Spring Fever

Different Strokes Art Group

May 12 - June 13, 2012

Spring Fever

An exhibition of artwork in the Gallery I space to feature the work of artists from the Different Strokes Art Group.



            It's Tuesday afternoon and the sound of laughter and excited conversation can be heard floating down the hall from the painting room at Calvin Presbyterian Church - - - all because Marg Gaiser realized her dream of making a real difference in our community by providing an opportunity for "blossoming" painters to meet once a week,  to develop more skills in the company of others with the same interest.That was twenty years ago! Painting fever grew under Marg's kind, caring guidance as she taught basic techniques and answered our questions. We became a painting "family".The group has grown to a maximum size of twelve members.


            Fran Rothwell's interest in photography provides her with fine pictures which she" translates" into beckoning watercolors. Greening countryside, interesting buildings with pretty windowboxes and overflowing hanging baskets,and sweet little birds, forecast anticipated better weather. Fran is giving us "Spring Fever" ,                                                  

             Carolyn Cole's painting" takes flight"on the wings of many local birds and butterflies.She aptly depicts typical northern Ontario scenes, and brings out the character of interesting old barns and sheds.Carolyn is one of the earliest members of the group.

             Marilyn Buchanan's love of flowers is evident in her wide variety of lovely,appealing florals. You can almost hear the bees buzzing!Her paintings are sure to inspire those who are considering taking up gardening  - - -  or painting! Marilyn paints her appreciation of the outdoors into pleasing landscapes.Whether it be an ocean wave, or a cabin in the bush, her talent is evident.

              Bridget vanBrussel is also one of the earliest members of "Different Strokes". Her pleasingly "loose". and colorful renderings of outdoor scenes, including sailing boats, woodlands,and birds, invite viewers to anticipate the arrival of spring.Bridget skillfully uses a large paintbrush to do most of her work.                                                                                         

               Phyllis  Jones really enjoys sketching,  and effortlessly creates engaging paintings of family, friends, and of course horses.The horses are so life-like that you can feel the wind in your hair as you drift along on a dream ride.She brings out character in the people she portrays, and uses color effectively to accent their features.                                                

                Carolyn Fink's soft, flowing scenes, and her complimentary choice of colors invite your eyes to linger on her beautiful self-expression.                                                                                                                                                                            

                 Nancy Coupland's appealing paintings reflect a variety of interests, from sea otters and whales, to an impressive        . building in the downtown area of North Bay.Nancy enjoys photography, and chooses subjects from her wide collection of photographs.

                 Line Vidal's pictures are proof of her eagerness to learn new techniques, and accept challenges.Her continuous progress results in lovely paintings that are sure to capture attention.Line's vitality,and willingness to take on various tasks, is an asset to our group.

                  Sheila  Dufresne's artistic talent makes her paintings so real, that viewers imagine a scent wafting from the florals, and feel that they can reach out and pat the puppy! Sheila's interest in drawing helps to simplify the painting process.                                                                       

                   Margaret Louko is our newest member, adding an artistic new style to our different strokes.Margaret is likely to have some new ideas to share with us.                .                                                                      .        

                   Marg Gaiser, our leader, inspires us with her ease of rendering a variety of different subjects, including beckoning  landscapes and interesting people.Her paintings have a clarity and depth which likens them to photographs.                                                     .                  I (June Jones), hope that my own paintings will invoke a sense of peacefulness within viewers, and remind them of the tranquility to be found in the presence of nature, and of the expressions of love that are all around us.

                   Growing interest in our activities encouraged Marg to form a beginners group in 2010, which currently consists of eight eager members.They are taking lessons and making continuous progress under Marg's guidance.

                    We all wish to express many thanks to our leader, and to Calvin Presbyterian Church, for providing us with a space in which dreams can happen.                                                                                                                                                        

                                                             June  Jones


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