Making paper pulp from scrap paper is a good workout for the hands and the soul. It allows my mind to roam freely before settling on a shape. I wanted to see if I could use this medium to make a bowl that was big and strong. At one point “Big Bowl” almost collapsed when I was releasing it from the mold. That was when it was most fragile. But in time it became strong. I am enjoying the interplay of light and colour on “Big Bowl’s” uniquely textured surfaces.
At a time in my life of great darkness, I painted. That's what painters do. I painted this lily, which turned out to be a
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symbol of hope for me: something elegant and peaceful coming out of the darkness.

Art expresses an artist's thoughts, feelings, opinions, moods, but the very act of art-making can be therapeutic. It transcends the soul.

I am interested in narrative painting. I find it a challenge to combine various images in order to suggest more than one meaning or interpretation, feeling that ambiguity of intent is what breathes life into a work. Balancing all of the formal elements of an image to create these ambiguities of meaning is where the fun has been for me.

  • Tim Butler
  • I have made a couple of mixed media pieces, using primarily rusted metal, maps and images from old books combined with paint and drawing media. I purposely experiment with techniques and approaches I might suggest my students try in their own artwork.

If my art makes you stop and ask, "what's the story here?" - I achieved my goal.

“Life is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury... signifying nothing.”  
William Shakespeare 

The process behind my recent ‘Reflections’ work is very organic and visceral: a journey on foot through some of the planet’s most visually arresting cities such as Toronto, New York, Paris, Rome and Florence, seeking photographic opportunities in store-front windows, restaurants, cafes, etc. This is the discovery phase; observing the interactions
between space and architecture and design and, of course, people. I take into account the interior and exterior elements, and how they appear when overlapped. How do they look as one? How do the two spaces compare and contrast? Once I’ve chosen a moment to capture, I explore the dramatic changes which occur as time goes by and I shift my perspective.

While these pieces begin as photographs, I feel it’s imperative that they be painted. We see reflections constantly, but rarely do we take note of the detail within them. Our eyes are accustomed to concentrating on one space at a time. My paintings flatten the two spaces, creating an altogether new, unique image that is neither interior nor exterior, but rather a composition of shape and colour, light and dark. When they are combined, new and fresh things take shape and our minds explore the image in a new way.


I began working with fibre as a knitter but began to explore other ways to engage with fibre such as drop spindle and felting. I eventually stumbled upon the pin loom. My yarns are "reconstructed" using scraps of yarn, throw aways, thrift store and new yarns. I cut the yarn up and re-tie it into patterns. This new yarn is plied with other yarns using a drop spindle. Then the twist is set by soaking the yarn in hot water for a short while and hanging it to dry. I weave squares using a pin loom. These squares are felted. This process results in very interesting textures as some fibres felt and some don't. Finally, I sew the pieces into the "puffy" squares you see.

  • Greg Douglas
  • Based on references appropriated from art history, stock photography, advertisements, design and pop culture, I continue to create visual assemblages that explore the fascinating relationship between imagery and the deep far reaching associations within the mind of the viewer. By juxtaposing seemingly unrelated images, I construct original, complex and fragmented narrations that may defy any one interpretation, thereby highlighting the idea that a work of art can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

Ferras works in oils, acrylics, and inks. Although living in the Halton region, her travels take her north to the untouched countryside and east to coastal areas in Canada. This work reflects the peaceful beauty surrounding Lang Lake, just outside of Espanola, Ontario. The strength of the textured landscape combined with the splendour of the autumn colours inspired this piece. Most important however, was the reminder that within nature’s beauty, each of us must respect and protect our natural environment as an oasis of peace for future generations.

I have been experimenting with found or cast away wood as the surface to my paintings. Piled up in fields or fallen from dilapidated barns, these wooden surfaces show their worn, battered souls that would normally continue to rot and decay. I salvage these pieces and try to give them a rebirth by enhancing the organic qualities I feel are present in the inherent forms, colours, and textures. I hope the juxtaposition of the decayed surface with the varnished paint can enhance the beauty of the found piece and emphasize the transformation of the evolutionary process.

My work in acrylic reduces the composition into its individual shapes and builds it back up as a collection of three dimensional forms creating an abstract composition in which the figure is less prominent than the formal elements that make up the figure.

