Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Prairie Ceramics by Tara Tuchscherer

With her own unique interpretation of the prairies, Tara Tuchscherer creates beautiful decorative ceramic plates. The warmth of the red/brown clay and her choice of coloured glazes, enhance the rustic trimmed edges and textures pressed into each piece.


Grain Belt
Ceramic, 10 x 10 in.  

My Manitoba Home
Ceramic, 11 x 16 in.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hypnotic Dreamscapes by Jonina Cadoreth

Three new paintings just arrived in the gallery by Jonina Cadoreth. These serene moonlit scenes emanate a mysterious aura. The reflection in the water against the flat distant sky gives these pieces a surreal and dreamlike quality. They are somewhat real but almost other worldly at the same time. The sand sprinkled in the foreground of “Silver Moon” and “Blue Moon” gives these pieces texture as well as another dimension leading into the ominous seascapes.

Silver Moon
Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 24 in.  

Blue Moon
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 20 in. 

Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 14 in. 

What are your thoughts when you look into these scapes? Do they lure you into a distant world or a dream? Are you wanting to travel deeper to discover more within this hypnotic place? 

Start counting backwards from 10... 9... 8...  You're getting very sleepy... 7... 6... your eyelids are getting heavier... 5... 4... you drift into your subconscious....

What do you see? 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Memento Framing

There is something special about taking precious objects, photographs and mementos and putting them inside a custom frame to display, preserve and enjoy.

My Assistant Gallery Gal, Stephanie, has taken a few special occasions to frame some sentimental photographs and objects as gifts for friends and family. "I love taking something that might be stored away in a drawer or a box and turning it into something that can be put on display and be seen every day."   

The following are photos of a few treasures Stephanie has chosen to frame, and what she has to say about each one.

I found these two little photos of my mom while flipping through an old family photo album and decided to have them framed for her birthday.  Although they were protected in an album, I thought they deserved a place where they could be seen more often. These two small pictures are very precious because there are very few pictures of my mom as a little girl. I spent a long time trying to find just the right choice of materials. I think the innocence and sweetness of these pictures is enhanced by the delicate white frame and soft gray mat.  
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My sister's nineteen year old tabby cat, Meowy, was very regal. In her older years, she wore an elegant white beaded collar with pink jewels.  To remember this feline that we grew up with, I carefully snuck the collar from the drawer where it had been tucked away for years, and had it framed as a gift. Now Meowy's collar is elegantly protected and displayed. The 'Queen of the House", as she was known, will be remembered whenever my sister looks at this framed collar.
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My boyfriend Kent recently mentioned that he had a photograph of his Papa that he has been meaning to frame for quite a few years. He has been keeping it safely pressed between the pages of a book and decided now was the time to do something with the photo.  This picture captures a beautiful moment of someone fondly remembered. When we told his Nana that we were framing this special photograph, she recounted that it was the first photo snapped from her brand new camera in the early 80's. I was very happy to choose framing to complement and preserve this piece which brings back memories for Kent of spending time with his Papa at their family cottage. 
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When it comes to framing, I am like a kid in a candy shop. The possibilities are endless. I love playing with different colours, textures, and shapes in framing and matting. You only need to start with something that is meaningful to you, such as a photo or object and you will find the process of framing to be very rewarding.

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We have framed a variety of special mementos for clients at the gallery. The possibilities really are endless. We can help you find great framing combinations to present and preserve your sports jerseys & memorabilia, collections, photographs, medals & awards, special objects and much more.

What treasures do you have hiding away in a drawer or closet that you could frame and display?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sensual Forms by Virginie Schroeder

One of the most intriguing new artists you may find yourself being drawn to at the gallery these days is Virginie Schroeder. 

What you might notice first about her work are the many layers making up the image.  Delicate transparent glazes, cleverly incorporated collage and bold strokes of graphite form the artist's often sensual and elusive female forms.  Often with their faces obscured, these elaborately decorated figures dance in a dreamlike world.  You will probably find yourself transfixed by the luminosity of the gold leaf and the swirling patterns of her specially made paints. 

Mixed Media on Canvas
40 x 40 in. 

Emmene-moi (detail)

Splendide diamant
Mixed Media on Canvas
36 x 36 in. 

Post Written by Stephanie McGregor - My Assistant Gallery Gal

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring Whimsy

We're were so pleased the other day to receive these two bright, fresh and whimsical paintings by Angela Morgan. Nothing says spring like the fresh colours in these imaginative paintings!

Please pop by the gallery to see these cheerful paintings in person. You can view more available paintings by Angela Morgan here.

Hope to see you soon,

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Art

I have to confess, I have not carved a pumpkin in years. Ryan and I each carved one for our Halloween party in 2008. I thought we did a really good job (even though Ryan cheated... he used a stencil) but our pumpkin carving skills obviously rate average compared the following works of art.

Artist Ray Villafane is a master pumpkin carver! Prepare to be amazed!

Read more about the artist and his other artistic endeavors on his website Villafane Studios. You can buy signed prints of his creations and even commission him to carve your Halloween pumpkin!

This next carver, Noel Dickover carves Fantasy Pumpkins. Here are a few that caught my eye...

Wow! These guys have talent!

I know you're probably still wondering what our pumpkins looked like. Well here they are...

What do you think? Just a bit more practice before we become pumpkin carving masters?

Happy Halloween Friends!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Melissa Jean Art Demo

Last year I started representing a vibrant young artist from Lake of the Woods, Ontario. 

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

Melissa Jean is a fast emerging artist who can barely keep up with her own creativity. Every new painting is an adventure for Melissa. She studies her home surroundings at Lake of the Woods with a unique perspective and an inquisitive eye. Whether she is looking up, looking through, or clearing brush to climb down to the perfect little painting spot, Melissa is always looking to show us the world from a new perspective. Her success in this first year of representation at Woodlands Gallery is very exciting.

She was first featured in the gallery during a group exhibition in Fall 2010, which resulted in a great pARTy and a number of art sales.

This Fall Melissa was the Feature Artist for September, showing 16 brand new paintings. She even offered a Friday afternoon to come to the gallery and demonstrate her paintings techniques. She worked on two paintings that afternoon... here are some photos of the process.

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

"As I paint, there is an energy, a thought or an emotion that I try to capture into my painting... the inspiration filters through who I am and out onto canvas... traveling through to the viewer, and into their space. There is a human connection in an original piece of art, it is a thoughtful thing." -Melissa Jean


The completed paintings!

In The Woodlands, 24x18 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

Rocks and Raindrops, 24x24 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

There are so many great things coming up for Melissa! With each new painting completed, her energy and creativity are growing. We can hardly wait for the solo exhibition planned in the gallery for the Fall of 2012. Possibly to include another painting demonstration! 

~ You can view more paintings by Melissa Jean on the gallery website. 

~ Read more about what inspires Melissa most about nature and living in Lake of the Woods, Ontario.

Please visit the gallery at 535 Academy Road in Winnipeg to view Melissa's paintings. I guarantee they are even more awe inspiring in person!