Black and White

Member Art Exhibition

On View
January 12  – February 11, 2023


Exhibition Details:
Black and White

January 12 – February 11, 2023

Tuesday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
January 14, 2023 1:00-3:00

Free Admission /
Donations Appreciated

Charitable # 119026417

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The Women’s Art Association of Canada is pleased to present: “Black and White”, an inspiring group show by WAAC artists creating their unique interpretations of black and white, and including splashes of colour!




Artist Statements

Dixie Allen: The silver-white moon hangs with a striking presence in the deep black sky as shades of white and grey paint textures on a glowing palette, boldly revealing the craters on the edges of her surface. We dance to celebrate this spring moonlit sky bringing dramatic Black and White together in perfect harmony. Photographic image captured as appeared in Nature, pure Black and White Metal print medium is chosen to reflect the coolness of the Moon hanging in a cold dark sky. (

Irene Barran-Stec (

Maggie Broda: With these works I demonstrate how simplified subjects, media choices, and techniques can create intense emotion for the viewer. (

Marsha Brown: Drawing from life is a magical experience, a collaboration between artist and model coloured by a moment in time. (

Adele D’Arcy: This was one of the more challenging themes, as the interaction of colours is a big part of my art-making process. (

Deniz Ergun-Seker: Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. Eckhart Tolle My piece is beyond the mental noise, colors reflect the quiet space in stillness. Stillness Speaks. (

Sylvia Falkiewicz (

Eva Gerold: Theme- A line. Process: I drew a line on a piece of mylar laid on a chiseled granite block. From there I kept making variations of the line from top to bottom. (

Beryl Goering (

Kate Greenway: On A Clear Day uses frosted glass and a semi-abstract depiction of the Toronto sky and lake to hilite air pollution. The collage is a study of subtle gradations of black, grey, and white to create form. (

Gretchen Jeens: Always motivated to explore the figure in my artwork, I have challenged myself to creatively use black and white in two separate styles with these two drawings. (

Kelly Kirkpatrick: I am continuing to explore the mark making works I created by painting with flowers dipped in a rich black media on paper. I love to see each type of flower’s individual markings and visual personality come to life. Creating these works in an uncontrolled and experimental way encourages me to stay in a visceral state of action which is fast and instinctual. For this piece, I experimented with hydrangea flowers dipped in black and gold media to create supple lines and reveal the delicate marks of their petals. (

Margaret Kittel-Canale: For these black-and-white photos, I drew out the red colour to give authenticity to the scene. (

Iwona Kmiec: I start with a memorable scent that I render in an abstract form. As petrichor, a short-lived scent, I aim for capturing the joy of the moment. The black-and-white colour scheme makes this idea perhaps even more fleeting…like a film frame from an old, black-and-white movie. (

Monica Kucharuk (

Susan Lappin (

Winnie Larsen: These monochromatic images are inspired by boldness in shape, line, contrast, and subtle tonal shifts while allowing the viewer the freedom to arrive at interpretation according to their own imagination. (

Adriana Lee (

Dorion Liebgott: Contrast is the key to black and white I believe. I am a colorist so this exhibition was a real challenge for me. (

Christine Lynett: While in Italy I have been working at IL Bisonte printmaking studio in Florence. The process of aquatint works well with my thematic imagery of atmospheric landscapes. This piece is one of a limited edition of 5 prints and was printed on Japanese paper pressed into arches printmaking paper. (

Sharon MacLennan (

Nora MacPhail (

Lana Matskiv: This portrait is rendered with the use of the tonal painterly hedging method of the French atelier school or drawing and painting. It requires short feathery strokes of carbon for large, medium, and small-form modeling, allowing the creation of strong contrasts and visual interest. (

Suzanne Miller: This painting draws on my love of dance, and my own experience of dancing over many years. I am standing in the foreground, watching the dancers, while waiting to be asked to dance, observing the different postures and styles of dancing, and enjoying the music and the sheer joy of social dancing. (

Marjorie Moeser: The painting’s content moves from black to white through textured greys. It is in these textured greys that a Dickensian narrative emerges, in the forms of cell-like images akin to the cells of the Bastille where Dr. Manette was confined in “A Tale Of Two Cities”. Hence, 105 North Tower, the location of his cell. (

Joanne Nelson (

Sara Petroff: Drawn to rescuing traces of time through memory-filled papers, my mixed media sculptural collages are intended to reframe obsolete ephemera in a new light. Often in the form of clothing, my work is never intended as historical costume, but rather to serve as an intimate & familiar safe space into which the viewer brings forward their own memories. These are multi-media narratives of lives lived, sculpted from paper, mixed with history and reinvested with new meaning. Collaged from the first issue of a vintage Hollywood magazine from 1956, melted vinyl records, 8mm film and 35mm negatives, this piece oozes old Hollywood glamour. See how many legends of the silver screen you can recognize! (

Karen Perlmutter (

Elena Pope: Why do some things come to your consciousness? What triggers their appearance? I allow these fleeting moments to guide my paintings. Sometimes there are AHA! moments, sometimes nonsensical. But there are there for a purpose that may become apparent later. (

Janet f. Potter: I have processed a Bk.and White Collection of Various Mixed Media with the usage of paper, Fabric, Handwritten Calligraphy Gelli Print. (

Geraldine Sadoway: I am a botanical artist and prefer to work with live subjects – lilies are patient and beautiful subjects to draw! I like to do my original drawing in graphite to capture tonal gradations and then to develop the same portrait in colour using watercolour and coloured pencil. (

Theodore Scott (

Catharine Somerville: Starting from nature walks I experience the surroundings and sounds around me. Making notes in my sketchbook allows me to take my experiences into my studio where I decide on the size and design of my work. (

Triveni Srikaran: The colours black and white have many connotations in visual art. For example, white symbolizes pure light, positive space, and goodness, while black depicts the absence of light, negative space, and darkness. The symbolic disparity between the two colours permits artists to capture intense emotions in various abstract formats in their compositions, making them intriguing yet mysterious. This is the idea for my painting “Looking Glass” – a portrait of nature captured at the threshold between light and shadows, reality and fantasy, presence and absence. (

Anita Stein: Hidden messages and meaningful words describe this thoughtful piece. (

Nina Tschupikow (

Wendy Weaver: In the early hours of the morning, or the last rays of sunlight in the evening, there is a beauty in the quietness. In the morning the loons may start to call. In the evening too, there may be a gradual arrival of night sounds. Once enjoyed, it is never forgotten. (

Karen Zavitz: Grisaille (black, white, gray tones) lends itself well to drawing media (ink, pencil, charcoal) where the emphasis is on the drawn form rather than colour. Consequently, I used two different drawing techniques for this show. (