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




Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

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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