Marilyn Conklin - New Exhibition

New Exhibition Announcement - “Creation” by Marilyn Conklin
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 2017,1:00 - 5:00 pm
Show Runs Until: April 22, 2017



On the Canvas: Artist’s search for meaning informs mixed media work - Joe Belanger, London Free Press, March 29, 2017

The wonder of creation is the focus of an artist’s new exhibition on at a London store.

 Strand Fine Art is exhibiting Creation features works by London artist Marilyn Conklin. Gallery co-owner Andrew Smyth said Creation is a “vivid selection of bright, colourful, abstract ­paintings.”

 “Marilyn Conklin paints with acrylic, water mixable oil colour, and mixed media. You might find sand or pumice or lace or who knows what,” Smyth said. “Her inspiration comes from ancient spiritual myths and the many outcomes arising from them. You will be struck by the scale and intense colour of the work. I am drawn to the paintings time and again by the mystery in the abstract. You never truly find the answer.”

Conklin, a Londoner, has volunteered at Museum London, raised a family and graduated from Western University with a fine arts degree in 2000. She has served on the board of the Art Gallery of ­Ontario.

In her artist’s statement, Conklin said she’s a very spiritual person and her work is “influenced by many life experiences, extensive travel, ancient archaeology, and an active imagination.”

“Because I am a spiritual being, I am always searching for existential meaning in the unknown,” said ­Conklin.

 “Looking into nature and transcending into the skies underpin the themes in these paintings. If you, the viewer, react emotionally, recall a memory, or discover a new insight into yourself, I am, as the artist, very delighted. Perhaps my paintings may briefly place you back in prehistoric times and remind you of the pristine beauty of nature.”

Iain Turner - New Paintings

Untitled, 2016, Mixed Media on Plywood, Iain Turner
In the Gallery at Strand Find Art Services
1161 Florence Street, Unit 4
London, Ontario, N5W 2M7

Entrance on Eleanor St.
At the Red Door
*Lots of Free Parking*

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Show Runs to March 25, 2017

Conscious Light, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, Iain Turner

Solar Boat, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, Iain Turner

CONtINUUM - CEG London Celebrates 45 Years of Textile Art

CEG (Canadian Embroiderers' Guild), is a Textile arts Group, based in London, Ontario. We are happy that they are celebrating their 45th anniversary with a show at Strand Find Art Services, called CONtINUUM

Philosphy of CEG London
The philosophy of the Guild is that there are no limits to the materials used in modern embroidery and that embroidery is neither confined to fabrics alone, nor limited to surface decoration. CEG believes that embroidery is a fine art form and that there is no way to create art, and no single best way to work with fabric.

Show Runs: February 1- 28, 2017
Show Opening Reception: Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Strand Christmas Show and Sale

From the London Free Press, Dec 7 article by Joe Belanger:

On the canvas: Strand Fine Art Services annual Christmas Show and Sale

Strand Fine Art Services’ annual Christmas Show and Sale will feature works by artists from London and farther afield.

“The selection of work at this show is quite tantalizing,” said co-owner Andrew Smyth.

“Some of our regulars are back again this year — masters in oil painting (Price and Drysdale). Saddy’s bucolic acrylic landscapes are a welcome new addition. Vicki Easton McClung has a selection of mixed media collage works and greeting cards with a nostalgic mid-century vibe and a humorous twist. Thibert’s striking copper and tin ‘wall sculptures,’ Sari Teitelbaum’s elegant and playful jewellery, and Thelma Rosner’s iconic ‘Super Moons’ make for a visual treat.”

Smyth also noted Susan Day’s “fine colourful” vessels, Bill Stelpstra’s candle holders in bright colours and exotic hardwoods and Laney Richmond’s “happy flowers” are samples of the works in the show.

