Exhibit at Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery

399 The West Mall Etobicoke, Toronto, ON  M9C 2Y2

Exhibition Date:  August 30 to October 02, 2015

Participating Artists

Biljana Baker | Karen Cummings | Doug Mays | Nancy Newman | Doreen Renner | Bruce Stonehouse


Biljana is a full-time watercolour artist who resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was born in Yugoslavia, came to Canada in 1964 and grew up in Toronto. After high school she studied Fashion Design and Fine Arts at Ryerson University and upon graduation was employed in Toronto as a Fashion Designer.

The softness and spontaneity of watercolours are the motivating factors in her unique presentation. Innovative mat carving also adds another dimension to her work.

She has participated in numerous group and solo shows across Canada and the United States. Her paintings can be found in private and public collections worldwide.

Biljana has studied with many prominent artists in Canada, USA and Europe which has led to a career teaching watercolours in Thunder Bay at Confederation College, the 55plus Centre, and Learning Through the Arts and CAHAP programs.

Her involvement in the Thunder Bay Art Community has been very extensive and very rewarding. She produced several prominent shows -- People, Places and Things, Flavour and Flair, and Superior Creations. She organizes workshops by bringing in prominent artists and promotes student artists through sponsorship.


Phone:  (807) 577-7077

Email:  biljanabaker@shaw.ca

Website:  Six Degrees of Freedom



I am a textile artist and I would describe my current work as collage for which I use fabric and fibre as my medium. My eclectic collection is an opportunity for personal expression based on the classical form of machine and hand stitching. The endless possibilities created by arranging and rearranging cloth, and creating diverse surfaces, provide a lifetime of potential work. My work is at times careful, contrasted by moments of fast machine-stitched frenzy. The harsh differences between the rates of speed, with which I work, hopefully, help convey a message. The hand of fibre extends a visceral sense of comfort and warmth, whereas the arrangement challenges and sometimes intimidates/startles the mind.


Phone:  (519) 621-3883

Email:  karen@kCummings.ca

Website:  www.kCummings.ca



After studying art through High School, Doug went on to college where he applied his passion for art & architecture culminating in graduation in 1971 in Architectural Technology. For the next 30 years he enjoyed a successful business career in the Hamilton, Ontario area until early retirement in 2002. Throughout his business career he had the good fortune to study with several well-known Canadian and American watercolourists, which laid the groundwork for his second and current career as a watercolour artist and instructor.

Doug's painting approach is uniquely 'loose and impressionistic' and he readily admits being influenced early on by the colour and compositions of John Singer Sargent and the design philosophy of Edgar Whitney. Today he follows a Whitney-like instructional style for his workshops with proven results. His daily demonstrations, lessons and critiques utilize the Design Elements and the Principles of Design, all of which form the basis for his workshops.

Doug is an elected member of the prestigious - Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) and he is Past-President of the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA). His enthusiasm for the watercolour medium along with his pragmatic and light-hearted approach, all lead to a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

With 'Spontaneity' being the hallmark of Doug's watercolour workshops, he finds his distinctive coaching style sends people home at the end of the day - 'tired but inspired'.

This award winning artist has established himself as a popular and much sought after watercolour artist and instructor and the following testimonials are indicative of the quality of his watercolour workshops:

"After meeting Doug in August, 2002 and being totally inspired by his loose, fresh watercolours, I was anxious to sign up for his classes"

"To watch Doug paint is to be totally captivated by his love of his craft and his joy in each of his successful outcomes"

"He is both an accomplished watercolourist and a personable & effective instructor. I look forward to taking future classes with Doug"


Phone:  (905) 643-4541

Email:  aitq@cogeco.ca

Website:  www.arrowsinthequiver.com



Nancy, a retired art teacher and practising artist, has studied and taken workshops with wonderful Canadian artists including Karin Isenburg, Brian Atyeo, Linda Kemp, Art Cunanan, Pauline Holancin, Jake Mol, Margaret Roseman, Barry Coombs, John David Anderson, Elisabeth A. Gibson, Jean Pederson and Gordon Mackenzie. In addition she has been fortunate to work with well-known American and international artists such as Janet Rogers, Tom Lynch, Sterling Edwards, Karen Vernon, and Alvaro Castagnet.

Nancy has participated in many juried and solo shows including the Toronto Watercolour Society's Aquavision, Art Aurora, and the Society of York Region Artists, where she has received several 1st Place Awards, Honourable Mentions and People's Choice Awards. Nancy's work has been exhibited at the Aurora Cultural Centre, The Colleen Abbot Gallery, the Papermill Gallery in Toronto, the Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton, The Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts, the Skylight Gallery in Aurora, Nielson Park Creative Centre, the Georgina Arts Centre and The Columbus Centre in Toronto.

Nancy is the Past President of the Society of York Region Artists and the Past President of the Toronto Watercolour Society. She is also a member of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, the East Central Ontario Art Association and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Nancy has been the guest instructor at several art societies including The Forest Hill and Don Valley Art Club and the Willowdale, Richmond Hill, and Markham Groups of Artists, as well as the Marsh Street Painters in Clarksburg. In the summer of 2015, Nancy will be returning to the Haliburton School of the Arts. In June, she will be offering a week long plein air course at the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting. In addition Nancy will be the instructor for two four day sessions at the Creative Arts Retreat at Woodside. For more information, contact the artist.

Nancy is represented by the Felix Norman Gallery on Adelaide St. West in Toronto.

Nancy Newman and Linda Welch are pleased to offer opportunities to paint and photograph On Location. In 2013, Nancy and Linda led a group trip to Limoux in France. In 2014, they led an amazing group of artists to Ireland. There is limited space for On Location Ireland 2015. Plans are in the works for future trips to Ireland and Spain. Contact the artist for more information.


Email:  contact@nancynewmanart.com

Website:  www.nancynewmanart.com



Doreen has a Fine Art Diploma from Sheridan College. She is an Elected Member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Society of Canadian Artists, The Ontario Society of Artists and the Colour & Form Society. Her paintings have been in numerous juried exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. Her work has been recognized with many awards and in 2008 she was the recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Artist. Her paintings hang in private and public collections and most recently acquired by the Provincial Government of Ontario for their archives.

"My images explore interpretations of nature's everyday events and are inspired by an internal response to an emotion, a memory or a life experience. They are created solely by intuition and are further enhanced by interesting patterns and calligraphy creating dramatic images meant to capture the imagination of the viewer. I am constantly challenging myself by pushing boundaries which, in turn, has allowed me to evolve as an artist."


Phone:  (905) 820-5424

Email:  doreenrenner@rogers.com

Website:  www.doreenrenner.com



My motivation as an artist is driven by the desire to make the best of this life. In doing so, I create paintings which are inspired by literary, social, political and environmental sources. As well, my own valuable life experiences are important as they pertain to human dynamics.

While creating paintings, I strive to bring out a form of expression that directly communicates what I want to say. I use rich brushwork to define the features of nature, still life, architecture and people in a lavish rendering of oil or acrylic, colours, light and shadow.

'Impasto' technique is employed to build up paint and colour on a warm under painting creating a surface with depth, expression and energy. Coloured shadows of trees fall across the canvas as I play with the forest light: filtered, broken, irregular to bestow a kind of radiant surreality upon objects. Ideally my paintings will have an impact, not just on the viewer's eyes, but on their entire body.


Bruce commenced studies in art at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Later he continued studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where he graduated in 1998 with the Degree of Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Currently, Bruce specializes in creating both oil and acrylic paintings. His works of art are based on touch and affection for the natural and physical world. Immersed in the world of art at his home and studio, Bruce works from drawings, notes, photos, memory and feelings. This location inspires him to capture the beauty of scenery that seems to wear in one's consciousness better than any other element in life. Still life and architecture also illuminate on Bruce's canvases destined for public and private collections.


Phone:  (705) 748-4865

Email:  bcstonehouse@gmail.com

Website:  stonehouseart.wordpress.com