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Norman Hudon
Walking the Tightrope
written by Debra Usher

Normand Hudon is like a page in the history of Quebec, someone who grew up with Quebec and at the same time saw Quebec grow up. Hudon has painted, drawn and reinvented Quebec even before Quebec knew it existed. This is exploration of an artist who was
a rare individual possessing total expressive qualities; he had a feeling
for the cartoon, he was a painter and
he worked his canvas into a sculptural arrangement. Hudon was also an excellent colourist. Gifted with a beautiful and sometimes poetic imagination and a solid understanding
of composition he was able to make
the transfer from the real to the surreal.

To the Castle Born
Castello Sant'Eurasia in Umbria, Italy
- project by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, written by Debra Usher

The Castello Sant'Eurasia was a labour of love for designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and his client Evgeny Lebedev, the prominent Russian businessman who owns and runs a media empire. Evgeny found the castle in complete ruins, romantically positioned on a hill in Umbria overlooking the spectacular city of Arezzo and across the Umbrian hills to Florence and Tuscany. Many of us dream of living in a castle but there are not that many of us who can actually achieve living the fantasy. Evgeny fell in love with the romantic notion of restoring this beautiful and historic 12th Century site to its former glory.
Madrona Gallery
Gallery Excellence with Charm
written by Nadia Tersigni

Madrona Gallery, situated in "Old Town" Victoria, British Columbia, boasts a space that is extremely unique. With a front facing entrance on View Street and a back entrance graced by "a funky pedestrian walkway" nicknamed "Trounce Alley", Madrona is a fabulous place to find art. Owners Michael Warren and Theresa McFarland opened their doors in June 2010 with a focus on offering the Victoria arts scene a diverse range of contemporary paintings and sculpture spanning both emerging and well-established artists from across Canada along with exhibits of Contemporary and Historic Inuit art.



Stephen King
Still scary & always entertaining after all these years
written by Susan Griffin

Stephen King is a household name. There aren't many people who can say they survived their teenage years without being terrified by reading one of Stephen King's novels, or watching one of the many movie adaptations. He has sold over 300 million books since his debut novel, Carrie, published in 1974. Now at 66 Stephen King hopes to always stay fresh and engaged, although it is sometimes a lot of work. "I would like to leave people wanting a little bit more," King adds. "But I want to entertain people. It's what I'm built to do."

One Summer Day in Autumn by Cynthia Reyes
written by Cynthia Reyes

The fading light of summer, one glorious golden remnant of summer - in autumn. A warm day brings remembrance and promise. A remembrance of what we've lost. A promise of what will return. The poetic movement of the seasons is one that stirs the soul and allows a sense of hope.

Departures by Christopher George
written by Christopher George

For many, abstract art is a mystery. Our natural visual predilection is to gravitate towards works that reflect the reality of our experiences and our lives. For this reason, nature and environment have dominated the painterly psyche as well as the public's preferences. In examining the work of BC Binning's work Sketch for Night Navigation Christopher George leads us to re-examine the intent of the author and look for the subtle meanings that often elude us. This work, though, is more than just shape and colour. It has a reality all its own and is definitely worth closer examination.

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Blake Ward 2014
The Evolving Sculpture of Blake Ward
written by Ariane Goodwin

After a lifetime of evolving sculpture Blake Ward has taken the figurative art of expression to the next level with a series titled Fragments. After a trip to Vietnam and the realization of the damage born by victims of landmine warfare this series was developed looking at what would happen if you exposed the inside of a sculpture, or created sculptures with parts missing. The resulting imagery is haunting and intriguing in that it beckons you to search deeper below the surface, and perhaps explore the spiritual nature of the work.

Gerhard Arnold Fall2014
Beauty in Reflections of Traditional Adherence
written by Brett Anningson

Gerhard Arnold grew up learning to paint in the 50's and 60's in Germany. He was part of a post war boom in culture that led to his recapturing the styles of previous masters. "Everything that surrounds me is a motif for my work," he says. "I paint realism with a bit of an impressionistic bent because I think it is important that a viewer be able to recognize what they are looking at. His sweeping and colourful style come about from a detail oriented and patient focus which seeks perfection in every work.

