23 Market Street West, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Thursday to Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.
- OPEN STUDIO TOUR WEEKEND (SEP 24 & 25) FROM 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. -
CLOSED THANKSGIVING WEEKEND (OCTOBER 8-10, 2016)
We are thrilled to announce our current exhibition
photographs by Kathleen Pickard and Larry Monczka
show runs September 15 to October 30, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, September 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
also featuring pottery by Deb Beard, hand-woven baskets by Alice Lingard
and stone carvings by M. Danyet Cunningham
Kathleen Pickard and Larry Monczka
Photography has been a serious avocation for Kathleen and Larry since 1979 when they first became aware of the work of the noted Canadian photographer and educator Freeman Patterson. Over the next few decades, each of them experienced several immersive week-long workshops with him. His emphasis on visual design and “seeing” has influenced their photography immeasurably.
More recently, they participated in a workshop given by George DeWolfe and Lydia Goetze on “The Contemplative Landscape” that introduced us to the application of mindfulness to photography in the field.
Kathleen and Larry have been honoured with three joint exhibitions of their photographs (2002/2006/2010} at the gallery of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. In 2015, they were invited to present their images in an exhibition entitled “Hereabouts” at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe.
Selected photographs from their book entitled “Seldom Seen” will hang in an exhibition of the same name at gallery23 in Port Dover from September 15 to October 30, 2016.
For the past five years, they have been participating artists in the annual Norfolk Studio Tour, welcoming visitors into their home studio in Port Ryerse.
RaraAvisPhotos.com, their website, displays current work, ongoing and completed projects as well as galleries of archived images. Larry regularly posts photographs of Norfolk County on his Facebook page.
Deb Beard has been developing her pottery style since 1995. Raku is her chosen expression to test this medium & observe the palette that she is always amazed by through the end results. She draws from her interests in architecture, history, science, cultures, nature and day-to-day life.
After a successful music career in the public school system in Middlesex County for 37 years Alice branched out into other art forms. She presently does water colour, jewellery, basketry and fibre art.
Alice has been involved in basket making for the last 25 years, learning this art form in South Carolina from dear friend Dolores von Rosen, a master teacher of basketry in the USA. She attends conferences and master classes throughout the United States and Canada annually. She teaches basketry in her studio in Strathroy and displays her baskets and jewellery at Art shows such as “An Event Apart” in Sarnia. Her baskets and pouches are on display in the Main Street Gallery in Bayfield Ontario from April to December 24th annually.
Classes can be arranged for four to eight people by emailing or calling Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-245-2627.
M. Danyet Cunningham
M. Danyet Cunningham carves soapstone, limestone, alabaster, marble and slate. She is exploring the medium both in the round and through relief. Her work reflects the influence of myth, Celtic and Native work, Nature and her personal internal world. Some sculptures are abstract landscapes exploring flow and planes.
M. Danyet took the opportunity to train with Doug Stephens and George Pratt using a variety of stone types: Sandy Cline with Quebec Soapstone, Wayne Hill exploring Mask and Totem carving, John Sabourin with soapstone and Mel Andre with wood carving. She also studied interpretive painting of Native and Celtic Legends with David Johnson.
M. Danyet was an educator in Southwestern Ontario with degrees at University of Western Ontario: OCT; Honours Specialist – Biology and Kinesiology; Masters Arts – Kinesiology; Honours BSc – Pharmacology and Toxicology.