by Lorraine Payette, written June 8, 2014
Splashes and spills of brilliant colour, texture and light. Everything swirls together until suddenly an image pops out to dominate this world of creativity and another beautiful artistic expression is here on the canvas to make you think, smile, perhaps wonder a bit at the talent that brought it forth.
Real estate agent Patricia Butchart of Gananoque is a diminutive elf of a woman. Her smile is infectious, and the twinkle in her eyes lets you know there’s far more to her than a simple glance could tell. She is the living force behind the show, “Creative Expressions”, and the intuitive art on display at the Socialist Pig on King Street East in Gananoque. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written May 19, 2014
Face paint, balloon creations, live music and dance all came to Gananoque on Saturday, May 17 as part of Chalk the Walk, an annual celebration of spontaneous art and colour.
“It’s a good day,” said Jeffrey Andrews, 5, of Kingston. He was sporting a new balloon hat made by Dr. Kaboom, and drawing a big yellow truck on the sidewalk. – to read more>
by Lynette Lundy-Beck, Seaway Trail Project Manager
(Clayton, NY) The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is sponsoring a presentation of 60 of the 2013 Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilts in April. The exhibit will be on display 11am-3pm at the Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John St, Clayton on the weekends of April 5-6 and April 12-13, 2014.
The collection features quilted works of all styles and sizes in elegant peacock, aqua and gold colors and patterns.
The works of art from quilters all across the United States and Canada includes the 2013 Hoffman Challenge Handwork, Pieced, Appliqué and Sulky award winners. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written September 21, 2013
(ESCOTT, ON) – As the days shorten, a mellow golden light brings out the colours of fall seeping through forest and glen, washing over the vines and the trees and spreading across the meadow below. And with the autumn days come cooler temperatures and the promise of a glowing harvest.
Each year, artists step forth from their studios to try to capture this magic on canvas. Called plein air, they move outside to grasp these fleeting moments and save them forever with brush and knife, charcoal and pencil, using any medium and working feverishly on canvas and paper until the darkness falls and the spell is gone. This year they have a real feast for the eyes and palette. Eagle Point Winery has opened its doors and is inviting them in for a taste of its splendour. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written September 17, 2013
(ROCKPORT, ON) – A drop in temperatures wasn’t going to stop Rockport from becoming a garden of delight for painters from Canada and the US as they opened their scenic village to artists for the Plein Air event held from September 13-15.
One of many similar worldwide events both formal and informal, Rockport participated for its third year in what has become an annual event for the village. Timed around the autumnal equinox, plein air opens the world up to vibrant and joyous expression by all who care to participate. – to read more>
There is no limit to the imagination for making scarecrows
Scarecrows may be as funny, serious or scary as the creator wants them to be
by Lorraine Payette, written September 11, 2013
“I haven’t got a brain… only straw,” said the Scarecrow.
“How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?” Dorothy asked.
“I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?”
– The Wizard of Oz
(GANANOQUE, ON) – Autumn is upon us, with shortening days and cooler temperatures. Cornstalks are beginning to brown in the fields and the leaves are exhibiting their first traces of the fire to come as their edges flash scarlet and orange and gold. It’s time for pumpkins and apple cider, for thick, comfy sweaters, for gingerbread and mincemeat pies.
And it’s definitely time for scarecrows. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written August 28, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Get ready for some fun musical art as the Blue Piano comes to Gananoque on Thursday, August 29. The piano is being installed, and festivities will begin at 4:00 pm at the Farmers Market in Town Park as Monika Seiler and Alison Macdonald from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (currently playing at the Thousand Islands Playhouse) come out to play a little something for those assembled at the site. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written July 13, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Gananoque artist Pat Butchart is out to make life a better place, and she’s inviting the whole world in on her mission. Using her inimitable style of painting, she’s bent on bringing hope and happiness to all, one brush stroke at a time. Bright splashes of colour swirl, mix and blend before settling to form the framed images she has generously put on display from July 4 through August 6 at the Socialist Pig, located at 21 King Street East in Gananoque.
Yet while settled, these paintings are far from static. Instead, they carry with them a hint of the joy and life you feel instantly when meeting the artist. – to read more>