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Stone School Gallery
Stone School Gallery
28, rue Mill St.
Portage-du-Fort (Québec)
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“REMNANT”
May 14 – June 5

Jane Bonnell & Sheila McGregor

Vernissage May 20, 6 - 8 pm

This exhibition will present artwork of both teacher and student, displaying a call and response of a relationship that grows into mentorship.

Sheila McGregor
acrylic

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Sheila McGregor is an emerging artist working primarily with acrylic paint who is inspired by the everyday avenues of beauty that unfolds ‘En plein air’ or in the studio.  Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sheila married and raised three children in Northwestern and Eastern Ontario.  In 2001 a serendipitous meeting with artist Jane Bonnell began a relationship that was pivotal in encouraging Sheila to explore her interest and talent in painting.  Under Jane’s mentorship, Sheila studied Art History, Figure, Still Life, and Landscape Drawing,

Embracing this recent season of “empty nest” Sheila’s studio has grown along with her interest in clay, printmaking, and fibre art.  Sheila has also held the role as set painter/designer for the production of, ‘Street Car Named Desire’ by the Deep River Players Community Theatre.  Attending workshops and building a peer group has been key to Sheila’s creative development.  Sheila has participated in group shows and local galleries in the Ottawa Valley.

With the encouragement from my husband Rob Roy, I began painting with water colours on our canoe trips.  It was thrilling to be in the middle of wilderness and really looking and discovering the vast creation around us.  I was immediately hooked on painting in the open air.  My husband was also responsible for introducing me to the, Canadian Group of Seven painters.  With many trips to art galleries big and small, I wanted more.  It was very fortunate for me to have cross the path of artist Jane Bonnell, who offered to work one on one with me.  Moving from water colour to acrylic paint and from paper to canvas was exciting.  This meant that I could work much larger.  For me, working large amplifies the sense of being present in the scene.  Working En plein air on small panels feeds my inspiration for my studio work.  A good workweek is split between gathering painted sketches in the field and pushing paint in the studio.  Paint and canvas have become my voice to share the world I see.  As an artist I believe my commission in some small way is to encourage the discouraged and bring beauty into the brokenness of everyday life.

 


Sheila McGregor

Sheila McGregor

Jane Bonnell,
October Rain

Jane Bonnell,
October Rain

Jane Bonnell,
October Rain

Jane Bonnell,
October Rain