Ginet Leblond Fall2014
Of Renaissance Beauty - The magic of the past
written by Brett Anningson

A love of the past, of antiques and of adventure are all evident in the work of Ginet Leblond who paints images from Quebec's past using unique medium. Her work is created by painting directly on antique wood. She uses door panels, windows - any flat piece of antique woodwork as the canvas on which to re-tell the stories of the province's past. Ginet is a poet, sculptor, a Raiku ceramicist, and a painter. Her paintings have been described as alchemy; transporting the viewer through time and taking the very basics of life as a starting point to allow us to enter the contemplative nature of our stories.


Willem Verhulst Fall2014
Compelled: The Look and Make of Art
written by Brett Anningson

Willem Verhulst is a man born out of time. Born in the Netherlands in 1948 Willem's family emigrated to Canada and he entered art school during a period when the only serious art was abstract. A born realist with the sensibilities of a Dutch Master, Verhulst stuck true to his belief that good art could be realistic. He is a man who believes there are no magic formulas,
no shortcuts, but that there is something magical and irresistible about pictures and the process of picture making. Trying to explain it would be to lose the magic. His is an art you will feel compelled to continue looking at.

Pieter Molinaar Fall2014
written by Brett Anningson

Pieter was born in Amsterdam in 1946, it is a city rich in history and artistic tradition, and Pieter knew from the very beginning he was going to be an artist. He fell in love with the Dutch Masters who continue to inspire his work to this day. Like the masters before him his colours have been referred to as rich and his tones evocative. People are often captivated by the manner in which Pieter handles light; this is especially true when viewing a painting that envisions a pending storm, or the rolling waves of seascapes, and slanting lights down city streets.

Michael Kilburn Fall2014
A Tenacious Artistic Calling
written by Nadia Tersigni

Michael Kilburn lives in a place of dramatic beauty, Newfoundland with its rugged coasts and inland forests gives an artist an incredible landscape to choose from. In terms of nature's influence, Michael says, "Water and its movement within a scene always attracts my eye, as do rocks...their shapes, sizes and colours, especially in the shadows and highlights. A dramatic sky will also get my attention...even an afternoon cloud filling the sky can be a focal point of a painting if handled properly." Spending 30-40 hours on each painting moving from thin paint to thick, from large detail to small creates a unique image.

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Edward Xu Fall2014
Capturing the Essence of Cultural Simplicity
written by Debra Usher

Ming (Edward) Xu captures the beauty and simplicity of the Mongolian way of life in colourful, rich paintings. Born and raised in China he began to study art at a young age, but a chance experience led to the major theme of his artwork. During his last year of university, Ming went to Mongolia to find inspiration for his graduation project. This was the turning point of his art career. The Mongolian culture and its breathtaking landscapes fuelled his imagination, and became the major source of inspiration.

Carol Evans Fall2014
A Lifetime of Wonder
written by Brett Anningson

Carol Evans cannot remember a time when she was not drawing and painting; but her current life in the Salt Spring Islands is certainly an inspiration to her art. "The purity, freshness and beauty of nature have influenced my life and my art," Carol explains. "I have a deep love of wilderness and am eager to share it. Her work is stunningly realistic and comes perhaps from a passion that goes deep into her soul. Art for her is about being true to yourself and listening to your own creative spirit and with that creative spirit a brush is always close at hand.

Robert Goodlad Fall2014
See it, capture it, recreate it
written by Kerstin Schlote

Dark clouds covered the sky above the sandstone rock Uluru in central Australia. Canadian photographer Robert Goodlad and his son had taken a chance to venture toward the rock despite the bad weather conditions. When the sun finally broke through, they ran to find the perfect spot to capture the game of colours and light. Having settled at the monolith's foot, and with every disappearing sun-ray, the rock began to glow - from orange to dark orange, from red to dark red. They stood in awe. It was the second time the photographer had the opportunity to travel to Australia with his family and capture its beauty on film.


Ron Hedrick Fall2014
Elusively Capturing Nature
written by Nadia Tersigni

Ron Hedrick's inclination to be a dreamer has always been a part of who he is. Irrespective of life's challenges he always had his dream of being an artist. The vibrancy and colour of his work comes about through his own technique. After blocking and painting in the image, he revisits the whole canvas and proceeds to refinish the brushwork commencing with the background and expertly moving into the foreground. The end culminates in the adding of the darkest darks and lightest lights. "Lastly," Ron says, "I use the largest brush available to create interesting brushwork and refine the painting.

