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This is interesting… a photo of me that was in the Toronto Star is on Getty Images.
Artist: Heather Keating.
By Don Biggs, St. Thomas Times-Journal
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 8:31:40 EST PM
If you are looking for a truly unique gift idea, look no further than the Twas the Art before Christmas Show.
The eighth annual judged art show and sale will take place Nov. 7-9 at the CASO Railway Station, 750 Talbot St., with 54 local and area artists participating. This is the sole event put on by the St. Thomas-Elgin Artists’ Guild (STEAG) and it is one of the best attended shows of its kind.
“All of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and are new to this year’s show,” said Kit Cutting, promotions director for the annual show.
“I can tell you that no one else in town will have these pieces, all of which are very reasonably priced. We have something to fit everyone’s budget.”
STEAG consists of 54 artists from St. Thomas and Elgin County who work in a wide variety of mediums from paintings, sculpture, textiles, wood, clay and glass.
“Each artist is allowed to enter 12 pieces in the show and there will be five that people will be able to purchase tickets for with a chance to win,” said Cutting. “This show really gets people in the mood for Christmas shopping. There are so many good artists in the area and it really is unique to see what they are doing.”
STEAG has been in existence for more than a decade and members meet on the third Monday of the month (March until December) at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas.
“We do accept new members, which is rare for an art club. I know that there are some clubs around with five-year waiting lists which makes it very difficult for a new artist to join,” said Cutting. “Because we accept new members all of the time, all they have to do is come to the meetings and introduce themselves, our group has a lot of younger members, which is nice because they are so enthusiastic.”
Cutting has been with the group for three years, however, she has been painting and sculpting for a longer period of time, and as a seasoned artist enjoys the interactions with other members. “At the meetings we have keynote speakers and we share ideas with all of the other artists,” she said.
Admission is free to Twas the Art Before Christmas Show and there will also be a free tea room (tea, coffee, hot apple cider) and Christmas cookies to enjoy.
Want to know more?
What: Twas the Art Before Christmas Show
When: Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9pm
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10am-6pm
Sunday, Nov. 9, noon-6pm.
Where: CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas
Cost: Admission is free
On the canvas: ARTS project features both nature and whimsy
Happy Castle by Ann-Marie Cheung is part of an exhibition of the Toronto artist’s work on at The ARTs Project until Nov. 1. (Richard Gilmore/Special to QMI Agency.)
A once controversial Toronto artist and a London artist have separate shows at a downtown gallery.
Anne-Marie Cheung, whose work sparked controversy in the early 1990s for paintings that showed women in bondage that led police to order the removal of the offending pieces from a storefront, presents new works in The Healing Garden exhibition at The ARTS project.
Also at the gallery is work by Gallery Painting Group member Ingrid Arnet Connidis titled Roots.
“Old homes, big trees, nature, animals, being outdoors in city or country — all are roots to my artistic inspiration and contentment,” said Connidis in a press release.
“They bring the past to the present as I take my turn in the circle of life. Painting allows me to relive them and express how they make me feel.”
Cheung’s work is starkly different, her paintings colourful and playful.
““Welcome to my whimsical, magical garden,” says Cheung in a press release.
“This is where I come to play. This is where I come to heal.”
Cheung has been a fixture on the Canadian arts scene since the late 1980s and the controversy surrounding her bondage series. She mainly works with acrylic paint but also uses mixed media, pen and ink, encaustic and glass.
Cheung said she is “inspired by the natural world, mythology and dreams.”
In a press release, Cheung said The Healing Garden “explores spirituality and the process of art as a healing tool. These present creations investigate colour, texture and patterns combining ancient symbols and mythologies to create something mystical, joyful and primitive.”
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, Cheung’s work has been featured in exhibits across Canada and is in private and public galleries around the world.
IF YOU GO
What: The Healing Garden, featuring works by Ann-Marie Cheung.
Where: The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.
When: Opening reception, 5 p.m., Friday and continuing until Nov. 1.
IF YOU GO
What: Roots, an exhibition featuring works by London artist Ingrid Arnet Connidis.
Where: The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.
When: Meet the artist, noon, Saturday, and continuing till Nov. 1.