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INSIGHTS 40TH JURIED EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS

June 19th - September 1st, 2019

Exhibition Hall, Wellington County Museum & Archives

OPENING RECEPTION, WEDNESDAY JUNE 19TH 7-9PM

AWARDS CEREMONY 8PM

 

Insights Juried Art Exhibition

The Insights Juried Arts Exhibition began as part of the Fergus Fall Fair, when works were shown in the Fergus Agricultural Building. In its founding year, 1985, the Elora Arts Council assumed the operation and funding of Insights.

Insights is held annually in the Exhibition Hall of the Wellington County Museum and is considered the largest and longest running art exhibit operated by a non-institutional group in Ontario. It is now one of the most important and highly regarded amongst all the annual juried art exhibitions in Ontario.  Insights depends entirely on the support of our artists, volunteers and local community.  

Insights is organized to encourage and honour excellence, high levels of accomplishment and innovative approaches to artistic expression in the work of local artists. To this end, jurors are drawn from the ranks of top art professionals, educators and curators.  Insights support and respect for our local artists is an important objective in all aspects of the work of this volunteer organization. The Insights committee takes pride in creating an exemplary juried arts exhibition.  

The collaboration with the Wellington County Museum has made it possible to present the show in beautiful surroundings and in a wonderful gallery.

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2019 JURORS

Sylvia Galbraith   Based in Fergus, ON, Sylvia Galbraith is a photographic artist whose traditional methods of image creation are conjoined with a contemporary practice of using video and installation. She has worked with several art forms over the years including oils, charcoal and clay, but found that the restrictions inherent to the camera inspired and challenged her more than any other art form. Her current practice demonstrates a deep connection with the landscapes and people found in some of Canada’s loneliest places. Galbraith has participated in residencies in Newfoundland, Banff and Northern Ontario, and has exhibited her work in solo shows at the Wellington County Museum in Elora and Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, as well as in numerous group exhibitions across Canada. She has photographs in corporate, public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally, and has received many awards and bursaries for her work.  In addition to her artistic practice, Galbraith is actively involved in the arts community; she is a photographer for the Bonavista Biennale (2017 & 2019, Newfoundland), and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the  Elora Centre for the Arts . She is a member of The Elora Arts Council, The Guelph Arts Council, CARFAC, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. She arranges exhibitions for various venues throughout the GTA and locally, and is involved with the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, both as an artist and a curator.   Galbraith has taught photography courses throughout Canada, including for the University of Toronto, University of Brandon, MB and Humber College. She currently teaches workshops from her studio in Fergus, and is an Associate Faculty Member for Conestoga College’s Commercial Photography Certificate Program. Galbraith is a guest instructor at  Sunbury Shores Art Centre  in New Brunswick, and the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Elora.   www.sylviagalbraith.ca

Sylvia Galbraith

Based in Fergus, ON, Sylvia Galbraith is a photographic artist whose traditional methods of image creation are conjoined with a contemporary practice of using video and installation. She has worked with several art forms over the years including oils, charcoal and clay, but found that the restrictions inherent to the camera inspired and challenged her more than any other art form. Her current practice demonstrates a deep connection with the landscapes and people found in some of Canada’s loneliest places. Galbraith has participated in residencies in Newfoundland, Banff and Northern Ontario, and has exhibited her work in solo shows at the Wellington County Museum in Elora and Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, as well as in numerous group exhibitions across Canada. She has photographs in corporate, public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally, and has received many awards and bursaries for her work.

In addition to her artistic practice, Galbraith is actively involved in the arts community; she is a photographer for the Bonavista Biennale (2017 & 2019, Newfoundland), and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Elora Centre for the Arts. She is a member of The Elora Arts Council, The Guelph Arts Council, CARFAC, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. She arranges exhibitions for various venues throughout the GTA and locally, and is involved with the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, both as an artist and a curator.


Galbraith has taught photography courses throughout Canada, including for the University of Toronto, University of Brandon, MB and Humber College. She currently teaches workshops from her studio in Fergus, and is an Associate Faculty Member for Conestoga College’s Commercial Photography Certificate Program. Galbraith is a guest instructor at Sunbury Shores Art Centre in New Brunswick, and the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Elora.

www.sylviagalbraith.ca

Joel Masewich   Joel Masewich is a professional visual artist, working full-time for the past 18 years. He is an abstract painter, working with acrylic on paper or canvas. His multi-layered, imaginary works represent his emotional response to landscapes, and sometimes to events or ideas. Many of his paintings are strongly horizontal and contain visual references to water or light. His vivid colours are sharply contrasting, as if lit by direct sunlight. Art collectors are drawn to the immediate, fresh quality of his work which crosses the boundary between landscape and abstract art.  His technique is to layer the paints, then intermix them with palette knives and brushes, leaving a sharp and lively interplay of colour. In a recent exhibition, Passage to Salem, Joel began to include collage elements in his work. This began with paper originals, and now involves stainless steel shapes, which are laser cut and applied to the canvas. This technique is evolving to include glass and paper elements as well.  Appropriately, Joel Masewich lives in a rural area, in the hamlet of Salem, which sits on the outskirts of the village of Elora in southwestern Ontario. His home and studio are housed in a renovated stone stable. He is active in the local arts community, but also travels widely to show his work in galleries and exhibitions. He is married, with three children, and is an active, competitive squash player.   www.joelmasewich.com

Joel Masewich

Joel Masewich is a professional visual artist, working full-time for the past 18 years. He is an abstract painter, working with acrylic on paper or canvas. His multi-layered, imaginary works represent his emotional response to landscapes, and sometimes to events or ideas. Many of his paintings are strongly horizontal and contain visual references to water or light. His vivid colours are sharply contrasting, as if lit by direct sunlight. Art collectors are drawn to the immediate, fresh quality of his work which crosses the boundary between landscape and abstract art.

