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!

 

Painting to Spread Some Love Around the World

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!!!

-Ona Kingdon (President of IWS Canada)

Award Winners!

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.

Watercolour Demonstrations!

Opening of ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ International Art Exhibit:

Friday Sept. 28.  Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill.

Official Schedule:

Booths and exhibition will be open from noon until 5:00 pm within the garden area of Boynton House.
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Welcome speeches and official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Presidents of IWS Canada, IWS Globe & CSPWC/SCPA on the porch of Boynton House
The following events will then take place in booths in the fenced garden area of Boynton House or on the main porch of Boynton House:
12:15-12:45 pm Demos of products/talks by QoR and Da Vinci
1:00-1:30 pm Demos of products/talks by Winsor & Newton and RockWell


1:45-2:45 pm Demos by IWS Master watercolour artists Ze Ze Lai (vice president of IWS Globe)

 

and Rainbow Tse (youth juror for our show)

 

2:30-3:00 pm Live music by the Hill Chamber Players on the porchway of Boynton House
3:00 pm Award presentations and speeches on the porch of Boynton House
3:45-4:00 pm More live music by the Hill Chamber Players
4:00-4:30 pm Demos/talks by Daniel Smith and DeSerres
4:30-5:00 pm Chance to talk to people at booths and see exhibition at your leisure.

Burr House Craft Gallery & Tea Room, 530 Carville Road, Richmond Hill.

6:00-8:00 pm: An informal gathering of artists and art lovers; a time to relax, socialize and see the rest of the exhibition. Watch the Burr House spinners, weavers and potters at work. Tea and scones will also be available at a small charge.

Saturday, Sept. 29.

Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

10:00- 3:00 pm 3rd floor of library: Try your hand at watercolour, an activity sponsored by DeSerres, where we can give back to the local community. Connect with people from Richmond Hill and experiment with simple techniques for painting in watercolour.
10:00-10:50 am Watercolour demo by Michael Solovyev, IWS Canada International Director. Watch him create a painting and ask questions.

10:55- 11:50 am Watercolour demo by Atanur Dogan, IWS Globe President and Founder. Watch a painting come to life before your eyes.

 

 

 

 

12:00-1:15 pm Take in David McEown’s presentation: ‘Water & Light, an Artist’s Journey from Antarctica to the North Pole”. David narrates an entertaining digital show that merges painting, video and photography inspired from travels in the Great Bear Rainforest, Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole. Stories of chance encounters with many creatures including polar bears and emperor penguins are woven together with reflections on the environment, and the inner creative process of painting with watercolour.
2:00- 3:00 pm Watercolour demo by Vera Bobson, CSPWC

 

 

As you can see, there is plenty to keep an artist interested. These watercolour artists that are demonstrating, are some of the best in the whole world.  Almost like attending a workshop only without the fee!  Both days are registered Canada-wide Culture Days events.

Those are just the first two days of the exhibition.  All information that you could possibly want, including maps, are on the home page of our website iwscanada.ca.

Gather a friend or two and have a fun field trip!!

Featured Member – Tony Cook

Meet Tony Cook!

“I was born in England and worked as a newspaper reporter before serving in the Royal Artillery for my national service. I wanted to go to Korea with my unit – I mean, free travel and all – but wiser heads prevailed and I was given a War Office job testing new recruits. I emigrated to Canada in 1956 and entered the photographic business, intending to make a career out of my hobby. Surprisingly, I spent the following 40 years in the photographic and audiovisual industry in various senior marketing positions. Eventually tiring of the corporate environment, and foolishly forgoing the satisfaction of a regular paycheque, I started my own digital imaging and creative production house in Toronto, where I still live. I am married with three lovely daughters and three grandchildren.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working in various art forms, in addition to photography and computer graphics. In the late 1970s, I expanded a childhood love of scratching initials on school desks and assorted trees, and began wood carving. I joined the Ontario Wood Carvers Association (OWCA), studied with famed carving teachers Joe Dampf, Benoit Deschenes and Wayne Barton, and somehow developed my own style of interpretive carving. I probably wasn’t paying attention. I was President of the OWCA during the 1980s, and edited their newsletter and website for several years. I showed my carvings in OWCA competitions and at the Canadian National Exhibition, and was completely ignored by the jurors.

