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1. Wendy Bermingham Contemporary artist Wendy Bermingham is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for a major advertising agency in Toronto for many years until she decided to take the leap to fine art. She works primarily plein air in the summer and creates her larger studio paintings through the winter. What truly captivates this artist is the blurred line between realism and abstraction and delights in the exploration of texture with brush and palette knife while using the natural energy of the landscape as her subject. Wendy has recently become an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists.  
2. Jakob Bouwman I am a self taught artist with 5 years painting experience. I have taken workshops in oil painting in NewBrunswick and Ontario. I am completing a fine arts certificate from Sheridan college in Oakville Ontario. Artist who have influenced me are Richard Schmid and John Carlson.
3. Ursula Toelke Ursula Toelke lives in Huntsville, Ontario, which is situated on the Canadian Shield. The area is covered by boreal forest and an abundance of lakes. When not in her studio working on portraits, Ursula spends as much time as possible outside painting landscapes and exploring the area park lands.  
4. Doug Ware Creating and exhibiting his art for over 35 years, works by Ware are found in public and private collections world-wide including; Queen’s Park, Toronto, the College of Arms, London, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Art Collection (Beijing Embassy), the late Dr. Cecil H. Green, founder of Texas Instruments and CBC’s Shelly Solmes to name a few. Ware is also an accomplished “plein air”
5. Jane Robertson I trained as a graphic artist after which I worked as an illustrator for several years using watercolour and pastels as my main mediums. In time, I tired of the unpredictable income and (often) poor art direction and now paint only for myself. Oils are a relatively new medium for me and I'm enjoying the flexibility of this medium as well as my new freedom of artistic choice. I work from my studio in Cobourg, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
6. Hasibush Shaheed My Name is Hasibush Shaheed. I was a professor, teaching design and graphics at BRAC University, Bangladesh. I enjoy doing portraits, and I'm passionate about watercolor and gouache painting on location. I have been doing urban sketches in Toronto for 2 years. Subway sketching is another activity that I do regularly. My goal is to be an environment artist dedicated to animation industries.  
7. Michael Pace I am an illustrator, photographer and maker of things. With experience in mediums as far reaching as oil paints to forged metal to 35mm and digital photography to furniture to watercolour to digital media, I am a voracious creative person with a passion and love for the arts.
8. Debra Bannister Debra Bannister is a Kawartha artist who sees the world through "bold coloured" lenses.  Luminous light and vivid colors define her paintings.  Debra has won awards for her art work including the 56th E.C.O.A.A Juror’s Choice Award for “Swan Parade”. She hopes that her art will inspire, surprise and remind viewers that life can be fun, fabulous and full of adventure.    
9. Peter Cheung Peter first learned his art with ink and water from a famous Chinese painting master. He later incorporated his western oil study from Sheridan College Art Program to create his own. Peter's philosophy for creating art is simple, he is committed to creating artwork that emanates purity and simplicity through fast and strong brush work, colour selection, composition and presentation.
10. Cynthia Allan Cynthia is a self taught artist, who enjoys painting Outdoors. She primarily works in oil, enjoys mixing mediums. Cynthia feels lucky to live in the Kawartha's, where she is inspired from the nature surrounding her. Her love for nature is reflective in her paintings.  
11. Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald Fine Art graduate Elizabeth MacDonald is an award winning artist and leader in the Windsor, Ontario art community. Inspiring many to paint outdoors year round with her, she works from life, in a loose style that reveals expressive brush work. Her paintings grace many private and corporate collections.
12.Stacey Knight Stacey Knight is a Canadian self taught artist from Whitby, Ontario. Currently a hairstylist and artist, her creativity and love of painting began as early as she can remember holding a paintbrush. Her passion is floral and landscape painting in acrylics.  
13. Elaine Guitar van Loo

I am a member of Windsor and Essex Plein Air Artists and looking forward to this wonderful opportunity. Elaine Guitar van Loo was born in the town of Elliot Lake ,raised in Windsor Ontario.A self-taught artist ,who at the age of 8 decided to make art her lifelong career. Through detail work I encourage viewers to see things they often overlook and to experience and feel the unique individuality of the subjects portrayed.

