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Stone School Gallery
Stone School Gallery
28, rue Mill St.
Portage-du-Fort (Québec)

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May 14 – June 5

Chelsea Smith & Marilyn Smith

Vernissage May 20, 6 - 8 pm

A mother and daughter pair of mixed-media artists engage viewers beyond the final products and deep into their process; revealing luscious layers, textures, and hues.

Marilyn Smith
mixed media

In her studio on the Gatineau River, Marilyn enjoys making silly scribbles with wax crayons or pencils, scraping acrylic gels into fanciful textures, dripping and flinging paint and then, through much thought and experimentation, transforming the resulting chaos into a cohesive, expressive painting. Her aim is that this creative energy and love of process and risk taking be evident in her art. Memories from Marilyn’s travels often sneak into her subject matter.

Marilyn’s enthusiasm for this mixed-media process flourished while studying under Mary Todd Beam and Gerald Brommer. Marilyn has a B.A. in Fine Art from University of Guelph and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University. She occasionally teaches drawing, watercolour and mixed media painting.

Marilyn is an associate at the Galerie Old Chelsea in Chelsea, Quebec. Every fall Marilyn participates in the juried Chelsea/Wakefield Studio Tour. Marilyn exhibits frequently with OMMA (Ottawa Mixed Media Artists) and has art in collections across Canada, the US, Australia, Germany, Taiwan, Scotland and England. She won the Jurors’ Choice Award at the White Flag Gallery in Brockville in 2014.

Chelsea Smith
mixed media

Chelsea Smith was raised in Wakefield, Quebec in a household full of creativity and surrounded by trees. She recalls frolicking through the forest around her home, letting her imagination lead her through many adventures. This imagination and her love for nature has continued to guide her through life and has shaped her into the artist she is today.

Schooling has been a contributing factor in Chelsea’s development as an artist. Her high school art teacher also happened to be her mother; which meant that not only did she have an exceptionally talented teacher but she also inherited her artistic genes. Following high school she completed the Visual Arts program at Heritage College and then went onto Bishop's University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in studio arts.

Chelsea has now settled in Ottawa, Ontario where she is enjoying the challenge of establishing herself as an artist. Her ongoing love for nature influences her to lead an environmentally conscious lifestyle, especially with regards to her art. Whenever possible, Chelsea reuses and recycles items and materials to use in her work.

Just like Chelsea’s life, her paintings have several layers. Each layer is unique and every layer necessary. She lets her imagination lead her through these layers until they settle and combine into vibrant, finished products.

Marilyn Smith,
Spirit Dancer

Marilyn Smith,
Ancient Routes II

Chelsea Smith,
Almost Bare

Chelsea Smith,
Get Balance