Top Northern Ontario artists featured at Centennial Museum exhibit

Gore Bay artist, Northern Ontario Arts Association (NOAA) board member and Manitoulin Fine Arts Association President Christie Best-Pearson, left, stands infront of her award winning watercolour ‘Garden Shed Window’ with Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah curator Heidi Ferguson at the opening reception for the NOAA show at the museum last weekend.

SHEGUIANDAH—Over 40 works of art in the Northern Ontario Arts Association (NOAA) 2013-2014 exhibition are on display now at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah, but catch them quickly as the exhibit is only on Manitoulin for another week, until Thursday, June 19.

The opening reception for the NOAA show was held at the museum on Saturday, June 7 with Gore Bay artist and NOAA board member Christie Best-Pearson on hand for the event. Ms. Best Pearson, who is also president of the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association (MFAA), a member club of the NOAA, had one of her watercolour works, Garden Shed Window, on display—winner of the Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. Award.

Ms. Best-Pearson explained that painting the barn board that figures in the watercolour with three potted flowers sitting outside a window was interesting, calling it “a study in texture.” She said she used the lifting technique to achieve just the right look for the barn board, applying layers of paint then wiping them off with a cloth. The inspiration for Garden Shed Window came from a plein air course in the Blue Mountains last year, she explained.

One-hundred and fifty paintings were entered with 42 picked, which then travel around Northern Ontario over the course of the year.

A fellow member of the MFAA, artist Beth Bouffard’s pastel piece LaCloche Welcome, winner of the Heath and Sherwood Ltd. Award, is also part of the exhibition.

Winner of this year’s Manitoulin Transport Award was Brigitte Bere of the Sudbury Art Club for her collage Ordo Ex Chao.

The exhibit is on display until Thursday, June 19 at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah. The gallery there is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.