Nova Scotia landscapes lining their long corridor. I had just returned from living in Nova Scotia and I remember the joy I felt every morning viewing her powerful artwork. She captured the spirit of the place and I connected strongly with her paintings. It was the beginning of my passion for fine art and my appreciation of it in the years that followed.  Her creative spirit inspired me and she is one of my heroes.  Thank you Doris McCarthy.  
I am truly grateful for how you have enriched my life.   

Monday, October 4, 2010

Katja Van den Enden: The Colour of Life

Katja Van den Enden: The Colour of Life: "I'm thrilled to be showing with Raine Davis and Josée Savaria Oct 13/17 at the McKay Arts Centre on Main St in Unionville, Ontario. I love t..."

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Art Trivia

Artist Hugh LeRoy recalled this story when I was out having a perfect coffee morning with my friends Sue and Hugh at On the Bean in Aurora. 
In Hugh LeRoy's early days as an artist in old Montreal in the sixties, his studio was above a garage in an old section of Montreal that no longer exists. Every day a man would walk by his studio for weeks until he finally invited himself in.  The man was George Waddington, Hugh's first and favorite art dealer. Hugh felt that Waddington was an artist in his own right. Every piece of artwork in his gallery had a story created by George and his assistant would often remind him, "Oh George, that's not the same story you told yesterday." 
I loved that story so I checked with Hugh and he said I could share it with you.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Welcome to my blog

Dear friends,

I am guest curator at the Aurora Cultural Centre for an upcoming art show, Distinctly Canadian, September 9 to October 30, 2010.  I hope you can come to the opening on September 9th at 7:00 p.m.   This exhibit celebrates the Fine Art of members of the OSA and RCA.  The art is absolutely incredible and it was a fantastic experience curating this exhibit.  The Aurora Cultural Centre is the best thing that has happened to the arts in York Region in a long time.  Check out the beautiful restored Church St. School at 22 Church St. ( beside the Aurora library ) 

See you there.  Let me know what you think of the exhibit.