Dwelling in Place
Featuring: Laurie De Camillis | Stuart Godfrey | Jill Hobson | Eliza Kozurno | Pamela Rojas
November 16, 2023 - January 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Thurs. Nov. 16, 2023 7 pm - 9 pm
[Hamilton, ON, October 14, 2023]- Earls Court Gallery graciously announces DWELLING IN PLACE exhibit featuring a curated selection of new artworks by Laurie De Camillis, Stuart Godfrey, Jill Hobson, Eliza Kozurno, and Pamela Rojas.
The exhibition “Dwelling in Place” considers the importance of living or staying still in a space and observing one’s surroundings. It is important that one takes time to account for the changes, patterns, and memorable moments constantly occurring. The artworks curated in “Dwelling in Place” showcase artists’ capturing instances of feeling the moment, seeing the finer details often sprinted over, and translating such instances of stillness into an art form for further contemplation.
DWELLING IN PLACE exhibition can be viewed in person at 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. Earls Court Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. The artworks will be featured in the main gallery. All artworks will be featured online starting November 16, 2023.
Join us for the opening reception and meet the artists Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7 pm until 9 pm. No reservations required. All are welcome
Entry is free | Family Friendly | Fully Accessible | Groups Welcomed
Curator Andrea Jackman
Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa St. N, Hamilton
LAURIE DE CAMILLIS
After graduating with honors from the Vancouver School of Art, Laurie lectured at the school now known as Emily Carr University and went on to teach at the Banff Centre and for the Federation of Canadian Artists. She participated in several museum exhibitions and has shown widely in Canada and the US both in group and solo exhibitions. More recently, with the Canadian Art Collective, Laurie exhibited in New York City and at the Boston International Fine Art Show in Boston. The American Art Collector magazine highlighted Laurie in their “Art Lover’s Guide to Collecting Fine Art in Canada” October 2012.
After a successful career as an illustrator- storyboarding and concept visuals for the Toronto advertising industry, my attention is now focused on fine art. Strong drawing skills, essential in my illustration career, have been a huge help in becoming a representational landscape painter. I’m particularly drawn to costal environments and the wealth of subject matter it provides. As a young boy I was fortunate to enjoy summers in Newfoundland and spent many afternoons sketching in and around the fishing villages of the Avalon Peninsula. No doubt this has left an imprint on me and steers my painting direction, as does my passion for travel. Whether hiking Portugal’s western coastline, the East Coast trail in Newfoundland or the West Highland Way in Scotland, many of my paintings get conceived on these hiking trips and are brought to life back in my studio through
Jill's unique lens reflects both moving extensively - displacing her from family and country of origin, and previous crisis intervention work that sheds light on profound relationships. Painting empowers her to symbolically bridge vast distances and time to feel connected to her family and roots. Painting also helps her seek meaning and share wonder by connecting with herself, others, and the environment.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Jill graduated with Honours in painting from Auckland University. She is a Toronto painter and has enjoyed teaching roles and residencies in New Zealand and Canada. A highlight of her teaching career was establishing and directing an independent art school for ten years. In addition to exhibiting and painting commissions, she is actively engaged in her art community, jurying, curating and installing Gallery exhibitions. Jill has paintings in international private, corporate and public collections, including hospitals, care facilities and community spaces.
Eliza is based in Toronto, Canada. She majored in decorative textile design and studied painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Art in Łódz, Poland (1997-2002).
After coming to Canada in 2002, Eliza worked under Toronto fashion designer Izzy Camilleri. From 2002-2008, she collaborated on collections for international clients, boutiques, and the runway.
In 2008 she launched Eliza Kozurno Jewellery. Her pieces have been described as “pieces of wearable art” and featured on runways for Toronto Fashion Week, in Elle Canada, Toronto Life, Schon, Plaid, Anokhi Magazine, commercials, film, and television shows.
In 2020, she returned to her passion for painting, creating 45+ still life pieces. Much as Eliza harmonized materials when creating jewelry and costume, she now meticulously composes still-life paintings with her characteristic eye for colour, texture, and a special focus on how objects and their reflections interact.
Pamela was born in Santiago, Chile. She is a muralist with over 25 years of experience, having lived in four countries on three continents, she successfully brings a fresh perspective to the Latin American mural movement. Being raised in Chile shaped her perspective on social activism and inspired her to develop a naive Folk Art style to explore feminism, integration, social work, identity, and environmental issues in our society.
Rojas is an international visual artist, immigrant, social activist, art educator, community builder, artist in residence, and entrepreneur in the art sector. Member of different art associations and board members: Art District Gallery, PMC, Public Education Working Group Waterloo Region, Feminine Harbor, Hispanic Association of KW.
She moved to Spain in 1995 where she studied in the prestigious ceramic school Della Robbia in Seville, where she finished the specialty of sculpture and modeling in ceramic. In 1996 she became the muralist assistant to the Spanish muralist Ximena Ahumada and for a few years, they painted murals around the city with a group of women in need of social support and community integration.
In 1999 Rojas moved to the USA and started to be an active member of the Arlington Lee Community Art Center in Washington DC. She was the artist assistant of ceramist Alfredo Ratinoff in the creation of the ceramic mural for the Columbia Library in Arlington. In 3 years, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked in the Latino community center as a resident artist, creating an art therapy group for mothers and children going through domestic violence.
Rojas moved to Canada in 2005 and she is an active artist member of the community. She has painted several murals in the Kitchener–Waterloo Region and Hamilton. She is the founder and artistic director of Pomegranate Mural Collective and since 2014 she has been the Art Director of the Creative Space Program from the Resilience Project in The Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region. In 2017 she became an Artist facilitator in the Reception House.
Her studio is located at Globe Studios - Kitchener where she continuously creates, paints, and develops new fusion artwork between her three passions: Ceramic, Paint, Ferrocement, and Cardboard Sculptures.