I am a passionate and individualistic photographer who keeps abreast on the ever-expanding field of image making. I strive to capture creative images that are expressive and unique. These images were taken with a cell phone camera and manipulated using a cell phone app on the spot. The spontaneity and convenience of taking images so rapidly is exciting and then manipulating them right after allows the creativity to flow.
  • Mark Merryweather

    I don't collect badges. This is a showing of 40 individual pieces of textile art that I designed within the last twelve months for Scouting groups and their special events. They all tell a story, and so far I have told 270 of them!

At Studio m woodworking is a family affair. My partner is a skilled woodworker, who makes everything from fine furniture to turned bowls. When we were married, I took it upon myself to learn the craft, lest I become a woodworking widow. On display is a sample of my work: bread boards, knives and pens made from domestic and exotic hardwoods. This year our young son joins the studio with cedar bird houses. This tried-and-true design is suitable for a variety of backyard species and sells for a cost of $20. ​

  • Karl Mustoe
  • Art is an absolute labyrinth of possibilities, as is the comfort and challenge of making Art. It is after all, a combination of emotional resonance entirely dependent, and independent, of the viewer’s personal and universal context. The artist is no different. Inspired by the meta-connective relationship between sound and vision, Karl Mustoe’s recent work manipulates material accidents, visual mistakes and ambient sound in empathetic visual form. Each piece in this show is either based on an accident, a visual disaster (failed attempts re-envisioned) and/or momentary memories.His coagulating shapes and forms reverberate and echo off each other as they transition from visual layering to visual reflection. Mustoe’s approach to work is influenced by the layering of soundscapes in musical form, theoretical meanderings and his response to natural landscapes. Mustoe’s recent creations are meant to serve a utilitarian purpose in cohesive melodic form with minimal human intervention aimed at creating space in the viewer’s perception; as a celebration of life and an embracing of the creative process…

The subject of my artwork stems from personal experiences, my love of horses, travel, and relationships. Inspired by journaling and photography, my work deals with the element of time. Landscapes and figure are painted fairly quickly and capture the most personal and important elements. Each painting is in a sense a snapshot combining elements of light, colour, washes, drawn line, and occasionally written word,which offers a glimpse of the subject's personality and a moment in time.

  • Otilia Scriuba
  • This year my focus is on printmaking, especially on monotype and mixed media. These techniques give me the opportunity to create complex and original experimental surfaces. They boost my imagination and creativity. From all the art techniques I could employ, these are the only ones which give me the feelings of freedom, discovering and novelty. "The horse" is the symbol that appears in all my pieces this year, signifying the restrained and unrestrained human instincts. To me, "the horse" speaks about travelling, memories, strength, freedom, happiness,noble attitude and when domesticated or trained, about acceptance.

As educators, we constantly tell our students to try new things, to do things that are frightening or intimidating because only then can we truly grow as individuals. With a background in Dance and Drama, Visual Art is a new personal exploration. It is very humbling to challenge yourself to expand your creative horizons. Poured Acrylics are a medium that I immediately fell in love with. The fluidity and motion are unlike anything I have ever worked with before and every attempt is very organic; it is not until the paint is poured that I can see how the piece will take shape. There is a certain vulnerability you must allow yourself in order to maximize the potential of the piece. Showcasing my work is definitely out of my “comfort zone” but I am thankful for the opportunity to grow both as an individual and as an educator.

“Creativity takes courage” Henri Matisse
    I am interested in the study of nature and human consciousness. Recently having seen first hand the power of the brain
    has on existence and understanding, I have felt inspired to work on a series exploring this concept. What we see is a matter of interpretation, and as such I have been working in layers leaving parts of the raw canvas blank, and focusing on line, texture, colour and shape to explore varying levels of interpretation and consciousness. Some of my art centres around locations, and others around a feeling or intensity in an abstract form.
Dynamics is what interests me. The continuous interactions we have with each other and our environment. Our lives are a collection of moments and I hope to capture some of those moments with my art.

A childhood spent in Niagara and cottage country fostered my appreciation for natural beauty and my interest in how such beauty affects us. Painting beautiful scenes gives me that same meditative calm. I observe this calm while working with our students in Community Pathways Program (CPP). Aiding them in explorations of colour and shape and sometimes even flavour of their art is a delightful experience.Pears are my most frequently "abandoned" work. In them, I see both male and female elements, which creates an androgyny that is both fascinating and illuminating. This harmony of genders is enticing and I will likely continue to indulge my fascination with pears for some time.

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo

The Turtle is a painting about not worrying about growing old. The wise Turtle manages to keep from getting run over, eating healthy and not rushing but taking time to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer.