Symphonic Watercolours

We would like to thank the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra for partnering with us for our closing performance. It was an evening filled with beautiful music and art. The photo below is of Rayne Tunley, President of CSPWC and Ona Kingdon, President of IWS Canada with Bonnie Steinberg and Andrew Sookrah the two live demoing artists.

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The following three video clips will give you just a glimpse of the evening. The first features live Interpretation of the music played by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra by Watercolour artists Andrew Sookrah CSPWC and Bonnie Steinberg CSPWC.

The second video shows just a small selection of the 150 paintings which were projected onto a large screen behind the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the evening.

and in the third video Artistic Director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Jessica Kun thanks IWS Canada President Ona Kingdon for organizing this event and features several of Ona’s music themed paintings during the encore.

The whole evening was a beautiful way to close our month long celebration of watercolour.

Symphonic Watercolours – Performance Tomorrow Night!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, now is the time to do it!  Get them HERE

or visit the box office at the theatre:

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts,

10268 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON – Canada

Over 150 of our finalists’ watercolours from over 80 countries around the world have been selected from both our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ and our ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ Exhibitions and will be projected on a huge screen behind the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra as they play a selection of music inspired by art and nature, which embraces cultural diversity.  We will also have two master artists Andy Sookrah and Bonnie Steinberg interpreting the music live as we listen and watch.  It is an evening not to be missed!

Art and music bring people together regardless of race, religion, culture, or distance.  Let’s embrace that together!

 

Exhibition Catalogue Available to Everyone!

We are happy to present our exhibition catalogue for A Symphony in Watercolour, available for purchase at cost, or as an ebook, for free!

The printed book is a lovely softcover on high quality paper, 8.5×11 in, 22×28 cm, 68 Pages :

http://www.blurb.ca/b/9002871-a-symphony-in-watercolour-exhibition-catalogue

 

The eBook is suitable for Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iPad®, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers.  You’ll need to carefully follow the instructions in the email you’ll get (there are different links depending on what you want to read it on) and wait patiently for it to download.  It is 151 MB in size (at least for the desktop version).  Keep in mind, you have to have an ebook reader application on your desktop iMac if you want it to work there.

http://www.blurb.ca/b?ebook=677544&fbclid=IwAR0hHG4-7mchD-XBfHtFdgadAaMMDQkWKUTNW2TDp-M3zZQtjF_YJb5eq8s

 

Live Interpretive Painting During Concert This Weekend

This Saturday night, at the Symphonic Watercolours performance by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, we will have two master watercolour artists painting, live, during the performance!  These two painters, Bonnie Steinberg and Andrew Sookrah, were both personally invited by the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC/SCPA) president Rayne Tunley, to demonstrate at this event.  They are both elected members of the CSPWC as well as other prominent societies, as you will see in their biographies below.

Artists’ Statements:

 

Bonnie Steinberg SCA, CSPWC, TWS

My watercolours encompass a variety of subject matter, with architectural detail, being my latest achievement. Ordinary “slices of life” are other choices for subject matter. My use of high-keyed colour and dramatic light are the trademarks of my work.
A recent exhibit of my work covered paintings ranging in a variety of subject matter, from Architecture, to landscape, to still life. The “passion” that I hope to convey through colour, design and light are the essence of my work. My objective could be summarized by the following passage:
“My visions encompass my views of the world and will aim to give the viewer a glimpse into this world. If this relationship occurs then the painting has been successful.”

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah CSPWC, OSA, SCA, PSC

All of my work is the result of an intense interview between my existence and that of my subject.
I would hope that the result be informed more by knowledge rather than mere belief.

Below are examples of Bonnie’s and Andrew’s recent work:

A Lawren Harris Mystery House. Watercolour by Bonnie Steinberg.
Clogher. Waves. Dingle. Watercolour by Andrew Sookrah.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew and Bonnie  very much for their unique contributions to this multimedia presentation, which will be the closing event of our month-long exhibition.  We are in for a treat!  This event takes place at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

If you would like more information about Andrew and Bonnie, they have graciously provided their bios below, or you can go to their websites (Andrew’s website ; Bonnie’s website):


ANDREW CHEDDIE SOOKRAH CSPWC, OSA, SCA, PSC

Andrew Sookrah

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a Canadian professional artist living and working in Toronto. He is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Society of Canadian Artists (Lifetime, Mentor), Ontario Society of Artists, Portrait Society Of Canada.

Sookrah is a raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. His strengths can be seen in his strong sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, and confident presentation of bold colours.
His is a masterful expression of the unity of nature.

RECENT PAINTING EXPEDITIONS
Sable Island, 2017
Algonquin, Ontario, 2017
Shanghai, Suzhou, China, 2016
Killarney, Ontario, 2016
Haida Gwaii, Canada, 2016, painting, kayaking, camping expedition
Georgian Bay, Ontario, 2015
Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada, 2015
Dingle, Ireland, 2014, 2015

He has shown his Artist Project 2017, 2018, presenting work from painting trips to Sable Island, Killarney, Algonquin, the Canadian Arctic.

His body of work includes landscape, portraiture, figurative paintings, ceramic sculpture as well as conceptual / multimedia including “Can Religious Beliefs be Identified From Examining DNA?” Nuit Blanche 2012.

Sookrah’s work is in Corporate and Private Collections in Canada, the US and China.

