exhibiting artists (random order) 

Steve Silverman

A native of Toronto, Canada, Steve Silverman is an international award winning, fine art photographer with a keen and unique artistic vision. His love and appreciation for black and white photography is reflected in his dramatic landscapes and compelling architectural streetscapes from across Canada and the United States.  Steve’s photos represent a visual interpretation of his outer reality. He often uses strong tonal contrast, texture and mood to express his artistic vision. His photos are easily recognized by his use of strong leading lines combined with the interplay of light and shadows to create depth, giving a two-dimensional image the illusion of three dimensions. Simply put, he has the ability to transform a simple, mundane scene into a compelling black & white fine art photograph.
Steve’s photos have been published in many international books and magazines. He is also a guest speaker at local camera clubs.
Steve works in conjunction with several Canadian art galleries and publishers on a variety of corporate and home decor fine art projects. 

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Lucy Quintero

“My passion for painting is rooted in nature and the fascination I have for light and shade. That has drawn me to paint through my senses to impact that feeling”. 

A native of Colombia, Lucy grew up enjoying the mountains and the tropical beaches where she found a great appreciation for nature. In high school she was interested in many forms of art and later, when she received a degree in Architecture, her passion for art focussed on oil painting. After graduating, she attended private classes with different teachers and also participated in numerous workshops to improve the technique.

Although she is known for her depictions of landscapes and still life, Lucy’s work is very diverse and includes a wide variety of subjects. Her richly colored style has afforded her the opportunity of showing her work in private collections and shows in Bogota and Florida.

Lucy believes that the intensity and emotions in her paintings flows from her love of her subjects whether still life, figure or an intimate landscape. Currently living in Newmarket, Ontario, she finds inspiration in the endless wonder of the seasons and the beautiful surroundings that Canada has to offer.

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Irina Grobman

Irina Grobman is an award winning artist currently residing in Richmond Hill, ON. Irina came to Canada from Ukraine in 1999, fell in love with the country and has been very happy to call it home ever since.  She holds a BA from Chernivtsy State University, Diploma in International Business Management from Seneca College as well as a certificate in painting from George Brown College.  

Irina believes that we should never stop learning and is always seeking to try new mediums, different techniques and subject matters through various workshops, talks and experiences. Irina feels it is important to remember that we do not know everything and even what we do know is only a matter of opinion, hence we should always be open to change and respect others. That is the only way to grow and learn after all. 

Irina Grobman is a member of Toronto Watercolor Society, Richmond Hill Group of Artists and Newmarket Group of Artists. She paints predominantly in oil, and her interests are mostly in portraiture, landscapes and cityscapes while also enjoying watercolors for figure based works.  Irina is proud to have won multiple awards and to have been featured in a number of juried shows. 

We are so busy with everyday tasks and so trapped in our own impression of the world that we fail to notice the beauty around, and Irina hopes that her paintings will allow the viewer to see everyday beauty.  We do not need to travel to exotic places to experience the beauty, we only need to open our eyes and minds and be ready to see.

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Hans Backer

Hans Backer has worked in the photo industry for 35 years. Photography has been a passion of Hans’ since the day he purchased his first camera in 1966. Over the years, Hans has been a guest speaker at several camera clubs across Ontario sharing both his knowledge of products and passion for photography.

Hans is inspired by nature’s endless beauty, most especially, flowers and landscapes. He has an eye for seeing everyday things in a unique perspective, eliciting a sense of peace and harmony in the world around him.

Hans photographs a wide range of subjects that capture his interest. His travels have taken him throughout Canada, the U.S., and most recently, Paris and The Netherlands. Hans uses his camera to record a moment in time that will last forever.

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Barb McGuey

I graduated with a diploma in Interior Design and worked
as an architectural illustrator for the past 30 years.  I live in the village of Sharon, Ontario working from my home
studio.  I find the surrounding landscape a source of inspiration for most of my paintings, but paint various subjects. ie. still life, plein aire painting sketches, commissions, etc.
Elected into “The Canadian Society Of Painters In Water
Colour” in 1995.
Working with various mediums; water colour,oil, soft pastel,
pencil, pen& ink.
Currently teaching art in the Newmarket area.

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