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Kenji Makino’s sudden and unexpected passing

Kenji Makino - Tannery of Morocco (2017)
Kenji Makino – Tannery of Morocco (2017)

Many of Artworks Oakville members may have known Kenji Makino who participated in Artworks Juried shows for several years. We have sad news to share – Kenji died suddenly and unexpectedly, in his sleep, on Saturday April 15, 2017.  We will miss him.

Kenji was a young 80 years, with an adventurous mind and spirit, very actively painting and traveling the world.  Kenji was drawing, painting and creating art all his life.

In his own words: he considered his paintings to be an expression of his special experiences and his expanded awareness of personally inspiring landscapes and abstract concepts in math, physics, haiku poems and Zen – painting in his studio in Mississauga, some time after the first immediate impressions, he created a separate reality, influenced by the effects of memory and his later poetic interpretation.

Kenji studied Japanese printmaking in 1970-71 at Gaston Petit’s studio in Tokyo, then back in Canada painted in oils for many years and had a show in Japan in 2009.  Then  at Haliburton School of the Arts, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and other workshops, adopted acrylic paints as his favourite medium.  These paintings ranged from non-objective to semi abstract – in an expressionist style. He particularly admired artist Nicolas de Stael.  Kenji’s work has been exhibited in many juried art shows in the GTA since 2011.

“Front of the Class 2017” Teachers Art Show

"Front of the Class 2017", Teachers Art Show
“Front of the Class 2017”, Teachers Art Show

For several weeks each spring, for the past seven years, current and retired secondary visual art teachers have exhibited their art at Oakville Town Hall (1225 Trafalgar Rd) at the “Front of the Class” art show.

This year’s show, which runs from April 19 until June 16, 2017, will showcase artwork from more than 20 Halton District School Board teachers. There is no cost to attend the exhibit during Town Hall opening hours. More than 40 pieces will be in the show including paintings, sculpture, graphics and other visual arts.

“Front of the Class provides a rare opportunity for teachers to share their artistic abilities, creativity and vision with a wider community,” says one of the show organizers, HDSB teacher Christina Annis.

ArtWorks Oakville will host a private opening reception on May 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. where people can view the works and chat with the teacher artists. Some of the art is available for purchase.  For more information, visit www.frontoftheclass.ca

Tad Dunin, “Fluency of Form” Exhibition

Tad Dunin, "Church on the Hil", watercolour, 22"x30"l
Tad Dunin, “Church on the Hill”, watercolour, 22″x30″

Tad Dunin’s “Fluency of Form” is a retrospective exhibition of selected watercolours and drawings created in the past 2 decades.

Exhibition dates: Apr. 18 – June 27, 2017,
Opening reception: Sat. Apr. 22-nd, from 2-4 pm.
Location: Julia’s Ristorante, 312 Lakeshore Rd. E. Oakville, ON

Originally from Warsaw Poland, Tad is a graduate of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In more than 5 decades since he arrived in Canada, Tad worked most of the time in commercial art. His love of painting always stayed with him and fulfilled his spiritual needs.

Tad belonged to many art societies, among them Colour and Form Society, Oakville Art Society and ArtWorks Oakville, participating in 2-3 exhibitions a year.

Since his retirement, Tad is spending a lot of his time painting. This is his most favourite past time. He didn’t have opportunity to travel a lot during his lifetime working very hard and earning hos living, but traveled in his imagination to places around the world, particularly to southern climates. His work is very skillfully executed and  posses undeniable signature of his own. His work is delightful and shows a hand of a stylistic draftsman. There is always an aura of an unknown. He bounces between intense and bright colours and simple drawing tools, like charcoal, or pastel, depending on his mood of the day.

Tad’s solo exhibition is his first one. All work is for sale.

ArtWorks18th Juried Show – a great success.

 

 Jurors John Bingham and Sarah Beatty-Russell had a difficult time to select winners for the ArtWorks 18th Juried Show. Here are their comments about their process.

It was an honour to be asked to be on the jury of this show. Whenever I am asked to judge fellow artists I am keenly aware of my responsibility and the fact that I too am an artist. We are creators first and judges of our own attempts and the attempts of others second.

As a judge, I looked to the submitted art for two things. Did the artist of a particular piece of art reach me as a human being; challenge me and engage me in what I believe to be an eternal conversation about the human condition. Secondly was the artist both in command of their medium and pushing themselves to go just a little bit further on that scale. I put each piece to that test and found myself very satisfied with the results. I believe the show to be a very good cross-section of artistic endeavour in the community.

Working with fellow judge Sarah Beatty-Russell we were then charged with determining a winner, a second, a third and honourable mentions. We were unanimous in our selection and excited for the winners.

For those who submitted and did not make it into the show I would caution feelings of rejection. You applied confident that the work was worthy and it was. By nature, the selection process is biased. At all levels of artistic ability, the merit of work is at the mercy of the subjective nature of the viewer. We are all judges. Be happy that you have the ability to create art, the freedom to be able to show your work and the knowledge that the next time or the time after your work will be on view. Thank you to all for submitting and congratulations to the winners…

John Bingham

I want to thank all the artists who submitted to the show; it was an absolute pleasure to discuss, critique and review the artwork that was put forth by the community. It’s always an exciting process to try and put yourself in the mind and practice of the artist to see where it takes you.  

Both John Bingham and I were so pleased with all the participants and were honoured to be a part of the process. Artists on a day-to-day basis, place themselves in a place of vulnerability and for that, we all thank you.   Congratulations to everyone who submitted!

Sarah Beatty-Russell