Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Introducing Penelope Duchesne

We are please to welcome our newest Resident Artist, C. Penelope Duchesne, to the Art Gallery of Lambeth. Penelope  will be joining our little group of Artists starting November.




Although Penelope  has a degree in fashion design, painting is her true love.  Her beautiful flowers and city scapes are stirring and show where her true passion lies.  Penelope is a self-taught  creative soul and she invites the viewer into the intimate world of her gardens and fantasy cities.












Penelope has over 40 original murals that currently grace the walls of Chatham-Kent's downtown buildings, institutions, and corporations.  She has also created murals for personal homes of her clients.  



Penelope has worked with students to develop, sketch and paint murals for their schools.  She is also a practising artist educator. 



Penelope is a wonderful addition to our gallery.  We invite everyone to come and check out her beautiful creations. 



 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Door's Open London 2013

The Art Gallery of Lambeth opened it's doors to all of London, and surrounding area, this past weekend.  It was a busy, busy weekend for us here at the gallery.  We had special events happening  and special guests dropping by
Bruce Peninsula - Philip S. Schmidt
all weekend long.





Philip S. Schmidt, photographer extraordinaire, was here on both Saturday and Sunday, giving slide shows and talking about travel and photography. As always, Phil was a crowd pleaser.... Phil is ALWAYS entertaining. 



Judy Ross, one of the AGL's member artists, was also on hand to demonstrate the delicate and intricate art of jewellery making. 










Toni Poole
On Saturday, we had a visit from one of our Resident Artists, Toni Poole.  Toni gave a short demonstration on her handling and technique of watercolour.  Toni also teaches step-by-step watercolour classes here at the gallery.  
Toni has just returned from a vacation trip to her home in Malta.  There is sure to be some spectacular work from Toni in the next few months... just in time for Christmas.











We also had a visit from Marianne Morris.  Marianne is another of our Resident Artists. Marianne taught her fabulously fun technique of acrylic painting to a group of students in a step-by-step class Saturday morning.  Everyone had a great time creating their own version of her abstract cat.  

Matt & Melissa setting up an easel



Marianne and a couple of volunteers created their own collaborative painting out in the parking lot in front of the gallery.  They even recruited the help of BOB FM's Matt Di Paola, who came by to check out the action here at the gallery.













And between all these going's on, we had mini step-by-step classes set up.  People from all over London, and area, were able to try it on for size and see just how much fun painting can be.  Just look at the happy faces of these painters!

So we'd like to extend a great big THANK YOU to all who joined us for  DOORS OPEN LONDON & CULTURE DAYS!! We had a blast!!  :)

You can find our calendar for October on our website at http://artgalleryoflambeth.com/art_programs/stepbystep.html.  We have many great paintings for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving and be sure to enrol your child in our Oct. 11th Pd Day program as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. 

Looking to book a Holiday Party?  Tired of the same old office Christmas Party? 
Want some fun and excitement? 
Look no further.....
Art Gallery of Lambeth Will Host your party!!!!!!!!!

We also host:
Birthdays, showers, Team Building events, corporate and private parties!!! Build
your own party.....   we host it and clean it  up!!!


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Doors Open 2013 -- Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29

The AGL is please to have some very talented artists visiting the gallery.  Rebecca Gillen and Paula Mould will be exhibiting at our gallery until January 2014.  Come in and see their outstanding work.

Rebecca Gillen
First Snow on Pittock Lake
Summer Fields
Rebecca is an intuitive painter. She paints from her memories and emotion. She falls in love with what she sees and take the experience on to the canvas. 

She studied art and design earlier in life, but started seriously painting in 2005 after taking classes at Emily Carr in Vancouver.



Paula Mould

Washed Up
Encaustic painting is an ancient form of painting using hot wax. It's
experiencing a recent revival and it's easy to see why: it appeals to all
senses of the artist. Hot wax, especially beeswax, smells heavenly. Adding oil paint to that wax, changes the paint and makes it silky. There's a sense of adventure because an element of control has to be surrendered to the medium, unlike every other medium out there. Wax just doesn't always behave the way one would expect. Artists who surrender end up painting in ways that are different, unexpected and entirely satisfying.

End of Knight
Paula's paintings are a celebration of the quintessential Canadian summer tradition of going to the cottage. Northern Ontario. The Canadian Shield. The sound of loons as the sun rises. The quiet slap of water on the dock. The briefest moment after the storm, when the water deposits rocks upon the shore and gently caresses them before settling down. And if a Dalek happens to appear or a certain smuggler encased in carbonate is washed up on shore, we'll just add another lawn chair around the fire and enjoy the sunset together.



Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Doors Open 2013 -- Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29

Phil Schmidt
Phil will be presenting a slide show on both Saturday and Sunday.  The "Scenic Best of the West" will be playing on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  This photographic slide will show of images from the bad lands of South Dakota and the Canadian Rockies.
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And on Sunday at 12 noon, Phil will present a "Visual Feast of the East".  This slide show will consist of amusing stories and images from the Bruce Peninsula, Killarney, Lake Superior, Algonquin, the Elora Gorge, Hilton Falls and Cape Breton Highlands.

