Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer 2016






Thank you to all of the artists who have taken part in ArtNow Westmount this year and to all of our faithful guests.  You are what make ArtNow possible.



Have a warm and creative summer.

ArtNow Westmount will return in September.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ArtNow for June 2016


EricMannella AllanaBenham

Eric Mannella

Allana Benham

 

Tuesday June 7th, 2016, at 7 pm,

 

at Westmount Public Library

 

ArtNow Westmount  presents:


Eric Mannella


http://www.ericmannella.com
Eric Mannella is an award-winning Canadian artist and co-founder of Atelier de Brésoles. He specializes in portraiture and traditional drawing and painting techniques. He ​​has an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from York University in Toronto. Mr. Mannella is the recipient of a Forbes Foundation Travel Grant and the Prince of Wales Scholarship from the Prince of Wales Foundation. He also received a merit scholarship from the New York Academy. Mr. Mannella was featured in the 2007 documentary film L'Art du Nu; he has given artist talks and painting demonstrations at Concordia University, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and Algonquin College, and a variety of artists' organizations. Mr. Mannella is related to Sir William Orpen (1878-1931), an important portrait artist active in London in the early 20th century.

Allana Benham


http://www.allanabenham.com
Allana Benham is a contemporary figurative painter and co-founder of Atelier de Brésoles. She is a specialist in artistic anatomy and has attended dissections and surgeries for her anatomical research. She recently published the first English translation of Dr. Paul Richer's New Artistic Anatomy: Female Morphology. Ms. Benham has an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and a BA with honors in Museum Studies from Brown University, and studied landscape painting at the Florence Academy. She has taught specialized courses at Ubisoft and given lectures and demonstrations at Algonquin College, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and the Beaconsfield Art Association.

Monday, April 25, 2016

ArtNow for May 2016


PeiYang PatriciaMorris

Pei Yang

Patricia Morris


Tuesday May 3rd, 2016, at 7 pm,


at Westmount Public Library


ArtNow Westmount  presents:


 

Pei Yang

Pei Yang, a native of China, immigrated to Canada in 1994.  His lifelong interest in the arts brought him to Ottawa where he studied at Ottawa school of fine art and then Algonquin College.  After his studies he worked as a concept artist with Columbia Studios, Dreamworks and Meter Studios.  His artistic work was featured on the Discovery Channel, the animated show Silverwing and he is one of the Emmy award winning artists from the TV Series Sagwa-The Chinese Siamese Cat in 2002.  Pei is an accomplished painter whose works can be found in numerous galleries in Canada.

Patricia Morris

Patricia Morris has been painting for over 30 years. She has lived from one coast to the other of Canada, with her ancestral roots in Nova Scotia, her childhood in BC and her adult home in Quebec. Her adventures across Canada are the central inspiration for her recent work entitled “Trans Canada Drive”.The semi-abstract landscapes invoke the experience of motion and offer us glimpses of landscapes passing before our eyes, snapshots to awaken hidden memories of places once seen.  

With a BFA from Mount Allison, an MFA from Concordia and a Diploma in Art Education Patricia has taught for  many years of teaching at the undergraduate, secondary and elementary levels.  Patricia is an award winning artist whose works can be found in both public and private collections.

Friday, February 19, 2016

ArtNow for March 2016

 

Gianni_Giuliano FrancoiseIssaly

Gianni Giuliano

Françoise Issaly

 

Tuesday March 1st, 2016, at 7 pm,


at Westmount Public Library


ArtNow Westmount


presents:


 

 

Gianni Giuliano

www.gianni-giuliano.com/

Gianni Giuliano was born in November 1972; he is a Canadian contemporary figurative painter of Italian descent. At a very young age his eye was quickly drawn to Italian Master painters, particularly Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.

In 1998 Gianni completed a Bachelor studies in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Painting & Drawing. It is there where he developed a critical approach to figurative painting. In 2014 he completed a Master degree in Art from Université du Québec à Montréal in Painting, where his pictorial approach shifted as he explored the concept of image-making. This notion can be observed in his most recent paintings/drawings whereby images from different sources and environments are put together to create tensions, while giving importance to the technical know-how that is related to figurative painting.

He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields prize and his works can be found in numerous public, private and corporate collections.

 

Françoise Issaly

www.francoiseissaly.com/

For more than 20 years Françoise Issaly has been involved in the Visual Arts scene as a professional artist,  as an art instructor, as a member of the Fine Art Collective and as the editor of her own publishing house, Editions FrI, focusing on Artist books, since 2009. Born an deducated in France, Françoise earned her DEUG in Plastic Arts, a Licence and a Master in Visual Arts, from University Paul Valery in Montpellier, and University Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux.

Françoise has shown her work both in solo and group shows in Canada, USA as well as in Europe, Malaysia and China. Her work can be found in many private collections (Germany, France, Spain, UK, USA and Canada) and is represented by Artamo Gallery in Santa-Barbara, California.

She did a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in 2014 and  in participate to the 1st Langkawi Art Biennial in Malaysia. The same year she received the Women in Business Award for her contribution to the art world. 

