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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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ArtNow for October 2015

 

Konstantinos Meramveliotakis

Claudine Ascher for Galerie de la Ville

 

Tuesday October 6th, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount

 

presents:

 

Konstantinos Meramveliotakis

http://www.meramveliotakis.com/

Konstantinos Meramveliotakis was born in Athens, Greece in 1984. He has a BFA degree in painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts and a certificate in education from Univerisité de Montréal. Since the completion of his first artist’s book at the University of Barcelona in 2007, he has been predominantly working in print media. His work has been shown in several exhibitions in Greece and Canada and his prints can be seen at the collections of the BAnQ and L'Institut Canadien de Québec. A member of Atelier Circulaire printmaking studio since 2012, he participated at the 2014 Art Souterrain Festival with the collective print installation “the Corridor”, a variant of which will be exhibited next year at the Presse Papier Gallery in Trois-Rivières. He lives in Montreal since 2009 and works at the Visual Arts Centre as a drawing and painting instructor.

 

Claudine Ascher

Galerie de la Ville
http://claudineascher.com/

Claudine Ascher has been a professional artist,educator and curator of Galerie de la Ville for more than 20 years. Her dedication to the visual arts and artists has been instrumental in supporting and mentoring artists from the Montreal area. She has taught in various non-profit centres such the Visual Arts the former Saidye Bronfman Center and Dawson College. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art Education from Concordia University

Claudine will be speaking this month about the her experience as a professional curator, highlighting special exhibitions for which artists are invited to create work following specific themes.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ArtNow for June 2015

KIM VERGIL

STAN ROACH

 

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount presents:


KIM VERGIL


www.KIMvergil.com
Kim Vergil is a bio- mixed media and installation artist who lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal.  Kim has participated in International and National Solo and Group Exhibitions in Europe, U.S. and Canada.   She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, IASD, since 2008, Head of IASD Arts Committee from 2008 – 2012 and continued juror for IASD Dream Art International Exhibitions through 2015.  Kim’s most recent solo exhibition “One Day… in Vancouver, B.C. Canada can be seen on her web-site. Her latest publication contribution to the:  Collective, Dream Arts Magazine, by Kayla Bowen was in April 2014.  Last year  her Land Art Installation ‘Let’s Talk… at  ‘Art In the Wild’  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, won Second Place.

Stan Roach

Stan Roach
Stan Roach is best known as a satirical cartoonist. He worked as a freelance illustrator for a range of publications, including the Globe and Mail, the Hamilton Spectator and the Toronto Star. In the 1960s Stan moved to Montreal and worked freelance for the Montreal Gazette as well as other Canadian and European magazines.
Stan has won many awards throughout his career including the Hanover Post Trophy Award, and perhaps the most prestigious of all: the 1999 Duncan MacPherson Award.
He has also been a well loved professor at Dawson College for over thirty years.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ArtNow for May 2015

RobinBloom

Allen Hessler

Robin Bloom

 

Tuesday May 5th, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount presents:

 

Allen Hessler

Allen Hessler was born in Winnipeg , Manitoba, and studied at the University  of Manitoba and L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts de Paris.  He taught  silkscreen and relief  printmaking at the University of Manitoba from 1981 until  1987.  Moving home and studio to Montréal in 1987, he has continued to paint and draw and to make silkscreen prints over the years.  Recently, he has returned to one of his first loves, printing on the press. His upcoming exhibition ‘’Voyage Graphique’’ will present  recent works using the technique of dry point and colour monoprint.  These prints were created using AKUA intaglio and Liquid pigment inks. Other relief prints cut from rubber linoleum blocks and  printed with Speedball water-based  acrylic  printing inks will also be featured.

 

Robin Bloom

Robin Bloom is an autodidactic sculptor living in Lake Brom.  In her own words, " The sculptor in me was awoken in 2004 while crying, and  walking through the carnage of a clear cut forest.In the debris I saw a small piece of wood and thought, "There is something beautiful in there." My work has grown from that moment and through my sculptures I transform the ugliness in life into beauty as well as express the beauty that I feel.  I work sitting in the grass barefoot where I wrap myself  around  my stones, holding them with my legs, feet and body. Every piece has my blood, sweat, and often my tears.

Robin's  work can be found in private collections across Canada.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ArtNow for April 2015


KarileeFuglem

Karen Elaine Spencer


Karilee Fuglem

 

Tuesday April  7th, 2015, at 7 pm,

 

in Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount presents:

 

 

Karen Elaine Spencer


Karen Elaine Spencer lives and works in Montreal, Québec. Spencer’s work questions use values and investigates how we, as transient beings, occupy the world we move through. The notion of progress is resisted through the repetition of an action that leads nowhere. Metro-riding, rambling, dreaming, and loitering are among the activities Spencer folds into her practice. Through a détournement of materials or intentions, Spencer intervenes into specific places, where she marks and is marked by spatial and social geographies. In a practice oscillating between work in the street, exhibitions in galleries, and disseminations via the web, her work has been exhibited in Canada, Europe and the U.S.A. Spencer is the recipient of the 2012 Powerhouse Prize.

Karilee Fuglem

 

karileefuglem.com
Originally from British Columbia (with stopovers in Calgary and Toronto), Karilee Fuglem has lived in Montreal since pursuing an MFA at Concordia University in 1989. Her work often takes the form of drawing (drawing from, on, towards), photography (light plus drawing) and spatial installations which expand on these observational practices. In some of these, subtly perceptible materials respond to existing light and air movement, eliciting a watchful attentiveness, such as in her recent exhibition January light, so light at the McClure Gallery. Other places where her work has recently been seen include Circa, 2013; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2013; FOFA, 2012; and the Biennale de Montréal, 2011 (and 1998); as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the National Gallery of Canada, who also hold her work in their collections. She is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, where she has exhibited regularly since 2003.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ArtNow for March 2015

 

MathewThomson

MATTHEW THOMSON

NATALIE OLANICK

 

Tuesday March  3rd, at 7 pm,

 

Westmount Public Library

 

 ArtNow Westmount presents:

 

 

Matthew Thomson

http://therecyclingplant.blogspot.ca/

Matthew Thomson was born in Aylmer, QC in 1982. He moved to Montreal in 1999, where he studied Illustration and Design at Dawson College (1999-2002). He finished a BFA from Concordia University in 2007 and completed his MFA in Print Media at Concordia.). His multidisciplinary work has been exhibited in numerous juried group exhibitions in Montréal (namely the FOFA Gallery, the Darling Foundry and the Maison de la Culture Frontenac) and in Val-David, QC; most recently, his stop-motion animation entitled EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION was chosen for the 4th International Random Film Festival, presented in Garpenberg, Sweden. Matthew was curator of the Mouse Print Gallery in 2012-13, where he worked with students and teachers from Concordia University to create unconventional and collaboration-based exhibitions. Thomson is a member of articule, a Montréal artist-run centre, and he teaches printmaking and drawing classes at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount, QC.

Mathew’s is currently exhibiting his work with Bettino Assa in a show entitled Otherworldly at ArtMur until February 28, 2015.

 

Natalie Olanick

http://natalieolanick.com/

Natalie Olanick is a visual artist who is based in Montreal Quebec Canada. She engages in painting as an explorative practice. She is interested in how the boundaries that distinguish order and personal familiarity become intertwined. making paintings that are sometimes accompanied by projections and always done on untypical materials to building this discussion. The narrative quality of the works wanders into an in-between zone allowing for multiply readings. Messages and possible meanings shift from the materials, her usage of them, and how these elements bond within the images.