Collection: current exhibit

Until March 23, 2024

“City Light and The Dark” showcases two artists who depict the changing patterns of light and its effect on city structures. The pastels by Clarence Porter capture the volume of night and the weight darkness can have when trying to subdue illuminations by various light sources. In contrast, Carol Loeb’s paintings embrace the brightest parts of the day to heighten the minute details found on complex architectural buildings. Bringing together these artist’s observations, the viewer will be able to be immersed in all light’s effects found in a city.

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Meet the Artists

CLARENCE PORTER

“My job as an artist is to see and translate my visual and emotional moments into pieces that allow the viewer to see, feel and be in my moments giving the viewer pause to reflect on moments in time that I cherished, frozen in pigments.”

Clarence worked in the Toronto advertising world as a graphic designer/art director until leaving to become a freelance commercial illustrator: a career move that spanned 40 plus years of creating illustrations for everything from packaging and logo designs to children’s’ books and magazine editorials, while working in a wide range of mediums. After relocating to Hamilton, he started working with pastels for his own pleasure and in 2006 Clarence was juried into the Pastel Artists Canada’s Purely Pastels Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where he received an Honorable Mention. That was the impetus needed to continue working with pastels and he hasn’t looked back.

Clarence is represented by Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton and his work has been collected locally and internationally. He received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014 and was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2016. He is also a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the International Association of Pastel Societies.  

Ongoing sources of inspiration for Clarence are the pastels courses and workshops he teaches for adults. Clarence is an instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art as well as an occasional instructor at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Aurora Cultural Centre. Clarence enjoys the interaction with creative minds of all ages. He finds collaboration with other artists using different media rewarding and enriching too.

CAROL LOEB

Carol Loeb is a Signature member of the American Artists Professional League, a Senior Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the Society of Canadian Artists. She earned a Fine Arts Certificate from Fanshawe College and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Art History from McMaster University. She worked as a commercial artist in Toronto for several summers before beginning her 32-year career as an art teacher in schools across Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Kuwait, the Philippines and the USA. She was the Senior School Visual Art instructor at Lower Canada College in Montreal until focusing on her own art full-time in 2020.

Her earliest influence was her uncle, British artist and inventor William Pugh. On an extended visit to Europe in the 1980s she was struck by the use of colour, technique and composition in the works of the impressionists and post-impressionists, and particularly of Monet and van Gogh. She is also inspired by the intent of the Group of Seven to visually describe and present the Canadian landscape to the world, and by Canadian artist Lawren Harris in particular.

Carol’s main focus is the landscape, both rural and urban. Inspired by ordinary scenes, she imbues her paintings with a life derived from the subject itself. Working in acrylics, she builds her works in layers of colour, creating luminous images conveying visual as well as emotional depth. Calm, contemplative settings dominate in her work. In the lead-up to Canada’s 150th anniversary she conceived and executed the Trans-Canada 150 art project, a cross-continental documentation of the Canadian landscape along the Trans-Canada Highway from coast to coast, culminating in a series of 52 studio paintings and a book. More recently, as travel has been restricted by the global pandemic, she has concentrated on the industrial and urban landscapes of Montreal and Toronto.

Since turning her focus more towards her own work beginning in 2009, Carol has presented numerous solo shows and taken part in group exhibitions in Canada, Italy and the USA. Her work has been awarded prizes and earned recognition in exhibitions presented by the Federation of Canadian Artists, the American Artists Professional League, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, among others. Her work has been featured in Billie Magazine, The Artists’ Magazine as a winner of the Over 60 competition in 2020 and in Artist Talk magazine in 2021.