From Nature
To Abstraction

September 29 – October 29, 2022

Opening Reception Saturday October 1, 1-3 p.m.

Member Art Exhibition


Dixie Allen

Barbara Andersen

Nancy Beiman

Maggie Broda

Marsha Brown

Irene K Cha

Adele D’Arcy

Judith Davidson-Palmer

Ulla Djelweh

Myra Evans

Adele Gaila

Jack Gilbert

Catharina Goldnau

Josie Greco

Kate Greenway

MaryLou Hurley

Kelly Kirkpatrick

Iwona Kmiec

Jan Kraus

Monica Kucharuk

Win Kuplowsky

Susan Lappin

Stephanie Ledger Van Logchem

Adriana Lee

Kay Lee

Dorion Liebgott

Sharon MacLennan

Lana Matskiv

Suzanne Miller

Marjorie Moeser

Joanne Nelson

Patricia Paolini

Megha Parhar

Elena Pope

Janet f. Potter

Janet Read

Ted Scott

Deniz Seker

Dianne Shackle

Jocelyn Shaw

Natalia Shields

Lena Shugar

Catharine Somerville

Anita Stein

Barb Symons

Ruth Thorogood

Moira Tobin

Nina Tschupikow

Wendy Weaver

Eugenia Weinerek

Leah Zack

Karen Zavitz

Select Artwork from the Exhibition


Participating Artists

Dixie Allen– Water carving pathways over centuries forming a deep gorge in the earth of Rock and Stone in Sculptural Formation while nurturing the delicate forest. Every step through the forested gorge and rocky formations was a pure artistic discovery. As light bathes the rock formations, the flowing water and the tender forest magic happens, an Artistic Abstraction in creation. This In-Camera Abstraction Artwork capture layers of nature’s textures, colour and depth harmoniously bathing in light.

Barbara Andersen

Nancy Beiman

Maggie Broda

Marsha Brown– I love to paint in watercolour en plein air. The weather – sunshine, clouds, even a bit of rain – and the scene I’m painting contribute to a lasting memory that stays with me forever.

Irene YK Cha– I am very fascinated by the idea that any single incident, though it may seem like a coincidence, represents a significant cause in our lives. Just as we feel the existence of wind, when we see branches of trees swaying, so can we recognize invisible reality through what we can see.. A variety of phenomena that can be seen in between must be a part of reality that we cannot feel directly.

Carol Cormier

Adele D’Arcy I interpreted the theme in relation to my fascination with early 20th century architecture, creating an image with both oak leaves and decorative ornaments inspired by them.

Ulla Djelweh– As an avid gardener I am fascinated by the beauty, variety and intricacy of the botanical world. The delicate Delphinium is hidden in the background of my garden, while the powerful Milkweed is seldom overlooked when discharging its seeds.

Myra Evans– All art can be considered an abstraction, even landscape. My two mixed media paintings are landscape abstractions, reflecting on the theme of going home, evident in the converging lines leading to the focal points . There can be many levels of meaning found in the meaning of” Home” and I hope viewers will create their own story.

Ariana Gaila– My work is a processing of my life and trauma. I take from the natural essence of sex, memory and childhood to create abstracted forms that, in turn come full circle, creating visceral bodily reactions.

Jack Gilbert– Real and abstraction shown in both photos.

Catharina Goldnau– My work is inspired by sculptures that lend interest and beauty to outside and inside living spaces. I look for the symbiosis between nature and ceramics, incorporating plants into my sculptures or making sculptures to be placed in the midst of a garden or patio.

Josie GrecoI am inspired by the beauty of nature. My aim with this painting of a deer surrounded by a vast and bare snowscape is to evoke a tranquil state of mind for the viewer.

Kate Greenway– “Fissure” suggests power and the force of nature. Perhaps it was the catalyst to transform a peacock (“Melting Peacock”) and create a seahorse (“Emergent”).

MaryLou Hurley– My art is deeply rooted in nature; in experiences amongst the forests, flowers and dragonflies of my youth. I enjoy sharing these memories by reimagining and experimenting with vivid colour and mixed media elements.

Kelly Kirkpatrick

Iwona Kmiec– In this painting I explore concept of scent as a sensual influencer of shared experience and memory. The theme “From Nature to Abstraction” allows me to express my interpretation of the landscape and impression of its natural beauty.

Jan Kraus– I work primarily in watercolour which is a challenging but playful medium that dances. Plein air combines my love of watercolour and nature which calls me to see the world in new and unexpected ways. It is my intention to express the spirit of a particular time and place.

