We are very pleased to have the opportunity to show our work as a Collective at Gallery M , 57a Main Street in Cambridge. Owner Merryn Edgar has selected her favourite works created by our members to be included in the exhibition. The opening is Thursday, May 28 from 4 until 9 PM with bubbly and nibbles for a happy casual atmosphere while admiring the talent of the Whitestone Group. The show continues until July 20 but we hope you will pop by to meet the artists and join the party!
Some of our Whitestone Collective members are participating in the Octarine Women Artists’ Collectives Spring show entitled “Encore”. It will run from May 1 to 10 at Studio 404 at 404 York Rd, Guelph. The eight women artists are presenting work in various media with Deborah Dryden presenting her encaustic work, Jean Loney showing her glass mosaics, and Mary Karavos’ works are made with Nepalese and Japanese specialty paper.
Opening reception is Friday, May 1 from 7 to 9 PM
Eleven members who were showing work at Whitestone Gallery continue to meet to discuss art and share their experiences much as we did monthly when associated the Gallery. You may note the new masthead above reflecting our members’ artwork. We will post notices of events concerning our members from time to time. As a group, we have determined that it would be fun to mount a group show once or twice a year to continue to share our creations with our supporters and the public. We are looking at other Galleries and rental spaces with this objective in mind.
A number of our members and past members are participating in the Guelph Studio Tour Oct 17 to 19, 2014. Mary Karavos, Deb Dryden, Noella Upitis, Tom Dietrich, Michelle and Larry Lawrence will be showing their work from 7-9 Friday evening, 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. We highly recommend spending time visiting the studios and seeing where the magic happens. For further information: www.guelphstudiotour.ca
It is with great regret that we announce the unexpected closing of the Whitestone Gallery effective this July 26th. We wish to thank our many supporters: those who joined us for openings, found their own creative spirit in our Nuit Blanche activities or supported us by purchasing one of the amazing original works of art created by our members. It has been a great run and for almost 7 years over 50 artists have been members of the collective.
It seemed like it would never end, and our closing still feels surreal. But we all know how the great “location, location, location” mantra of real estate can lure owners to make choices unsuitable to the small entrepreneur tenant. This situation has plagued artists who struggle to find affordable locations for the creation, exhibition and sale of their work. In this regard, the current location of the Whitestone gallery at 80 Norfolk Street has served us well. But, changing times and rising rent have combined to make this location no longer feasible and without another venue on the horizon, the Whitestone, as a physical gallery space, needs to go on hiatus for now.
You no doubt understand that the Whitestone has been much more than just a physical space: it has been a creative hub reflecting the individual energies of many talented local artists. This energy will remain with us as we pursue our individual practices and while we discuss ways in which the collective can retain its core in a virtual space.
So it is our sincere hope that this isn’t “goodbye” but “so long for now.” As the last days of the gallery approach we have time for one more solo show. And that is the perfect way to say goodbye. Come out in the month of July and sign our guest book. Share your memories. Pass on your wishes for the collective. Let’s go out in style.
O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N
11am-2pm • 80 Norfolk St., GuelphShow runs through July 26th
Gallery hours: 11 to 5
Monday to Saturday
or by appt. by calling 519 265-8882
Often I’m asked, “So Barb, what exactly do you do?” and I say, “Three things, tai chi, I design and paint sets for theatre and I build stain glass artwork, often with recycled materials and broken bottles.
The tai chi keeps body and soul together, the glass gives me a creative outlet and the theater allows me to give back to my community.
Much of the theatre work I do involves children and youth so it is important to me that my artwork be accessible to this age group as well, and maybe the child in all of us. The glass artwork, paper masks and tai chi themed work are all presented with stories that tie them together. Sometimes writing the stories is just as much fun.
So over all I think of this show as one big story of what I do and as Tomas King says, “The truth about stories is that’s all we are.”
Larry was encouraged to join Whitestone Gallery in 2008 by fellow artist and member Michelle Leblanc. It has been an amazing experience for him to be associated with such a talented group of artists. In fact, it was so inspiring that he married Michelle in 2012! They are actively involved in the arts community including the annual Guelph Studio Tour. They have a home gallery and studio called “Synchronicity”.
Although always interested in art, the first half of Larry’s life was taken up with a busy dental practice at Lawrence and Yonge in Toronto. During this time, photography was his artistic passion stemming from two years volunteering as a regional dentist with CUSO in Uganda, East Africa where he took many photos of the exotic wildlife and interesting cultural environment. His journey in painting and sculpture began about 15 years ago when he was considering the next phase of his life: retirement. Music and art had always been important and now he had the freedom to learn and explore both: in Collingwood he played trumpet in a 20-piece Big Band and then joined with a piano player and bass player to play in the Eh Train Trio. At the same time, there was an active arts group, the Georgian Bay Association for Creative Arts (GBACA), where he met a wonderful group of artists and was encouraged to discuss, take courses and participate in showing and then selling his art. The change from “Dr Lawrence, dentist” to “artist and musician” was like being given a second life with a new identity: fun, scary, strange but satisfying. Over time he took his turn as Chair of the arts organization and it grew to 170 active artist members.
Larry’s son-in-law has a 170 acre farm near Collingwood and he began to experiment with oil portraits of cows, sheep and chickens. They were fun to do and often evoked a smile from visitors to art shows. The medium of oil lends itself to producing vibrant colours as well as the subtle nuance required to portray the facial details and expression of our barnyard friends. Larry’s animal paintings have been hanging in other venues in Guelph such as the Red Brick Café but home has always been the Whitestone Gallery.
Thurs., June 12th
7-9pm • 80 Norfolk St., Guelph
Show runs through June 27th
Gallery hours: 11 to 5
Monday to Saturday
or by appt. by calling 519 265-8882
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Mary Karavos received her formal art training at the Ontario College of Art. She was awarded a year of advanced studies at the OCA Fine Arts campus in Florence, Italy, which became home for many years. During this time, while surrounded by the history, architecture and people of the city, Mary found herself drawn to paper fiber as a medium for her art.
After more than 20 years, Mary continues to be fascinated and challenged by the endless possibilities of this medium. She is a purist in that she works only with the finest imported papers and is not tempted to use other medium. No paint is used in her art. Her unique style, vibrant colour and rich texture make her work distinctive and recognizable.
For Mary, her work is about the process and creative growth towards an original work of art that evokes an emotional connection. She finds that doing her art is very meditative. While patiently layering fragments of carefully selected papers Mary becomes lost in the moment, leaving her open to discovery and exploration.
She has a great appreciation for all types of art and creative expression, both contemporary and classical. Her approach to creating realism and abstraction challenge her to use her classical fine art training in different ways.
Mary actively exhibits and sells her work. Collections of her art and current work can be seen in solo, group and juried exhibitions in Canada and internationally. In April 2014 Mary was awarded with a bronze medal by the Academy of Arts, Science and Letters in Paris, France.