Participating Artists Include:
  • Susan Day
  • Marion Drysdale
  • Vicki Easton McClung
  • Maya Foltyn 
  • Jeremy Price
  • Judith Purdy
  • Thelma Rosner
  • Marcy Saddy 
  • Bill Stelpstra
  • Sara Teitelbaum
  • Patrick Thibert
Opening Party: December 9, 2016, 6:00 PM
Open House: Saturday December 10, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM & Sunday, December 11, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Show Runs Until: Saturday, December 24, 12:00 PM

Gallery Hours for December: Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

C.JEREMY PRICE, "nola #3-Royal Street", oil on board, 2016

MARCY SADDY, "Land 7", Acrylic, 2016

SARI TEITELBAUM, acrylic, bakelite and sterling silver
BILL STELPSTRA, painted wood, 2016

2016 Cape Dorset Collection

Preview Reception: Friday, October 14, 2016, 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Sales Begin: Saturday, October 15 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Runs: October 14 - November 12, 2016
NINGEOKULUK TEEVEE, #24. Midnight Owl, Stonecut & Stencil
Paper: Kizuki Kozo White, Printer: Qavavau Manumie
62 x 97.6 cm, $1200 

TIM PITSIULAK, #7. Scratching Walrus, Stonecut & Stencil,
Paper: Kizuki Kozo, Natural Printer: Qiatsuq Niviaqsi
49.5 x 61.5 cm, $800


Elizabeth Phillmore Busby & C.Jeremy Price

The Gallery at Strand Fine Art Services is excited to showcase paintings and sculpture by the late Canadian artist Elizabeth Phillimore Busby.

We also have a selection of new paintings by C.Jeremy Price

Opening Reception: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 7:00pm - 9pm
Exhibition Runs: September 17th - October 8th

Elizabeth Phillimore Busby, Veneziano Series: Spot Change, 1968,
oil on canvas, 60" x 60"
C. Jeremy Price, Sun Dogs, 2016,
oil on board, 24" x 24"
More About the Show
From Joe Belanger, London Free Press, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 about the show:

"Phillimore Busby, who died last year at the age of 92 - studied at the Ontario College of Art in the 1940s after serving in the Royal Canadian Naval Service. After the war, she married a British man, who came back to Canada with her where they worked as forest rangers for two summers before he left and returned to England. They had two daughters. 

Phillimore Busby then went to work at the Royal Ontario Museum as a restorer while continuing to paint, influenced by artists such as Manet, Rousseau, Delacroix, Ingres, Michael Snow and Francis Bacon. She moved to London in 1998 when she married Stuart Busby, who died in 2007. She then returned to Toronto. 

“She spent her working life as an art conservator, in fact being a leader in that profession and cofounder of the Canadian Conservation Institute. There is real passion in her work, not least her vivid palette and personal story-telling” said gallery co-owner Andrew Smyth.

Of Price, Smyth said the paintings include new landscapes, cityscapes and food. “His paintings will amaze you,” said Smyth.

Painting by Elaine "Lainey" Richmond

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Runs: May 22 - June 18, 2016

"Wild Purple Ivy", acrylic on canvas, 2015, Elaine Richmond
From Joe Belanger and the London Free Press:

A celebrated London artist whose favourite subjects are everyday things is featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at Strand Fine Art Services and continuing to June 18.

Elaine (Laney) Richmond, a Bealart grad, was born in St. Thomas and moved to London as a child.

She studied art at Ryerson public school, then Central secondary before joining Bealart. She also took instruction at Alma College in St. Thomas and from Clare Bice at the London Regional Art Gallery.

In 2004, the painter suffered a stroke after knee surgery and art “has been her lifeline and therapy,” said gallery co-owner Andrew Smyth.

“She celebrates her love of colour and nature in her vivid, bright painting on canvas, glazed tile and pillows,” said Smyth, noting Richmond’s subjects are “everyday life” including flowers, trips to the lake, and family. I have always admired Laney’s naive wonder at what she has created and her fearless attempts using a myriad of media and subject.

“She moves effortlessly from acrylic and oil paints to colourful inks and painting and stenciling on fabric and tile.

“Her unbridled passion for colour is contagious. As every colour in nature works brilliantly together, so too in Laney’s paintings.”

"untitled", ink on paper, 2016, detail, Elaine Richmond