Monica Kucharuk

Win Kuplowsky– From sketch book en plein-air study in High Park to oil on cradled board.

Susan Lappin– The magic of colour comes from how it stirs emotions. If it is nature or impressionism, it is all in colour.

Stephanie Ledger Van Logchem– ‘CREEK REVERIE’ was created as an improvised abstract painting to ‘Creek Listening’, a stunning music piece composed by Bill Gilliam and improvised by the talented Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie Trio. My artwork was influenced as well by the joyful time I spent this summer, swimming and playing in the gorgeous Irondale River, surrounded by lush nature and accompanied by many delightful Odonata….

Adriana Lee

Kay Lee– I love to do plein air painting and the Toronto Botanical Garden is one of my favourite places.

Dorion Liebgott

Sharon MacLennan– I am channeling shades of green recently and when I found this garden, l fell in love with it.

Lana Matskiv– My artwork process is based in the French atelier method whereby I paint in oil in layers, consisting of grisaille under painting, false colour, and at least two layers of real colour. Oftentimes, I pay homage to iconic classic art pieces reconnecting them with modern reality, such as this take on the famous Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres “The Valpinçon Bather” on display in the Louvre.

Suzanne Forgang Miller– I am inspired by the natural setting and my imagination to create artworks full of dynamic colour and movement.

Marjorie Moeser– Moving from Nature to Abstraction is like switching from prose to poetry. Less is more. Say a lot with one broad brushstroke. Use pictorial metaphors. Excite the senses with vibrant, luscious colours, sensual textures and rhythmic lines. Other than maintaining the integrity of one’s medium and knowing its capabilities, there are no rules.

Joanne Nelson– Hostas are a symbol of friendship and devotion, tranquility and perseverance. Shades of purple represent spirituality, bravery, wisdom and creativity, among other things. I wish you a garden of deep friendships, positive emotions and a fountain of creativity.

Patricia Paolini– These two pieces are inspired by the wonders of our oceans! Trove echos the discovery of St. Francis’s treasure box which when once found contained a feather and the beauty of other natural forms!

Megha Parhar– I believe nature is what allows us to thrive and when we’re cut off from it, we lose an important tether to ourself and our community. My pieces are interpretations of how nature can’t be extricated from us.

Elena Pope– I use my sensorial experiences to direct my brush strokes- the color palette, the layering, the marks all embody the physicality of being in nature, reflecting back a distilled version of what I intuitively take in and process.

Janet f Potter– A Wide Range of Recyclable and Natural Waste found in my Living Surroundings. I have process and created with the Usage of Forms, Shapes and Colours into a collection of Visual Art for the Viewer.

Janet Read– The experience of light, atmosphere and land/seascapes in the high arctic prompted this abstract hybrid of drawing and painting as a response. Shafts of light, cascading water, ice and ocean are gathered by memory and imagination into this abstract piece.

Dianne Shackle

Ted Scott

Deniz Seker– I use mushrooms as metaphors in abstract thought, mediums, and muses, influenced by anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World: The Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (2017)—fungi are wise teachers in times of climate crisis, or at least in times of loss and mourning. Mushrooms accelerate decay to make way for new life.

Jocelyn Shaw

Natalia Shields– Trees are the subject of both images. An abstract approach was taken with Solitary Tree Blues to emphasize the idea that trees do not like a solitary life, rather preferring the company of other trees in a forest setting. Marsh Princess, in contrast, is found in the company of trees and even after ‘death’, appears to have status amongst its own kind.

Lena Shugar– My awareness of all things surrounding my world, is my primary inspiration. The contrast of reality and the imaginary is revealing the story to the viewer.

Catharine Somerville– My work focuses on colour and the emotional connections it makes on the landscape. Abstracted landscapes allow me to use the metaphors that evolve when painting.

Anita Stein

Barb Symons– One of the drawings from the vessel series organically conceived and reflective of both grave environmental conditions on our threshold, as well as the natural birthing process.

Ruth Thorogood– Always exploring themes and limits of painting, Ruth delves into styles that connect to everyday challenges and inspire others through the beauty of her art, conveying positive messaging.

Wendy Weaver

Eugenia Weinerek

Leah Zack– My art to me needs to either tell a story or emote an emotion for me and hopefully for the viewer.

Karen Zavitz– “Strata Revealed” uses the shapes of geological formations as the basis for the piece.