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May 2015 Member of the Month: Joan Little

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13th May

“I recognized my sister right away when I saw her since she had a strong resemblance to my mother at her age, but my sister had deeper wrinkles on her face and a frail posture. My sister recognized me as well, and came right in front of me and said, “Hello J.S. You have the same features as when you were young. I am so glad to see you.” At that moment, we both cried while holding hands. 

My sister was accompanied by a young man whom she introduced as her younger son, but I could not find any resemblance between my sister and him. I had a suspicion that he might be a government agent.”

–  Excerpt from “Family Reunion in North Korea” by Joan Little

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I have been a member of Scarborough Arts … Read More »



April 2015 Member of the Month: Sheila Thadani

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9th April

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I joined Scarborough Arts some years back.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I paint in oils. My paintings are realistic, and my subject is usually nature: landscapes, seascapes, etc. I also paint portraits; I have been painting them since I was in my early teens. I remember I submitted a piece to an exhibition at that tender age and won the first prize.

My paintings try to represent subject matter truthfully; I do not try to reshape it to my own fancy. I do not include exotic or implausible elements in what I see or perceive, as I think nature is beautiful and does not require unnecessary additions. I subscribe to the principle that “painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist … Read More »



March 2015 Member of the Month: Anne Martin

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11th March

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I have been a member of Scarborough Arts for 12 years.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I have been painting since 2001. I find it very exciting to take a blank canvas and create something unique from an infinite source of subject matter. However, I do love to experiment with a variety of media: pastel, oil, acrylic, coloured pencil, and mixed media (collages) – basically everything except watercolour. Depending on my mood, each medium becomes my favourite!

Tell us about the pieces we are featuring today. 

I did this piece recently as a result of a class with Gary Smith, a great artist and teacher. My style tends to be somewhere between realism and abstraction. I like to mix representational elements with less defined ones. … Read More »



February 2015 Member of the Month: Barbara Laplante

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29th January

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I believe I have been a member of Scarborough Arts for more than 15 years. I cannot recall exactly when I enrolled. I continue to be impressed with Scarborough Arts’ community approach, and their efforts to promote and help further the growth of new and emerging artists. I also really appreciate the opportunities provided by Scarborough Arts to display works several times each year, and accept works at the gallery on a consignment basis.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I began painting in earnest after my retirement from teaching in 1996. My initial studies were in watercolour. I also took classes in pastels and later pursued Japanese Brush painting. I received my “seal” – the mark of graduation in that art form. My … Read More »



December Member of the Month:
Patrick Connors

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10th December

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

Patrick Connors’ chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyrical Myrical Press last year. He was also recently published in Belgium, India, and Timmins. He was the literary juror of Big Art Book 2013, a digital project of Scarborough Arts. He also recently performed at the Austin International Poetry Festival, our very own Bridging Arts Festival, Blue Coffee Reading Series, and, for the third time, at The Art Bar Poetry Series.  He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?

I have been around Scarborough Arts and related organizations, such as Scarborough Writers Group, for about 19 years. I have had the honour and joy of performing at … Read More »



November Member of the Month: David Brandy

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19th November

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?

I am a new member, having joined in May 2014. But I’ve been quite familiar with Scarborough Arts and the Bluffs Gallery for a very long time, having been a resident of Birch Cliff and Cliffside since 1987.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?

I am a fine art photographer. I have loved taking pictures ever since I was ten years old and the proud owner of a Kodak Instamatic camera. But it wasn’t until two years ago that I decided to seriously and passionately begin to use the camera as a tool to create fine … Read More »



October Member of the Month: Evette Forde

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28th October

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I have been a member of Scarborough Arts since 2003.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practising it?
I practice visual, contemporary, and abstract paintings in acrylic, oil, and mixed media. I include nature’s material within my work, and thereby I am contributing to and bring to viewers the importance of protecting the environment. My pieces are on display in local businesses and institutions, and I exhibit locally. For example, I currently have pieces at Morningside’s Recreation Centre and Morningside Public Library.

Tell us about the pieces we’re featuring.
These pieces I am featuring were created from sand and glitters … Read More »



August Member of the Month: Connie Tong

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31st July

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

Connie Tong                    

How long have you been a member  of Scarborough Arts?
Over a year now.  I’m also delighted to  be part of the SAC Committee, where we generate   ideas and solicit feedback for the future of SAC.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I’m an artist, designer and art educator. I’ve studied material arts and design for 5 years at OCAD University and from there I primarily work with clay and precious metals.

Tell us about the piece we’re featuring today.
I’m featuring one of my ceramic productions entitled “Transformation”. Each segment of the piece has been … Read More »



July Member of the Month: Mario Dimain

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7th July

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

Mario Dimain

 

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
Literally, if not for a butterfly on 1859 Kingston Road, I wouldn’t have been a member of Scarborough Arts. The monarch butterfly wings brightly painted on the front door of the Bluffs Gallery was the invitation. I passed by it many times on my way to visit my grandchildren. And finally, in the early spring of this year, the curiosity got the best of me. I entered through the butterfly door, got soaked in the butterfly magic, let my imagination flow free . . . and signed up!

I am glad I did. My inspirational photo Wings of Light that was included in … Read More »



June Member of the Month: Christopher Little

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2nd June

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts DOT com for more information.

 

Christopher Little

 

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I’ve been a member of SA for approximately four years.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
As a multimedia artist, my art practice is three-pronged: visual/aural/literal.

Tell us about the piece we’re featuring today.
While immersed in the wilds of Scarborough, I heard a noise, a delicate voice, I looked up and found my branched muse…

 

Where is your favourite place in Scarborough to go for inspiration?
I find all of Scarborough to be a source of great inspiration, particularly areas in which nature, and water, flow freely.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best … Read More »


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