July 20, 2016

We all had contact with this artist’s design. If you look closely at the “loonie” dollar coin, you’ll notice the initials RRC. Robert-Ralph Carmichael was a prolific artist who lived outside of Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario. The Echo Bay, Ontario artist who designed the loonie coin died this past Saturday at the age of 79. See: CBCNews story here.

In November 2004, I had the great opportunity to be included in a three-person exhibition with him and along with London, Ontario-based artist Rosemary Sloot. The show titled “Corruption of Reality” was held at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and showcased a trio of artists at varying stages of their commitment to realist and figurative studio production.

Corruption of Reality opening right to left: Robert-Ralph Carmicheal, Rosemary Sloot, David Aurandt (exhibition curator), Olex Wlasenko at the opening of “Corruption of Reality” exhibition opening at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, November 2004.

It’s official–the theme of the 24th annual members’ exhibition, as chosen by you is–“Glimpse”!

Supreme Theme 2016

This juried exhibition will run at Station Gallery from December 3, 2016, to January 29, 2017.

It’s a fine theme that’s open-ended and versatile. Artists will be invited to present works that respond to this year’s theme in the coming months. Thanks to everyone for voting. Stay tuned to Station Gallery’s website for submission guidelines and details for the year-end Glimpse exhibition…

It’s that time again… As things heat up, we request your say on the theme of the annual members’ show for when things will cool down later this year.

Between December 3, 2016 to January 29, 2017, Station Gallery will host its 24th annual juried exhibition.

The choice is yours. Which title and theme do you think best suits this year’s show? Stay tuned for the results on June 30.

 

February 26, 2016

A Saturday afternoon outing to the 2016 Toronto Artist Project (TAP) got unexpected prizes and surprises. A late-afternoon Art Quiz had TAP visitors test their art IQ and knowledge of art trivia. Hosted by Mark Challen, the quiz covered a range of topics from art collectors, galleries & museums, artist best friends and art & cinema. In the end, I won a snazzy stainless steel watering can. Pretty cool! Pictured below is trivia-master Mark handing me the trivia prize. When asked how I felt, I thought for a moment and jokingly said: “Well, ten years of art training is finally paying off!”

Toronto Artist Project

November 2, 2015

Happy November! Halloween fell on a Saturday night this year and I felt like getting a thrill by re-watching the 1968 psychological thriller, Rosemary’s Baby.

I was watching the movie as the clocks fell back an hour at 2:00 AM. A few moments later was a POV shot of a 1965 November calendar–half a century ago. The first Monday of November ’65 is ominously labelled “Blood”.

Rosemary's Calendar

Rosemary’s Calendar

September 23, 2015

Last week was a tough one. The news of two people passing came unexpectedly.

Mike Star (1951-2015), was an independent purveyor of vinyl records in Oshawa since 1974. He’ll be greatly missed. See 2011 post on Star Records follow: https://curatorbyday.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/for-the-record/

Mike and Me (2011). Photo: Allan Frank

Mike and Me (2011). Photo: Allan Frank

Wallace “Wally” Brighton (1940-2015) served as Head of Art at Oshawa’s O’Neill CVI and local artist represented in the Station Gallery permanent collection. His work “Flying Figure Pines” (1980) continues to be an inspiration for younger artists in gallery programming. See obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=175849736

Wallace Brighton FLYING FIGURE-PINES, 1980 5/10 linoleumcut on paper 26 x 20 in., 66 x 50.8 cm.

Wallace Brighton
FLYING FIGURE-PINES, 1980
5/10
linoleumcut on paper
26 x 20 in., 66 x 50.8 cm.

June 26, 2015

It’s official–the theme of this year’s annual members’ exhibition, as chosen by you–“Secret World”!

Secret World Wins!

Secret World Wins!

This juried exhibition will run at Station Gallery from November 28, 2015, to January 10, 2016.

It’s a fine theme that’s open-ended and versatile. Artists will be invited to present works that respond to this year’s theme in the coming months. Thanks to everyone for voting. Stay tuned to Station Gallery’s website for submission guidelines and details for the year-end Secret World exhibition…

June 19, 2015

It’s that time again… As things heat up, we request your say on the theme of the annual members’ show theme for when things will cool down later this year.

Between November 28, 2015 to January 10, 2016, Station Gallery will host its 23rd annual juried exhibition.

The choice is yours. Which title and theme do you think best suits this year’s show? Stay tuned for the results on June 26.

June 3, 2015

I’m honoured to have a recent drawing featured on the June/July 2015 cover of Slate Art Guide!

Slate Art Guide, June/July 2015

Slate Art Guide, June/July 2015

This latest drawing is a departure from my usual practice in both form and content.

In preparation for a solo exhibition at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives (PAMA), I’m creating a triptych related to the history of cinema in Brampton and the historic visit of actress Sarah Churchill to the city in 1949. The images were sourced from the Peel Archives, from which I composed three collages and created a trio of large drawings. I’m putting the finishing touches on the third and final piece…

If you’re in the area, please join me for the opening reception at PAMA on Sunday, June 14 between 2 and 4pm.

On Sundays, June 21 and June 28, I’ll be presenting a Synchronicities: Art & Cinema marathon of art talks starting at 2pm at PAMA in Brampton.

For more details see: http://www.pama.peelregion.ca/en/index.asp 

April 23, 2015

After months and months of searching record stores far and wide, I finally found a copy of the 1976 Stills Young Band “Long May You Run” album at the Courtice Flea Market. What a find–sounds great on vinyl!

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The visuals are as evocative as the music. The album cover art shows an expressive sketch of stampeding bison. I looked closer to decipher the signature. By searching the surname Borein, I discovered Edward Borein‘s art. This turn-of-the-century American artist captured the vanishing spirit of the wild west in his drawings and prints. He was labelled as a “cowpuncher artist”, but his image continues to run long…