Special thanks to Da Vinci paint company for providing watercolour sample packs to be given out to the youths participating in our “Osmosis” mentoring program.
Our aim in 2019 is to share our love of and hopefully pass on our enthusiasm for watercolour to the younger generation!
Adults involved must be members of IWS Canada. Please let us know if you wish to join.
For Youths who wish to take part, please e mail email@example.com and we will pair you up with a member in your area.
To encourage youth today to discover and explore watercolour painting, this year IWS Canada would like each of its members (leadership team included) to find a youth (or youths) with whom to become their watercolour ‘Buddy’ for the year.
What qualifies as a “youth”?
The “youth” designation could range from anyone old enough to first hold a brush, to a young adult below the age of 25.You could nurture a friend or family member, a young neighbour and/or someone who already loves art, but maybe just hasn’t had much experience with watercolour yet .
How much will it cost to participate?
Participation is free for both IWS Canada members and their youth buddies. The only cost is your time which we really value you giving.
Why is it important to take part?
You would be encouraging creativity, establishing or extending a skill set,and promoting social interaction, as well as passing on your enthusiasm for watercolour to the next generation.
Kids and young adults alike always bring a unique and refreshing outlook to any project.You may even find the next well known Canadian Watercolourist.
What do you have to do?
To make this even more enjoyable, the IWS leadership team is planning an activity a month that you could do starting in March so you don’t even need to come up with an idea; just meet with your buddy or buddies, join in, and have fun, too.
There will be 10 activities, one each month between March and December; not a huge time commitment, but time well spent.
To limit the expense, IWS Canada is working on providing some materials for the youth contingent of our plan. More details will follow over the course of the year.
So make someone’s day! Ask them to be your watercolour buddy.
Look for someone whose interest you could spark! Let’s pass on the baton…or brush, in this case! And let’s get creative!
- If you are a member of IWS Canada, find your buddy then let us know who the buddy is and how old they are.
- If you are a youth e mail us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you would like to take part
- Sit back and eagerly await our first month’s activity which we will send you at the beginning of March.
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!
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 :
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.
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.
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:
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.
ANDREW CHEDDIE SOOKRAH CSPWC, OSA, SCA, PSC
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.
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)
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
THORNHILL, ONTARIO email@example.com
York University, Toronto, Ontario. (Hon Bachelor of Fine Arts.)
Selected courses at:
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
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
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
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.
Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles
Pettle Foods Canada
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
M. Tan Associates, Toronto
Colm (Phantom of the Opera) Wilkinson
Mr. Justice Howard Wetston (Federal Court of Canada), Ottawa
Permanent Collection – Heintzman House, Markham Ontario
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
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:
Art has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. It brings people together and IWS Canada’s mission is to do just that – to unify those who live to create and also those who live to love art.
❤ Help us to spread some love around our world today ❤
I would like to thank 7 IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour finalists, Lorraine Watry, Alexandra Bryska, Jan Min, Carrie Waller, Sun Jiangang, William Rogers and Lianne Todd who spent their time helping me to create this video. You are all AWESOME!!!
Two weeks ago during the opening celebrations of our A Symphony in Watercolour Exhibit, the awards given by the jurors Peter Marsh CSPWC, OSA, SCA, TWS, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA and Rainbow Ze (youth juror) were announced. We are so grateful for all of our sponsors and the numerous prizes that we were able to give out!
They are listed below – keep scrolling for a gallery of the winning images:
The CSPWC Grand Prize for Best in Show – Lana Privitera USA Some Wrinkles to Iron
The IWS Canada Youth Award – Yong-Ching , Jhang Taiwan Smile at the age of 19
Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 1 – Roy Tibbits Canada Winter Sentinels
Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 2 -Moe Win Myanmar Padaung Old Woman
Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 3 – Conny Jager Canada Under the L
Daniel Smith Colors of Inspiration Award – William Rogers Canada Matinee Duel
Daniel Smith Designers Award – Kashinath Das India View of Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Daniel Smith New Colors Award – Anna Ivanova Russia Bayaders
The DeSerres Award -Anthony Saldutto Canada Rays
QoR Modern Watercolor by GOLDEN Award – Corinne Izquierdo France Pecheur du Sud
Rosemary & Co Brush Award – Richard Tiejun Chao Australia A Thinker
Da Vinci Paint Co Awards:
1. Jacques Villares Spain Madrid 70’s
2. Jansen Chow Malaysia Night Market
3. Jose Apaza Mexico Cantera (quarry)
4. Mykhailo Rychkov Ukraine Evening in Quebec
5. Yelena Iokton Kazakhstan Hunter
Escoda Brushes Awards:
1. Barbara Eguchi Canada Rhythms of Kensington
2. Sun Jiangang China The stone beach under the sun
3. Shan raza amrohvi Pakistan Buzkashi game 2
Richmond Hill Creative Eye Love and Peace Awards:
1. Mohammad ali Yazdchi Iran White Flowers
2. Barbara Farren Canada Sleeping at the Airport
3. Gail Sutherland Canada D’Aubins Cove
4. Shirin Nematzadeh Iran Pink flowers
To view images as a slideshow, click on one and then use arrow cursor keys.
As noted in our last post, the entire exhibit is currently located at Boynton House in Richmond Hill (at Richmond Green). The exhibit at Boynton House will close as of October 15, when all paintings will be taken from there, and some will be selected to relocate to the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
In the meantime, there is plenty to enjoy at Boynton House and it would certainly be worth your while to get there before the end of this weekend! Our exhibit has been so popular that over 1100 people have visited as of Tuesday afternoon!
View the now over 90 paintings on exhibit, (combining those from Burr House as well.)
Experience the magic of Ona Kingdon painting live daily.
Try a watercolour activity this weekend.
See IWS Canada’s “Love Around the World” paint video preview.
Come join in the celebration of watercolour!
Notes from last weekend:
We had a wonderful day today letting the children of our local community in Richmond Hill experiment with Watercolour. Hope you enjoy looking through our Symphony in Watercolour Children’s album, just a small selection from all the paintings created at Boynton House on Richmond Green on Saturday the 6th and Sunday 7th October:
Thank you to Da Vinci Paint Co. for providing a few of your dot palettes for the children to experiment with. They LOVED creating their own #DaVinciMoment and to DeSerres for providing the paper for this activity. You are both AWESOME sponsors of our Symphony in Watercolour.
Just a note to keep everyone apprised of the current locations of our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ international exhibit. While up until today, paintings were at two locations, Boynton House and Burr House in Richmond Hill, the ones at Burr House are moving today to Boynton House, so that the entire exhibit will be located there.
Later on in the month, some of the paintings will be moving to the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, in anticipation of the special performance there at the end of the month (October 27).
To buy tickets for the performance at RHCPA, please click the image below: