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Inspirations is an exhibit of quilts by the art KWilt connection, a group of five southwestern Ontario, self-taught quilt artists who have been collaborating since 2014, and whose work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Their creative process evolves in mysterious ways that are surprising even to themselves. Although they each have individual styles, the collaboration as a group has a cohesiveness that is both intriguing and comforting. ” Working together has challenged and inspired us to grow as artists, all the while solidifying our respect and appreciation for one another’s talents.”
Florence Helena McGillivray, “St. Anthony Newfoundland Harbour, 1926
Historian W.C. Allen, has brought together a collection of paintings that map out the extraordinary life of this Canadian born artist and contemporary of Homer Watson. Florence Helena McGillivray was an artist, feminist and traveler, who journeyed across this newly formed country capturing the beauty she saw along the way through her paintings. While McGillivray did receive a certain amount of recognition and fame during her lifetime, due to being a woman, she was often overshadowed by her male artist peers.It is both Homer Watson House & Galleries hope and historian W.C. Allen that with this show “she be given the recognition she deserves as an important artist, as well as a valued place in the history of Canadian art.”
” Pauline Johnson” Jax Rula
Contemporary fabric artist and doll maker Jax Rula, inspiration was the history of this region, along the Grand River, and the individuals whose lives had positive impacts on their communities. Through her dolls Rula brings these fascinating individuals out from the past and into the present with her show “A Grand Fabrication” making sure the stories of their lives are never forgotten. Made especially for our show at Homer Watson House & Gallery is a Phoebe Watson doll, Phoebe being Homer Watson’s sister, artist in her own right and the first curator of Homer Watson House & Gallery.
“Emerald Lake , B.C. ” Homer Watson, 1925
Canada, the nature and landscapes found in this vast country are far different and wilder then the ones found in Great Britain, Homer Watson realized in order to fully capture these landscapes he saw in his own country, he had to adapt and grow beyond his former painting style of the European Barbizon school of landscape painting. As our country of Canada moved away from its British Colonial roots and as we formed our own identity as a nation, so did Homer Watson painting styles as well as Canadian art in general.
Each year HWHG selects one graduating class to create and curate an exhibition of their personal works. This year HWHG is proud to announce the Open Gallery Exhibition, Perception by Eastwood Collegiate Institute.
Under the direction of Ms. Sandra Bethell, the students become a creative team through their interconnectedness of the classroom studio They engage in the relationships between one another, their work and their community. They enjoy bringing their resulting perceptions to the gallery for all to explore.
An Urban Art show Inside/Out, Guest Curated by Nichole Martin. Urban Art is art that is shaped by urban environments and created by artists living in these environments. Inside/Out features three artists with local connections: Dave Fox, Barbara Di Renzo and Robert Skeoch, whose works are inspired by and reflect city life and what it means to live in an urban setting in Southern Ontario in this 21st century. Using different mediums to capture this essence of urban life: painting, music, sculpture and photography, these three shows bring all the beauty and kinetic energy of urban existence that is found outside on those busy streets. Through art, the outside is transported inside and into HWHG at full velocity, enabling the viewers to experience it at full force.
March 17 – April 21, 2019
Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists ~Contrasts featuring Tiina Price ~Resonance
Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to host the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) Annual Juried show entitled Contrasts. This year artists explore the use of contrast within a work of art whether it be visually through colour, line or texture, figuratively through symbolic choice of subject matter or spiritually through thought provoking composition. The theme is examined though a variety of artistic backgrounds, diverse media and rich cultural influences.
The work of KWSA member, Tiina Price, 2018 winner of the Curator’s Choice award, will be a featured as solo artist in her exhibit . Price chooses to paint with watercolours as it allows the nuances of nature to unfold. I am continually struck by the play of light on water, the shadows in foliage, the changeability of skies, and the vibrancy or subtlety of colour. Price’s paintings celebrate not only the energy and vitality of nature, but its serenity and harmony.