TEACHING:
Andrew teaches painting in watercolour, acrylic, oil and at The McMichael Art Gallery (Kleinberg), the Richmond Hill Art School (Markham), Loyalist College (Belleville), The Town Of Richmond Hill, Luc Sculpture Art School (Toronto) and ARTiculations, (Toronto)

WORKSHOPS:
Andrew conducts 1-day, 2-day and 4-day painting workshops periodically.

CURRENT AND RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

CSPWC / FWS, Avignon, France
Open Water, Aird Gallery, Toronto (Winsor Newton / Currys Award)
The Artist Project 2018, Aird Gallery, Toronto
The Artist Project 2017, Toronto
The 3Rd International Art Festival, Nanjing, China
Current Connections, Toronto, Buckhorn
Opening of Wang Jianhua Museum, Suzhou, China


BONNIE STEINBERG CSPWC, SCA, TWS

Bonnie Steinberg

THORNHILL, ONTARIO watercolours@rogers.com

ARTS EDUCATION

York University, Toronto, Ontario. (Hon Bachelor of Fine Arts.)
Selected courses at:
Seneca College:
Atkinson College (York University): Ontario College of Art and Design1972-82
Margaret Roseman, Jack Reid, Jane Champagne: Brent Heighton, Stephen Quiller,

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (partial list)

Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Unionville, Ontario
2007 Roselawn Theatre and Art Centre, Port Colbourne,Ontario
2007-04 Thornhill Visual Artists’ Studio Tour, Thornhill, Ontario
2002 Illuminary Gallery,Toronto, Ontario
2001, 1999, 97
Daruma Gallery,New York , New York
1993 Delta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery Beaux Arts, Toronto, Ontario

JURIED EXHIBITIONS (partial list)

2018 SCA 50th Juried International Open Juried Exhibition at the Papermill Gallery.
2018 IWS Canada /CSPWC (A Symphony in Watercolour) Exhibition

2018-1990 Toronto Watercolour Society – Aquavision Spring and Fall
2009, 01 Haliburton School Of Art, Faculty Show, Rails End Gallery
2007-01
2000 Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – Open Water – John B. Aird Gallery
2000 Fourth Annual Members Show / Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., Western New York Artists’ Group
1999
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – 75th Anniversary Exhibition at the Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Society of Canadian Artists – Fall Show – John B. Aird Gallery
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – 75th Anniversary Exhibition at The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto

AWARDS(partial list)
2016-platinum level of distinction for 50 juried shows for fall and spring TWS(Toronto Watercolour society)
2016-25 year membership award for the Toronto Watercolour Society
2015-spring watercolour show: Aquavision 2015 for Toronto Watercolour Society
2014-Award for excellence in transparent watercolour _the Bruce Snell Award for The Toronto Watercolour Society
2010-silver Medal for Toronto Watercolour Society
2010 Award of distinction for the Toronto Watercolour Society(Gold, silver and bronze)
2002 -1997 Toronto Watercolour Society-Award of Merit, Best Architectural, Best Still Life, Jururor’s choice and Artists’ choice awards.

COLLECTIONS(partial list)

Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles
Pettle Foods Canada
IBM Canada
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
M. Tan Associates, Toronto
Colm (Phantom of the Opera) Wilkinson
Mr. Justice Howard Wetston (Federal Court of Canada), Ottawa
Delta Gallery
Lotus Corporation
Permanent Collection – Heintzman House, Markham Ontario

GALLERIES(partial list)

Rails End Gallery, Halliburton, Ontario
Art Dialogue Gallery (Buffalo N.Y),
Nuance Gallery (Tampa, Florida),
Karger Gallery (Elora, Ontario).
Details Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS AND WORKSHOPS(partial list)

Italy: Painting tour of Venice, Tuscany, and Florence2011
Italy: Painting tour of Florence, and the Amlfi coast-2013
Sedona Arizona-September 2012
PEI School of the Arts, North Rustico, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Dundas Valley School of Art Dundas,Ontario
Loyalist College, Belleville,Ontario
St. Lawrence College: 100 Islands Summer School for the Arts, Kingston,Ontario
Cornell University, Ithica, New York
Halliburton school of the Arts, Haliburton,Ont.
Visual Arts Mississauga,Ontario
Thornhill Seniors Centre, Thornhill,Ontario
Sunbury Shores St. Andrews by the Sea,: New Brunswick
Burlington Centre for the Arts ,Burlington :Ontario
Southampton Art School: Southampton, Ontario
Wellington County Museum and Archives: Elora Ontario
Williamsburg Watercolour Society: Amherst New York
Pumphouse Gallery,: Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario
Mc Conoughy Seniors” Centre, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Seneca College,King Campus, King City, Ontario
Victoria, British Columbia

Exhibit is Now at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Our brave leader Ona Kingdon has been extremely busy these past few days, moving our exhibit out of Boynton House, re-organizing, and putting a selection of the paintings up at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts  in the Foyer, Lower East Side and Upper East Side Galleries (click for HOURS), in anticipation of the concert which will be held there to close the exhibit on October 27.  Luckily she had some help from Tiina Price, Nola McConnan and Michelle Zikovitz for the physical work!

The paintings selected were those of the award winners, the invited guests, and people who contributed significantly to the event.

It’s lovely to see that no matter where we put this exhibit, whether it is in a heritage building with a homey, comfortable atmosphere, or in a modern, sophisticated theatre, the watercolour paintings look beautiful and add so much to the space they are in.  See for yourself!

Here is how the exhibit looked at Boynton House:

And here is how it looks at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts: