Summer is usually crammed with festivals, small and large, music and arts. But in the midst of those crowds, and usually in the heat, it takes talent to capture the mood and detail of an event. These sketch artists definitely have what it takes.
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Laurie O’Reilly, a painter, storyteller, photographer and mixed media artist, is on exhibition in Earthscapes at Rails End Gallery in Haliburton, Ontario through Aug. 25, 2019.
American artist Gina Beavers scours Instagram and the Internet for images that become her realistic paintings, built up through dense accumulations of acrylics. Her work reflects life in the age of social media, with hashtagged subjects such as food porn or makeup tutorials.
The works of Calgary-based Jennifer Weihmann are often mistaken for paintings, with their lush textures and subtle colours. But the emerging artist’s extreme close-ups are photographs, of decomposing leaves, mushrooms, and petals.
Marsha Kennedy’s relationship with nature is the motivational force behind her art practice. The Saskatchewan artist has been active since childhood in working with both wild and domestic animals, including two flightless, rescued crows.
A painter, illustrator and designer, Nick Dahlen is an emerging artist inspired by the classics. His style is an arresting distillation of the artists who influenced him, including Picasso, Kandinsky and Le Corbusier. He is clearly one to watch.