By Giedre Abromaitis, Manotick Art Association
The Manotick Art Association is very excited to announce that we will be welcoming several new artists to this year’s Inspirations show. This year’s show was juried by an independent jury as we wanted the focus to return to fine art. We believe that the roster this year will be very exciting and inspiring to our visitors. Here is just a glimpse of some of the artists that are new to Inspirations this year.
Ingrid Black brings a stunning array of recognizable famous figures to the show that are full of humour, colour, surrealism, and rock and roll. She has the imagination and painterly panache of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.
Jim Moran, a resident of nearby Kemptville, brings to us his en plein air forest landscapes. After a 30 year career with the Ministry of Natural Resources he draws inspiration from his years spent in Algonquin Park and Sudbury areas.
Barb Sohn paints the natural environment that surrounds her in Eastern Ontario where she lives. Her paintings reflect her fascination with the interaction between light, colour, pattern in water and landscape. Because of the many layers of design in the transparency of water, the possibilities are endless. She works to capture these mesmerizing qualities with bold colour and solid design.
For as long as she can remember, Libby Sim has been drawing or painting and this love of art led her to a career in advertising and product design. She has always been an observer and is inspired by the “every day”. Working in acrylics, she aims to capture ordinary life and objects, with a side order of whimsy, through realism and colour, hoping to capture a moment in time, invoke memories and bring a smile to the viewer’s face.
Carolyn Sàndor-Weston loves the diverse beauty of the Canadian landscape. She is drawn to the immense colours and movement of the trees, the sky, water and stone – elements that make up her paintings and her sculptures. Carolyn’s artwork is a translation of her experiences of the world around her. She plays with the moments that were nearly missed, fleeting, or where she dared to revel in, revealing a truth or a serpentine folklore.
Jules Beauregard is an artisan woodturner whose specialty is beautiful crafted vases
in many different shapes and styles. Jules is now painting many of his works making
the pieces decorative and that can enhance the décor of any home.
Please come visit Inspirations 2023 April 21-23rd at the Manotick Curling Club, 5519 South River Drive, Manotick, Ontario. Doors open Friday, April 21 from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is lots of free parking and an accessible entrance at the farther end of the building. Entry is free.