Thursday, March 17, 2011

Portrait of an Artist - Emily Brinac

Today's Art Fayre artist is Emily Brinac of Martintown, Ontario.

Emily is a gourd artist. She grew up on a small farm in Europe where a common scene was hard shell gourds, climbing around verandas and surrounding gardens. Childhood memories had a major influence on pursuing her creativity, to be expressed on three dimensional nature's canvas, hard shell gourds.


Because of the historical significance of gourds in humankind, she considers her tireless work on hard shell gourds a privilege.


Her carved, painted, and wood-burned gourds with pine needle or sweet grass weaving are found in homes in United States, Canada and Europe.


Mark your calendar now for June 11 and 12! Come to Art Fayre to meet Emily, and enjoy her unique gourd art in person.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Portrait of an Artist - John Sims

Today's Art Fayre artist is John Sims of Lochiel, Ontario.

 John working on a painting of Highland dancers waiting to go on stage at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville last summer.

John Clark Sims was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

After moving to Canada in 1973, John worked for many years as a technical illustrator and graphic artist in Montreal. He was the graphic arts coordinator at Marconi Canada throughout the 80s and worked as a technical illustrator at Pratt & Whitney Canada before moving to Glengarry in 1999.

 John working on a painting of Kirkhill from his in situ sketch.

Since 2005, John has shown at several venues in Eastern Ontario including The Abby for the Arts, the Arbor Gallery and the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. He has also done a number of paintings on a commission basis.

John’s output in the 1970s and 80s, paintings of Quebec scenery and historic houses, were widely exhibited in Montreal through various galleries and many are in private collections.

John has now turned his eye to the landscape, people and horses of Glengarry for inspiration.

Mark your calendar now for June 11 and 12! Come to Art Fayre to meet John and his see exquisite paintings in person. Our vernissage is on Saturday, June 11th. That's your chance to mingle with all of our talented artists while admiring (and buying!) their beautiful work.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Portrait of an Artist - Holly Kelleher

Today's Art Fayre artist is Holly Kelleher of Dunvegan, Ontario. Here's what Holly has to say about her art:

"My approach to all of my work is simple — I pay attention to my environment and what is happening in it. Since moving to a rural area I have focused my work on observing and reacting to the natural objects around me. For several years I have been creating large oil paintings of leaves. I like to collect leaves and watch how they curl and change creating interesting sculptural shapes. I look forward to summer which permits working outdoors with pastel. Winter is my time for painting in the studio."

Here's a sampling of Holly's exquisite pastel work...


Holly's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec  Holly has also worked as an illustrator and graphic designer and weaver. A talented hand weaver, she has created commissioned tapestries for various organizations across Canada.

Come meet Holly and see her lovely art at Art Fayre 2011!