His technique is to layer the paints, then intermix them with palette knives and brushes, leaving a sharp and lively interplay of colour. In a recent exhibition, Passage to Salem, Joel began to include collage elements in his work. This began with paper originals, and now involves stainless steel shapes, which are laser cut and applied to the canvas. This technique is evolving to include glass and paper elements as well.

Appropriately, Joel Masewich lives in a rural area, in the hamlet of Salem, which sits on the outskirts of the village of Elora in southwestern Ontario. His home and studio are housed in a renovated stone stable. He is active in the local arts community, but also travels widely to show his work in galleries and exhibitions. He is married, with three children, and is an active, competitive squash player.

www.joelmasewich.com

Don Russell   A multidisciplinary artist of Acadian and Mi’kmaq heritage. Russell was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1970 and currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario.  “I am from the West coast of Newfoundland, typically referred to as the French shore, but also rich with Mi’kmaq culture and history. The forests in this part of the province are thick with spruce, birch and alders. In areas the forest is nearly impenetrable as trees mesh together and form a barrier of branches, twigs and an indistinguishable haze of foliage. My ancestors have lived on this land for untold generations and my connection to this geography and cultural heritage infuses my work at every turn. I explore the landscape and our relationship to it.”  Russell’s artistic practice encompasses painting, printmaking and land art where he utilizes key elements of stone and earth to create monumental installations.  His work is represented in private, public and corporate collections across Canada, notably among them is the Governor Generals’ Residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the University of Toronto Law School and the University of Guelph.   www.donrussell.ca

Don Russell

A multidisciplinary artist of Acadian and Mi’kmaq heritage. Russell was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1970 and currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario.

“I am from the West coast of Newfoundland, typically referred to as the French shore, but also rich with Mi’kmaq culture and history. The forests in this part of the province are thick with spruce, birch and alders. In areas the forest is nearly impenetrable as trees mesh together and form a barrier of branches, twigs and an indistinguishable haze of foliage. My ancestors have lived on this land for untold generations and my connection to this geography and cultural heritage infuses my work at every turn. I explore the landscape and our relationship to it.”

Russell’s artistic practice encompasses painting, printmaking and land art where he utilizes key elements of stone and earth to create monumental installations.

His work is represented in private, public and corporate collections across Canada, notably among them is the Governor Generals’ Residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the University of Toronto Law School and the University of Guelph.

www.donrussell.ca


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Visitor Information

 

EXHIBITION runs from
June 19 thru September 1, 2019

Monday-Friday ~ 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday ~ 1 pm to 5 pm
(closed holidays)

Entrance is by optional donation, except for 'Walk with Jurors' event below.

Follow and share the news using the social media links below, and using #Insights40.

Please visit and thank our sponsors.


Wellington County Museum
and Archives

0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3

 

Important Dates

OPENING RECEPTION

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7 pm to 9 pm
Awards Ceremony: 8 pm (Music and Refreshments)

WALK WITH THE JURORS

Sunday, June 23, 2019
1:30 pm to 3 pm
Admission: $5

 

PURCHASing Art

Most works on display are also for sale. We accept cash or cheques at time of purchase. Purchased works may be picked up after September 1st (show closing), arrangements will be made at time of purchase.

NEW FOR 2019 - STUDENT AWARD

Find out more here about our latest addition to Insights. We’re looking to give the local high schools an opportunity to participate!

INSIGHTS TIMELINE IS CHANGING IN 2020!

Next year, in 2020, Insights will change from a summer show, to a spring timeline. Check out our fresh page - here - to watch for updates.

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2018 Supporters

 

AWARD SPONSORS

Insights Award - Wyndham Art Supplies

Ellen Langlands Award - Wellington County Museum

Elora Arts Council Award - Sponsored by Benny Di Zitti

Painting with Water Media Award - Wrighthaven Homes

Oil Painting and Mixed Media Award - Charleston Homes

Photography Award - Maureen & Max MacIntyre

Fibre and Material Arts Award - Judy McMullan & Canadian Embroiderers' Guild

Richard Pilon Works on Paper Award - Desert Rose Cafe

3D Arts Award - Collins Barrow

People's Choice Award - Jean Innes

 

Patrons

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Tom Blonde, Baker Tilly

Susan Brown

Benny DiZitti

Anne & D'arcy Luxton

Toni Ellis

Janice Ferri

Jean Innes

Resa Lent, Desert Rose Cafe

Maureen & Max MacIntyre

Liza & Ken MacLennan

Judy McMullan

Peter Peloso

Peter & Nancy Scott

Edward Thomas

Bronwyn Tolmie, Pharmasave (Elora)

Jeff White, Charleston Homes

Steven Wright, Wrighthaven Homes

 

If you wish to become a patron of Insights, please reach out to info@insightsart.ca. We welcome your support.

 

Insights 40 Organizing Committee

This year's exhibition is brought to you by a dedicated group of local volunteers, composed of artists and other professionals. Committee members do not get automatic admittance or special consideration for their works in the exhibition. You can read more about the volunteers and their works on the Committee page.