Saturday, October 18, 2014

Profile: Judy Ross

From a very early age, Judy has always felt the desire to create in various different mediums of expression, be it by creative writing, sewing, photography or painting. Although primarily self-taught, Judy has also received fine art instruction from local accomplished artists in watercolour, oil and primarily, acrylic medium. She enjoys taking part in workshops whenever possible, most notably with well-known American collage artist, Carrie Burns Brown, as well as from talented Canadian acrylic artists/authors, Peter John Reid and Rhéni Tauchid.

“Over 25 years’ experience as a photographer, has been of great value to me with painting, in particular regarding composition and 'the art of seeing'. For the most part, I enjoy vivid colour, painting a variety of subject matter on varied surfaces, as well as incorporating texture into my work through the experimental use of mediums. This allows me to visually feel the image as I see it; eyes and heart meeting so to speak. My photographs are primarily landscape and convey mood with the effective use of lighting, composition, and subject matter. My landscape, cityscape and abstract paintings express more of my complex nature and the love of experimentation. This is no more evident than in my current series of dimensional “Wheat” paintings done in memory of my Father.

Judy resides in St.Thomas, Ontario and is an active member of the St Thomas-Elgin Artists' Guild, Port Stanley Artists' Guild , St. Thomas Photographic Guild, Lambeth Art Association and The Uptown Arts Club, London.

Judy is a member artist with the Art Emporium, Port Stanley and Art Gallery 687, St.Thomas, ON. Her art may also be seen at various locations throughout Elgin and Middlesex Counties, in part, at The Economic Development and Tourism Office, St.Thomas/Rubyeyes Kraftwerks, Port Stanley/Art with Panache Gallery (Uptown Arts Club area), London, and Shelley’s Unique Accent Furniture, London.

Birch Trees

Wheat #7

Monday, October 13, 2014

Profile: Susan Shurish

Beginning with oils in the 1980's, I started learning about art and many mediums through workshops and classes. After retiring in 2003, I have pursued more learning activities and exhibition opportunities.
Current work features collage pieces of various papers stained and painted over using different techniques with fluid acrylic paints. Most works begin as abstracts, and some remain so, while others suggest something more objective. Pieces are started intuitively, continued with decisions about rhythm, contrast and movement until there is a sense of being finished. Some pieces remain simple and others become more complicated. The intensity and subtlety of the colours, patterns and textures continue to interest me.

Partner at Portside Gallery at 187 1/2A Main Street, Port Stanley since 2003
Susan also has artwork at Gallery 687 located at 687 Talbot St., St. Thomas.

Tel: 519-782-3064
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This Day is Warm


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Canadians at a Malleefowl Mound

LAA member Candy McManiman and Paul Prevett have an article published in the Australian Malleefowl newsletter. They asked them to write about why they wanted to see this bird ... the mound builder. The photo of the bird is one Candy took after it left the mound.
Read the Article:
Canadians at a Malleefowl Mound
by Paul Prevett and Candy McManiman, Ontario, Canada

Monday, October 6, 2014

ROOTS, Ingrid Connidis

'Roots' - invitation
at the Arts Project from October 21 (opening reception from 6-9 pm) to November 1st.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Profile: Diane Dobson

The process of personal development in the visual arts, and I believe any art, is a journey of discovery. Nature is my source and my of inspiration. I am a field naturalist and bird watcher, who finds inspiration in the woods where all is present. By all, I mean life and death, peace and chaos, beauty and ugliness, insight and mystery. It is a place to rest and reflect on the old as well as a place to explore and discover something new. Every artist chooses a subject that speaks to him or her. Nature is mine.
To create an image, I use the tools, techniques, and mediums that I have experienced and developed over the years. Like most artists, my aim is to use the elements of design at my disposal to develop artworks that draw people into them and offer a true and lasting connection. I am a founding member of Portside Gallery (, 195 Main St., Port Stanley, which began in 1996. The gallery is open daily 11 am to 5 pm. For more information contact:

The Temperature Dropped, Down They Went, Acrylic, $450
Dreamscape, Acrylic, $795

Fall Up North, Oil pastel, 11 x 14 in $195 framed

Pete Corner's, By the Pond, 24 x 24 in., Acrylic, $425

Fall #4, 4 x 4 inches, $125 framed

Fire and Ice, Acrylic, 11 x 14 inches $225

Frosty Sunrise, 8 x 10 in., Acrylic, $110 plus shipping

Rondeau, 2012, Acrylic 16 x 20 $250

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Profile: Candy McManiman

Candy has been honing her art and photography skills for years, as an artist, interior designer, gallery owner and art teacher. She is attracted to birds and her paintings or mix medium pieces often utilize this theme. This environmental concern has seen her art display at Stanford University-Science Art-Nature Symposiums. As a Signature member of and international group called Artists for Conservation (formerly Worldwide Nature Artists) her paintings have been accepted in their International Juried Show in Vancouver and Fort Lauderdale. *

(*"Founded in 1997 as the "Worldwide Nature Artists Group" by Jeffrey Whiting – a prominent Canadian artist, author, biologist and professional software engineer – the Group’s strength lies in its membership and represents a who’s-who of nature artists worldwide. To maintain the highest level of talent, membership is limited to 500 artists worldwide. New members are admitted by invitation only, through a juried process, and only as placements become available. The Group dedicates its resources to nurturing its world-class community of nature artists and leveraging this pool of talent to support its mission through a variety of activities." )

Locally her work may be seen at The Art Emporium Port Stanley or in many senior homes in Elgin where she has completed numerous murals.

Contact Candy, email