Randy McWebb and Jim Poole

Randy McWebb’s "Beyond the Gate" and Jim Poole’s "Places, Faces, Carapaces - The Hard and the Soft of It" are both on exhibit at Strand Fine Art Services until June 24, 2017

Jim met Randy McWebb at Fanshawe College. They shared a passion for art and life and became fast friends and collaborators. Jim often joined Randy in foraging for materials in the forests and on the shorelines in Ontario. McWebb and Poole were in several group shows in London back in the 80’s.

When McWebb asked Jim to show pieces in this exhibition he happily agreed."

Opening Reception: June 2, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Show Runs Until: June 24, 2017

Randy McWebb, Untitled Carving, Re-purposed found wood
Jim Poole, Tail Biting Tiger Turtles, Ink on Paper

More About the Show

Andrew Smyth, Strand co-owner states:

“Randy’s work is all carved from found and reused wood and fibres. Barn Boards, split rails, old nails, driftwood, feathers, tree knots, all are ideal raw materials,

When at school, Jim often joined Randy in foraging for materials in the forests and on the shorelines around London. Jim still collects pieces of raw material for Randy on his West Coast wanderings. Randy’s inspiration comes from within, inspired by the concept of birth, coming of age, death, and renewal. There is an ageless, timeless feeling to his carvings. They have a timeless and ageless patina.”

Framing the Phoenix - 2017

Strand Fine Art Services is happy to once again hosting "Framing the Phoenix" an annual mental health art exhibition, where local artists whose lives have been touched by mental illness display their art and passion, helping to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At the reception meet many of the artists, their families and friends.

Show Runs Until: May 20, 2017

Jennifer Peralta, "Tree Ent", acrylic on canvas
Megan Rose, untitled, mixed media on board

More About the Show

The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs in a wide range of styles. Proceeds of sales go directly to the artists.

Strand co-owner Andrew Smyth says of the show:
"As with any exhibition of 58 works of art by as many ­different artists, the range of styles, ­subjects, and media will run the spectrum.

This show is no exception, ­featuring all colours and all sizes in abundance, from embroidery to woodcarving to portraiture and landscapes to origami and ­abstraction. I am constantly amazed by the human imagination and the variety and scope of what we can create.”

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