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

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.”