Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ArtNow in December




Tuesday December 4th at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

Fluke

With over 15 years of experience, Fluke has been painting the streets of Montreal with his distinct yet traditional style and flavor of graffiti-art. With cans in-hand, Fluke’s main medium is spray paint; however, he is constantly aspiring to take his art to the next level by experimenting and pushing the envelope to set new precedents in graffiti art and design.

Never taking life too seriously, he still brings a professional intensity to each project he undertakes. Well recognized in the graffiti community he has also built a name for himself in the commercial realm having completed projects for such notable clients as Cirque de Soleil, Holiday Inn, Oakley, and Volkswagen, as well as having worked for numerous local businesses in the city. His ‘all or nothing’ philosophy and dedication to his work has earned him the respect and credibility of every client and colleague he has worked for or with over the years.

Ian Shatilla
Ian Shatilla received a BFA Print media (2004) from the Nova Scotia Craft Art and Design University, and has completed the Concordia University MFA programme (2007) in Painting and Drawing. He is currently experimenting with painting or drawing installations; blending theatre and performance as a narrative link for portraiture. He has exhibited within Canada and internationally.

Monday, October 15, 2012

ArtNow in November

Barbara Simmons

Catherine Maclaren

    
    

Tuesday November 6th at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

 

Barbara Simmons 


For Barbara Simmons, painting is akin to visual poetry.  Nature has always been the source of inspiration for the images that she paints. Light, color, and transparency are the abstract foundation of her work. Color in particular, is a continuing focus of study.

Process is everything to Barbara. Her personal journey has led her to be elected to the Canadian Society of Aquarelle, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Color, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Over the past twenty-five years, she has exhibited her works in galleries in Montreal, Toronto, Annapolis Royal and Sarasota as well as juried competitions both nationally and internationally.




Catherine Maclaren


" Her painting is characterized by a form of simplicity - a deceptive simplicity, may I say - because most, if not all of her paintings emanate something, a constant energy…  The painted sign is hence the medium for an expression of energy.  This isn’t granted to all artists.  This painting is a proof of the inexhaustible nature of painting, of its ability - as in literature, as in music - to convey a multitude of spiritual states, of man’s ability to be, to vibrate as microcosm. "  
                            " Painting as a Spiritual Gesture. An essay of discovery."
                               By André Seleanu.  2010.  





Friday, September 14, 2012

ArtNow in October


Catherine Young Bates

                                                         

Loraine Basque

                                                  


Tuesday October 2nd at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

 

Catherine Young Bates 

http://www.cybates.com/




''I believe that handmade and intuitive art is a balance for the smoothness and remoteness of our global machine-driven age. I collect information from what I see; I paint the things I cannot see - the  air and energy of the landscape, still life,  and figure subjects.  Faith in beauty, and in the intellectual and moral dignity of art, is my survival belief.''

Catherine Young Bates was born in Windsor, Ontario.  Studies include Victoria College, U of T (honours Art and Archaeology), Ontario College and Education, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute of Art, and McGill University (M.Ed.) She has taught many workshops throughout Quebec and until recently was a full time professor in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College.


Loraine Basque



Loraine Basque has a BA in cultural education, UQAM, a DEC in ceramics, “College du Vieux Montréal”, a BFA NSCAD, Halifax and a Diploma in Ceramics from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has participated in solo and group shows in Montreal, Toronto, Holland and Italy since 1985, where her work is also in public collections. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

ArtNow in August

Bev Wight
Diane Collet


                                                
                   

                                                      

Tuesday August 7th at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

Bev Wight


Bev Wight is a contemporary acrylics and water media artist and educator who has participated in exhibitions in New York, Winnipeg, and Montreal. She chooses to paint bold contemporary, often large paintings. Working on canvas as well as paper, Wight's acrylic images endeavour to go beyond the color fields of yesterday and engage the viewer in a personal, esoteric way.  Wight has studied painting, visual design and art theory in formal and informal  art facilities. Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout Europe and Canada, including  the Colart Collection in Montreal.


Diane Collet


Diane Collet was born in Shawinigan, Quebec and holds B.F.A. and M.A. degrees from Concordia University. She loves word/image play depicting what is essentially eccentric about human existence.  Her creative inspiration stems from incongruous associations, visual analogies, and metaphors. Expressive acrylic paintings, digital prints, multimedia works and drawings distort her subjects, giving them both a humoristic yet often vaguely unsettling cast. Collet has exhibited in North America and abroad and her work can be found in public and private collections in the U.K., Australia, Japan, United States and Canada. She lives and works in the Montreal area.

Friday, June 15, 2012

ArtNow in July


Peter Boyadjieff
Raynald Murphy

                               

Tuesday July 3rd at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

 

Peter Boyadjieff


Peter Boyadjieff, has worked in numerous creative fields such as the promotion of the arts in the development of corporate identity and the integration of art with architecture. A native of Bulgaria, he holds a  Masters in Visual Arts and Design from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. Since his arrival in Montreal in 1993, his creative energies have been devoted to computer graphics and digital imagery.  Peter's allegorical images are a poetic combination of a rich imagination and figurative realism. They entice and delight the viewer to reflect about ideas in diverse contexts. He has shown in both solo and group exhibitions around the world and has won numerous awards for his work.

