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Past Exhibitions

Artists of the Brant Studio Tour

Locally Grown

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August 29th - September 29th, 2016

Original art created in your local community of The City of Brantford and The County of Brant.

The Brant Studio Tour is a group of professional artists that strive to promote understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the wide range of high quality original art created locally by member artists. 

To celebrate the creative process and its results, they also bring artists and members of the general public together for a unique behind-the-scenes arts experience by opening their working studios one weekend a year (October 1 & 2, 2016).

Exhibiting artists of the Brant Studio Tour include;

Heather Vollans

Jeanette Obbink

Ralph Heather

Jennifer Budd

Holly.O. (Ounapuu)

Tom Robertson

Linda Blakney

Karen Wettlaufer

Arlene Laskey

Aliki Mikulich 

Edward Schleimer

Quantum parallax II 



September 1 - December 14

My work grew from a journey of experience, forged in a
close to the soil childhood, driven by a search for a
Code of Universal Values, hammered home by trial and terror, to embrace the underlying needs that I felt science and technology could never secure.

It reaches its climax in the QUANTUM PARALLAX II, a collage that unites the abstract natural ‘diamonds...’ air; water; earth and fire in tissue paper and acrylic on Baltic Birch panels, with the SUPER NATURAL WORLD, made visible in paint on canvas. 

This has been a Neo-Mythic climb in metaphoric terms, beyond steal the ‘creative seed’ it would take to plant a
New World Architecture. 

A ‘Parallax,’ indicates how an object’s appearance differs as the viewer’s position on the horizon changes.  Quantum, defies reason, yet theoretically, has substance. 

The Universal Language of Art is my medium. 

Rene Meshake - Songide'ewin: Ojibwe Narratives Art ExhibitGekek16x20.jpg

March 1 - April 15, 2015

SONGIDE’EWIN: Ojibwe Narratives Art Exhibit reflects the impact of my Residential School
experiences, and resonates with fellow Survivors and their families. It’s a healing tool for communities
and individuals. I believe that reconciliation, and healing will evolve and emerge from the art process itself.
What else is art other than the reflection of our deepest spirit, our souls, and the elevation of our rightful,
uncensored selves.

The dictionary defines reconciliation as ‘making friendly again after an estrangement; to harmonize;
to make compatible’. SONGIDE’EWIN is a contemplative and cathartic experience for me, and seeks to
answer many questions that I am struggling with: Who am I reconciling with? What am I trying to reconcile?
How do I achieve this reconciliation? Reconciliation exposes many feelings and emotions: resistance,
enlightenment, remembrance, shame, pain, resilience, rejuvenation, healing, pride, identity, and finally
the restoration and integration of my Ojibwe arts and culture with my current urban life style. 

SONGIDE'EWIN integrates the traditional and the contemporary - to bring together the past generations
and future generations.  SONGIDE'EWIN is ultimately a celebration of the resilient spirit and an example of
how art can heal, inspire, elevate and enlighten.  Finally, SONGIDE'EWIN will bring closure, which will
liberate me to produce and create art and literary works in the future.

Jack Jackowetz - Exhibition No. 5 Loughs Drug sign for web_1.jpg

January 1 - February 15, 2015

I stimulate memories.  My images capture the essence of evolution of places we recognize at one moment in time.  My work is inspired by familiarity; places we grew up with, spent time or visited.  Through the creative use of light and colour, I capture a mood that takes the viewer by surprise while confirming that although we may all be looking at the same object, we do not always see the same things.  My images are precious because of the connection they make with the viewer.  My subjects have strong local connection. I offer a glimpse into local culture and the energy of those who once lived or worked here.

Elizabeth Gosse - It's Your City

February 1 – March 15. 2014Its_Your_City_Brantford.6.7.8_A_crop.jpg

Life is about creating yourself – a phrase which not only do I live my life passionately by, but also what influences my artwork. I love using paint and multi-media to create engaging pieces of work. To me, art is an extension of who we are and what we are thinking. In the world of art, it is imperative for the artist to embody the art with their message, feelings, and thoughts. This message we implant is not stagnated, because the viewer and the community’s response forever changes the message of that piece of work. Each piece from the community project “It's Your City” engages members from various cities to interact with art and express their love of their community and city.

PhotoVoice - Do You See What I See?

sethi web pic_1.jpgApril 1 - April 30, 2014

Bharati Sethi is currently a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work. She is specializing in Community, Planning, Policy, and Organization. Her research has earned her several prestigious awards including the Ontario Women's Health Scholarship (PhD - 2012 and 2013), Tutor-Primary Health Care Fellowship (PhD), the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (PhD), the Inaugural Hilary M. Weston Scholarship (MSW), and the Social Sciences Humanities and Research Scholarship (MSW). Bharati's master's thesis earned her a gold medal and Governor General Award Nomination. In 2013, her community advocacy efforts and research earned her the 'Citizens Award' by the Member of Provincial Parliament and in 2012 she was nominated as one of the 'top 25' immigrants to Canada.

Aaron Robbins - Field of Dreams

September 1 – October 15, 2014Robbins web pic_1.jpg

The rural Canadian landscape is a vast and diverse wilderness, seemingly endless. I draw upon my travels, experiences, memories and exploit the tonality and aura of the landscape I’m painting, making it my own creating a journey for others.

My paintings are also about solitude and contemplation. Although there is no human presence in the paintings, there is an aura of something happening, a moving spiritual presence. Being in solitude, away from the distractions of modern life, your mind and soul are capable of being much more aware of God’s presence and creative touch in all is my ambition to capture these moments.

Jessie Buchanan - Spirit Bear

Buchanan_web_pic.jpgNovember 1 - December 15, 2014

I am a painter. It is difficult for me to define my work precisely, however I would say that it is inspired by my First Nations heritage. Many colleagues have told me that they think of my work as being very ‘Canadian’. You may be suprised to discover that I consider this to be a complement, as I am inspired by many Canadian painters; the work of Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig, the Group of Seven. My painting is an attempt to capture the ineffable quality of spirit (manitouwabi in Ojibway) which can be perceived in all things. A spiritual connection to the land drives my work. My goal is to convey what I consider to be the transcendent aspects of ‘ordinary’ experience through colour and form in order to inspire others. I include Ojibway words in naming my paintings because they seem to further empathize and bridge the First Nations spiritual aspect in my work.

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