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Juried Art Show Catalogue 2022

Please take a look at the gallery below to see all the works, or scroll down to find out more about a particular artist, or to buy their works directly from this site.

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Akkelian, Norma

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How to reach this artist:  

norma_kay@hotmail.com

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Artist Bio:

Norma’s career in art began as a jewelry designer given her family‘s long history as jewellers since 1907. Her transition to visual art happened in 1981 having discovered the art of decorative painting.
Norma attended art classes with renowned decorative artists from the US and abroad, experimenting with a range of mediums, textures and surfaces. In 1990 she became a full time artist painting on canvas. 

Throughout her career she has supported various charities by donating her time and art. Studios in Montreal and Miami allows her to exhibit solo and in group art shows annually. Her art is collected by private individuals and by corporate offices throughout the world. 

To quote Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine, Norma is a “strong artist of the future”.

Artist Statement:

I have been painting for 30 years. I consider myself a contemporary impressionist. I seek to capture a moment in time through the essence of my surroundings. Every canvas is a journey, each painting is a reflection of my present time experiences and state of mind. Remnants of my past in jewellery design is sometimes visible in my paintings through ornate patterns and opulent gold leaf application. Art can be a powerful tool and a means of personal transformation. Painting provides me with peace of mind, I look forward to creating art every day.

Secret Garden,

Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Price: 1,700$

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Into the Mystic,

Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 40"

Price: 3,000$

Agia, Mona

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How to reach this artist:  

monaagia47@gmail.com

Artist Bio:

MONA AGIA is a Canadian artist living in Montreal. She studied art at the Visual Arts Centre, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, E.N.C.O.R.E, with Magda Romero in Nerja, Spain. What defines Mona is her spirit and energy which enhance her expression of colour, composition and character and develop her vision of the world with an inquisitive mind. Her landscapes in oil were inspired by the Tuscan landscape in Italy, then she did figurative abstraction on her trips in Spain, France, Italy, Cambodia, Vietnam and many other countries. She then explored abstraction and felt an attraction to that form of expression which allowed her to play with colours, shapes, textures and styles. Mona’s exhibits in solo, duo and group shows has helped her to grow in her art, style and expression of colours, textures and shapes. She also organizes painting trips to Europe, Asia and North America by sharing her passion for painting with other artists, hence, renewing her art constantly.

Artist Statement:

Mona's art is a world of colour, shapes and textures. She is a world traveller sensitive to the history, language, customs and colours of the countries she visits. This process of self discovery has helped her express on canvas the perceptions of the world around her. Whether it was painting still life in a studio or painting landscapes in the world ( Tuscany, Provence, Spain, Cambodia, Vietnam ). Colour is the driving force through which she could express her innermost feelings of joy, harmony and pleasure. Colour describes who she truly is.

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Determination,

Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 24"

Price: 950$

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Rêverie, Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 24"

Price: 950$

Bacal, Elaine

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How to reach this artist:  

ebacal@hotmail.com

Artist Bio:

Elaine graduated from Sir George Williams (Concordia) University with a BSc and has always worked in the health sciences field. In 2015, she retired from the Department of Pathology, Jewish General Hospital and joined the Women’s Art Society of Montreal (WASM) the same year. She is currently the WASM Blog Manager and is also a member of the Montreal Camera Club. Elaine began snapping photographs at an early age with the help of her dad and film cameras. Since going digital, Elaine’s photography has transformed – she likes to “play” with her photos by manipulating them in Photoshop and printing them on unusual substrates. She has also created traditional photo books and hand-made books in unusual 3D forms using her very own photographs. Exhibits: JGH Gallery 3775 Annual WASM Juried Art Exhibit & Sale Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery Photography Exhibit 125th Anniversary Photography Exhibit, McClure Gallery Concordia Alumni Association Exhibit Westmount Photography Exhibit, Art Gallery of Victoria Hall St-Columba House Auction AIM Online Art Show.

Description of work Dancing Daisies:

This photograph was taken using a technique called intentional camera movement (ICM).

Description of work Colours of a Palm Tree:

Discovering the many colours on the trunk of a tropical palm tree.

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Dancing Daisies,

Photograph, 16" x 20"

Price: 300$

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Colours of a Palm Tree,

Photograph, 16" x 20"

Price: 300$

Al-Nasrallah, Jad

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How to reach this artist:  

deltex89@hotmail.com

Artist Bio:

Jad Al-Nasrallah studied at Concordia University where he was supervised by great artists such as Armand Tatossian, Yves Gauchier and John Fox. In 1979, he achieved a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating, he set up a screen printing textile company where he worked from 1989 to 2007. He then decided to take his retirement and dedicated all his time to his passion. His paintings often illustrated landscapes, abstract and portraits. In his various works he used especially charcoal, oil paint and acrylic. He enjoys using nature colors and textures in his paintings. He was inspired by many painters such as the Group of 7. He followed several art courses given by Gisèle Rivard and he participated in several exhibitions in witch he presented many of his works. He recently presented his latest paintings at the Anjou library Art gallery. He is also a member of the Woman’s Art Association of Montreal. He recently sold a few of his work to art lovers such as him.

