Views from Pine Cottage
McMichael Community Exhibition
August 11 – October 3, 2021
About the Exhibition
Since 1965, the McMichael has provided outstanding adult art education through high quality, artist-led studio workshops. Today, this tradition continues with in-person art classes and successful virtual studio workshops that have allowed participants to make art and express their creativity from the safety of their homes during the recent pandemic-related Gallery closures.
Views from Pine Cottage is a juried exhibition of student-created paintings and drawings in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolour. The works were produced by participants of studio and master classes led by artists Don Chrétien, Margaret Ferraro, John Leonard, David McEown, Judy Sherman and Andrew Sookrah at the McMichael’s Pine Cottage over the past year.
This selection showcases a wide range of the participants’ painting interests and styles, and celebrates their talents and accomplishments. It is also an opportunity to thank all the instructors who have enthusiastically met the challenge of delivering their artistic programming virtually during challenging times. Their commitment to nurturing creativity in provided a cathartic outlet for expression and joy.
Be sure to see the Views from Pine Cottage exhibition in the Community Gallery on your next visit to the McMichael.
Works by Instructors
Aamoo, Bee (Pollinators Series)
acrylic on canvas
Donald Chrétien graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985 and was selected to be part of the Aboriginal Art Acquisition Program for the 2010 Olympic Games. He was commissioned to create a massive 80-foot installation piece for the Vancouver Mother, Friend, Small Bird which is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. which is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
Chrétien’s work demonstrates his quest for an artistic expression of his Anishinaabe identity, which encompasses issues of language, family, place and self-determination. His distinctive style is influenced by the Woodland style of art common to his band, Nipissing First Nation, and his ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct aspects of Ojibwe doodems (clans) and legends.
Pavao Como Agua
pastel on paper
Barrie-based artist and teacher Margaret Ferraro has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States, including with the Pastel Society of America at the National Art Club in New York City, and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada outside Montreal. In 2009, Ferraro was named a master pastelist by the Pastel Artists of Canada. In her work, she continuously moves between landscape, figural and floral subjects, using a layering technique that incorporates a combination of charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and pastels.
Algoma Campsite Off HWY 1
acrylic on canvas
Toronto-based painter, John Leonard, is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, and has taught extensively at many of Ontario’s universities and art schools, including OCADU, the University of Toronto and York University. He is currently a faculty member of Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art + Design. An internationally exhibiting artist who has mounted more than 350 exhibitions, and experienced professional, Leonard places great emphasis on the development of personal style, and inspires young artists with his teachings on contemporary landscape painting, Impressionism, painting from a model, and the theory and technique of the Group of Seven.
John Leonard’s work is held in more than 40 public galleries and corporate collections, including the National Gallery, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ministry of Culture and Recreation, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the Art Gallery of Sarnia, the Art Gallery of Lindsay, the Station Gallery (Whitby), CBS Records – New York and the Canada Development Corp.
watercolour on paper
Canadian artist David McEown has used the medium of watercolour for the past 30 years to explore nature. David’s paintings celebrate some of the most beautiful, yet fragile, natural heritage of our planet. His paintings, spanning from Antarctica to the North Pole, are represented in collections worldwide. McEown is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. In 2005 and 2018, he was awarded the prestigious A.J. Casson Medal. McEown is a sought-after instructor and has shared his reverence for nature and passion for painting with numerous art societies and museums.
Off With Their Heads
oil on canvas
After a successful career as a graphic designer, Judy Sherman studied Academic Painting in Florence, Italy and in 2006 received an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant. She was interviewed for a Rogers TV series, Colour and Vision – Portraits in Art, was published in American Art Collector Magazine and has appeared on City Line / City TV with Marilyn Dennis. Sherman is a narrative painter using a juxtaposition of the old masters’ style and present-day life. She has juried shows, conducted workshops and has been teaching privately for over 15yrs. She has won awards, is represented in galleries and has paintings in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Tom Thomson Shack: Shade placed, not thrown
acryilc on canvas
Andrew Sookrah is a professional artist and raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. His strengths can be seen in his sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, and confident presentation of bold colours. Sookrah is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Portrait Society of Canada, and an active member of the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. He will be the artist in residence for Adventure Canada’s Northwest Passage Expedition in September 2019.