In 2015 was invited to do a residency for two months at the Chinese European Art Center, in Xiamen, China where she also had a solo show. She also took part in the 12th Asian, African & Mediterranean International Art Exhibition in Hangzhou, China.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ArtNow for February 2016


Susanne Strater

“Nobody was Interested. Nobody Asked”

Deena Dlusy-Apel & Max Beer

 

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount

 

presents:

 

 

Susanne Strater

Susan Strater is a Montreal area artist working in oil, acrylic and pastel. Her work playfully examines the place where the natural landscape and the man-made environment meet. I like to look at the patterns that the two environments make, especially in contrast with each other - the rounder and more varied shapes of the natural landscape against the more rigid and regular features of the man-made landscape.
She regularly shows her work in Pointe Claire, Beaconsfield as well as Vermont and Massachusetts.
 

Deena Dlusy-Apel & Max Beer

Deena Dlusy-Apel is a socially active artist and a retired part-time professor in Art Education at Concordia University. She has shown in many group shows and curated several shows in a group- owned gallery. As an artist she has concentrated on making her work political. Her body of work representing breast cancer and the breast cancer movement led to her work on environmental issues. She enjoys pushing the envelope and trying to make her work as contemporary as possible. She has produced bodies of work, entitled My father’s Wallet, Tango and La la Human Step, I Had 4 Mothers and others works.

Max Beer is an educator, photographer and filmmaker who has been socially active in the Montreal Jewish community. Max is also an affiliate at Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University (2008-2015) He has presented on many occasions at various conferences. Max was a contributing author to a special edition on anti-Semitism in Current Psychology and also wrote “ The Montreal Jewish Community and the Holocaust”.

Max most recently completed 1 hour documentary entitled “Nobody was Interested. Nobody Asked” His wife Deena Dlusy-Apel collaborated with him, working on artistic aspects as, well as interviews for the film.

Max and Deena will be presenting short clips as well as art works from the film and upcoming exhibition to takeplace at Galerie de la Ville in Dollard des Ormeaux from Saturday February 13 to Sunday, March 13, 2016. The opening reception takes place on Sunday February 14, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m.





Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ArtNow for December 2015

Emily Jan

Samantha Youssef

 

Tuesday December 1st, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount

 

presents:

 

 

Emily Jan

http://emilyjan.com/

Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer originally hailing from San Francisco, California. Jan has traveled to 33 countries and lived in four (South Africa, Mexico, the US, and Canada). She draws inspiration from the eclectic experiences of a life spent largely on the road as well as from the culture of scientific inquiry that characterized her upbringing.

Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Futur Folklore at the M.A.I. (Montréal), You Maniacs You Blew It Up! at PDA Projects (Ottawa), and falling through the mirror at Latitude 53 (Edmonton) and the FoFA Gallery (Montréal). She is a M.A.I. Mentorship Grant awardee for 2014-2015 and a Clipperton Project residency awardee for 2015. In 2011, she was recognized with an award at the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art (WTA – Aire).

Upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Union Gallery (Kingston), Harcourt House (Edmonton), Hamilton Artists Inc (Hamilton), and group exhibitions include SKOL (Montreal) and the Fibrearts International Triennial 2016 (USA).

 

Samantha Youssef

http://www.studio-technique.com/


Samantha Youssef has worked as a character animator for Walt Disney Animation, as well as other reputable companies such as Yowza Animation, Filmax, and Ubisoft cinematics. She was an award winner at the Toronto Film Festival for her animated short film La Fuga Grande.

Samantha is the founder of Studio Technique, an artistic training studio dedicated to the artistic development of professional and amateur artists. Her classical art background, along with her experience in feature film animation and the video game industry, has allowed her to create a unique program that offers specialized training to all varieties of artists.

Samantha is an accomplished keynote speaker having done presentations at the CG Con White conference in Montreal, the Montreal International Gaming Summit, as well as conducting master classes for professional animators at the invitation of Cinematic Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Samantha has recently published the book entitled Movement and Form,  a comprehensive figure drawing program focusing on gesture, body mechanics and form.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

ArtNow for November 2015

 

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

Shirley Katz

 

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount

 

presents:

 

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

http://www.kathryngabinetkroo.com/

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo began her career as an artist studying life drawing and black and white photography at the Boston Museum School. A painter for over thirty-five years and a former instructor at the now-defunct Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts, the artist has had her studio in the neighborhood of St. Henri gallery since 1989.

After moving to Montreal in 1977, Gabinet-Kroo found herself without a darkroom, so she began experimenting with watercolours and later with oils.

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo responds to her natural surroundings in a very personal way. She has worked in series on subjects such as still lifes, large scale portraits, dancers, and as well as intimate scenes of nature. While some of her works incorporate the use of gouache, pastel, and oil stick, most of the images are created using the classical technique of layering a series of oil glazes over an oil under-painting to produce the glowing colours of her painted surfaces. 

Most recently, the artist has added a series of monoprints to her body of work, examples of which can be found around the world in North-American collections and others as far-flung as China, Switzerland and Singapore.

 

Shirley Katz

Shirley Katz has been a practising artist for almost 40 years. For many years, she balanced her work as an artist with a demanding teaching career. She held watercolour and life drawing classes at the Saidye Bronfman Centre School of Fine Arts, where she headed the drawing and painting department as well as the printmaking atelier. She was also an advisor to the aspiring artists who participated in the Comprehensive Art Program. She now works as a full time artist.

Katz has exhaustively investigated and manipulated the mediums of etching, monotype, oil pastel, soft pastel and oil paint. Her intent has always been figurative as she describes people’s emotional states through their facial expressions and bodily gestures. Katz has had 17 solo exhibitions, and been in over 75 group shows

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