14. J. Allison Robichaud
J. Allison Robichaud is a self-taught Plein Air landscape painter, well-known for his floral and still life paintings in addition to his landscapes
Allison is represented by galleries in Ontario and has had over 25 solo exhibitions.  He has participated in many of Canada’s most prestigious Art Symposiums, working almost  exclusively in oils.  He has earned the respect of fellow painters for his tireless research efforts, years of self-study, dedication and passion towards the expression of his own artistic point of view.  Alison has written four books on art, including one on plein air painting.  The fifth is on its way. He has been interviewed extensively on radio and television and his work has been. Reviewedby newspapers, as well as several magazines in Canada and the United States.
15. Bill Walters

Art Bio ( W.A.) Bill Walters - presently lives in Sarnia with wife Jacquie

- retired from Lambton Kent District School Board
where I taught grades 7/8 for 31 years
- recent paintings in the last several years primarily are Plein Air
- besides painting in our local area, my wife and I make yearly painting
trips to Ogunquit, Maine
- July, 2014 participated in the Westfield, N.Y. Plein Air Competition
with 14 other painters
- April 2013, 2015 painted in the Charlevoix Area, Quebec with another group

16. Sue Sydney Susan's originals, in a wide variety of media can be found in collections worldwide. She has exhibited in over 350 Solo and Group Shows, in private and public galleries. Her art has appeared in numerous publications and she wrote the 'How to Draw Horses' column for Horse Talk magazine from1994-2004.  
17. Karen L Bowen Karen's passion for nature, science and design can be seen in the representations of scenic beauty and in the evocative contrasts and complements of pattern found in her artwork. Using oils and acrylics on canvas as well as mosaics, Karen takes expressive and spiritual inspiration from niches in the worlds' ecosystems and from the oft-conflicted human interaction with nature's gifts. The reward, as an artist, biologist and writer, is to have us consider the Earth less haughtily, more as admirers and caretakers.....and to enjoy the human virtues of innovation, storytelling and free design.  
18. Dalibor Dejanovic I am a visual artist who foremost enjoys painting landscapes in plein air style as well as still life and illustrative work. I studied classical drawing and animation at Sheridan college. Currently serving as a full time faculty member at Centennial college, school of Communications, Media and Design. Being fully present in the moment, immersing myself in the act of direct painting on location is for me a form of meditation. The ordinary becomes unique, space and time distinct through light, atmosphere and emotion.  
19. Sam Paonessa Sam Paonessa was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Showing early promise, Sam was awarded a studio scholarship upon graduation, which enabled him to further develop his talents in commercial art. He was then hired by an advertising studio for the next two and a half years. In 1983 Sam was offered employment at Hallmark Canada and has been on staff creating paintings and artwork for a variety of products over the past 27 years.
For many years Sam has traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and recently became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
20. Jindra Cadil Jindra Cadil studied under Nan Ferrier and Henry Purdy In PEI. She belonged to the Kensington Art Co-op where she displayed her work. Her work was also shown in Wyatt Heritage Gallery, EPTEC Art & Culture Gallery, Summerside Gallery 33, and Kensington Freight Shed Gallery. Jindra has also participated in numerous fund raising events. Now she is member of Port Perry Art Association  
21. John Stuart Pryce  
  • Signature member of O.S.A  (The Ontario Society of Artists)
  • Honorary signature member of I.P.A.P.  ( International Plein Air Painters.
  • Juried in as Active Member. Federation of Canadian Artists.  Vancouver. B.C.
  • Co-Founder of Plein-Air Canada.
  • Art Instructor with Primary School, High school, College and adult art groups in Ontario Alberta and B.C
  • Worked as graphic designer and illustrator in Toronto, Montreal and Chicago.
  • 35 years as free-lance architectural illustrator working with some of the world’s leading architectural firms. 
22. Shelly Burke Shelly Burke graduated from Ottawa University with an honours degree in Art History. In British Columbia, she attended painting and design at Capilano College, participated in weekly life drawing for years, including plein air excursions, which culminated in 2000 with a successful solo show in Victoria "Viewpoints". Back in Ontario she has been a site artist for 12 years with the Uxbridge Studio Tour. In 2015 she won Best Painting at the annual Uxbridge Juried Art Competition of "Ben at 10 Years". She has also taught acrylics the past 2 years at the Varley Art Gallery and conducted various oil painting workshops, most recently for the Willowdale Group of Artists.  
23. Ryan Hill Ryan has painted countless landscapes, both outdoors and in studio, and has exhibited at a number of outdoor festivals in Ottawa, where he currently resides. The inspiration and references for his work come largely from canoeing and hiking trips into the Canadian wilderness. He works in both oil and acrylic.  
24. Karen Fox

Toronto born Karen Fox lives in Port Perry. She attended Western Technical Commercial School and Sheridan. Karen worked at the Kingston Whig for eleven years, becoming a staff artist for the Toronto Sun, where she remained until 1995. Karen paints in oils working En Plein Air and studio work. She is a member of The Franklin Carmichael Group of Artists, The Willowdale Group of Artists, The East Central Ontario Artists Association, The Scugog Council for the Arts and is president of The Port Perry Artists' Association. Karen has won several awards.

