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11 of Us at BMFA (Posted On: Monday, June 22, 2009)

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As an award-winning photographer of architecture, nature and landscapes from around the globe, Jan Novak is well versed in looking at the ‘big picture’. When he discovered that the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts had the month of July available at the Arts Centre in downtown Collingwood he jumped at the opportunity.

Jan organized a substantial and unique art show, succinctly titled “11 of Us”, which opens at the Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario St., on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 and continues to Sunday, July 26.

Jan envisioned a month-long, multi-media exhibition and sale featuring some of the finest Ontario artists outside of the GTA. Jan’s enthusiasm brings together a remarkable collection of award-winning, professional artists, many of whom have specialized in their chosen medium for over 30 years. Although strangers to one another, these eleven individuals are keen to work cooperatively to organize, promote and assist with the show at the eminent Collingwood gallery. With so much selection, this show is sure to tempt both novice and seasoned collectors.

11 of Us will showcase paintings and photography on the perimeter walls, while sculptural creations in clay, glass, wood, stone and steel will grace the interior spaces. Two-dimensional art work will include exceptional photographic exhibits by Jan Novak and Mark Kruse.

Laura Carter will display realistic and impressionistic landscape paintings in oil and watercolour, inspired by the Canadian Arctic, Newfoundland and the shores of Georgian Bay. Roslyn Levin’s oriental brush paintings on rice paper will reveal both the motion and emotion of wildlife and domestic cats.

Pastelist Steve Leskew will delight with his vibrant interpretations of Georgian Bay, Muskoka and the Trent Severn Waterway. Karen Richardson’s serene watercolours from her 'Close to Nature' series will focus on realistic details of the natural world. Norm Wheeler will present sculptural works in clay fired for over three days in a kiln of his own design, using wood as the only fuel. Kathryn Thomson will offer ethereal blown glass bowls and vases as well as whimsical and thought-provoking sculptural and sand blasted glass.

Jim Lorriman, a full-time wood turner, will display his signature ‘Stick Bowls’ and recycled woods including his dock cedar pieces. Fred Hummel will bring his stone sculptures and Cathy Mark’s rock and steel interpretations of nature will add her special brand of magic to the show.

The public will be given an opportunity to meet the artists at the Arts Centre during the opening on July 1 (Canada Day).

The exhibition will be open during July on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am - 6pm, Fridays 11am -8pm, Saturday 11am - 6pm, and Sundays 12pm - 4pm. For further details, visit online at

Contact: Jan Novak: 705.790.4790
Arts Centre: 705.445.3430 (Wednesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm)


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