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VICTORIA PEARCE

VICTORIA PEARCE

             Nature as Muse   "I love finding beauty in the bones of the natural land."   Some artists paint what they see. Some paint what they feel. Victoria Pearce does both and she hopes you, the viewer, do the same.    Her paintings contain florals and nests looking as fresh as if just plucked from the forest floor, or labyrinth-like waterfalls, rocks and trees that almost appear to move. They read like love letters but carry the mystery of a secret admirer. A single red flower stands proud against a blue sky. A flower with a bulb...

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JULIO FERRER

JULIO FERRER

   Pop Goes Ferrer There is something very James Dean about the work of Julio Ferrer. His image of Che Guevara taking a "Chelfie" triggers the simplest word that comes to mind: Cool.  His work oozes tongue-in-cheek. Ferrer's best known work features iconic figures with political narratives in a pop art style. The artist typically outlines his images in black ink and fills in the rest with high-octane colour. His work is graphic, with a comic book/street art edge.  Both a painter and printmaker, Ferrer is so skilled and paints in such a way that it is sometimes difficult to tell which...

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DARA ARAM

DARA ARAM

  Aram in his studio. Photo Courtesy of Dara Aram      Abstract Reflections: Dara Aram Like colour so vibrant it makes the rainbow look like a lead pipe? If so, the work and world of Dara Aram will be for you. The Toronto-based artist's paintings are so bright and energized, they very nearly affect that part of our brains that triggers the pleasure centre. If you are lucky enough to experience an exhibition of his work, you might be like a kid in a candy shop. At first you might find yourself overwhelmed and dizzy with excitement. His large pieces...

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GISELE COMTOIS

GISELE COMTOIS

  Bonasvista Iceberg NFL, 36"X48", Oil on canvas  A Rich Life: Gisele Comtois "The end of a painting is really the beginning of the next one." Gisele Comtois carries herself with confidence and poise. After 40 years as a practicing artist, she holds a vast repertoire of knowledge and experience. So when it comes to the art world, she has much to say.  Born in St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Comtois is known for her richly painted landscapes of the Gaspe coast, Charlevois County, the Laurentians, and the Eastern Township in Quebec - all regions very close to her heart. She has also travelled to capture the Maritimes, Northern...

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HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

Do you know where is this? THEN: This is Gore Park in Hamilton, Ontario taken in the early 1920s.   Interesting facts: The park used to be called Gore on King Street. In the late 1800s, the park had gates and was only open to the public from 7am to 8pm. It was then locked for the night.  Feeding the birds was banned in 1953 when hordes of starlings took over the park. In 1954, a major shoot was organized and 122 hunters were brought in. They shot 2,500 birds.   NOW: This is Gore Park today.....

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