I studied drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2004 and subsequently took up watercolour painting. Being a Brit, I figured this was the proper medium for me. I credit teacher Ruth Hayes with giving me assurance that I could handle this medium and Barry Coombs for introducing me to the finer points of brush handling, design and simplification. I have tried to pay attention. I have enjoyed workshops with Art Cunanan, Hi-Sook Barker, Doug Mays and Marc Gagnon, each of whom has been very patient.

More recently, I have begun to work with Acrylics, studying with Lila Lewis Irving and DiDi Gadjanski.

I am very fortunate to have discovered a friendly and supportive environment within the art clubs that have accepted me as a member.”

Below is an example of Tony’s work – “A Winter Walk”.  For more about Tony Cook, please visit his website.

A Little Extension

IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour deadline extended 24 hours.

Dear watercolour artists,

Thank you so much to those who have completed their entries to our exhibition, A Symphony in Watercolour, taking place this fall in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

For those of you who still intend to enter, and are feverishly painting, and photographing your paintings, and wishing you had just a little more time…. we have good news for you.

We also need a little more time.  We’ve had such a volume of entries these past few days, it has been a challenge to keep up.  Added to that are some frustrating technical difficulties with payments, etc.  As a result, we’ve realized we need just a little more time for processing.  So, we have extended the deadline for the entry emails to 6 pm EDT on March 21, instead of March 20.

So, for those last minute people out there, you have 24 more hours!

Read the guidelines to make sure your entry is complete.

IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour deadline extended 24 hours.

Featured Member – Gord Jones

Gord Jones has always been an artist. After experiencing many different mediums such as oils, pastels, acrylics, even egg tempera he returned to his greatest love, transparent watercolour.

Gord has sought direction throughout his artistic career from many of Canada’s most loved watercolourists. He has always found visual communication speaks clearest, even though his interpretations leave room for the viewer to explore and most importantly, participate in the conversation.

He focuses on taking familiar life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of nature and how light describes its many forms. Gord seeks to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotional reaction and transferring that sense of space.

Gord is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, The Society of Canadian Artists, the Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society, The Haliburton Arts Council, the Rails End Gallery, and is Ontario”s representative of the International Watercolour Society. He is represented by various galleries in Ontario and participates in selected exhibitions throughout the year.
After cottaging in the area for over 30 years, Gord and family have recently made Haliburton their home.

Below is an example of Gord’s work.  For more about Gord, please visit his website.

Joint Meeting of IWS Canada leadership and CSPWC leadership

Yesterday, the leaders of the Canadian Branch of the International Watercolor Society, and the leaders of the Canadian Society Of Painters in Water Colour, gathered together in person and via Skype and telephone, to discuss a BIG joint project we have coming up next year – namely, an international  watercolour festival and exhibition, or Biennale.  Lots of great ideas were discussed, and the progress that has already been made on many of them was reviewed.  There is lots of work to be done but we have a very diligent and enthusiastic team.

Soon, we will reveal all of our plans and the excitement can begin for everyone!  In the meantime, we are looking for sponsors and filling out grant applications, to make this the best event possible.

We are so pleased to have received over 40,000 views of our contest results video on Facebook, and over 30,000 views of our website since October 1st.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this way!

Below are just a few photos of the people who attended the meeting in person. A few of the directors  Elizabeth Irvine, Helen Shideler, Tiina Price and Rose Butler also attended via skype and telephone.

Anita Cotter, Ona Kingdon, Rayne Tunley, Lianne Todd and Atanur Dogan