Onyeka Ibe Fall2014
Escapism: Within the Depths of a Sketch
written by Brett Anningson

Onyeka cannot remember a time when he was not surrounded by art and creatively drawn to it. After escaping Civil war in Nigeria, he went to study art before making the United States his home. Onyeka has a passion for beauty in all its expressions. Using abstract expressionism in its finest form to portray the passion of his subjects Onyeka has experimented with a number of mediums and techniques. As he sought to create what spoke to him, he began to use a palette knife more and more. This was an approach he became very fond of because of the uniqueness it adds to his work.

Robert E Wood Fall2014
Generations of Artistic Brilliance
written by Nadia Tersigni

Robert Wood grew up surrounded by artists, and has come to see his task as almost a spiritual one, using oil as a medium to imbue canvass with positive energy and beauty. It is a fairly Eastern way of thinking which understands that the energy of the universe can be channelled. In fact, he hopes that the viewer recognizes and receives some of the energy he is putting out there. He freely admits that the life of an artist would be much easier with the addition of twice as many hours in each day and he feels strongly about the time spent in creating his visual masterpieces.


Donna Andreychuk Fall2014
From Humble Beginnings:
The Art of Crafting & the Piper Cub
written by Nadia Tersigni

A self-taught artist, Donna admits that her artistic style has been influenced by many people and experiences. Each part of the journey served as a necessity to bring her to the point in which she was finally able to pursue her interest in painting. As she recalls, "One day I came across a calendar with paintings by The Group of Seven. I studied the pictures, the brushstrokes, the deliberate choice of primary and complementary colours against each other..." and she began to realize she was born to be a painter. Donna describes her style of work as "landscape inspired abstract expressionism".

Lori Dunn Fall2014
Species of Artistic Beauty
written by Nadia Tersigni

Ever since she was a toddler Lori Dunn has been fascinated by animals. What started with digging earthworms soon became collecting fireflies in jars and then on to horses and elephants. Her career in the Toronto Zoo allowed her to see these creatures up close and very personal. She has also drawn for her whole life. As she started to think about how to move beyond graphite scratch board became the medium of choice. Her amazing realism is awe inspiring when you realize every line is scratched out with an exacto knife. The detail and design are stunning.

Tim Packer Fall2014
The Caricaturist among the Force
written by Brett Anningson

Tim Packer was swayed by the idea that a career in the arts was not very secure so he joined the family business in a way and joined the Toronto Police Force. Tim's Police Force career provided a welcomed opportunity, albeit a surprising one, in which he was able to continue with his drawing and painting, mainly for fun, working on caricatures - and people started paying attention. One thing led to another, and life unfolded to take him full circle back to the childhood passion of art. Tim creates paintings which really do play off the beauty of nature and the stunning way that light changes everything.


Gabor Nagy Fall2014
Rebel with a View
written by Debra Usher

Gabor Nagy took quite the journey to get where he is today. Starting as a refugee from Hungary who found himself drawn artistically to New York City in the 60's - this was the beginning of an artistic career that now sees him in Alberta and painting intricately detailed flowers. By his own explanation his mellowing helped him focus his art in three places, the things he found beautiful, flowers due to their beauty of the natural world, wine bottles connected to his long standing cultivation of fine taste in wines and images of water inspired by his trips to Hawaii, with Koi swimming beneath the rippling ponds.

Linny D Vine Fall2014
Life as Inspiration
written by Brett Anningson

The works of Linny D. Vine is whimsical and her paintings set us smack down in the middle of her own creative world, 'Linnyland'. "Life is my inspiration," says Linny, "Colour, contrast, patterns, light, quirkiness, warm colours, vibrant colours, patterns of colours, VW vans and beetles, character buildings like old barns and old wooden grain elevators, seeing a pattern or design in urban or natural settings, dreams - night dreams and day dreams, my imagination. Lighthouses, the human figure or face, clouds, the form of a tree or blossom, boats, birds, animals and/or their humans, vintage, anything and everything can be a painting and inspiration for a painting."

Steve Tracy Fall2014
Capturing the Human Spirit
written by Brett Anningson

Starting out focusing his creative artistic talent in the advertizing industry, Steve Tracy did very well for himself. He even branched out into the film industry. But in his "off" time, he painted. And this became more and more the focus. Now he lives and paints where the wide open spaces become fodder for his imagination. "My work really is a reflection of the self," Steve explains. "The mirror image I see every day subliminally finds its way into my practice, resulting in art infused with colour, texture and figurative forms."


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