Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kingston Public Library Exhibition 2011

Sorting painting labels.
wendy adding support.

OKWA members put up the February show in the Kingston Library. Photos by Martine Bresson.
June centering.

Mieke and Mary Peppard

June and Mary in a precarious place.

Su and Sharon take time to contemplate after all is hung.

JUROR: JENNIFER HORNYAK is introduced by Michele LaRose

Michele LaRose gives the following introduction....

Jennifer Hornyak                                                     

Jennifer is originally from Grimsby, about 200 miles north of London, where she and her family experienced to excitement and tribulations of WW2. She was artistic from an early age and went to the Grimsby School of Art after high school. Following that she moved to London with a friend where they dreamed of moving to North America. In 1961 she and a friend took a freighter from Liverpool and it was in Montreal that she met her future husband, Nicolas Hornyak, married and had three children. When her third child was 1 year old she returned to her passion, painting. She studied Fine Art at McGill and pursued other opportunities such as a Vermont residency with Stanley Boxer, Elmer Bishoff, Georges McLean and Tom Butters.

In 1983 she began showing work at the Galerie Claude Lafitte in Montreal. Thanks to this partnership her work was also shown in group exhibitions in Montréal, Toronto, San Francisco, New-York, Boston, Nice and Paris.

During the 80s Jennifer’s work gravitated primarily to the human figure, with the odd foray into landscape and still-life. However, in the 90s, feeling a need for change, she moved from her studio in Old Montreal to another along the Lachine Canal. There she encountered Jacques and Helen Bellefeuille who encouraged her new work and offered her a show in 1993 in their Galerie de Bellefeuille on Greene Avenue in Montreal. Her new work was primarily still life and of a more sombre palette than previously. The show was a huge success and her collaboration with this gallery continues to this day. She has had 5 solo exhibitions there and she has been included in many group exhibitions, notably the Toronto International Art Fair, Miami Art Basel and the Chicago Contemporary and Classic. She has also developed partnerships with other galleries such as Wallace Galleries in Calgary, Galerie St-Laurent & Hill in Ottawa (where she is having a show in April, 2011), Trinity Gallery in St. John’s, Studio 21 in Halifax and the Bennet Street Gallery in Atlanta. During this time she has also taught and juried shows.  Over the last 10 years Jennifer has dedicated herself completely to her art. She now relies on a team that attends to the administrative and management sides of her practice, providing her the luxury of concentrating exclusively on painting. She was generous enough to come and visit us in Kingston and give us the benefit of her considerable experience. She was also available during the reception for members to speak with her about their individual works. 

Michele LaRose said, "Our juror, Jennifer Hornyak turned out to be a lovely lady and was very generous with her comments and willingness to discuss individual pieces with the artists showing."

As you can see, attendance was rewarding as well as the abundant and tantalizing munchies!

Jane Thelwell (honorable mention) beams!

There were four honourable mentions: VERNA VOWLES, JANE THELWELL, MARTINE BRESSON and MICHELE LaRose.   (Photos of exhibiting pieces will be posted shortly.)

thanks to the following for their able work in getting the show up and advertised:
Show Coordinators: Jane Derby and Barb Carr
Show designers: Su Sheedy and Sharon Thompson
Poster and Evite: Isadora Speilmann

Reception Refreshments/Goodies: June Anderson
Coordinator for Belleville Show to follow: Hanna Back

Juror, Jennifer Hornyak (center) with BEST IN SHOW: Jane Derby (left) and Julie Davidson Smith (right)

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