Host Gallery

When artists who have previously entered the Paint Ontario Competition agree to lend their time and skilled eyes to assist our Curator – (who needs all the help she can get) – with the installation and production tasks involved in mounting such an ambitious show, they forfeit the opportunity to compete.

To counter this egregious state of affairs, we offer these artists hanging space in our Host Gallery. The bonus for them is they need not meet the competition criteria. This means, for examples, they can display over-sized pieces, foreign content, portraits, and work that is not in the “representational” style.

Scroll down to see who this year’s hosts are.

Teresa Marie
hTeresa Bio pic POTeresa was a sole-support Mom raising 3 kids when she started to accept commissioned portrait work that had to be slotted into random time spots between retail and bartending jobs. In 1997 she took the big risk known to many artists by giving up the waged work to commit to art. It was a good risk. She’s never looked back.

Though commissioned portraiture still comprises over half of her work, her still lifes, sunsets, boats, landscapes and waterscapes grace the walls of patrons world-wide. Her work has been featured in International Artists’ Magazine “Master Painters of the World, Canada Showcase.”

Teresa is not afraid of strong colours which she uses effectively to convey the joy of discovery that she finds in life. Oil is her preferred medium.

Teresa also produces scenic art for live theatre – Drayton Entertainment, for example. Another example: if you’ve ever attended a Stuart McLean “Vinyl Café” show, that backdrop you were looking at was her work.

Teresa travels extensively with her husband Peter and she has the photographs to prove it. She aims to produce a series of works based on African subjects and themes. This will be a challenge to time spent with 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Josy Britton
hJosey HostJosy decided she was an artist in kindergarten. In 1979, Josy graduated from Waterloo University with an Honours BA in Fine Art. Her paintings have hung in over 95 juried shows and solo shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. In 2013 Josy paintings hung in two exhibitions in regional galleries: Fluid Explorations, featuring the paintings of four artists at the Judith and Norton Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, ON, and Inventive Women: Reinterpreting the Canadian Landscape, featuring the works of five Canadian Women at the Woodstock Art Gallery. Josy is a member of the The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and is currently Past President of the Society of Canadian Artists.

Her work graced the cover of the October 2012 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine, and was the subject of a feature article, “The Surface of Light”. She was published in International Artists’  Magazine in 2011, 2006, 2004 in a feature article, “White Light” , in 2001 in the Canadian Showcase for Master Painters of the World and in the Magazine’s book, “100 Ways to Paint Favorite Subjects”. Her most recent awards include the 2014 Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition, Etobicoke, 2013 Mayor’s Choice Award, Paint Ontario, 2012 Larry & Patricia Gibson Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition, Halifax, 2012 Award of Merit – 44th Annual SCA Open National Juried Exhibition.

Josy lives in an oak savannah forest adjacent to the Pinery Provincial Park with her husband Gord. Their growing family enjoys being together, especially canoe tripping in the wilderness. Josy is constantly inspired by miracles in nature and compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others. While nature is the inspiration for Josy’s work, sunlight is the primary subject of her paintings.

Josy paints sunlight’s effects on colour. Her watercolour paintings are created using an original technique of dividing the paper’s surface into jewels of transparent colour that overlap to create more colour fragmentation. Her watercolours on yupo are painted in a subtractive technique Josy developed. Currently Josy has been painting an Encaustic Series. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk a forest trail or travel a river.

Suzette Terry
hSuzette hostSuzette Terry has been active in the South Central Ontario art scene since graduating from the University of Guelph in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art and Business.

Having spent her early years in the historically picturesque town of Fergus, then 11 years in Port Stanley, followed by 2 in Kitchener, she now resides in beautiful Meaford.

All of these places have left a mark on her work and her scope of expression. Her subjects range from the human figure to vibrant abstract pursuits.  Her mediums follow suit, ranging from paintings in both oil and acrylic, to printmaking and animated mixed media collages.  It is this shifting of gears from one medium to the next that spurs Suzette to new and innovative discoveries in both technique and content.

Bold form and strong colours are the hallmark of her style. She has built on her influences: the colours of the Fauves, the abstracts of Picasso, and the simplicity of Matisse.

Her recent trip to Europe with visits to seven major museums and galleries has laid the groundwork for further exciting explorations in her work, including the use of large scale canvases. Subject matter ranges from images of sailing, her favorite pastime, to beach themes, to abstract images of women.

In addition to creating art, Suzette has taught many workshops and classes, and has lectured around Central and Southern Ontario, encouraging and inspiring other artists.

At the close of 2015 Suzette has had 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried and group shows.  Her work can be found in private and public collections in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, and China.
She is currently represented by:

Davis Canadian Arts, Stratford
Westland Gallery, London
Matilda Swanson Gallery, Clarksburg

Martina Bruggeman
hMartina hostHaving spent most of her working life as a hairdresser and mother of two in Strathroy, Ontario, Martina tried to satisfy her desire to create by experimenting with stained glass, pottery, floral design and other mediums. Then she fell in love with painting in 2005 and that was it.  She had no desire to do anything else.

In 2006 her career move was validated when her work was accepted by the Paint Ontario juried competition.

It’s been a journey of risk-taking, practice, discipline, frustration, and high points.

In 2009 she was invited to join Marten Arts Gallery in Bayfield.  In 2013 she joined the Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend. Having work exhibited by these two galleries generated sales that allowed her to become a fulltime artist.

Martina is primarily known for her waterscapes and shorescapes of dunes and waves.  One of her pieces won the Lambton Shores’ Mayor’s Choice award in 2014, and currently graces the municipal council location in Northville.  Her work hangs in many local homes and cottages.

“I am drawn to the continual motion of water.  I work to create an image to translate that into a balance of energy and tranquility.”

Martina has recently moved to Grand Bend “where I am grateful to be close to what inspires me.”

Candice Eason
hCandice Bio pic POCandice is our emerging artist.  Coming from a 12 year professional career in the Scenic Arts she has recently downsized in so many ways.

She moved from the GTA back to her home town of Grand Bend.  Instead of running a theatre crew, she runs the lives of a new husband and baby boy.  From props to crib paraphernalia, from wardrobe to diapers, from set design to setting a table, from live theatre to real life.

And from scenic backdrop to canvas.  She has always enjoyed painting but now has the opportunity to dedicate time to her easel art.  She is attracted to still life.

She is also a sci-fi fan. Candace’s recent series of paintings is entitled “Abandoned Time Machines.” Though she still accepts occasional theatre work (with, for examples, Huron County Playhouse and Theatre Orangeville) she is thrilled to be part of the art community.

David Bannister

David is a lifelong student of creativity, continually exploring new forms of expression in design, colour and light. A graduate of the H. B. Beal Special Art program, David has combined a career as a Creative Director in advertising with many other interests including painting, photography, writing, woodworking and sailing.

Raised on a southwestern Ontario farm, David continues to enjoy growing things and interacting with the natural environment… animals, gardening, the landscape and the constantly changing weather of the Grand Bend shoreline. These subjects are a constant part of his life and work.

David’s paintings have twice been Best in Show winners of Paint the Huron Shores, the predecessor of Paint Ontario. His work has been featured in many publications and is represented in collections around the world.