Art Works! Perth is an organization of creative artists working in, and close to, the heritage town of Perth, Ontario. The group was founded to provide a network for rural artists to come
Art Works! Perth is an organization of creative artists working in, and close to, the heritage town of Perth, Ontario. The group was founded to provide a network for rural artists to come together to talk, learn, develop ideas and provide opportunities for other artists and community members to become involved in the visual arts in the Perth area.
The heritage character of Perth has attracted a significant number of artists, actors, and craftspeople to Lanark County, which in turn draws visitors from all over Ontario to a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Art Works! Perth wants this to grow, consolidating Perth’s reputation as a cultural destination and hub in the region.
Visitors to Perth can already browse shops, boutiques and galleries, go to the theatre, listen to live music, and check out crafts people at the local Saturday market. And now, Art Works! Perth wants to provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to meet the people who make art in Perth and to see some of them at work!
How? By organizing the first annual Studio Tour in Perth on June 21-23, 2019. Designed to be complementary to the longstanding studio tour centered in the Brooke Valley each Thanksgiving weekend, this studio tour will feature 21 artists located in 11 locations, all within 12km of downtown Perth. The locations are a mix of home studios, galleries, two breweries and a distillery!
The founding group of 11 artists has invited guest artists to join them, in order to offer visitors a wider range of art forms and styles. All of the artists are keen to share with visitors their love of art, information about their chosen medium and what their studio space looks like.
The artists who founded Art Works! Perth include:
Caroline Evans is a realistic painter primarily of flowers and landscapes. She has taught, exhibited and sold works in Canada and the USA, and is a member of the Rideau Lakes and Manotick art associations.
Riley Garner is an oil painter, sculptor, and woodworker and has an honours degree in industrial Design and Education.
Susan Cartwright creates relief and intaglio works on paper, inspired primarily by the natural world around her, her travels and, occasionally, urban elements at risk of being lost to view.
Richard Hutton paintings, whether still and reflective, or turbulent or playful, are always enquiring and often provocative.
Jenn Raby found her visual voice with watercolour and batik where her passion thrives on its unique elements and petulant requirement for innovative thinking and action.
Pat Purdy is primarily an abstract artist who loves experimenting with different materials and techniques.
Barb Sohn works in acrylics on canvas, she creates images from local areas such as Murphy’s Point Provincial Park.
Maureen O’Brien has painted with passion from an early age and in applying oil paint to a surface she can see forms take shape, created by colour, contrast, and texture.
Donna McPhail paints on canvas, and more recently, on furniture, and is fascinated by patterns and uses geometric shapes or patterns from nature in her work.
Maureen Bennett began painting in acrylics after 30 years of working in quilting, stained glass and fused glass.
Brent McGillivray works as a set designer and art director in the film industry in Toronto and photographs many vanishing historic sites and graphics, which he is inspired to preserve in paintings of these urban and rural artifacts.
june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)