Visual Artist

Margot Cormier Splane

Pandora’s Trojan Horse Asks “What Global Warming?”
Hand Pulled Serigraph
While there is an element of whimsy and humor throughout my art, my inspiration often comes from an irritation, a little grain of sand that I ruminate over. Like an oyster I try to turn this irritant into a pearl, or in my case an artwork. I often deal with weighty topics such as climate change, social injustice or politics. At other times I enjoy letting my sense of humor take over. I also deal with things I see or feel in my everyday life. A story from the news, exploring art from the past, a historic event, or an amusing anecdote. Any of these sources can move me esthetically and germinate into an idea. I call my style ‘Reality with a Twist’, because it is very realistic, but unlike anything you would ever see.

Annette Labonte

Annette was born and raised in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario.

She started drawing and sketching at a young age. She can’t remember not ever having a passion for art. It was an inexpensive pastime and as long as she had a pencil and paper, she was able to express herself. She took art classes throughout high school where she was able to learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

Annette and her husband both love the outdoors, therefore retired in the West Arm area of Lake Nipissing.

Since retirement, she got involved with the community by volunteering with several local organizations, including The Backstreet Gallery where some of her artwork is displayed.

Her involvement with the gallery has given her the opportunity to work in collaboration with other local artist on murals and other projects within the community. She loves to spend time outdoors, as well as in her studio where she has been experiencing with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic and oils.

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Art and Soul

I am and landscape artist from the Northern Ontario area. I paint in watercolour acrylics and oils and mixed media. I have been mastering my craft since retirement by attending various art schools and workshops. I pint what touches my soul and am inspired by nature’s beauty in my area and my travels around the world. 

Deb Chenier

I consider myself an amateur painter, at least at this point until I have painted more than a hundred works. I have been painting since 2017 and plan to continue for many decades. I enjoy many diverse styles of painting. I advertise my paintings for sale on Kijiji and have started selling a few now and again. I believe painting is a life long endeavor that provides opportunity to learn and improve with each and every work I take on. I have also created a Pinterest account with all my paintings posted for viewing. I am inspired by many artists and am heavily influenced by studying their works and styles. When time doesn’t allow me to paint, I am viewing YouTube painting lessons or televised painting programs like Landscape Artist of the Year from Canada and UK and Portrait Artist of the Year from UK. I try to nurture young artists that attend Cambrian College in Animation and Media and Communication programs.

Katie Lemieux/Studio Lemieux

Through my sculptural practice I explore visual cues of body language – or kinesics – a means of communication that exists outside our use of the spoken word. I look to lure the viewer into subconsciously replicating the artworks before them, signalling empathetic responses or affective connections. By placing focus on the figure, I can use both gestural abstraction and literal renderings to visualize these connections. My interest in our culture’s use of non-verbal communication subsequently explores the development of emotionally charged atmosphere’s, more specifically, the study of individualized postures, facial expressions and hand gestures as a vehicle for conversation.

My position as a Personal Support Worker for youth with communicative differences works in tandem with my sculptural research. Studies say 70 – 93% of all communication is non verbal, thus I am fascinated by the intricacies of posture and the importance of facial expression as either intentional or subconscious dictation. For myself, the most communicative traits can be best translated through clay as I can physically explore the nuances of emotion by adding and subtracting material while I navigate the delicacies of individual characteristics. Our mental or emotional state often influences the overall appearance of our physical selves; this often holds many indicators as to what that emotional state may be. These audibly silent cues, loaded with information about our communication process as a species, are the crux in which I develop my work.

Leighsha Sinnesael

My lifework has been driven as an artist, photographer, and teacher. My background includes degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Guelph and University of Toronto focusing on Arts and Education. Throughout my life, I have captured and expressed the beauty of our surroundings through various mediums. In the late 80’s and 90’s I exhibited my work predominantly in Southern, Ontario and have been part of the juried show process having many works accepted into exhibitions. Now, at the end of my teaching career, with experience and purpose I began to see the world through a different lens. I call my journey back into the arts, My Mourning Journey. The vision all began with Covid when I began reflecting on my life and my own mortality.

I started photographing the northern landscape in the summer of 2020. Later that year, I added an inanimate object to the scene that I was photographing. An object that I held onto since 1989 when I was just twenty- six. The object is my father’s chair, which he used at the harvest table on the farm. The old chair is deliberately planned and placed in the landscape usually with old barns or in fields. I have been photographing my dad’s chair throughout the seasons during different times of day in many locations in the area. The chair is strategically placed with its back in the scene. The intent is to give the viewer a quiet resting place to relax and to ponder the view. My body of work questions the use of the land symbolically by the old chair juxtaposed with an old barn; two old objects slowly disappearing. These images are documenting a time in space with objects having lasted a hundred years or more. I merely seek to make beautiful authentic photographs with a personal keepsake from my father. My mindset wrestles with the experience of losing loved ones, losing places, and items that we have long owned and kept as memorial objects. I am photographing the disappearance of farming, a lifestyle that is continually changing. Long gone is the family farm. A time in my life when it was an honest, hard-working way of living.

I am documenting my life’s memories from my childhood recollection of being raised on a farm. Personal objects are incorporated to recreate those meaningful memories. Memories of my life and the people who brought so much love to my world. I want others to have an opportunity to view what I see, what my father saw, what we all want to see. Many of us have a beautiful heartfelt space that makes us feel alive and thankful. As for me, I am gently walking the land without spoiling the view or leaving my mark often looking for those I have lost throughout my life.

Paul McAlister Photography

Paul is a photographer who tries to capture the wonderful world in which we live in. Originally from Ireland, his photographs reflect the beauty of our environment, both natural and man-made. His inspirations come from such diverse sources such as landscapes, seascapes, close-ups, animals, birds, and even old buildings and artifacts. Having moved permanently to Meldrum Bay in recent years, he has a renewed sense of appreciation of the attractions of Manitoulin Island, and what it has to offer. Prints and greeting cards are available.

Krazy Kritterz

Growing up around nature, Alex has always had an interest in the environment, conservation, and all the neat critters that share this world with us. They specialize in digital art as well as acrylic and watercolor painting. Originally from Windsor, ON, They now live in the Callander/North bay area.

Susan Tesluk – Love22 Designs

During her career as an engineering scientist in both Canada and USA, Canadian-Ukrainian Susan Tesluk found her true passion as an artist. Susan’s exuberant paintings employ a vibrant use of color in both abstract and contemporary art, from acrylics on wood, paper or canvas, to inks on yupo or in epoxy resin. Susan transforms her passion for color and simplicity into art that does not attempt to represent reality, but seeks to achieve meaning through the eyes of the beholder. Susan Tesluk manipulates a range of techniques and use of colors that offers the viewer an opportunity for joyful reflection. Playing within a philosophical landscape, her art touches the fringes of the spiritual and metaphysical. Her imagery is influenced by the rhythm of her soul. Her studio is Love22 Designs in Timmins.

Dale Morrish

Dale is an acrylic artist who also dabbles in watercolour and oil. Dale is a 64 year old cancer survivor who has opened (their long time dream) an Art Supply and Custom framing store in Timmins ON, where Dale has resided for 37 years. This is Dales retirement dream come true! “I love helping people! The store enables me to share knowledge about art supplies, enhance other’s beautiful pieces of artwork and teach both kids and adults paint classes!”