Beth studied history of art and architecture at McGill University and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. On moving to Toronto in the early 1970’s she began her studies in fine arts at Three Schools and OCAD. Later she worked in arts administration at Arts’ Sake Inc with Dennis Burton, Graham Coughtry, Gordon Rayner, and David Bolduc.
In 1980 she moved to Edmonton where she worked at Graphica Art Gallery, and then to Calgary where she graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Beth practiced architecture for 20 years in Ottawa.
Since retiring from architecture in 2008, Beth has returned to her first passion: drawing and painting. She has studied extensively at the Ottawa School of Art, and Haliburton School of the Arts. She paints regularly in the encaustic studio of Susan Ukkola, and with Vanessa Coplan and friends.
Beth is a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Association (OMMA) and has exhibited at a number of group shows including D’OMMA Gallery, The Crichton Street Gallery and Studio Sixty-Six. Her work can be seen in private collections across Canada.
Beth enjoys working in acrylics, mixed media (drawing, painting, collage) and in encaustic (wax, pigment and resin). Her work tends toward abstraction, and her brushwork is expressive, bold and often playful. Her passion for Japanese art and garden design is reflected in her varied mark-making, her preference for asymmetry, and her delight in texture. When it comes to colour Beth is inspired by the Expressionists such as Gauguin and Kandinsky. Each work is a journey of discovery, adventure, exploration, and preferably surprise.
Darlene Provost is a graduate of Interior Design, specializing in spacial visualization, texture and colour interpretation. She explored her passion as an artist in Paris and Montreal, prior to graduating from Algonquin College, then went on to study at St. Lawrence College and the Ottawa School of Art. She is a contemporary artist who paints in acrylic with brush and palette knife and her strokes move beautifully across the canvas in a spectrum from watercolour to oil. Gallery Shows and Art Exhibits can be viewed on her website www.darleneprovost.com.
Discovering the joys of an art practice in 2003, after a long public service career, Martha works in mixed media, printmaking and encaustics. She loves to create using texture, colour and shape, often in ways that are abstract or non-objective, but always working intuitively, letting the art happen. She studied printmaking with Rob Hinchley and mixed media with Suzanne Warren Powell and attended many workshops with well-known artists.
Martha has exhibited with the Ottawa Mixed Media Association (OMMA). Her prints have been juried into International Print shows at the Ottawa School of Art, in Hong Kong and Cuba . Martha began exhibiting her art at Art Credo and with other artists at an annual Christmas show. Since 2012, Martha has been part of a Christmas Boutique to raise funds for the Hospice at May Court. Her work has been displayed at the Crichton St Gallery and continues to be found at the Green Counter Boutique in Carleton Place. She is currently an associate at Galerie Old Chelsea where her work is permanently on display.
Martha loves to be a weekly volunteer with the art program at Hospice Care Ottawa. She has also given workshops and demonstrations, sharing her passion with encaustics and acrylics and mixed media
Characterised by unrestrained brushstrokes, youthful tone, and vibrant colours, Sara’s work strives to re-intepret landscapes inspired by her every day surroundings. Intuition guides her colour choices, composition and brushwork, with blue, gold, orange and purple among her signature colours. Sara’s work depicts classic Canadian landscapes, highlighting some of Ottawa’s most beautiful parks, such as Pine Hill, Stanley Park, and the Rockcliffe Rockeries.
“Once I started landscape painting, I started to experience my environment differently. Snow, pavement, and tress were no longer white or grey, but different hues of blues, purple, and pink. I started to notice the subtleties in colour variation and the unique colours that shadows display.”
Gordon Harrison and the Group of Seven have provided great influence on Sara’s work. Sara studied at the Ottawa School of Art under Blair Paul, where she learned the foundation of colour mixing and landscape techniques as well as with Gordon Harrison at his private studio.
Sara’s work hangs in private and corporate collections in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, USA, and England.