Artist Feature: Nikki Caruana
Sep01

Artist Feature: Nikki Caruana

There are a lot of sayings tied up in the idea of the past, and they almost all come down to the same principle, the same fundamental idea that is so universal we all instinctively understand it: there is something unattainably beautiful in the impossibility of capturing a time gone by; we can spend our whole lives chasing a moment, but once it has happened, once it’s become part of the past, we’re never going to be able to hold onto all that it was again.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith
Jun02

ARTIST FEATURE: Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith

COLOUR OUTSIDE the LINES Artist, Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith is unlike anyone I have ever met. I want to describe her as “down-to-earth” and “joyful”, but the words fall short! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing this incredible woman, and the honour of learning a small part of her story… I’ve got to say that throughout our conversations, I made a direct correlation between the easy-warmth and vibrancy of Jeanne, to her artwork....

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Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More
Nov30

Haileybury, In Search of the Hardy Boys and More

Good trips are sparked by an idea. This one to Haileybury fired up with my husband’s online discovery one day, that the author of the Hardy Boys was from there. In Covid 19 times, this is an adventure within the safety of Ontario, beyond the usual “northern” destinations. At Huntsville, the drive suddenly became one through Group of Seven tableaux, miraculously touched by the paintbrush of autumn. Indeed, the Group of Seven became a...

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The Group of Seven, Rebels in Their Time
Nov30

The Group of Seven, Rebels in Their Time

It seems every generation has its share of rebels, especially in the arts, and the Group of Seven is no exception!  They spanned the gap from the 19th century into the “modern” era and brought Canada into the international sphere of painters. Who Were They? The Group of Seven were really a group of ten! And no, Tom Thomson was never part of it either. Confused already? This year actually marks the centenary of Group’s first...

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ARTIST FEATURE: It’s A Wild Ride – Edward Spera, Wildlife Painter
Nov30

ARTIST FEATURE: It’s A Wild Ride – Edward Spera, Wildlife Painter

What do a series of photos chronicling the moments before a 400lb mountain gorilla hits you in the chest, days waiting in 45-50 degree heat hoping for that one shot of a mother tiger and her cubs at a watering hole, and a break neck jog up the side of a mountain ridge in northern India for the once in a life time view of a snow leopard lounging after startling its prey have in common? Well, for one thing, they are all experiences that...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Michele Taras
Aug30

FEATURED ARTIST: Michele Taras

“A young Picasso, as if he fell into a rainbow.” When Michele Taras of Mono, Ontario decided to try her hand at painting, she purchased a blank canvas – which sat in her study for more than 2 months before she could work up the courage to put her imagination to work. Already an accomplished fashion photographer, Michele Taras’ work has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Chloe, Bride & Groom, HUF,...

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Layers [Lairs] in Time
Feb26

Layers [Lairs] in Time

IODE: Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire The IODE, a uniquely Canadian institution, dates to the beginning of the previous century. In 1900 it was the brainchild of Montreal’s Margaret Polson Murray to form a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others. Fredericton, New Brunswick, was the location of the first chapter in January of that year (then the Federation of the Daughters of the Empire); other...

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The Pride & Joy of Classic Cars
Feb26

The Pride & Joy of Classic Cars

Who doesn’t like the chance to go and admire beautiful gleaming cars of all makes, models and ages? One great place is Orangeville’s “Blues Cruise” at their annual Blues and Jazz Festival. The whole of Broadway is closed off on a Friday night to make the space to display and admire those classic cars, to start the weekend off with the lively music scene! The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival is held in historic downtown...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd
Feb25

FEATURED ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd

Walking Art What does one always look for when it comes to our clothes, accessories, hairstyles, and everything else we have or convey in our every day lives? We search for uniqueness and individuality. We crave something colourful, bright, exciting, something which is inviting and creates a vibe that is ours, and ours alone. Sure, we can pop into a big box store and come out with something nice but it doesn’t compare to the...

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