SOVA is five years old now. Above is Artist Charlene Nickels holding our SOVA sign, as we pack and get ready for our first official group exhibition.
Southern Ontario Visual Artists
The Southern Ontario Visual Artists are an eclectic group of nine artists who have become friends over the years, and a formal exhibition group going in to their fifth year. All artists have exhibited extensively, with many of them also showing internationally, and have many awards among the group.
The professional artists are dedicated to their artwork, and the mandate of SOVA is to collaborate and provide opportunities to share their view of the surrounding community and vision of nature.
By being highly supportive and providing encouragement to each other in the group, members have the courage and dedication to expand their use of their medium, pushing themselves to experiment with different ways to express themselves.
Each artist takes their turn at being the lead contact for an exhibition, and because the nine members are spread in different cities, they have the choice of attending meetings in person or on Skype so that everyone can discuss pertinent issues.
The SOVA artists decide together where they wish to do group shows, and limit these shows to four in one year because they are also involved with other groups such as the Colour and Form Society, the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian artists.
It’s been a busy five years, and each artist has grown in their art practice. Wonderful having the support of each other.
STEVE WILSON OSA,SCA,CFS,SOVA
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Artist Steve Wilson , had both of his pieces were accepted into the Elected Society of Canadian Artists juried exhibition at Viva Vida Gallery in Pointe Claire, Quebec., " Lianne's Smile" and "Limited Engagement" were selected for the Oct 18th - Nov 2nd exhibition.
As well, Steve was a participating artist this year at the popular Buckhorn Exhibition, and September , the Steve Wilson’s Studios and The Gallery is exhibiting the Southern Ontario Visual Artists from September 3rd to September 28th. Great place to see artwork, and exhibit. Steve can also contact any of the artists if there is a particular painting you are wanting, that is not presently in his gallery.
HELEN DUPLASSIE NBWS,SOVA
Artist Helen Duplassie has been extremely busy preparing work for the September SOVA exhibition in Niagara Falls, and upcoming exhibitions.
CHARLENE NICKELS NBWS, SOVA
Congratulations are in order for Artist Charlene Nickels, who entered the 23rd Uxbridge juried Competion Celebration of the Arts this year and was selected for the exhibition that took place in September, with one of her stunning watercolours.
You can see more of Charlene’s work in her studio at the Alton Mill Art Centre.
LYNDEN COWAN SCA, CFS, SOVA
Congratulations to Artist Lynden Cowan in having her painting Ucluelet was selected for the Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members Juried Exhibition in the Viva Vida Gallery in Pointe Claire, Quebec. The exhibition will run from October 18th to November 3rd.
As well, four of Lynden’s paintings were shared by Arabella Magazine-Canadian Art, Architecture and Design to their page, a magazine the artist has always had high regard for.
In August Lynden’s art was published in Aesthetica, the International Art and Culture Magazine. Here is a link to it, and she is on page 157 in the artists section.
The artist is in the September exhibition and is preparing for future shows. You can view some of her work at her studio in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, or on instagram, and she is also represented by the Xanadu Gallery in Arizona, and the Xanadu Gallery Pinetop, as well with the Circle Foundation in Lyon, France.
Lynden’s artwork will be represented at Art Expo San Diego in October of this year.
JOANNE LOMAS BFA, SOVA
Congratulations to Artist Joanne Lomas on being accepted to the Orillia Museum of Art and History's 2019 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition Tradition Transformed. The exhibition is from November 08, 2019 to January 22, 2020 Reception: November 8, 2019, 7 to 9pm.
Her painting titled Broken was selected for the show.
Joanne was also an "active" participant in MIdland's Art Slam 2019., and below you see the finished painting that was auctioned off to a happy bidder.
MARGARET SARAH PARDY ISSA,OSA,SCA,CFS,SOVA
Congratulations as well to Artist Margaret Pardy who had two pieces accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists Elected Member Juried show in Pointe Claire, Quebec at the Viva Vida Gallery. The show runs from October 18th til November 2nd. The Raven and All Tucked in for the Winter (Snow Goose) are the titles.
Margaret had a successful show at Buckhorn this year and has been busy creating new works for upcoming shows. This very talented artist is now represented by the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale ,Arizona and the Xanadu Gallery Pinetop.
You can see more of Margaret’s work at her studio in the Alton Mill Art Centre, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
JANICE YKEMA OSA, CFS,SOVA
SOVA artist Janice Ykema has been busy with several shows she has been involved in, including pop up exhibitions. Recently she ran a workshop and her painting Out to Lunch found a new home.
We hope you have a chance to meet some of our artists at the exhibitions or in their studios.
ROBERT CHISHOLM SOVA
SOVA artist Robert Chisholm has spent most of the summer painting and subject hunting in the Fenelon Falls, Bobcagen area, so has added several new works to his studio in the Alton Mill Art Centre.
On the Labour Day weekend Robert was in his booth at the popular Kawarthas Art Festival.
Robert enjoys living in the Fenelon Falls area during the summer months and is active teaching students in workshops and paint nights such as the recent one at the Log Chateau Park that was received very warmly as you can see from some of the happy participants in the photo below.
Our upcoming exhibition will be at the Helson Gallery in Georgetown, October 16th to December 8th. More on that later.
Back to the easel,