La Grande Patinoire
Anthony J. Batten
‘Twas the day before Christmas
Polar Holiday Cheer
Brett Chin Lue
Frankie's Christmas Tree
Confederation Park Winter Light
Madge "Granny1" Wilson
Spirit Bear at Butedale BC
Stephanie J. D'Costa
Sunny Winter Path
After School Skaters
Alain Bédard, born in Quebec, Professional artist, member of the RAAV; the Society of Canadian Artists; International Association of Art (IAA) cardholder as a professional painter.
Now found in many major Canadian art galleries – Westmount Gallery in Toronto to name one – Alain Bédard is known for his bright, colourful, and lively paintings.
Anthony J. Batten’s paintings are part of notable exhibits, including the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. He especially loves painting historical parts of Toronto. He relies on sketches, not photos while admitting he takes artistic liberties.
His own collection of canvases themed to the Canadian Houses of Parliament were on display on Parliament Hill in late 2016 and throughout 2017 as a major part of the Nation’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Anthony Batten was born in England and resides in Toronto. His paintings can be found in many private and public collections.
Barry Bautista’s artistry has been bubbling throughout his life. He credits his parents – his mother a novelist, his dad an accomplished poet – for raising him surrounded by art and literature. He remembers wielding watercolours and pastel from the age of six, winning entry to the prestigious Children’s Art Exchange in Nagoya, Japan.
The artist has grown up, but he has moved away from pastels and watercolours and has gone to photography. He has participated in numerous juried shows and exhibits in North America and Asia. Barry’s first one-man exhibit in Canada was held at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre 2001.
My name is Brett Chin Lue and I am a finishing specialist at branch 81. During my childhood, I grew up heavily influenced by animation. I wanted to become an animator, but as I grew older I learned about the true nature of the job. I felt it was not for me so I decided to take my career into a more realistic path, graphic design. While I did not find a lucrative job in the graphic design field, I did develop my skills as an artist. I prefer digital art due to its flexibility, however I think a good chunk of my work are sketches. Art is more of a hobby for me, but one day I would like to use my skills to earn some wealth.
My name is Francois-Louis (Frankie) and I’m 7 years old. I live with my Mom and sister Paris in Scarborough. My Mom works at The Printing House.
Christmas is my favorite time of year.
I drew this picture of our Christmas tree because I really like decorating the Christmas tree with my family – and also because of the presents we find under it that Santa brings!
Karin Richter, CSPWC, SCA, PAC, ASA and Master Pastellist (MPAC) is a member of Canada’s most prestigious art societies. Her work has been featured in countless shows in Canada and internationally. She is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop instructor in Canada and overseas. Her work can be found in collections all over the world.
Logan Ariana Hyde is 16 years old and attends Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. Logan is an emerging artist working primarily in digital art and drawing with copic markers. Logan hopes to continue her education and exploring her love of art at OCAD University.
Art in general has always been a part of Granny1’s life. In a recent exhibit, there were pieces created spanning the seven decades of her art. As a young girl, she crafted sandals from old horse harness, recycled vegetable crates into furniture and took leftover paint to decorate the old family chicken coop that became her private play area. Her painting took on several different styles including real estate signage, stage props and murals to tole painting on vintage pieces.
In 2007, Granny1 decided that after creating limited pieces in the past 40 years, it was time to pick up the paint brush again, or in her case a sponge, and a new ERA of her artistic career began. Her works can be found across Canada, USA and abroad in private and corporate collections.
Momo Simic was born in Yugoslavia and moved to Canada in 1999. He studied psychology in Yugoslavia and worked in that field for five years before taking up art. His style is realism and he prefers the figurative style of “portraiture”. He has been commissioned to paint portraits of notable individuals.
Momo is an accomplished artist whose work may be seen in galleries in Ontario such as the Westmount Gallery in Toronto.
Rosemarie is an oil painter who strives for illumination and movement in her work. Her subject matter is primarily Canadian landscapes and seascapes. Rosemarie’s layering process is deliberate and results in a multi-dimensional quality of atmosphere, earth and water.
Colour, composition and light are integral to her work. Sketches, photographs and small to medium sized paintings are created during her adventures in the field. These form the basis of larger works developed in her studio.
Each work conveys Rosemarie’s intense passion for the natural world.
Shawn Kennedy is founder of Inside Passage Marine Corporation. Shawn leads a company that is working to restore Historic BUTEDALE (a Cannery Village founded in 1911), located on Princess Royal Island (Home of the Spirit Bear), Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada.
Stephanie is a self-taught artist who is most inspired by nature and capturing its beauty through photography.
Christmas Sparkles is symbolic of the festive season representing good tidings and merriment.
Jack embodies the spirit of the winter season with a sense of fun and whimsy.
Vladimir Ribatchok was born in Ukraine. His interest in art started in an orphanage, where he spent his childhood. Vladimir’s paintings can be found in permanent museum collections of: The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Military Medical Museum of Ministry of Defense of Russia, and Emil Cedercreutzin Museum, Finland.
Vladimir lives in Toronto and has been a professional artist for over 45 years. He is represented by the Oil Painters of America (OPA), Toronto Galleries, Gallery in Helsinki Finland. Vladimir’s stunning paintings can be found in many private and permanent public collections worldwide.
"I paint from my soul in an abstract, automatiste way. The vibrant colours that I use reflect the joy I experience in life. I love to paint! It’s exciting because I never quite know what’s going to emerge on the canvas"
Zora received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1977, is a past president of the Society of Canadian Artists and an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists. She has received many awards for her paintings which are to be found in corporate and private collections in Canada and several other countries.
Some of Zora’s many solo exhibitions include Alliance Francaise de Toronto, The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, Brock Street Gallery (Kingston), Royal Botanical Gardens (Hamilton) and Niagara Parks & Botanical Gardens, sponsored exhibitions at the Fraser Fine Art Gallery and the English Speaking Union (Edinburgh, Scotland). Zora has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Canada, the First International Biennale of Fine Art, Arad, Romania, the Kenan Center, New York, USA, and at the Green Olive Arts, Tetouan, Morocco.
Please visit Zora’s website to see her vibrant acrylic paintings: www.zorabuchanan.com
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