Monday, May 23, 2016

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Framing the Phoenix

A Mental Health Art Exhibition
An initiative of the Mental Health Promotions Committee

Opening Reception: Thursday May 5th, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Exhibition Runs Until: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00 PM

Works by 42 artists touched by mental illness are featured.

Splatter, Flora Desjalais

In a news release, the Mental Health Promotions Committee wrote that it’s hoped that “through art, we will reduce the stigma of mental illness. Art is a wonderful venue to explore the recovery process of those affected by mental illness and this exhibition is open to all artists, professional and non-professional whose lives have been touched.”

Said artist Flora Desjalais: “It relaxes me and makes me happy and proud. I can forget my problems when I am doing my art.”

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Everybody's Home and Spatial - Photographic Works by Tim Forbes

The Gallery at Strand Fine Art Services is excited to showcase EVERYBODY'S HOME and SPATIAL, photographic works by Canadian visual artist Tim Forbes.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2PM - 4PM

Exhibition Runs:
April 4 to April 30, 2016

Strand Fine Art
1161 Florence St., Unit #4,
London, Ontario
GEHRY - IAC - NEW YORK, Tim Forbes


For more information, see Tim Forbes' website here.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Strand Christmas Show and Sale 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 6:00 PM
Open House: Friday, December 12th, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and
                       Sunday, December 13th, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Show Runs Until: Thursday, December 24th, 12:00 PM

Changing Season, Acylic, Sue Johns

Participating Artists Include:

Susan Day
Kevin Bice
David Bobier
Iain Turner
Fran Whitney
Sharon Corrigan Forrest
Thelma Rosner
Maya Foltyn
George Whitney
Vicki Easton McClung
Leslie Putnam
Patrick Mahon
Jeremy Price
Marcy Saddy
Marion Drysdale
Sue Johns
Mireya Folsch

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thelma Rosner - Paintings and Prints 2016

New Exhibition Opens: Friday, November 13th, 2015
Show Runs Until: Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Artist's Reception: Friday, November 13th, 2015, 7:00 pm
Come check out the show and meet the artist in person!

Cross Stitch No. 1, Thelma Rosner

From Joe Belanger at the London Free Press:
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a series of eight “powerful and beautiful” paintings, each 2.4 metres by 1.8 m in size, under the title Cross Stitch.

“These paintings originated out of Thelma’s concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said gallery co-owner Andrew Smyth.

“The early paintings show influences of Afghani war rugs and Palestinian cross stitch embroidery. The images become more abstracted by the later paintings suggesting turbulence and uncertainty.”

There also are prints from the series titled, Dictionary, “which reflects the ideas of similarity and contrast between the cultures of Israel and Palestine.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jeremy Price - Recent Works

New Exhibition Opens: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Show Runs Until: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Artist's Reception: Saturday, September 19th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Come check out the show and meet the artist in person!

St. Andre Bike, Jeremy Price, 2015
From James Reaney of the London Free Press, Monday, September 14th.

A Beal Art grad and former Londoner has a hometown exhibition at the gallery which showcased his work two years ago.

C. Jeremy Price’s exhibition at Strand Fine Art Services this fall continues into October. There is a reception Saturday.

The graduate of the acclaimed Bealart program went to the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Film School before settling in 2008 in Montreal.

“We continue to follow (Price) around cycling, walking in the city and in the woods of northeastern Quebec, and sitting in cafes and passing them by,” says the Strand’s co-owner Andrew Smyth of the exhibition’s works.

He “paints in oil on canvas using a palette knife and the works hover somewhere between photographic and Impressionist with a focus on light and shadow. The paintings are quite ­remarkable,” Smyth said.

Partly Melted From the Prior Day's Sun, Jeremy Price, 2015
For more of Jeremy's work, see his website here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Vicki Easton-McClung: fair & square

New Exhibition Opens: Saturday, June 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Show Runs Until: July 18th

Vicki Easton-McClung, "Tulips", mixed media on board 
From Joe Belanger of the London Free Press, Friday, June 19th edition:

"A new exhibition featuring works by a Port Dover-area artist is on at a London Gallery. Strand Fine Art Services is hosting Fair and Square, by Vicki Easton-McClung.

“Her work is heavily defined and influenced by the land around her and its bounty,” said co-owner Andrew Smyth.

“Her abstract paintings are alive with movement and colour which I find compelling and exciting. It is as if there is a fundamental joy in the making of art for Vicki and that really is apparent in the paintings.”

Easton-McClung studied environmental art at Fanshawe College and lives on a farm near Port Dover."

Vicki Easton-McClung, "Discovery", mixed media on board