Spring Exhibitions | 2018

Spring Exhibition

Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists | Textures,

featuring Mira Wasilewska | Reflections

March 18 – April 22, 2018

Opening Reception and Awards Sunday, March 25 | 2 – 4 pm

Meet the Artist Talk and Tour Drop-in Sunday, April 8 | 1 – 4 pm

Textures || KWSA

Homer Watson House & Gallery (HWHG) is please to host the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists’ (KWSA) Annual Juried show entitled Textures. This year artists explore texture as an element of design.  Using both tactile as well as visual texture, artists create work of exceptional depth and emotional layers.  The theme is examined through a variety of artistic backgrounds, diverse media and rich cultural ideas.



Reflections || Mira Wasilewska

Mira Wasilewska, Lost in Venice, acrylic. Ferrie Viewer’s Choice Award

The work of Mira Wasilewska, 2017 winner of the Curator’s Choice award, will be featured as this year’s KWSA solo artist in her exhibit Reflections.  Mira is a realist painter that focuses on creating the illusion of three dimensional objects onto a two dimensional surface, leaving her finished work room to breathe and adapt to the viewer’s interpretation. She prefers acrylics; however, you find she occasionally uses the watercolour medium or employs a technique of glazing often used by watercolourists when the subject matter requires a particular luminescence.  Wasilewska transforms objective images into art by processing them at an emotional level. “It is both a pursuit and an outlet, a discipline and an emotional journey. Inspiration can hit me at any given moment compelling me to capture that emotional image that originally spoke to me”. Wasilewska explains.  Mira Wasileska originally trained as a medical doctor in her native county Poland and spent years practicing family medicine before immigrating to Canada in 1988. Although she actively worked in medical research at the University of Ottawa, Wasilewska never gave up her long-standing interest in visual arts.  Many of her paintings are held in both public and private collections in Canada and Poland.


This Year’s Winners of the KWSA Juried Show, Textures




Gold Award Winner

Don Routly, Confluence Grand River and Speed River, Watercolour







Silver Award Winner

Debra Langyell, Sailing in Paris, Acrylic









 Bronze Award Winner
Todd Mannuel, Tossin’ a Few, Oil on Canvas








Juror’s Choice Award

Moumita Roychowdhury, Kaleidoscope, Acrylic









Juror’s Choice Award

Josephine Czech, Field, Watercolour, coloured pencil









Juror’s Choice Award

Pira Urrosevic, Garlic, Photography









Homer Watson Legacy Award

Arlene McCarthy, Lost City, Acrylic on Wood










Curator’s Choice Award

Tiina Price, The Pransome Hince, Watercolour









Honourable Mention

Jane Holbrook, Beach, Woodblock print








Watson Gallery Viewer’s Choice 

A Ann Harvey, Autumn Splendour, Watercolour









Cayley Gallery View’s Choice Award

Jean Marshal, Where Tom Went, Oil, board, mixed media




Coming Soon

Quilt & Fibre Exhibition

April 29 – June 3, 2018

Opening Reception and Awards May 6 | 2:00 – 4:00

(The gallery is closed for a private event Sunday May 29 until 2:30)

Artist Talk: Sunday May 26 | 1:00 – 3:00


Best Stitch Forward || Award Winning Quilt Retrospective



This retrospective of award winning quilts includes favourites from such artists as Kathy Bisset, Millie Cumming, Tracey Lawko, Carolyn McMillian, Marg Notar, Anita Payne, and Kathene Schmalz.  Another chance to see these incredible works of art that have the power to inspire, motivate and move you as they grace the wall of this heritage site.

McMillan, Carolynn, Poppies Aglow II, hand dyed, fused appliqued, machine quilted.









Earth, Air, Fire, Water || Penny Grace

Although Penny Grace works in many media, she finds working with silk to be the most appealing.  For Grace, not only does silk appeal to our sense of touch, but also to our sense of sight.  Using the inherent sheen of silk, Grace applies colour to present a glow in a way not possible in other art medium. Grace reflects, “Every time I put a brush to silk, I am awestruck by the richness and depth of the colours”.  Using a painterly approach, she uses small patches of silk placed side-by-side, slowly building them up until the image is complete.  Grace works almost exclusively with hand-dyed silk, creating one-of-a-kind original pieces.


Grace, Penny, Tree of Life, acrylic appliqued.



A Reflection || Miniature Juried Quilt Exhibition || Website

A Reflection is Homer Watson’s second annual Miniature Quilt Juried Exhibition.  This year fibre artists are asked to contemplate the word reflection. The 12 x 12 inch quilts are chosen for their ability to capture this theme figuratively or literally within the parameters of a quilt.  Awards include Best in Show, Best Traditional, Best Original Design, Curators Choice.  Visitors to the exhibit will also have a chance to select their favourite for a viewer’s choice award.   Open House and Artist Talk Sunday May 26| 1-3pm