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Modern Landscape,

Oil on Canvas, 26.5" x 20.5"

Price: 800$

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Untitled,

Acrylic on Canvas, 23" x 31"

Price: 500$

Astadjov, Maria

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How to reach this artist:  

mast4art@gmail.com

Artist Bio:

Maria Astadjov is a Bulgarian born artist, graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia living in Canada since 1990. In the 32 years in North America she’s been working in animation, participating in multiple group shows, having solo shows in Montreal, Ottawa, NYC, Florida and California as well as some solo exhibits in Bulgaria. She works in multiple medias from ink and pen drawings on paper, acrylic and oil canvases to experimenting in mixed medias on aluminum, collages on glass and mirrors expending her horizons and looking for different ways to express her thoughts and ideas.

Description of work Don't Fade Away:

This is one of Maria Astadjov’s latest artworks. Only of late she started working with stained glass in somewhat none traditional way. She’s is creating abstract collages on mirror using stained glass, paint and leaving small areas of the mirror visible. The jagged pieces of glass represent the idea of broken lives put together and from the chaos a beauty of colour and shape emerges.

Description of work I Can See the Signs:

This is another one of Maria Astadjov's latest artworks. She is creating collages on mirror using stained glass, paint, utilizing the different textures of the stained glass, the play of light to create images that look different according to the viewing angle and light of the day.

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Don't Fade Away,

Mixed Media on Mirror, 25" x 36"

Price: 1,700$

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I Can See the Signs,

Mixed Media on Mirror, 25" x 36"

Price: 1,700$

Balaban, Adriana

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How to reach this artist:  

adrianabalaban55@gmail.com

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Boy,

Oil on Canvas, 16" x 23"

Price: 450$

Artist Bio:

Presently studying professional photography at Dawson College. Bachelor in Fine Arts, major Drawing at Painting at Concordia University. MS – Physicist engineer with Extensive Experience in Technical – Telecommunication field. PhD studies in application of Holography in computer’s memory. 

Artist Statement:

 I like people. I view art as a platform for expressing the human emotions and one’s identity, the foundation for exploring the connection between the two, a platform to acknowledging surroundings, for communication and dialogue, a conduit for sharing ideas, a vehicle for self-growth, for ultimately leaving a mark behind. The urge to learn and to express oneself has no boundaries, no age, and no statute of limitations. Challenges - to create; Go beyond – the obvious; Learn - to continuously grow artistically; Explore – social anxieties … this is what I thrive for.

My strongest artistic skills are connecting with my subjects, conversing with them and in an intense and raw manner exposing their inner moods. I combine the techniques of traditional drawing and painting with various mediums and materials to shape the outcome. The search for the perfect medium-technique-technology synchronicity is quintessential to solidifying my concept and conveying the message. Whenever I get a strong reaction, controversy to my art I feel that I successfully achieved my artistic goals: my art is reverberating through my viewers. 

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The Glove,

Mixed Medium, 36" x 48"

Price: 875$

Bisaillon, Sophie

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How to reach this artist:  

subhakari@icloud.com

L'heure Bleue,

Acrylic and Mixed Media, 36" x 36"

Price: 1,900$

Artist Bio:

I am an emergent artist interested in exploring abstract art, the feeling of color and to trust intuition to reveal the painting who wants to emerge, serving as a simple instrument In my approach, I don't have a specific image or concept in mind. I begin my paintings with a spontaneous gesture. Then I play with textures by applying and removing paint, scraping and playing with textures, the process meant to be a moment of spontaneity and exploration. Serve as an instrument to let the work emerge. I am inspired by my environment the clouds, the sky, the birds and the plants and I aspire to reflect the sensitivity in my paintings. I use acrylic as my main medium Alumni of the Creative Visionary Program CVP 2020 with Nicolas Wilton and the Find Your Joy Program 2020 with Louise Fletcher. Received an honorable mention at the last exhibition of WASM the Women artist society of Montreal in May 2021 at Galerie Le Livart for her work Lines of Thoughts Participated in a collective exhibition at Galerie Lenoir in January and February 2020.

Description of work L'heure Bleue:

Playing with a limited palette for this moodscape. Sharing the atmosphere of a walk in a park during winter at the end of the day just before its sets and when nature reveals herself in blue.

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Un Air de Printemps,

Acrylic and Mixed Media, 24" x 24"

Price: 550$

Barwick, Gertrud Antoine

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How to reach this artist:  

gertrudantoineb@sympatico.ca

Artist Bio:

Antoine Barwick was born in Preetz, Germany, near the Baltic Sea. Gertrud studied textile design at Muthesius Kunstschule, Kiel, where she gained a deep knowledge of and expertise in multiple uses of textiles and