‘Places of Ontario’ Judges
Josy is a Canadian artist, Past President and Honorary Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Ontario Society of Artists, who lives in an oak savannah forest adjacent to the Pinery Provincial Park with husband Gord. Josy sees the potential of ‘Heaven on Earth’ in nature everyday and especially while camping and canoe tripping and expresses this desire in her art. Josy graduated with an Honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1979 and a B of Ed from the University of Western Ontario in 1980. Her paintings have hung in over 90 juried and group shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and in 16 solo exhibitions. Josy is inspired by circular time, which constantly reveals miracles in nature, and is compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others. She often paints a close up point of view, breaking the painting into jewels of colour in a mosaic technique originally inspired by her love of impressionism. Josy’s latest series is encaustic painting of water lilies. The scale increased to 7ft by 4ft paintings after seeing Monet’s water lilies at the Moma. After a visit to the Muir Woods near San Francisco, Josy returned to her Look Way Up series with large-scale encaustics. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk through the woods.
Andrew Meyer joined the County of Lambton in 2016 as the General Manager of Cultural Services, assuming oversight for the Library, Museum and Art Gallery Departments. Andrew began his career in the cultural sector with Western University Libraries, working at the Allen & Betty Taylor Research Library and the Archives Research & Collections Centre at Western. Andrew would transition into the role of Museum Curator with the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, and over a 14 year career with the Municipality, he went on to hold various roles including Community Development Coordinator and Director of Community & Cultural Services. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts combined honours degree in History and Visual Arts from Western University, a Bachelor of Education from Western’s Althouse Teacher’s College, and he is currently studying at Western in the Public Administration Master’s Program.
Sculpture Judge 2021
Czech born Marcela Bahar is a working artist, frequently pivoting in her career due to exterior circumstances. She started as a couturier designing clothing for a private clientele and creating templates for the manufacturing sector.
Marcela returned to the Czech Republic to study under a national artist. Upon returning to Canada she embarked upon a very vibrant clay and glass career, often adding metal and wood into her pieces. Marcela‘s pieces were displayed in galleries across Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Her pieces are in private collections worldwide.
Marcela has worked in various galleries and institutions, most notably the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery where she co-curated international and national exhibitions. Marcela has received many awards throughout her career. She was also featured twice on HGTV.
Throughout the years while pursuing her art work, Marcela had the opportunity to “dabble” in house design and architecture. Currently, she is the visionary behind the White Squirrel Golf Club on the shores of Lake Huron.Her latest gem is the design of a zero net energy building which houses both a pro shop and state of the art bar. Marcela has expanded the scope of her work to include commercial building design, including branding and marketing.