Each month the Great Hall at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga features the artwork of a local artist. These art exhibits enhance the enjoyment and atmosphere of our space. All artwork is for sale. Visitors welcome during office hours and after service in Sunday. Other times may be arranged upon request to email@example.com.
What has sometimes been considered a very formal medium has become much more experimental and expressive in the hands of numerous contemporary (and some not so contemporary) artists wishing to exploit the potential of watercolour.
My work will tell you that I happily follow in the footsteps of these experimenters! Although I began with acrylics, I have embraced watercolour, inks and other texture making materials in my pursuit of an experimental approach to image making.
My paintings began with my love of colour and my efforts to bring the garden into my home. Since then, my imagery has expanded as have my methods. I am still inspired by the garden as well as the unique qualities of watercolour itself and the ways it blends (or not!) with other materials to create amazing textures and numerous surprises. Although I have dabbled in realism, my true love is for abstraction and following the path that laying down layers of colour, shape and texture can lead.
My formal art training began at the Ontario College of Art and Design and I have since participated in a variety of workshops to further develop my skills. I am recently retired from teaching with the Toronto District School Board, where I taught Visual Art, Ceramics and Photography. I have entered a number of juried exhibitions and mounted a one-woman show at Visual Arts Mississauga, where I am currently a member.
Nisreen Aksar is a well-known local artist in the city of Mississauga. Her paintings reflect her desire to show her interpretation of beauty around her. Her inspiration was her father who encouraged her from a very young age.
Nisreen graduated with honours in Fine Arts from Sheridan College, Oakville
Visual Art Diploma from the International Career School.
She is truly at peace when she is able to reflect the joy, colour and beauty of her surroundings and is thrilled to share that with her community through frequent art shows and events. Her work ranges from realistic to the abstract, and specializes in landscapes in various mediums (oil , acrylics and water colors).
Nisreen is an active member of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga Arts Council and Visual Arts Mississauga.
Brenda enjoys participating in several art associations and art tours including:
▪ Harbourside Painters of Canada – member for 7 years and Vice President for 1 year
▪ Fine Arts America -member for 8 years and featured artist several times
▪ The Women’s Art Association of Canada – Brenda’s art can be seen in the Dignam Gallery year round
▪ Toronto West Arts Collaborative (TWAC) – This is a new membership for Brenda and she looks forward to embracing the many opportunities offered to the group
▪ Arts on the Credit Tour – This event takes place in September each year
Brenda’s work has been chosen for many juried shows and many of her pieces hang in several international locations.
Part of Brenda’s artistic journey is to learn! She loves attending courses and seminars with many wonderful, talented art teachers, photographers and naturalists while learning techniques she incorporates into her own style.
In Brenda’s own words: “I am passionate about what I do and I am confident it shows in my work!”
Sjon de Groot principally works in oils, using a combination of traditional European and North American techniques. The work is bold and multi-dimensional, an expression in colour of a South African coming to terms with his adopted land; and combining his African and North American experience with the influence of his Dutch artist ancestors.
Defying genre, Sjon creates to his own agenda, using his art to express, question, and start conversations.
Originally trained by Geoffrey & Michael Armstrong at the JHB School of Art in South Africa, he completed many commissions for businesses and private collectors there, before immigrating to Canada in 1997. Now widely exhibited in Canada, his pieces have been purchased by many private and corporate buyers.
Born in Winnipeg, but raised in England, Ian found himself missing Canada and the prairies. Three weeks after completing his studies at North Staffordshires’ Polytechnique, Ian bought a one-way ticket back to Winnipeg.
Working as an engineering technologist with Federal Pioneer Electric, he was introduced to photography through the need to document high voltage experiments on 4×5” technical view cameras. Once his interest was piqued, Ian studied the work of other photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, but also referred to painters such as the old masters, in order to learn what created “art”. This carried him into a career as a photographer, encompassing many endeavours such as photographing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, working for the Winnipeg free press and Winnipegs Contemporary Dancers. One of his true passions, The Black Hole Theatre, still produces fine plays today.
Moving on to Ottawa he continued in photo journalism, but branched out into portraiture – photographing many federal Members of Parliament. Canadian Guide dogs for the blind one among many such worthy clients. National Art Center and Theatre Ballet of Canada. The opening of the Weston Hotel, a notable photo shoot with Le Groupe de la Place Royale. Garth Hampson and Christ Church Cathedral Choir among his favourite clients.
This all culminating in a long distance relationship with his now wife in Berlin, Germany. Here he spent some two years commuting between Germany and various Canadian cities.
This is where his current “Doors I have Met” series was conceived and realized.
After coming to Toronto in 2006, Ian decided to sell his own work, shot throughout Canada and parts of Europe. To this end he opened a small gallery in the St. Lawrence market, which he ran from 2006-2009. Since 2006 he has shown and sold his work in various places such as Ajax City Council, Oakville City Hall, Win Henstock Gallery, Kerr Village Art Gallery etc. He also participates in art shows such as Art in the Park Oakville and Dundas Art in the Park. Select smaller pieces are available in a handful of gift stores throughout the GTA – Hamilton.
Inspired by the old masters, Ian’s photographs are paintings of light – His favorite subject being the Canadian landscape in its many variations, though preferably in winter during extreme conditions.
Sereen Aziz is a 17 year old student with a passion for art, as well as volunteering to help disadvantaged communities. Sereen volunteered with COSTI Immigrant Services to run a weekly children’s program for Syrian newcomers. At White Oaks Secondary School, Sereen studies in the French Immersion International Baccalaureate Art Program. Sereen has participated in art classes and camps since childhood and aspires to continue her studies and build a career as an artist. Throughout this year, Sereen has been commissioned to create several pieces of art. Her oil paintings and sketches of her parents’ homeland have been featured in the Toronto Metro News, as well as CBC News. Sereen has worked as a babysitter and English and math tutor. Currently, she is part of a group called Young Artists for Syria, a group in the community that creates art to raise money for Syria.
Valerie is a resident of Port Credit and has been enjoying painting for over twenty years. She studied watercolours and acrylics with many respected artists.
she describes herself now as an eclectic artist because of the variety of subjects she likes to paint which includes landscapes particularly of Port Credit or from her trips abroad, seascapes, floras and nature and sometimes abstract along with commission works.
Several years ago she joined with three other artists known as “Painting Ladies” and their art has been exhibited successfully as a group or solo in local exhibits, community functions, stores and galleries throughout the GTA.