Edward Wedler was born in Melbourne, Australia, and now resides in Bedford, Nova Scotia. His passion is to explore and showcase our rural/urban geography and landscapes through watercolour art and to collaborate with plein air artists around the world. Ninety-five per cent of his work is en plein air -- outdoors, on location.
He belongs to six plein air art groups -- three in Florida and three in Nova Scotia. He helped initiate an annual collaboration between the Halifax Urban Sketchers and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects.
Edward’s mind dances between left-brain and right-brain, between art and science. With a background in engineering and applied science (University of Toronto), and as a self-taught artist, we can see him one day immersed in computer code and technology, the next day preparing a speech, exploring artificial intelligence in the arts, writing a humorous speech, cartooning, or painting en plein air.
As a proactive, life-long student Karen is primarily a self-taught artist who continues to complement her learning through studying the works and processes of professional artists. She has taken a variety of fine arts courses through NSCAD's continuing education program and the NSCC, and attended numerous classes and workshops led by local accredited artists. She also regularly participates in two studio groups and partakes in gallery tours and fine art exhibits whenever she can.
Since returning to painting on a part-time basis, she has focused mainly on exploring the many challenges of watercolour and the way this medium uniquely lends itself to unlimited creative choice. Much of her work shows an inclination to observation and detail and leans toward what has been called a "soft realism". She is intrigued by light, by the way it falls upon and shapes our world, the way it creates mood, from the subtle to the dramatic, and by its limitless display of colour.
Karen has been a member of the Dartmouth Visual Arts Society (DVAS) since 2004, where she has had the privilege to meet and work with many accomplished artists and to exhibit her work through DVAS's bi-annual Group Exhibitions at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing. In 2009 and in 2011 respectively, she has had the honour of winning the DVAS People's Choice Award for her paintings, "Fjordland" and "Shopping in Style”.
Her plans for the future include teaching, working on application for membership with the CSPWC, and exploring other media such as water soluble oils and pastels.
Virginia (Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Art Education) is a retired high school art teacher who now follows her passion: painting urban and rural scenes, still life, wildlife and many commissioned pieces. Her first book Timeless Treasures (two-volumes), a compilation of her work capturing historical Newfoundland vistas, was published in 2004. Virginia is currently working on a new Art Guidebook for teachers of children from Grades 3 to 6. Its purpose is to supplement Art programs in the schools or will work as a program in itself. Although accomplished in watercolors, oils and acrylics, Virginia’s medium of choice is acrylic. Her work has been presented through many juried exhibitions for over 35 years.
She has worked with the ArtSmarts program in several schools in NL. Her commissions hang in many fine homes, in private and public collections, as well as several offices of the governments of NL and NS, while her "limited edition" prints are found in galleries in most provinces. Virginia’s works can be seen at Winding River Art Gallery in Stewiacke, NS, Fisherman’s Cove Gallery in Eastern Passage, NS, the Sweetest Little Gallery in Wellington, NS as well as in her home studio and gallery and in her native province NL. Virginia is a member of the Truro Art Society, Contemporary Art Society and Visual Arts Nova Scotia. Check out Virginia's website at www.virginiahouston.com.
Born in Montreal, Quebec to Latvian parents, Ilze presently lives in Halifax with her current ‘heartbeat’....Valentino. Having spent a lifetime dedicated not only to raising her own 3 grown children, but also to raising the children of many others in the Halifax Regional School Board, she has also been dedicating herself to her art. Ilze has spent the last 10 years playing with beads in one shape or another by designing and creating beaded watch bracelets, earrings and necklaces. She began watercolour in 2006 and found a true love so began studying with Sophie Pilipczuk followed by several other inspirational teachers including Karen Wilson, Heather Crout, Joanne Coleman and most recently Joanne Muise. In the spring of 2013 Ilze travelled to Peru where she learned some fine photo techniques from Shari Tucker. Some of her work is on display at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Gift Shop, Pier 21 Gift Shop as well as The Winding River Art Gallery in Stewiacke, NS and Fisherman's Cove Gallery in Eastern Passage, NS.
Jacqueline Verge (Jackie), a renowned wildlife artist, is known for her incredibly realistic North American wildlife paintings. Jackie brings more to her paintings than just a realistic rendition. She also brings a true understanding of nature, based on years of enjoying and observing wildlife first hand. Her photography skills coupled with persistence have allowed her to collect a massive collection of photographs…showing many animals and birds in every imaginable pose. Jackie’s love of wildlife has allowed her to study under world renowned artists such as Robert Bateman and John Seery-Lester. Jackie is a member of the Contemporary Art Society and the Dartmouth Visual Arts Society as well as a co-op member of the Winding River Art Gallery in Stewiacke, NS and Fisherman’s Cove Gallery in Eastern Passage, NS. Jackie's website is www.wildernessreflections.ca.
Terrie Greencorn lives in Dartmouth, NS. Her painted murals and commissioned designs can be found in schools, libraries and businesses throughout Nova Scotia as well as in private collections world wide. Degrees in Fine Art and Education led to many years teaching art in Halifax schools as well as classes for adults locally and across Canada. A member of Fisherman’s Cove Gallery and The Mini Gallery in Mahone Bay, other affiliations include Avon River Arts, Annapolis Valley Decorative Artists, Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotia and Dartmouth Visual Arts.
She is proficient in acrylic, watercolour, oil, coloured pencil and inks. Recent Mixed Media artworks incorporate many textural elements, with subjects researched, then reinvented with brush and paint. Using nature as a starting point, she then creates her own world, mixing colour and touches of fantasy tempered with realism. Constantly experimenting with mediums, her goal is to create art that makes the viewer smile, think and enjoy. Contact: email@example.com