Phil’s connected arts vision was borne out of his immersion in the twin worlds of camera clubs and artists’ guilds.
The veteran outdoor photographic artist began to realize how important it is for photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians & poets to stand united in a culture that has become increasingly toxic to the arts and the humanities.
I wish to rekindle a sense of wonder in the lives of those who encounter my “connected arts” vision.  This sense of wonder is the gateway through which we may “escape” from the soul-deadening contrivance that surrounds us.  It is an oasis of beauty in the desert of our media-drenched culture.



Anita Wood
Although art was always a big part of her life, Anita's career was not that of an artist, but in accounting and teaching computer applications. This was an easy and natural career and allowed Anita time to pursue her interest in art as well.
After she sold her accounting practice she was able to devote all of her time to her true passion of art. She has studied with many great artists like Zolton Szabo, Arleta Pech, Roland Roycraft and Nita Engle. This, Anita believes, is the reason she has been able to truly enjoy her art journey and find her voice.
After dabbling with several meduims, Anita decided that she needed to be more focused. For several years she was truly a "Transparent Watercolour Artist".

In Anita's own words:
"Throughout my journey, my art and my heart have grown. Now I find the beautiful challenges in Acrylics and Mixed Media along with my love of traditional transparent watercolour. I am not sure when painting took over my life, but I know that every day feels like I have just begun!"

Anita now teaches as a big part of her art career. She enjoys teaching workshops and weekly classes. She teaches in both Florida and Southern Ontario. 

Anita has had the honour to have had solo shows and to have won several awards in juried art shows. She also has paintings in private collections throughout Canada, part of the US, Ireland and France.


Christa Oglan
When she paints her landscapes, Christa has no boundaries such as trees and lakes. She captures a dream-esque feeling in her abstract strokes. She uses colours and texture to create a whimsical, magical world that the viewer is instantly drawn into. These ‘dreamscapes’, Christa hopes, will be points of departure for the viewer, as they are sent off into an inward, personal journey. 
Christa uses a wide range of colours, to depict this dreamlike world. She seems to stay away from the traditional landscape palette, and instead uses colours that work together in this eye-pleasing, magical way. 
When she paints her landscapes, Christa has no boundaries such as trees and lakes. She captures a dream-esque feeling in her abstract strokes. She uses colours and texture to create a whimsical, magical world that the viewer is instantly drawn into. These ‘dreamscapes’, Christa hopes, will be points of departure for the viewer, as they are sent off into an inward, personal journey. 
Christa uses a wide range of colours, to depict this dreamlike world. She seems to stay away from the traditional landscape palette, and instead uses colours that work together in this eye-pleasing, magical way. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Doors Open 2013 -- Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29


Marianne Morris

The Brass
Marianne will be teaching a class at the AGL on Saturday at 10:30 am.  She will also be demonstrating her work on both Saturday and Sunday.  Be sure to check the schedule at http://www.artgalleryoflambeth.com.


Marianne will be teaching this painting on Saturday
Marianne Morris was a child when she discovered the power of images to communicate. Encouraged by a few special teachers, she continued to create through high school, and discovered life drawing in University. Convinced that painting was not a way to pay the bills, she pursued a career in commercial art, only finding her way back to painting when she had a child of her own who loved to create. She has since renewed her love of drawing the human form, and has focused her recent work on expressing her joy in all things musical. 

Traditional tools, supplemented with digital technology, stretch the possibilities for her images. Each painting starts with a photograph, drawing or a combination, and a piece of music. The backgrounds are painted intuitively, the soundtrack providing the inspiration. She uses whatever tool strikes her in the moment: sometimes paint is applied with a brush, but often it with her hands, a kitchen utensil, or something improvised. The photograph is used for reference as the form emerges from the background, final touches adding the details to the subject. 

Marianne has a BA from the University of Waterloo, and currently resides in Mississauga, Ontario.


Toni Poole
Toni  will be demonstrating her work on Saturday at 11:30 am.  Be sure to check the schedule at http://www.artgalleryoflambeth.com.

Toni Cintar-Poole has been involved in different aspects of the arts for over 30 years; music and theatre as well as visual arts.  She has always been ready to share her experiences and knowledge with school children, teens and adults alike, whether as a vocal coach, or as a watercolour artist and instructor.  Toni understands what motivates one to want to learn something new.  She is a giving and sensitive teacher.  Her clear way of communicating sets students at ease.

She, herself, is a consummate student and is always stretching her own creative boundaries by taking classes and workshops to explore new mediums and subjects.  Until recently, she has painted exclusively in Watercolour.  Toni has been experimenting with Acrylics and Soft Pastel.  She has been privileged to take instruction with Acrylic and mixed media artist, Caroline Said-Lawrence while in Malta.  She considers this a highlight on her art journey.  
Watercolour paintings have intrigued Toni for a long while.  She was "hooked" at the age of 12, when she did her first ‘water-activated’ set of ‘grown-up’ pictures.  Art took second place in her life as she raised her family. 

In Toni's own words: 
The pure colours and inner light of a subject rendered in watercolour never fails to captivate me. 
God's beautiful creation is a constant source of inspiration.  Looking at everyday things I try to capture their unique beauty and colour whether it's a flower, figures, still life and yes, even a fried egg still in the pan!  Just putting pigment and water on paper and watching the magic makes me wonderfully happy.  My hope is that you will see that wonder and joy in my paintings.