A.M. Benz

Artist Bio:

A.M. Benz is an emerging artist from Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) working in mixed media. She primarily works with various types of glass, paper, and wire, exploring the play of light while using a limited palette. A lifelong obsession with energy and movement influence her choice of materials, which are chosen and placed in specific spots to catch the light and simulate movement across the dimensional spaces.Her work has been shown in multiple juried exhibitions in both Canada and the United States.

Kugo Pierro 8133, Mixed Media

Price: 1,400$

From the Japanese for Black (“Kuro”) and the Italian for Fold (“Piegare”), Kuro Piegare 8133 is the combination of traditions from the artists’ Italian heritage in the form of mosaic art and her love of all things Japanese, especially paper and paper folding. The motivation behind this piece is to show the beauty of cultural integration. Taking these two ends of the spectrum, two ancient art traditions from opposite ends of the world, two disparate materials (paper, glass) and then combining them with a sculptural element to all come together into one contemporary art piece. A combination of influences creates a new beauty greater than the singular techniques of the past.

Shiro Piegare 8128, Mixed Media

Price: 1,400$

How to reach this artist:  

email: studiombenz@gmail.com

Annette Wolfstein-Joseph

How to reach this artist:

 

email: annette.art@sympatico.ca

Artist Bio:

The current theme in my printmaking is my garden and the growing life in it.  I find myself in awe of the cycle of growth, blossoming, death and regeneration that happens daily in the garden, providing me with a connection to Creativity on a grand scale.  My prints are my own attempt at creativity on a far more humble scale.  I venture to recreate the marvelous colours and textures, lights and shadows as they vary with the shift of the sun and the changing of the seasons.  The colours convey the sentiments and moods aroused by the splendour of the garden, in an up-close and personal, larger than life, bee’s eye point of view of the plants conveying total involvement in the setting.  

  

Ever since I studied printmaking at Concordia University in Montreal, where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1971, I have relentlessly pursued the etching medium as my primary means of expression.   

During my years as a printmaker, the varied subjects of my work have been very personal, expressing of my passions and pastimes. I have worked in series of sixteen or more prints on each subject, such as the Doors of Montreal West (my neighbourhood), boats on Lake Champlain, my everyday life as seen in repose with my feet in the foreground, and currently, my garden. This series has expanded to include my vegetable garden and takes in the mystery of plants appearing out of shadows. It features strong contrasts of light and darkness on deeply textured plates sometimes combining etching with collagraphs, often with viscosity roll-ups.  My interest in this new series is intended to convey my passions for my garden and the vegetation in it. I believe in this I have been successful and hope the viewer will share my enthusiasm.   

  

Each etching was hand-printed in a combination of traditional and innovative techniques, entirely by the artist and each is, therefore an original print, designed into the metal etching plate, and not a reproduction of another art form.  I design, etch and print in small editions (never more than twenty prints) in my own studio in Dorval, Quebec. For many years I had been a member of the etching atelier of the Saidye Bronfman Centre School of Fine Arts, where for nine years I was teaching etching and was Head of the Printmaking Department until its closing in 2007.  I am also an associate member of Atelier Circulaire.  

  

 My work has been included in many collections both private and corporate and a number of my prints have been purchased by the Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec.  

My Wild Iris, Rose

Etching with aquatint

25" x 18"

Price: 425$

Serenade the Sun

Etching with aquating

25" x 18"

Price: 425$

April Pyne

How to reach this artist:

 

email: aprilpynecreates@gmail.com

April Pyne was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is influenced by such artists as Paul Klee and Mark Rothko. Her current series of work is in the acrylic medium. Through geometric abstraction and the interplay of color, she explores the idea of order. April‘s work has appeared in various publications such as ‘The Healing Muse‘ and ‘The Menteur’.  My spiritual practice and my inner world contribute to my work. Through geometric abstraction I attempt to bring order to intuition.

Before the Mountains Were Born

Arcylic and Gesso

24 x 24

Price: 832$

Avy Loftus

How to reach this artist:

 

email: avyklee@gmailcom

Tabula Rasa

Batik and laser cut fabrication

25" x 15"

Price: 535$

Avy Loftus is a Montreal-based visual artist, batik designer and art educator. As a visual artist and batik designer, she has already had a number of collective and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Bermuda. She has received numerous awards for her artwork – most notably the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her artistic and community contributions. Her artwork has been sold in Canada, the US, Ireland, Indonesia and Bermuda. 

As an art educator, she is currently teaching fabric art, especially batik, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and with the Quebec Culture in School Program. She has conducted batik workshops at numerous museums and festivals in Canada, the US, Ireland and Indonesia. 

Currently, Avy is the President of the Asian Canadian Women Artists and the Director of Peace, Love and Hope. She is a member of the following organisations: English Language Arts Network (ELAN), National Art Education Association (NAEA), The Textile Society of America (TSA), Women’s Art Society of Montreal (WASM), The Canada-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (CICC) and The Irish Protestant Benevolent Society (IPBS). 

Avy holds a B.A. in Education, a B.A. in Language and Art and a Diploma in Public Relations. She finished her art training successfully at the Saidye Bronfman Centre School of Art. She recently finished her Master’s in Art Education at Concordia University.  

Deconstructed Kaleidoscope

Mixed Media

25" x 15"

Price: 425$

Barbara Salonen Fox

How to reach this artist:

 

email: barbarafox@sympatico.ca

Barbara was born in Vancouver B.C, and at 22 years old, moved to Montreal, where she still resides. Painting has been her passion all her life, beginning early before any formal training. Art classes began at 11 years old at the Vancouver Art Gallery, followed by the Vancouver School of Art and later at Ecole des Beaux Art de Montreal.She visualizes paintings everywhere she goes, stemming from her love of nature or her delight in seeing people on the streets, or wanting to express the intangibles not seen with the naked eye. Her main focus early on was to paint from nature, the beauty of Canada’s landscapes, trees, gardens, water and wildflowers. She now also paints semi-abstract and abstract works which show introspective thoughts about her love of music, ancient and worldly influences, as well as spirituality.

Oriental Garden

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 36"

Price: NFS

Barbara believes “to paint is to celebrate life”. She was inspired to createthis semi-abstract work from thememory of herfrequent visits to the ButchartGardens in Victoria, B.C. She says she wasprofoundly moved each re-visit upon seeing the differentsectionsin the garden, including the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden and the Rose Garden. She paints with the emotional feeling she has about the subject, applying texture, colour gradations, and working towards depth, more than the eyesees at first glance. Creativity happens whenat some point, her own unique vision works together with the painting,itself,leading the way to completion. Often thisbecomes an abstract.

Birte Paul

How to reach this artist:

 

email: birte_paul@hotmail.com

For approximately 10 years I have enjoyed watercolours. I continue to find it both beautiful and challenging. So much more to learn and often surprised by the result when the colours mix with the water. A wonderful medium to work with. 

Dreaming of shapes and their interaction in a limited palette.

Mirage

Watercolour

16" x 20"

Price: 425$

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