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Gail Backus TWS CFS

Gail is a graduate of York University with a B.A. (Fine Arts Major), and a B.Ed. (Art Specialist). She has had the benefit of art instruction from many well regarded artists, and has exhibited her work with several galleries in the Greater Toronto Area.

Gail is presently a member of the following: Ontario College of Teachers, Canadian Federation of University Women, Central Ontario Art Association, Mississauga Arts Council, Visual Arts Mississauga, The Mississauga Watercolour Society, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club, The Colour & Form Society (Elected Member), Headwaters Arts, Signature Member of the Toronto Watercolour Society, and an Associate member of both SCA (Society of Canadian Artists), and CSPWC (Canadian Society for Painters in Watercolour).

Gail has received several awards including Second Place in a juried show for the World Exposition in Kariya, Aichi, Japan. She has also had paintings accepted in many other juried shows including the Humber Valley Art Club, the Artworks Show at the Oakville Town Centre, The Colour and Form Society, The Toronto Watercolour Society, Society of Canadian Artists, The Society of Canadian Artists International Juried Exhibition, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, to name a few. She has participated in the Lakeshore Art Trail in Mississauga for many years. Gail was also the feature Artist in December 2017 for Visual Arts Mississauga.

Gail enjoys painting a variety of subjects. She uses both watercolours, and acrylics to achieve a fresh and spontaneous quality in her work. More recently, she has been experimenting with colour and form to express her feelings about ideas.

Exhibitions:

 
 My paintings, "Wind on the Sea", and "Untitled" have been accepted into the juried exhibition, "Vital Signs". 
 This exhibition will be held at Headwaters Arts Gallery (Alton Mill) at 1402 Queen Street West in Alton, Ontario
 from March 6 to April 20, 2019. The Opening Reception will be on Saturday, March 9th. from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
 Website: www.headwatersarts.com
 
I have been juried into the "Handmade Craft Show" on Saturday, April 6, 2019. 
I will be showing and selling scarves and pillows made from designs from my paintings. 
They were manufactured at Le Galeriste in Montreal.
Location: Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Toronto
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Visual Arts Mississauga, Members' Choice Exhibition
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario
March 21 to 31, 2019. 
Opening Reception - Thursday, March 21st. from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
My painting on display will be: "Let the Sun Shine In". (SOLD)

The Humber Valley Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition
at The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Centre - March 24 to April 26, 2019
399 The West Mall, Toronto, Ontario
Weekdays: 9:00 a,m,-8:00 p.m.
Weekends: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 31st, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Juried into this art exhibition are:
	"April in Portugal"
	"Blue Lagoon"
Also on display are (not juried):
	"The Storm"
	"Under the Sea"