Includes Susie Cipolla, Richard Cole, Robert Lemay, Sarah Martin
Saturday March 3, 2 - 5 pm
Showing Sarah Martin
Presenting both established and emerging artists in this exhibition Canada House Gallery offers a diverse glimpse at a loved and revered subject – BEAR. Situated in Canada’s First National Park and a World UNESCO Heritage site, we adore all that makes our place sacred, and that includes our wildlife. Bears represent the whole of nature, and we cherish their safety, their habitat, their future.
Richard Cole and Robert Lemay have been anchor artists at CHG for years, yet the BEAR is a relatively new subject for them. We are pleased to welcome emerging artists, Susie Cipolla & Sarah Martin to the gallery and our collectors and show how BEAR inspires them in their work.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards WildSmart; a program of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, a non-profit charitable organization. Established in 2005, WildSmart is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. Their goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.
The funds that you will be donating to WildSmart will be used to recruit and train new volunteers for their Wildlife Ambassador Program. Come meet Nick de Ruyter, WildSmart Education and Outreach Coordinator, at the reception.
I have been a practicing artist, with gallery representation for over 10 years. My studio has recently been built in my back garden, so you know where I am spending most of my time! My bodies of work have changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same - my love of integrating old photographs.
I have always been interested in old photographic images and the way photographs can give a sense of emotion or recognition. During art school, I began to actively use old photos of my mother in my art. It was less of a nostalgic approach, and more of a curiosity to understand what this private British woman was like as a child and teenager. I used the photos as a type of ‘window into the soul’ approach. However, the more I explored old photography, the more I would have a sense that in some way we can all feel connected to old photos. Photography has the ability to tap into the collective memory, a feeling of recognition, or at least a stirring in our own memories that gives us connection to the photograph.
My practice has continued to use photography in a variety of ways, sometimes adding so much paint, the photo image is more hidden, other times the photography is prominent. It is the blurring of the mediums that continues to intrigue me; where the photo ends and where the paint begins, and how the two mediums can work with or against each other.
When I was in art school, someone had placed 2 perfect circles on the window. At the time, I liked the idea that I was looking through layers - the translucent painted circles, the glass pane and the scene beyond - 3 layers. It has also evolved over the years, as I tend to be drawn to man-made markings left in nature. For example, tree’s that are marked with bright circles or patches to delineate trails. The idea that man has left his mark, which both guides, but at the same time is leaving a reminder of man’s presence on nature. So, now when I add the red circles, which have become a bit of a signature of mine, I am hovering within those 2 concepts: layers and my own marks imprinted on ’nature’.
York University, Toronto, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Georgian College, Barrie, Diploma of Fine Arts
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 BEAR, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013-14 Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Toronto, ON
2013-14 VAM, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississaugua, ON
2011 NOIR, Renaan Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
2011 Iconic, Westin Harbourfront Castle, Toronto, ON
2009 Sketch it Out, APW Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2008 Japan/Canadian Exchange, works on paper, Joshibi Art Museum, Japan
SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS:
2011 Enchantment, Marlow Gallery, Barrie, ON
2010 Nuit Blanche, La Bell Epoque, Toronto, ON
2008 The Ubiquitous Voyeur, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
The Ontario Art Archives, the Director's Office for Archives Information
Princess Margaret Lotto, Oakville Showhome 2015
Bridgepoint Health, Toronto
Melrose Hotel, Washington DC
County of Simcoe
2015 Simpson, Peter. "Where to Buy Art", Ottawa Citizen
2014 Klementti, Jane. "Artist Profile", Sunday Crush
2013 Winter, Colleen. "Artist Profile", The Good Life
2008 Blenkhorn, Leigh. "Be a Ubiquitous Voyeur", The Barrie Advance
2006 Luong, Linda. "Artist Profile", Where Toronto
2003 Chavdar, Radev. "Lessedra World Art Print Catalogue"
HGTV- Income Property, The Expandables. Several Episodes each season, 2011-2017
2015 House and Home TV Segment
2014 NBC - Hannibal, Season 2
2013 CBC, The Listener
2013 NUVO digital magazine
2011-13 W NETWORK - Candice Tells All