Exhibition News | The Record | Vision, spirit and nature

Robert Reid, Record staff
Fri Feb 15 2013 18:28:00

Local artists earn top awards at Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists’ juried exhibition

As its title suggests, Vision and Spirit examines spirituality within a visual context.
The 83rd annual exhibition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists features work by members of Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating arts organization. Accompanying the juried exhibition is Double Scotch, an exhibition of paintings by Marion Anderson, the 2011 Curator’s Choice winner.

Vision and Spirit

Founded in 1931, the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists remains instrumental in encouraging, developing and supporting visual arts throughout Waterloo Region.

Members began meeting in a city bicycle shed, the precursor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, which the society helped establish. It has been mounting group shows since 1932.

The annual juried exhibition has found a congenial home at the Homer Watson Gallery, which has turned over two of its three exhibition rooms to display 37 of the 61 works submitted.

This year’s Curator’s Choice winner is Cambridge artist Tom Samolczyk, for his mixed media painting Thunderheads. The post-impressionistic landscape might well be inspired by gallery namesake Homer Watson. The Homer Watson Legacy Award goes to Elmira artist Robin Hamel for her acrylic painting Country Patch, a barnyard scene built on patches of colour reminiscent of a quilt.

The Photography Award recipient is John McGill for Heaven’s Gate, an elegant, monochromatic triptych of a Mennonite meeting house. The Gold Award goes to Tiina Price for her watercolour work Spiritus, a winter landscape in which a preternatural light seeps through trees, casting a golden glow on white, sculpted snow.

Kathleen Poste’s Silver Award-winning Step Back is a large acrylic rendering of a yellow sunflower, with orange seeds, bursting forth with vibrant colours.

The Bronze Award recipient is Deborah Pryce for From the Mud #3, a clay and mixed media wall piece consisting of a row of bottomless vessels, sitting like birds on a wire, against a yellowish-white background scarred with coloured streaks.

First Honourable Mention goes to Judy Gascho-Jutzi for Woodsprite, a fibre piece featuring rich texture and deep colour. Second Honourable Mention goes to Debra Lengyell for her mixed-media print Black-eyed Susan, which shows a patch of flowers against a blue background. The work brims with nature’s abundant fecundity.

Double Scotch

Marion Anderson is an artist and fine arts instructor living in New Dundee.
The watercolour, acrylic and mixed media paintings comprising Double Scotch were painted plein air in the Elsinore Swamp area, outside of Southampton, on the south shore of Lake Huron.
The landscapes bridge representation and abstraction, but are all responses to nature in inspiration, colour and texture.