The Algoma Art Society, in a showcase called ‘The Group of Seven’, shared the gifts and talents of seven of its’ members. Doris Anne Ray, Nancy Caldwell, Jeanne Dumas, Nora Ann Harrison, Judy Henderson, Marilyn Mills, and Carol Zarudenec Smith shared some of their individual collections on Saturday, April 25th,2015 at The Station Mall.
Established in 1948, The Algoma Art Society is the oldest Visual Art Group in the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Artist members include visual artists working in Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Yupo, Encaustics, Collage and Photography.
‘The Algoma Art Society is a non-profit organization whose aims are to promote local exhibitions, competitions, workshops, classes and lectures; provide access to prominent artists; to arrange for annual sales of members’ work and to support, encourage and develop the talent and ability of local artists by providing opportunities for them to become more proficient in their field’. (from AAS website)
Jeanne Dumas has been expressing her artistic vision through a close connection to nature. “I live in Batchewana where I am always reminded and inspired by nature” Jeanne paints out of her studio and gallery, Visions North. “I am working with acrylics and oils now. I expand, develop and evolve my style as the inspiration comes to me.” Visions North Gallery is a nice drive north to where the Batchewana River and Hwy 11-17 N meet. Jeanne owns Sunset Shores Resort, and she shared “This is the year I am going to sell the resort. I’d like to focus on Visions North Gallery, and nurture the creative energy I receive through expressions in my art.” Visions North Gallery is open May – October.
The Artist’s Alcove on Queen St.E. in Heritage Square, is where Doris Anne Ray calls home. Her studio and gallery features a bright yellow door to welcome all to her space. Doris Anne is working with a relatively newer medium called alcohol ink and acrylic ink. “This particular blending brings such vibrant colours through on canvas.”
Carol Zarudenec Smith has a special place in her heart for animals, and pets. “With my handmade cards, I am able to give a little something to The local Humane Society.” Carol offers customers a way to give to the Humane Society too, as a portion of all her card sales goes to The Sault & District Humane Society. Carol is an artist who enjoys working in acrylic on canvas, especially when it comes to pet portraits. Carol’s bright expressions and her affection for nature come to life on canvas.
Nancy Caldwell has found her way into a welcoming Sault artists community since moving from Winnipeg a few years ago. Nancy works in watercolours and shares her gift at The Seniors Centre on Bay St., Wednesday mornings. Anyone interested in participating can register with The Sault Seniors Drop-In Centre on Bay St. “I really enjoy my classes on Wednesday mornings. I look forward to them, and feel enriched by the sharing of artistic expression with the group. It’s an active place.”
For information about all of the artists showcased as part of ‘Group of Seven’ Spring Show and Sale’, as well as member artists with The Algoma Art Society please visit www.algomaartsociety.ca/#artistsanchor.