Thursday, March 24, 2011

JANE DERBY on Exhibit at Modern Fuel

Jane Derby exhibits "Second Life" at The Modern Fuel in Kingston from April 30 to June 4 in the State of Flux Gallery. Opening Reception is April 30.

Artist Statement:

I am one of many contemporary artists who are finding inspiration in cast off or undervalued objects, granting them a kind of second life.  The artist wrestles with the limitations of these everyday materials, pushing their natural abilities to a point of transcendence, ideally, turning ‘dross into gold.’  Meaning is created in the tension between the familiar and its recontextualization in unfamiliar ways.  
The surface textures of the natural world fascinate me, and, for the same reason, I am attracted to the physical properties of the discarded objects I select.  Previously I have worked with lath and found objects, imbedding these in plaster. My current series reflects my experimentation with the cans found in kitchen cupboards. The beauty of these, hidden under their commercial wrappers, has always appealed to me, and this work is an attempt to push the natural aesthetics of the object into new territories. On a personal level, I find an equivalence between the ridges of the tin cans and their light reflecting properties, and the textural surfaces of the land around Kingston. My aim is to translate this visual pleasure into my reliefs.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011



Paintings of Glass: A Watercolour Workshop with Sally Milne

In this 2-day workshop we will explore techniques which will help participants conquer the notion that "glass is the hardest thing to paint" in watercolour! Sally will talk about her approach to this fascinating subject, do demonstrations focusing on achieving clean, transparent colour using both hard edges and soft fluid shapes. Topics for discussion will include setting up compositions using glass objects and creating both representational and abstract paintings.
Students will be encouraged to work on some small technique paintings as well as a larger piece which communicates the transparent, reflective, fluid and solid aspects of glass. Some experience with watercolours will be helpful for this workshop.

Location: Kingston School of Art, Princess and Victoria Streets.
Date: Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.
Time: 10am-3:30pm (bring a lunch)
Fee: $135.
Materials list available on registration or, materials available at an additional cost of $25.
If you have a glass object which has a simple shape and interesting colour, please bring it with you.

To register please send a cheque to:
Sally Milne
49 Edgehill Street,
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 2T7

Class registration will be kept to a maximum of 10 students to allow for individual questions and instruction.
For more information email Sally at or phone 613-544-3906
Thanks and Happy Painting.
Sally Milne

Belleville Opening Reception in Parrott Gallery

SYNERGY continues at the Parrott Gallery in Bellevile Public Library until the end of March.  Here are some shots of the successful reception.

V.P. June Anderson

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Su Sheedy Exhibits in Toronto

Su Sheedy opens her new show, "Pond", at the Muse Gallery in Toronto on Friday, March 4 from 6 to 9pm.  The exhibit continues to March 24, 2011 at 1230 Yonge St, Toronto. 416 974 9986.  5% of the proceeds will be donated to "Lake Ontario Waterkeeper".