Sunday, May 4, 2014

Geri Binks - The Artist at Play

Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 2014, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Show Runs Until: May 31st, 2014

Some consider Geri Binks a Renaissance artist. She considers herself as a tactile person with a facility for creating art by seeing old objects in a new way. The materiality is important – whether it’s the plastic quality of clay, the drape of fabric, or the folds in paper – all is explored. Certainly this exhibition is a no holds barred collection. Usually showing her installation works for specific sites, this breakthrough show is the result of letting Bill Stelpstra and Andrew Smyth (the owners of Strand Fine Art) select the work from her studio.

From paper to clay, to fibre, to found-object sculpture, The Artist at Play is an eclectic overview of thirty years of work. Much of the collection is exhibited for the first time. It’s a colourful, joyful exploration of a creative life.

"This work explores the idea of play. It is not work I have readily shown over the years, thinking it too frivolous, but perhaps I was wrong. Maybe, just maybe, it represents what's best in me."
- Geri

Monday, March 24, 2014

Drawings - Tony McAulay

Show Runs: April 2 - 5, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday April 4, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Two New Shows: Bill Stelpstra & Susan Day

Two New Exhibitions: Bill Stelpstra and Susan Day
Come celebrate Bill's 60th birthday at Strand at the opening night launch for these new shows!

Opening Reception and Bill's Birthday Celebration: Friday, February 14, 2014, 7:00 PM
Show Runs Until: March 8, 2014

Bill Stelpstra - Stippeltjes
Bill is the co-owner of Strand Fine Art Services along with Andrew Smyth, and was born and raised in London.

Bill Stelpstra’s work is brightly coloured, playful, quirky sculpture/furniture.The body of work is entitled Stippeltjes, which roughly translated means small dots or polka dots. They can be a stool or a side table, coffee table, bench or a pedestal.

Susan Day - Crazy Birds
Susan is a well known London artist who works primarily in ceramics with dramatic painterly glazes.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Immigrant: an Exhibition by Rosemary Sloot

Artist's Talk: Sunday, January 12, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 12, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Show Runs From: January 12 - February 8, 2014

Halfweg, Holland, September 18, 1940 by Rosemary Sloot
Immigrant unfolds as a profound personal narrative of family, origins and unsettled identities. Developed over eight years, the twenty-one paintings and drawings that comprise this solo show reveal a unique perspective of being a first-born in Canada. Sloot pays tribute to her parents' courage in relocating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1952. In so doing, she re-examines her identity, looking at what was lost (and kept) in transition.

Final Farewell, May 1952 by Rosemary Sloot

From the artist:

"This is an exhibition that deals with the post-war emigration of the Dutch to Canada. In telling my family's story I am, in part, telling the story of every Dutch immigrant and in telling of the post-war experience, I am touching on every immigrant Canadian's story."

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Strand 2013 Christmas Show and Sale

Opening Party: Friday, December 6th, 5:30 PM
Open House: Saturday December 7th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and
Sunday, December 8th, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Show Runs Until: Tuesday December 24th at 12:00 PM.

Exhibition includes work by:
  • David Bobier
  • Marie Bohm
  • Liz Barrett Miller
  • Susan Day
  • Marion Drysdale
  • Mick Durham
  • Maria Gabrie
  • Vicki Easton McClung
  • Mireya Folch
  • Maya Foltyn
  • Sharron Forrest
  • Linda Fried
  • Pat Gibson
  • Lynne Munro
  • Leslie Putnam
  • Thelma Rosner
  • Iain Turner
  • Fran Whitney
  • George Whitney

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Leslie Putnam - Big City Dwellers

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st, 2013, 6:30 PM
Show Runs From: November 1 - 30

From the London Free Press:
Strand Fine Art Services is hosting the show, titled Big City Dwellers, of Putnam’s sculptures that opens Friday.

“This is a dramatic exhibition of small powerful sculptures incorporating music and light and it will excite all your senses,” said co-owner Andrew Smyth."

“The premise was that most of us now live in urban environments, and in a big city it becomes very easy to think we are not like any other life form,” Putnam wrote.

“This seemed to fit what I was doing these past years in the studio, trying to bridge this gap between what I knew as the truth of our natural world and the way we have come to experience it through our own constructed realities.”

>> Leslie Putnam website

Friday, October 4, 2013

Vicki Eastman McClung - A Coloured Balance & Tie One On

Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th, 2013, 7 - 10 PM
Show Runs Until: October 26th, 2013

A Coloured Balance
A new series of mixed media abstract paintings on board.

A new series of paintings
playing with the balance
of colour and gesture
spoken in a soft voice,

Sweet Pea - Vicki Eastman McClung
Tie One On
Refurbished Ties of All Sorts

A collection of
refurbished neck ties
with hand sewn embellishments
to adorn both men and women.

Refurbished Ties - Vicki Eastman McClung
The show got a great write-up at the Forest City Fashionista blog. Check it out here, it has plenty of photos too.

From the London Free Press:

"A Brantford-born artist is featured in a new exhibition at a London gallery.
Vicki Easton McClung’s new series, A Colour Balance, as well as a collection of “artfully refurbished” old ties, Tie One On, open at Strand Fine Art Services Friday.

The exhibition is described as “a new series of paintings playing with the balance of colour and gesture spoken in a soft voice … a new series of mixed media abstract paintings on board.”
McClung studied commercial art at Mohawk College before going on to study environmental art at Fanshawe College.

Her first exhibition was at the London Regional Art Gallery in 1977 and her work has been shown extensively across Southwestern Ontario ever since. This is McClung’s second show at Strand."