25. Layne van Loo Layne's detailed renderings reflect his love for wildlife, the natural setting and those subjects that relate to our heritage. To achieve the realistic aspect of his paintings, Layne has found a preference for the water based mediums such as acrylic, watercolour, gouache and more recently, water miscible oils.  
26. Luella Gilchrist Luella Gilchrist lives and paints in Calgary, where she belongs to several plein air groups and life/portrait/figure painting groups. She also paints plein air on her own, especially in the mountain ranges and foothills near Calgary. Light, color and movement are her main interests so she rarely uses photos for reference.  
27. Mary Anna Lacey Mary Anna Lacey trained in Commercial Art at Western Technical and Commercial School,then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Alison University in New Brunswick. After a long hiatus,excepting theatre art and set painting, she reconnected with her artistic roots and has discovered the challenges and joys of Plein Air painting.  
28. Nicole Minshall Nicole Minshall grew up in the small town of Lindsay Ontario. She excelled in everything creative and her dream of
becoming a painter pushed her to follow a career in art. At 28 years old, Nicole is still very active in the art field with art shows and gallery appearances
29.Ron Ward Ron has always had an interest in fine art. His work includes paintings in watercolours, acrylics, oils and sculpture in various mediums. His art is greatly influenced by his love of canoeing and camping and is frequently his subject matter. Ron has successfully displayed and sold his art since 1986.  
30.Pat Barr I have been painting since I retired from teaching a "few" years ago. Course from  instructors in Peterborough and Cavan/Monaghan and at the Haliburton School of Art and Design have introduced me to watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. I enjoy them all! Painting outside helps keep me grounded!  
31.Lucy Manley Oil painting is the medium Lucy Manley uses to capture the landscape in hopes of 
revealing the beauty she sees.  Approaching the landscape head-on, "painting on location" offers her this opportunity.  It allows her to express her feelings and emotions by interpreting in paint what she sees around her.  She seeks out subject matter with strong impact and with a good range of value patterns.  Then working quickly to record interesting effects of light on her subject before conditions change as they do throughout the day.  Bold use of colour heightens the visual impact of each painting. 
32.Francine Zinga Francine Zinga is a self-taught artist who acquired her painting expertise through a decade of practice, research and analysis of her favorite artists. Her work is characterized by bold colors and dramatic contrasts with a hint of abstraction. She currently lives in Mississauga and works full time on her art.
33.Judy Harper I am a Canadian artist, born in Oshawa, Ontario, but began travelling around the country in my twenties - and have recently returned from 20 years living on Salt Spring Island in BC. There is a huge art community there - you might say ART is the main event...
I have also lived in several different provinces, coast to coast - but I always return to Ontario’s lake country and the small towns; this is paradise for a painter.
34.Renee Paul I am an amateur painter in watercolour or acrylics. I have tried encaustic as well. I have enjoyed many summer courses in Haliburton over the years. I have retired from teaching but not from learning. I sing in the Peterborough Singers and I am learning to play the euphonium, the electric bass and mandolin. I designed three art chairs for an auction and entered The Wearable Art Show in 2016 for Public Energy, Peterborough.  
35.Olga Szaranski Olga Szaranski enjoys Landscape Painting in Plein Air and has been doing it for many years. She paints in oils and acrylics. From her early years, art has always amazed her. However, it wasn’t until later in life that she was able to pursue her interest in painting, once her family was raised and she retired from their Resort Business.  
36.Harry Stooshinoff I recently retired from teaching visual art (26 years teaching at Trinity College School, Port Hope). I received a BFA in painting from the University of Saskatchwan, Saskatoon, an MFA in painting from the University of Calgary, and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto. I also completed a scholarship year of painting and printmaking at the Banff Center prior to my masters degree. I continued my painting practice all through my teaching years. Now that my time is entirely my own, I paint every day, producing at least one landscape piece per day.  
37.Fran De Actis Fran De Actis started her formal training at Queen’s University with resident artist Ralph Allen. Later she also took courses with Carl Schafer, Alex Miller and Peter Kolisnyk. As a founding member of Studio Ten in Chatham, Fran was in many group exhibitions in Ontario including the Chatham Cultural Centre in Chatham; Lindsay Art Gallery, Lindsay; the Glen Art Gallery, London; Neilson Park Cultural Centre, Toronto; Algoma Art Centre, Sault Saint Marie and the Art Gallery in Peterborough.

