Fusion 5, April 2024

Opening April 2024! 

Five local artists sharing a love of creative expression have joined forces to present an eclectic range of work.  Fusion 5 showcases fibre art wall hangings, mixed media sculptures, and paintings, large and small, abstract and representational, landscape and portraits.  This exhibit is a fusion of talent encompassing a wide range of themes and styles!

Featuring Craig Sealy, Heather La Rue, Heather Smiley, Jennifer Nemes and Marion Bartlett, the show opens on April 6 with an open reception and runs from April 6-May 1.

Craig Sealy

Craig Sealy has been exploring his love of textiles, geometry, nature and colour in his fibre art since 2002. Although his work is modern, he is curious about deconstructing and examining more traditional notions of quilting. His work is playful and can reference personal ideas and experiences. Craig is inspired daily by his surrounds and is based in Thornbury Ontario.

Heather LaRue

Heather LaRue is a visual artist who lives in Collingwood, Ontario. As an adult, she decided to pursue her artistic goals and attend art school. She chose the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto for their intensive classical drawing and painting program based on 19th century European atelier techniques. She attended OCAD for courses on illustration and design and watercolour workshops at the Haliburton School of Art. Yearly, she attends workshops at the Plein Air Convention & Expo held in the U.S.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and juried art shows throughout Ontario. She exhibited as a gallery artist for several years at Studio Vogue Gallery in Toronto.

She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and locally with the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts.

Charcoal, watercolour and oil are her chosen media. Although her focus is landscape painting, she also enjoys painting pet portraits for clients. As a plein air painter, she finds inspiration close to home in the surrounding beauty of Blue Mountain. She divides her time between her home studio in Collingwood and her summer studio overlooking Georgian Bay in Parry Sound.

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Heather Smiley

Heather considers herself very fortunate that she can call the beautiful regions of Collingwood and the Blue Mountains her home and backyard. She has lived in this area since 2001 when she moved here for work. Now retired, she has devoted her time to her first love - painting. For Heather, the landscape is a vehicle for exploring our emotional relationship with light, colour and location in the natural world.  She has exhibited at juried shows and galleries in Ontario and Quebec, and in 2022 received “Best Painting” award at the Newmarket Juried Show. 

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Jennifer Nemes

Jenny Nemes is an abstract, mixed media visual artist. Her work exudes playful energy and spontaneity in its exploration of pattern, texture and mark making. Her experimentation with materials and process, from acrylic and oil painting to collage and printmaking, deliver unexpected moments and layers of interest to the canvas. Collectors comment on the colour and joy her work brings to today’s modern and minimalist spaces. When not painting, you can find Jenny applying this same spontaneity and enthusiasm to her ceramic works.

Marion Bartlett

More info coming soon!