The Lawrence Park Art Show
The unique, vibrant, colourful, contemporary paintings of Marlene Bulas reflect the joy and energy she finds in our everyday surroundings. Georgian Bay, Manitoulin, Muskoka, and Ontario’s rural roads and rolling country hills are favourite subjects along with small towns, villages, still life, and whimsical people and places.
Allan earned a Fine Arts and Graphic Design degree from Central Technical School, and studied under two great artists: Robin Hopper and Roger Kerslake. In 2007, after a successful career in graphic design, Allan revisited his passion for pottery, creating ceramics with the perfect balance between form and function.
Matt grew up on a lake in rural Northwestern Ontario. He draws inspiration from geology, biology, and architecture. His work fuses emotion and allegory with vivid abstract landscapes. His crisp, ultra-clean aesthetic verges on digital yet is achieved by brushing onto canvas many thin layers of paint by freehand.
I have been carving for 72 years, selling in Canada, USA, England, Ireland, & Italy, and represented Canada, along with Robert Bateman, in a 15 country Art Exhibition. My own Taxidermy insures both accuracy in colour and size of hawks, owls and shore birds, song birds and eagles. Each piece can take from 50- 250 hours.
Weaving in a rainbow of vibrant and intricate combinations, I create handwoven, one-of-a-kind jackets, vests, ponchos and scarves. With fibre as my palette, I explore new ideas, finding inspiration everywhere…in nature, art, historical and contemporary textiles. My work reflects my love of colour and design.
Jerre studied at various centers of excellence in glass education and has received a number of awards, including a first place award of excellence in sculpture at the Canadian Society of Artists Exhibition. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Scotland, USA and Canada. Jerre works out of her studio in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Iwona Dufaj explores visual narrative in her oil paintings, translating ideals of emotional bonding and human nature. After 16 years in graphic design, she resumed her painting, working with oils on canvas to create an alternate world through surrealism where emotions can exist without repercussion.
Following Fine Arts University studies in the late 60’s and 70’s I have spent 17 years working at The Potters Studio. I especially enjoy the decorative components of working with clay, such as, painting, carving and working with gold lustres, incorporating the history and techniques used in Majolica pottery.
Diana has taken classes at The Potter’s Studio, the Gardiner Museum, Haliburton School of Art and Design and in small Toronto studios. Diana likes her pottery to be practical and creative and looks to nature and functional design for inspiration. She likes to experiment with shapes and colours whether throwing or hand building.
Donna graduated Ontario College of Art and had a career as a freelance illustrator/designer. A number of her illustrations have won national and international wards. Donna now enjoys painting mainly in acrylics on canvas. She has a preference for people and figure painting. Her art is winning awards at juried shows.
Paintings by Ruth are inspired by colour and texture creating a play between realism and abstraction, a magical place where image evokes poetry and beyond. She explores nature, the figure, and abstraction using watercolour, mixed media and acrylic. With degrees in Fine art and Expressive arts therapy her career has included art instruction, arts therapy and that of an exhibiting artist.
My love for the arts, music and poetry became a source of inspiration As Ansel Adams wonderfully summarized, ‘You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
A self-taught artist, Nicky uses the most natural backdrops in nature - water, land, sky, flowers - each painting influenced by the changing effects and expressions of nature’s own landscapes, seascapes, or even a single flower. Paint is washed over each canvas resulting in muted and conceptual pieces that create a sense of stillness and a sense of escape.
Building on training at the AGO, Avenue Road and Fleming College schools of Art, Jim's acrylic paintings are rich in colour and creativity, and many are visually stunning. The artistic style used to portray the outdoor things he paints, like Georgian Bay, animals and boats, is vigorous and descriptive. Currently he is completing several large commissions.
Lisa Lynn Phillips creates art in her studio in Muskoka working with acrylics and other mediums. Using palette knives, Lisa Lynn gives the painting dimension ispired by impasto within impressionism. Starting off as a portrait photographer, art therapy has activated Lisa Lynn's skill and creativity for painting. The series Celebration Of Trees, provide us with the breath of life and gives acknowledgement to the wonders that we so often forget.
