Studio Six: Crichton Street Gallery, 299 Crichton Street
Mary Pratte, Photography
Mary remembers having a small Brownie camera from an early age and later on in high school she moved up to a Minolta with interchangeable lenses and lessons in the darkroom. Taking Photographs was put on the back burner while Mary taught elementary school, changed careers to become a horticulturalist and raised her son. She now combines her love of nature with photography but also enjoys taking pictures when travelling. Light and pattern drive her in their myriad forms, as does seeing and focusing on things most would pass by without a second thought.
Elisabeth Arbuckle, Acrylic and Mixed Media
Elisabeth was born in Wales and studied art in both Wales and England before starting her teaching career that lasted for more than thirty years, taking her to the Bahamas and eventually Canada.
Elisabeth is a visual artist working mainly with mixed media and acrylics, as she explores different themes and topics. She enjoys finding the rhythms and patterns in life and the connectivity of all elements through nature. Elisabeth often returns to her love of natural objects as she explores the complexity of self-image through faces and masks, “I am fascinated with the way we present ourselves to the world, at different times, in different scenarios and the masks we wear.”
Pat Carbonneau, Mixed Media
Pat paints in many mediums including encaustics, preferring abstract expressionism. “I work at an intuitive level…I’m never completely sure what will come out of the end of my brush.”
Mary Ann Varley, Mixed Media / collage and Drawing, urban scapes, drawings of infant clothes
Inspired by the quick photo and developing it into a new artistic landscape. taught at Ashbury College, Ottawa School of Art. I am a live long learner with a B.A. ( Fine Arts) B, Ed. ( Visual Arts Specialist) M. A. ( Art Education).
Her works include drawings and photo snap shots collaged with other papers into a painting. The snap shots are in the Henri Cartier-Bresson tradition of quick shots which document a moment in time.
“One can’t fully grasp the fact that billions of digital images are captured every day, especially in iconic places such as New York City and tourist spots like Ottawa. Artists must respond to their digital image library in a unique way. Photo prints are almost dinosaurs about to become extinct yet they fascinate me.
In these works, I layer drawings in pencil and ink on tissue paper, combined with painted elements in response to emotions captured by the photos. It is both engaged, yet, is as detached as the tourist experience. Contrasts in light and shadow, and shifting scale, and perspectives convey my Manhattan experience.”
Jennifer Anne Kelly, Glass Artist
Jennifer Anne Kelly lives on the Mississippi River in Ontario, Canada. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University Jennifer enjoyed the expertise of many renowned teachers and mentors in glass art. She has studied at The Studio at Corning in New York, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and American Steel Studios in San Francisco. Jennifer works with fused and kiln formed glass, natural found elements, and metals. The process, including sand blasting and kiln work, is completed in her teaching studio, Current Works of Glass, at 112 Queen Street, Almonte.
From sculptural work to painterly two-dimensional pieces the narrative thread throughout is a positive human experience with the natural world. Living on the river has influenced Jennifer’s work both in imagery and in her meditation on glass and water. The river inspires the combination of energy and serenity and this is brought to the finished glass piece. Jennifer spends a great deal of time pondering the light, shadows, and reflections of the water and translates that in new techniques. Much of Jennifer’s three-dimensional work is focused on glass nests, feathers, and glass fused into reclaimed wood and stone. This work is a celebration of our natural world as a fable. Jennifer twists reality and imagination by creating new interpretations of what is naturally found. This body of work is the result of intense passion and dreams, overcoming fear, and delighting in the mystical.