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INSIGHTS 39TH JURIED EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS

June 13th - September 3rd, 2018

Exhibition Hall, Wellington County Museum & Archives

OPENING RECEPTION, WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH 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.

 

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD PILON

The Insights committee would like to recognize the passing of Richard Pilon, a vibrant artist in the community and multiple award recipient at Insights. Our condolences to his family and friends. Richard was a passionate artist, lover of music and above all else, fun loving. He was especially passionate about his community, through his volunteerism with the Guelph Food Bank and all good causes in the Eden Mills Community.

This year's Works on Paper award will be named in his honour.

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2018 JURORS

  John Kissick   Known primarily as a painter and writer, John’s exhibition record includes over 30 solo shows in Canada, USA and Germany. His work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions on contemporary painting and held in numerous public collections. A mid-career survey entitled John Kassick: A Nervous Decade, toured Canada from 2010 to 2012 and was accompanied by a major publication. An upcoming survey exhibition, curated byCarl Lavoy, will tour from 2015-2017.  John is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992-96), was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and was a regular contributor to the New Art Examiner from 1990-2000. As a critic and essayist, he has written numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals.  As a curator, he was the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Award for curatorial writing for his essay on artist Ron Shuebrook. Two recent essays: “Elephants in the Room” for Canadian Art Magazine and “Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction” for Border Crossings were recently nominated for National Magazine Awards.  John has held numerous academic posts including, Head of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000-2003, and from 2003-2014 was director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. John was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts in 2005.   johnkissick.ca

John Kissick

Known primarily as a painter and writer, John’s exhibition record includes over 30 solo shows in Canada, USA and Germany. His work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions on contemporary painting and held in numerous public collections. A mid-career survey entitled John Kassick: A Nervous Decade, toured Canada from 2010 to 2012 and was accompanied by a major publication. An upcoming survey exhibition, curated byCarl Lavoy, will tour from 2015-2017.

John is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992-96), was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and was a regular contributor to the New Art Examiner from 1990-2000. As a critic and essayist, he has written numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals.

As a curator, he was the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Award for curatorial writing for his essay on artist Ron Shuebrook. Two recent essays: “Elephants in the Room” for Canadian Art Magazine and “Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction” for Border Crossings were recently nominated for National Magazine Awards.

John has held numerous academic posts including, Head of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000-2003, and from 2003-2014 was director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. John was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts in 2005.

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  Janice Mason Steeves   Born in Saskatchewan, Janice Mason Steeves graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She held School Psychology positions before leaving the field to focus on painting. Further studies were completed at the Ontario College of Art and Design.  She is represented by galleries in Canada and the U.S. and has work in many public and private collections both in Canada and internationally, including The Government of Ontario Art Collection, Gallery Stratford, The Schulich School of Business (York University), CIBC World Markets (London), First Gulf, Intrawest Corporation, the Senvest Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Calgary).    Mason Steeves' home and studio is in the country outside of Rockwood, Ontario. She teaches cold wax painting workshops in Canada, the US and Sweden, and has an active Art Mentoring Program.    Mason Steeves' love of travel has taken her on pilgrimages to India, Turkey, Spain and Scotland. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Ireland, Sweden, and Iceland.   janicemasonsteeves.com    

Janice Mason Steeves

Born in Saskatchewan, Janice Mason Steeves graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She held School Psychology positions before leaving the field to focus on painting. Further studies were completed at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

She is represented by galleries in Canada and the U.S. and has work in many public and private collections both in Canada and internationally, including The Government of Ontario Art Collection, Gallery Stratford, The Schulich School of Business (York University), CIBC World Markets (London), First Gulf, Intrawest Corporation, the Senvest Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Calgary).  

Mason Steeves' home and studio is in the country outside of Rockwood, Ontario. She teaches cold wax painting workshops in Canada, the US and Sweden, and has an active Art Mentoring Program.  

Mason Steeves' love of travel has taken her on pilgrimages to India, Turkey, Spain and Scotland. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Ireland, Sweden, and Iceland.

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  Tammy Ratcliff   Tammy Ratcliff was born in Toronto.  She studied printmaking at BealArt in London, ON and has been print making since her first class there in 1990.  Tammy and her husband artist Chris Ahlers live in Guelph where she maintains a studio and her printmaking practice.  Tammy’s work has been shown extensively in group and solo shows including:  SHIFT-Environmentally Responsible Print Practice, an exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON; Print City, Detroit; Art Toronto with Open Studio; The World Washi Summit, and Printopolis, Toronto; and most recently Memento, an exhibit of works from a month long residency in the Norwegian Arctic at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON.   Since Tammy first started exhibiting in 1993 she has received numerous provincial grants and awards for her work, and is represented in numerous private, public and corporate collections.  Tammy is planning a trip to Japan in the near future to research papermaking.   tammyratcliff.com    

Tammy Ratcliff

Tammy Ratcliff was born in Toronto.  She studied printmaking at BealArt in London, ON and has been print making since her first class there in 1990.  Tammy and her husband artist Chris Ahlers live in Guelph where she maintains a studio and her printmaking practice.

Tammy’s work has been shown extensively in group and solo shows including:  SHIFT-Environmentally Responsible Print Practice, an exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON; Print City, Detroit; Art Toronto with Open Studio; The World Washi Summit, and Printopolis, Toronto; and most recently Memento, an exhibit of works from a month long residency in the Norwegian Arctic at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON. 

Since Tammy first started exhibiting in 1993 she has received numerous provincial grants and awards for her work, and is represented in numerous private, public and corporate collections.  Tammy is planning a trip to Japan in the near future to research papermaking.

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Visitor Information

 

EXHIBITION runs from
June 13 thru September 3, 2018

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 #Insights39.

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 13, 2018
7 pm to 9 pm
Awards Ceremony: 8 pm (Music and Refreshments)

WALK WITH THE JURORS

Sunday, June 17, 2018
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 3rd (show closing), arrangements will be made at time of purchase.

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2017 Supporters

We thank all our 2017 supporters. Please stay tuned for the 2018 supporter update.

AWARD SPONSORS

Insights Award - Wyndham Art Supplies

Ellen Langlands Award - Wellington County Museum

Elora Arts Council Award - Sponsored by Benny Di Zitti

Painting and Mixed Media Award - Desert Rose Cafe

Photography Award - Maureen & Max MacIntyre

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

Works on Paper Award - Wrighthaven Homes

3D Arts Award - Collins Barrow

Canada 150 People's Choice Award - Jean Innes

 

Patrons

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Tom Blonde, Collins Barrow

Susan Brown

Benny DiZitti

William Dubuc

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 39 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.