May 15, 2014
From May 17 to July 3 the Colin Edwards Memorial Art Gallery, located in Greystones Gift and Book Shop at Bon Echo park, will display and offer for the sale the work of two returning artists, Cloyne resident Carla Miedema and Chris Perry from Amherstview. Until June 19 the gift shop and gallery are open Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 – 4 and daily from 10:30 – 6 beginning June 21.
Carla Miedema’s Expressionist Paintings
“Nature is the inspiration for my art. Wetlands and Bon Echo Park are a focus of many of my expressionist paintings. I work mainly using acrylic and mixed media incorporating elements of nature including grasses, bark, lichen, and other found objects. Although some of my work is realistic, such as my portraits and pen and ink drawings of wildflowers, many of my paintings are becoming more abstract. I love working with colour and various media, and being challenged to create a novel, interesting piece of art work with what I find in nature.
You can see my work at various shows and at my studio gallery: Studio by the Pond, 1074 Little Pond Road in Cloyne, or check out my website at: www.carlamiedema.com
“My art is detailed and realistic in an effort to capture nature as I see it. Usually I begin my paintings with a detailed pencil drawing. Difficult images can take a few days to complete as well as several attempts before I am satisfied with the animal’s likeness. Once the drawing is done, I apply several layers of watercolour paint. My favourite subjects are waterfowl and raptors, but I love to paint them all. Most of the birds I paint live close by, just outside Kingston.
Mazinaw Lake with its 100 metre Rock cliff has drawn artists to its shores for hundreds of years. From the First Peoples who inscribed their pictographs at water level, to the Group of Seven in the 1920s and to the artists who still come to contemplate and paint, the magnificent Mazinaw Rock continues to inspire.
One of the goals of the Friends of Bon Echo Provincial Park is to preserve this significant heritage. The 19th annual Bon Echo Art Exhibition and Sale will be held July 25, 26, 27. Over 40 juried artists will showcase their original artwork on the theme of Canadian Nature, Wildlife and Countryside. The festive 3 day exhibition also incorporates children’s activities, live music, Sciensational Sssnakes!! and great food.