Translucence

Featuring Cathy PascoeMichelle SalterTed SpiekerLaurie Spieker and Nancy Yule

November 15 to January 21, 2012

UpTown Gallery presents, Translucence, an exciting exhibition of glowing drawings, encaustic paintings, stained glass, fused glass, and mixed-media works by local artists. 

About the Artists:

Cathy Pascoe works in coloured pencil, and is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work has shown internationally and in coffee table books on drawing. 

Laurie Spieker enjoys creating fresh and imaginative contemporary glass art. Her original designs reflect her passion for the outdoors and have brought her recognition in our arts community. 

Michelle Salter ‘s encaustic paintings are inspired by nature and what she sees around her everyday. She loves the challenge of interpreting iconic Canadian landscape in a fresh way. Encaustic is a medium made from beeswax that gives her work both an implied depth and an actual sculptural quality. 

Nancy Yule creates one-of-a-kind mixed-media art based on fibre. She sews on anything from paper to metal and everything in between. Many of the materials used are recycled making her pieces eco-friendly. Colour is an important component of her work. 

Ted Spieker fuses glass bowls and objects that are creative and unique. He is interested in unusual techniques, such as cut strip construction, controlled bubble capture and Vitrigraph. He gains inspiration for his glass forms from many natural and beautiful places in Ontario and beyond. 

To Market to Market

with Elaine CowanLouise Marée and William Mullin

September 13th to November 11th, 2012

To Market, To Market is an exhibition of paintings in oils, watercolours and acrylics by three local artists. Feast your eyes and expand your aesthetic palette with ripe colourful offerings.

About the Artists:

Louise Maree works in oils, creating texture and colour with painting knives and brushes in an impressionistic style.

William Mullin paints multiple transparent oil glazes to create  serene and realistic images.  His paintings depict a wide diversity of subjects.

Elaine Cowan is a multi-media artist whose love of vibrant colour is evident in her watercolours, acrylics on canvas and acrylics on Yupo paper. 

Out of the Blue

featuring Diane EasthamChristine GagnonSanela Dizdar and Nicole Waddick

July 20th to September 9th 2012

Expect the unexpected in this exhibition of ceramics, fibre art, jewellery and paintings by four Waterloo Region artists.

About the Artists

Sanela Dizdar is an award‐winning artist and drawing instructor in UpTown Gallery whose paintings are best described by da Vinci's quote: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Diane Eastham, Oktoberfest Woman of the Year 2011 for Arts and Culture, is an award‐winning artist who incorporates bold colour and interesting texture in her abstract multimedia work.

Christine Gagnon creates contemporary studio jewellery inspired by the natural world and classic modernist design. Her materials range from precious metals and gems to found objects.

Nicole Waddick recently had a solo show of paintings and sculptures at the Cambridge Centre of the Arts. Her current work is inspired by Southern Alberta where she completed an artist residency in 2011.

Collaboration

featuring Sophie DrouinJulie Krahule, Joanne Makulski and Norma McDonald 

May 24 to July 15, 2012

The exhibition features artwork by four Waterloo Region artists which represent their responses to each other’s work and ideas.

About the Artists

Sophie Drouin, an award-winning mosaic artist, invigorates a timeless medium with her contemporary interpretations.

Julie Krahule is a horticultural therapist and landscape designer. She uses preserved botanicals, metal, and natural plant material to inspire, respond to, and complete collaborative pieces.  Much of her work is inspired by the poetry of her uncle, Maironis.

Joanne Makulski finds inspiration in language and in the mythology behind the literal and figurative masks that people wear. This time, her illustrations in clay are joined by papier maché and paint.

Norma McDonald is an award-winning painter. In the spirit of the collaborative nature of Carnival, her encaustic works are accompanied by her exploration of traditional maskmaking .

Elemental

featuring Jane BayneArdythe CampbellMary Guillaume and Nancy Yule

March 23 to May 13, 2012

The exhibition features artwork by four Waterloo Region artists as they explore the ideas about what is elemental in our world and in our common experience.

About the Artists

Jane Bayne shares her concern for preserving a healthy environment by painting local natural scenes which are at risk in our urban landscape. She paints in acrylics and watercolours.

Ardythe Campbell paints with watercolours, acrylics and dyes on silk to express her love of the peaceful places provided by land, sea and sky.

Mary Guillaume has focused on the common elements that make up our physical space in this universe. Working in acrylic, Mary has explored the four classical elements of Water, Air, Earth and Fire.

Nancy Yule with an abstract and whimsical approach has represented in fibre the four elements: air, water, fire and earth.

The Spaces In Between

featuring Christine GagnonGlenn WardNicole WaddickWilliam Mullin and Josh Doubleday

January 20 to March 11, 2012

Five Waterloo Region and area artists explore how things are defined by the space between them. How does the size of this, relate to the size of that? How does the poverty of one home relate to the economic success of a country?

About the Artists

Josh Doubleday tells the story of the rural people of China in his paintings and drawings. His abstract soapstone sculptures are inspired by nature. He  lived in China for the last three years.

Christine Gagnon explores the minutia of plant cell structures in her precious metal jewellery. 

William Mullin studies the impact of negative space on composition in his oil paintings of street scenes in Greece and his garden plants in Stratford.

Nicole Waddick creates paintings and ceramic sculptures inspired by structures found in nature. She completed an artist residency in ceramics at Medalta in Alberta in July 2011.

Glenn Ward crafts limited edition furniture. His Bathos table series has a unique design that can be custom-made in any size to integrate into a myriad of environments.