Fran uses acrylic and water colour to create both rhythmic designs from her active imagination and is able to capture the essence of colour from nature in her works. Fran has painted for over 25 years and has displays of her work in Canada, the United States and Japan. Currently Fran has a studio on Burnham Street in East City, Peterborough, where she paints, teaches, and exhibits her work.
38.Mary Agnes Oughtred I enjoy Plein Air painting as well as painting from photographs that I have taken during travels. After graduating from OCA and university, taught art at Northern Secondary school in Toronto where I taught ceramics and drawing and painting. Since retiring from teaching my focus has been on painting. I primarily work in oils. My paintings are in private collections in Greece, Cyprus, France, England, Canada and the United States.  
40.Sabine Scanlon My first drawing was in the dirt with a stick.. My tools have become more conventional..but, I still like a painting to look like a painting.. I like to see brush strokes. the journey behind the painting. I've studied art throughout school and have taken workshops with well known and working artists.
My home and studio is I Omemee Ontario.
41.Nancy Steele Nancy Steele captures in oils, acrylics, watercolours or pencil the visual moment. She chases light and shadows as they filter through and loves to include people or animals when they wander into the landscape she is painting. Her paintings are as if she is holding a conversation with her surroundings.  
42.Sandra Ackert Living in the country for many years, I find myself influenced by the changing face of the land. I am striving for a certain freedom, a breaking down or minimal approach to the everyday landscapes around me.I enjoy working with acrylic on large canvas but experience the same independence with watercolor.  
43.Keith Shearsby I am a contemporary conceptual sculptor who also happens to paint "en plein air". The rapid nature of plein-air work, over in a few hours, is a welcome tonic and balance to the months of studio work that each of my sculptures can take. I am looking forward to this experience.  
44.Harvey J Walker Harvey strives to capture the feeling of the space, working in oils, he scales back the details so as to allow the spirit to float to the surface.  
45.Jane Calder Jane began painting following retirement. She studies with the Art Schools of Peterborough and Fort Myers, Florida. She enjoys watercolour, acrylics, and oils painting animals, birds, portraits and landscapes. She is inspired by nature and travel and plein air painting from their houseboat in Northern Ontario.
46.David Aimers

I am new to the art world and a long time admirer of art, but now I
am trying my hand. Good luck to all.”

47.Bob Pennycook Bob’s painting inspiration comes from his surroundings. Since moving to Tweed, Ontario he only needs to step outside his front door to find source material. He lives on the edge of the Canadian Shield with almost endless lakes, rivers, rock outcroppings, minerals and rolling hills (and bears!!).
He is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, a juried Active Artist member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an artist member of CARFAC and has been a working artist since 1994.
Bob has won several awards for his work and has been part of juried shows at the Salmagundi Club in New York, juried shows in Atlanta, Wisconsin and Toronto. His work is in several North American collections.
48.Cassy Goulding

Cassy Goulding is a visual artist, singer-songwriter, and communications professional from the Greater Toronto Area. She mainly paints in acrylics, but also enjoys watercolour illustration. Throughout Cassy’s life she has consistently supported and contributed to her local art community and is excited to participate in the festival.