Raynald Murphy


Raynald Murphy is a plein air watercolourist whose passion leads him to paint on site throughout the world, especially in Quebec and Montreal. He is a signature member of the Canadian Watercolour Society and a regular contributor to the revue magazine L'Aquarelliste.  A graduate of Concordia University, he has been teaching for more than thirty years in the Montreal Catholic School Commission as well as giving workshops and watercolour demonstrations.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ArtNow in June

José Duclos

                                                
Linda Schneider Granatstein
                   
                                                      


Tuesday June 5th at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

ARTNOW presents:

 

José Duclos



The watercolors of José Duclos are distinguished by the contrasts of zones of sfumato juxtaposed with others of vigorous brushstrokes in frank colors.The Artist does not fear to abstract the space. Delicate drawings and a refined palette  recall the beauty of her subjects and bring to light a very personal poetry. José Duclos develops and teaches wet-on-wet watercolor techniques  since 1990; she is an inspiring and a sought-after teacher who knows how to transmit her  passion.


Lynda Schneider Granatstein

Lynda Schneider Granatstein has been a professional artist for over 30 years, and has had over 20 solo shows and hundreds of exhibitions and publications about her,  throughout North America and Europe. While she was trained as a psychological counsellor specializing in Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, she concurrently studied art, beginning with Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, followed by Concordia, the Saidye Bronfman Centre, and Daniel Green, and other venues of study throughout her career.  Her work as a therapist, printmaker and mixed media artist has culminated in works rich in texture and color, layered in collage, imbued with psychological dynamics.   She is represented by galleries across Canada and the States.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

ArtNow in May


Brigitte Radecki
                                                            


Branka Marinković


Tuesday May 1st at 7 p.m.

at

Westmount Public Library

 

 ARTNOW presents:



Brigitte Radecki  

http://www.brigitteradecki.com/ 


After her studies in visual arts at Concordia University, Brigitte Radecki initially joined the artistic scene in Montreal by producing monumental sculpture and environmental installations. She has had several solo and group exhibitions in Quebec and Canada, as well as internationally, and was represented by Gallery Christiane Chassay for 20 years. The earlier work was deeply inspired by archaeology. She goes back in time and works matter and form to create works that renew with nature and origins. She also paints and has indeed been linked to the new Québec abstract movement.

Branka Marinković


Building upon symbolism and the impressionist tradition, nothing is really as it seems. There is always a meaning that reaches beyond the literal. Colour and light are as important to the work as the subject itself.  I delight in shifting from one traditional genre to another depending upon the message that I want to express at any given moment in time.

Branka Marinković has studied art and language in France, art history at the University of Toronto, graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in 1994 and recently completed her Masters in Art Education at Concordia University. She has exhibited in Toronto and Montreal and currently teaches art techniques in oil painting and drawing in Montreal.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

ArtNow in April

 Mary Hayes

Mary Hayes

http://www.maryhayes.ca/

"My latest paintings reflect my ongoing preoccupation with the 'costumed' self.  I bring together interpretations of old master portraits, as well as archetypes from popular culture - ghosts, zombies and monsters. The images conflate, morph and mutate into both the macabre and tender, fluidly exploring the emotional range through the watercolour medium.  I look at the ways in which we are simultaneously protected and transformed by our ritual attire and presentation. The works offer a psychologically daunting and poetic confrontation with issues of identity and self-awareness".

Mary Hayes was born in California. She has a BFA in Visual Arts from Concordia University. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Parson’s School of Design in the Dominican Republic, has had several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions across Quebec and in Canada. She has received grants from both Quebec and Canada Arts Councils and her work can be found in private and public collections, such as the Art Bank of the Canada Council, Loto Québec, La Grande Bibliotèque du Québec and the Musée du Québec. She lives and works in Montreal.




Homeira Mortazavi 

 http://www.atelierhomeira.com/

For Homeira, painting is a search for beauty, meaning and wisdom which ultimately reveals the true self.  Through the creative process, she unleashes a full range of emotions that are expressed through the sensitive rendering of light and her rich palette of colours.  As an artist and painter, she aspires to communicate the sense of joy and harmony that uplifts her through the creation of her subjects. Be it through the delicacy of a rose petal, the gentle curves of the figure or the sinuous forms of her jewellery designs, the unseen becomes visible reality in a timeless space of mystical energy.

Art Now in Westmount is dedicated to supporting visual artists from Westmount and Montreal. On the first Tuesday of each month, invited artists will give an evening talk at the Westmount Public Library.  Each presentation is followed by questions and lively discussions. Artists share with us their unique visions and approaches to art making. The talks are free and open to the public. 

Come and celebrate the richness and creativity of the visual artists of Montreal!