Rebecca Phillips is a painter and illustrator extraordinaire. This impassioned composer of both musical and artistic pieces, highlights the world and its intriguing wonders through her hand. Her abilities have been refined through years of study at Seneca College and York University. Join us upon this enchanting journey and glimpse the world anew.
Liz’s artistic expression has progressed through ceramics and glaze chemistry to clay and textiles. In 2004 she discovered metal clay which allowed her to use hand building techniques, adding pattern and textures associated with textiles and then transforming the result into a variety of metals.
My passion for the rural landscapes of Canada and England inspire me to create peaceful serene paintings. My creativity started as a young child. After arriving in Canada in the early eighties I studied at the Ontario College of Art. Over the years I have been experimenting and developing my style.
An honours graduate of Ontario College of Art, teacher of art and design, recipient of many awards and active supporter of the art world. Gerry has had a vibrant career as a painter and has exhibited widely. At 83 years old still paints daily. His favorite painting is always “His next one.”
Danielle has been designing and sewing in North Toronto for over 20 years, including over a decade creating original children's costumes. Her craftsmanship has become a neighbourhood fixture at Potato Skins in recent years. The success of her nature inspired pillows has turned her once side project into a full time business.
Peter has travelled the world photographing wild life in its natural habitat. His exceptional photography has captured the essence and allure of many animals and birds.
While Ted enjoys painting and drawing, his focus has been on modelling in various materials which includes ceramics at craft shows and stores, rubber stop motion animation puppets, museum models of dinosaurs, caricatures, and print illustrations. More recently Ted has been experimenting with modelling in lightweight concrete which can be displayed in outdoor settings.
Mary Ann Slater, self-taught and based in Toronto Ontario, is an acrylic realism artist with experience in illustration, painting and graphite renderings. She has developed her love of art into a career, focusing on realism painting with acrylics. Mary Ann finds objects and paints them with tiny brushes, layered paint and vivid colours.
"Toronto based artist working in acrylics, oils and water colour. From her early training in art and design, to more recent studies in portraiture and landscapes, Angela’s painting style has shifted from realism to a more abstracted form of expression. Recent landscape paintings incorporate vibrant colour and simplified expressive forms to capture a fleeting moment in time."
Lynda has been a potter since the 1970s when she took classes held at Mooredale House and has been an active member of The Potter’s Studio since 1989. Lynda does mostly hand thrown stoneware on the wheel, with a focus on function and clean lines, but also raku pottery.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Fine Art, Nicholas has participated in numerous juried group shows, and is recipient of a number of prestigious painting awards. With a fusion of outdoor and studio actions, Nicholas aims to provide narrative impact through abstraction and realism.
After retiring from a corporate and consulting career a few years ago, Marsha began pursuing her interest in art and more specifically in painting. She completed the Fine Arts certificate programme at Sheridan College and began painting in oil. She paints primarily still life from her home studio.
I am a graduate of the OCADU with a degree in Photography. The process of creation affords me time to lose touch with reality and let my creative side loose. I hope that viewers of my works get the same sense of disconnection that I do when making them.
Tod designs and crafts unique metal pieces for the garden and home including plant sculptures, garden stakes and trellises, railings and wind driven whirligigs. Tod’s work is inspired by his summers of camping in Ontario wilderness and his love of gardening and display a sense of whimsy.
Brenda Webster Tweel is a camera-less photography artist who explores cyanotype’s numerous technical, conceptual and visual possibilities. Her focus on process is rooted in her architectural thesis. Webster Tweel’s works often deal in the play of opposites: shadow and light, movement and stillness, presence and absence, solid and void.
Artist and potter Emoke Wilson works in a variety of media but prefers clay because of its tactile nature. Her hand-and-wheel-built clay art pieces are inspired by natural and organic shapes, as well as from precise machine-made patterns found in modern life.
"This artist has an uncanny ability to isolate the essence of a landscape, & then illuminate the small part of the whole. …. but the genius of Micheal Zarowsky is that he presents the effect of abstraction while he is actually painting in a realistic way some isolated element” - Ian Andrew Malcolm.
The Lawrence Park Art Show