currently exhibiting artists (random order)
Jeff Nye is a Canadian artist, writer, teacher and curator based in Newmarket, Ontario. Jeff has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from Concordia University in Montreal (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina (2007). His paintings and multi-media installations have been shown in galleries across the country. He has curated exhibitions for the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK), Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (Regina Beach, SK), and the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, ON). He has also instructed studio and art history classes at the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina. Jeff has received several distinctions and awards for his work, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
I was born in Varennes, Québec, Canada, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and have always loved to draw…
Formally trained as a graphic designer in Montréal, I subsequently discovered the tremendous liberation found in expressing my imagination and projecting my unique whimsical imagery on surfaces using the power of texture and colours.
Over the years, I have explored various types and styles of artistic expression before discovering the art form that provides me with a more complete creative outlet: Mixed Media Art.
I am particularly captivated by marine life and my art is influenced by the endless variety of form and function found in the creatures that inhabit our blue planet: turtles, seahorses, starfish, fish... The marine world and its power profoundly move me, and its variety and mystery infuse me with a deep sense of awe. My husband, an oceanographer, was instrumental in introducing me to the wonders of this hidden world. It is this wonder which I strive to capture in my work. Integrating and adapting the varied facets of colour and material, I endeavour to vividly portray the sea and its creatures. The end results are fanciful, stylized and vibrant ocean views presented as landscapes and seascapes: the dynamic edge where the terrestrial world meets the marine.
I reside in Newmarket, Ontario and my paintings are currently held in corporate and private collections around the world, including Europe, Austral-Asia, Japan, and South and North America.
Ana Wood is an emerging Newmarket-based visual artist, a graduate of OCAD University with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. Her work tends to extract from the underlying tension of being a Guatemalan born female living in Canada with her adoptive family. Personal perception of her family exemplifies how diversity can be assimilated into an arrangement through a form of collage. This integration reflects variety yet bridges the fragmentations into an arrangement presented in an acceptable way. Consumption of these ideas led to a process combining depictions of elements representing these two cultures such as weavings, carvings and textiles. The semiotics of these items allow the use of their aesthetic values to give them meaning and reconstruct personal confrontations. Through variety, motifs and juxtaposition that reflect notions of her personal placement in a modern cultural realm, she is developing a language to express the merging of these cultures in her life.
Mahtab Abdollahi graduated with a Bachelor of Art (BA) in Fine Art (1998) and completed her Master of Art (MA) in Illustration from Fine Art University (2003). She studied Graphic Design at George Brown College and graduated with honours in 2009.
She has participated in numerous group and nine solo exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Canadian Drawings online. She is also a board member of the Newmarket Group of Artists and teaches watercolour, drawing, and painting to children and adults alike.
Rhonda grew up on a farm north of Lakefield where, as a child, wildflowers she gathered on walks down the lane were arranged in a vase on the kitchen table or pressed between the pages of a phone book and later made into cards for special occasions. She enjoyed art classes in high school but opted to study science at the University of Guelph, and worked as a biochemist in pharmaceutical research for 4 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Taking courses at the Haliburton School of the Arts during week-long vacations with her family, Rhonda learned the basics of relief and collagraph printmaking, mosaics, and ceramic tile making, and she continues to work confidently in these mediums. Combining printmaking techniques with ceramics allows her to enjoy both mediums simultaneously. The natural world influences her work, and leaves, flowers and butterflies are recurring subjects.
Since 2010, with a renovation completed on her Newmarket century home to create a 3rd floor studio, Rhonda has been pursuing her inner desire to create and make art. She is still pressing flowers and leaves between the pages of phone books.