49.Yvonne Connor Yvonne Connor started painting about 15 years ago. She has been painting in both acrylic and oil. She likes painting landscapes. She started by being self-taught and taking workshops. She loves to paint plein air and expects to completely enjoy the Festival.  
50.robert strickland Robert Strickland is an up and coming artist from Toronto, Canada. He attended Sheridan College to study illustration. He came to a revelation, painting was his passion and he desired to work more in traditional media. So he left to paint among other artists in a shared studio space. He furthered his skills with life drawing and painting sessions and studied the works of Andrew Loomis, George Bridgeman, Vanderpoel, and the French academic Charles Bargue. Robert travelled to museums to study old masters. He was inspired by 19th century impressionists and naturalists. Particularly John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Sorolla and the Canadian Impressionist Tom Thompson. Robert noticed the language within the brush work as well as how well they could articulate a subject. Robert was inspired to develop his own language so he could share his visions.  
51.kate segriff Self taught oil painter, enjoy landscapes and buildings and painting the Cavan/Millbrook/Bobcaygeion area.   
52.Carrie Currie My love of the outdoors and the wonders of nature have been the guiding force that prompted me to pursue painting both in oil and acrylic mediums. Several instructional courses with Lucy Manley provided opportunity for development and encouragement to persevere with my painting. My association with the many friendly and talented members of the East Central Ontario Art Association has also provided inspiration and opportunity. I continue to work at improving my painting skills and am rewarded when an art lover admires and occasionally purchases one of my works. It is with joy and excitement that I wish to participate in the First Annual Cavan/Millbrook Outdoor Painting Festival and wish all the participants good luck in their painting submissions. C.A.Currie  
54.Shelly Burke Shelly Burke graduated from Ottawa University with an honours degree in Art History. In British Columbia, she attended painting and design at Capilano College, participated in weekly life drawing for years, including plein air excursions, which culminated in 2000 with a successful solo show in Victoria "Viewpoints". Back in Ontario she has been a site artist for 12 years with the Uxbridge Studio Tour. In 2015 she won Best Painting at the annual Uxbridge Juried Art Competition of "Ben at 10 Years". She has also taught acrylics the past 2 years at the Varley Art Gallery and conducted various oil painting workshops, most recently for the Willowdale Group of Artists.  
55.Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor was born in Fergus, Ontario.

Even as a preschooler he loved to draw. His father, Leslie Taylor was a local sign writer, painting innumerable trucks, awnings and banners.
Rick taught elementary school for 27 years, while enjoying a lively and productive career as an artist. In 2000 he left teaching to pursue a full time career as an artist. His new work was quickly picked up by a number of collectors and Rick was soon represented by Nancy Poole's Studio in Toronto, River Coyote in Port Credit, Gallery Streetsville, the Westmount Gallery and the Gallery on the Grand in Waterloo. Rick is an avid traveler and has painted and sketched in the U.K, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, North Africa, Hawaii, South American, Israel, Egypt, and also throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Algonquin Park is a favourite location. In May of 2004 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and visit Arizona to paint the desert. The summer of 2005 was spent painting in Newfoundland.

A lifelong learner, Rick has attended art classes at Humber College, Sheridan College, O.C.A.D., York University, The University of Guelph, and Springbank Visual Arts Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

56.Allan Rivera Hello, I am originally from New York City and recently moved to Ontario with my wife. I have a degree in Graphic Design from Parson’s School of Design. I have been painting since I was a child. While I love to paint in all mediums, my favourite is gouache. I have always been drawn to nature as inspiration for my art.  
58.Caitlin O'Brien I'm just a young amateur artist doing what I love most. I have been drawing and experimenting with different materials for a few years now, ultimately my go to is oil paints. My only experiences in the art world so far are three separate silent auctions for fundraisers. I'm hoping to further my career as an artist one small step at a time  
59.Angela St. Jean

I grew up with nature all around me in the villages, towns and hamlets of the Ottawa Valley and have become very attached to the natural beauty in my surroundings. As an artist working in acrylics, I want to be challenged in a way that painting from photographs does not offer. Plein Air studies allow for a full sensory experience that contributes to the painting in a way, that for me, studio paintings just can’t capture. Occasionally small studies are translated into larger paintings. When I am confronted with the opportunity to paint in nature, be it in Algonquin Park, a farmer’s field or from the bow of a ship on the BC Coast, I forget about obstacles, insecurities and failure. It is no longer my process to question.

Painting causes me to return to mindfulness, translating what I see and feel in the moment and then letting it go. It has given me the gifts of sight and gratitude for my environment at all times, not just on the sunniest of days. It reminds me that I am not separate from the natural world, but rather I am of it.

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60.Pauline Bradshaw In my landscapes, I try to communicate a sense of what makes it special and compelling. Whether it’s landscape, still life or portraiture, my paintings are focused on colour and atmosphere while always trying to master light and shade. A quiet, peaceful space inspires me to simplify and capture the essence on canvas while carefully observing shapes, lines, shadows, values and colours.  
61.Caterina Liberatore I have a profound passion for the complexity of the immediate world around me with all its shapes, lights, colours and depth. My subjects vary from landscapes to human form. I get mainly excited when I work plein air. There is an energy of making the work more alive. Caterina Liberatore resides in York Region.