For Residents of Redwood Park Communities
Homelessness is a big issue here in Barrie. We would love to see everyone with a place to call home where they feel safe and connected. We don't always have the money to support great causes like the rebuild of the Barr's Motel into housing units for people and families suffering from homelessness. You might however have the means to make some beautiful art to give to the residents to make their space feel more like home. The artwork will be theirs to keep and will travel with them as they move on to other housing giving them some continuity. Creating a community of support and love is just as important shelter. We are trying to create part of that community with what we have to give.
There were 8 participants in this print exchange. A short biography and a picture of their contribution can be found below. Thank you to all involved. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot, and we might even try something like this again!
Keep watch for information about the Exhibit and art auction in the spring!
Kim Brett is a proud sustaining member of PRNT Collective. She completed her BFA (Honours) at the University of Lethbridge. Afterwards she pursued her next love, a degree in communications at the University of Calgary.
Jane Dewar is an artist and arts advocate practicing and teaching in Barrie, Ontario. The past-president of Ontario Arts Educators Association, past-chair of Innisfil Arts and Heritage Council and a board member of the Barrie Arts Committee, Jane is committed to the arts as a vehicle for self-expression, diverse cultures, community celebrations and as an economic driver. Her own art explores the themes of social justice, politics and the environment using layers of abstracted mixed media.
Katie Green is a painter and printmaker. Working across the mediums of watercolour, block printing and screen printing, her work maintains the aesthetic of pen and ink and the drawn line. Interacting with the public is a large part of her practice. She started the Barrie Urban Sketching Club which continues to meet weekly and is the current chair of the Barrie Arts Committee with the mandate of communicate, advocate for and unite the creative community in Barrie. She recently completed her first solo show, "Urban Sketch: Drawings and where I take them" at Art in House in Barrie, ON and self-published her first book, Downtown Barrie Colouring Book comprised of 31 original drawings of buildings and sculptures in downtown Barrie. Her work is in many private collections and her designs are worn/shared widely. She lives and works in Barrie, ON, but gets her inspiration from things around her, both locally and while travelling.
Whether Printmaking or painting, Joanne looks to images in her immediate surroundings to connote perspectives of comfort, discomfort, and the uncanny. She reinterprets the experiences of everyday life, sometimes with a unique depiction.
Jeanette Luchese is a practicing printmaker, inspired by the mindfulness of the process and drawn to the limitation and difficulties within printmaking that allow machine facilitated errors that although not intended become essential elements. Embroiled in abstraction and prone to experimentation, she gravitates to the freedom of mono prints. A graduate of School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian College and Sheridan College School of Design, Jeanette exhibits internationally.
In the short time Christina has devoted to artistic endeavours, she has exhibited in several shows internationally including Egypt, Norway and Ireland. She has also participated in exhibits in Eastern Canada and locally in Barrie. She is the recipient of the 2015 Georgian College Peer Printmaking Award and has been featured in Barrie's local newspaper as well as the Chronicle Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her artwork is in many private collections throughout Simcoe County. She also has work in two private collections: the University of El Minia, Egypt and Georgian College, Barrie.
Megan was born and raised in the Barrie area and has always had a passion to create. After finishing her degree in Studio Art and Museum Studies at the University of Guelph, she moved back to Barriew here she now works for Redwood Park Communities and likes to stay involved in the local arts community.
Frances Thomas was born in Parry Sound, Ontario, and is a Barrie-raised artist. She holds both a BFA and MFA from York University and is the recipient of the Samual Sarick Purchase Award for excellence in thesis work. Thomas has participated in artist residencies in Canada and the US and in 2016 completed a three-month self-directed residency in Berlin, Germany. She is represented by Peter Robertson Gallery in Edmonton, AB and has exhibited in Edmonton, Barrie, Windsor, Toronto and New York. Her work is in the permanent collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, BMO and York University.