2018 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.

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.  www.suzette-terry.com
She is currently represented by:

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

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.