The  AHA Spring Show was a huge success, selling 33 paintings over the April 20-22 weekend.  Twenty-eight artists exhibited, with 20 of those artist being judged for Best in Show by Monica Brinkman and Pierrette LaBonte.  Both judges agreed it was a tough task, commenting that the artwork on display was simply amazing!  After much deliberation, Mona Turner was awarded Best in Show, with Heather Dubreuil , Gina Haladuick and Shernya Vininsky receiving Honourable Mention.  Friday night’’s Vernissage saw record crowds and the weekend had a steady stream of people, all who agreed that this was AHA’s best show ever!  The newly renovated Community Center showcased all the artwork beautifully, creating, as one patron mentioned, “a total experience…from wonderful works of art to the delicious coffee and squares, all in an atmosphere of friendliness and warmth”.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!


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Peter Krausz, our guest artist from last Wednesday’s meeting gave a slideshow presentation of his work and demonstrated the preparation of egg tempera, showing us how to correctly extract and mix the yolk of an egg with pure pigments.  Fascinating!

Thank you to Elaine Ethier for these photos…..


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An exciting guest artist presentation at our next meeting, Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.!

Award winning portrait artist Steven Rosati is nationally recognized for his style and technique that comes down to him from old European masters. He studied art in schools both publicly and privately in Montreal and Toronto. However, he considers his real education to have taken place with endless hours in art museums around the world, where he studied first hand the work of portrait painters from the fifteenth century to the twentieth centuries. Among the many masters whose work continues to inspire him are DaVinci, Van der Weyden, Holbien, Bronzino, Ingres, Bouguereau, Pietro Annigoni, Meredith Frampton and many contemporary portrait artists.

My primary passion in portraiture is to capture the sitter’s likeness, beauty, and spirit. I strive to put life into my portraits and a feeling as if the sitter can step out of the frame. I also work to give the sitter and their family a special museum quality portrait that they will be happy and proud to hang in their homes for future generations to come.

My goal as a portrait artist is to reach the highest level in portraiture and to meet and surpass all expectations from my clients and sitters.

His portraits are in many private and corporate collections.

Steven is a member of the Portrait Society Of Canada and America.




Last Wednesday, February 21st was a Show and Tell by three of our members, Joanna Olson, Celine Poirier and Jane Wright.  Jane had a display of fused and slumped glass.   Colourful glass cut into rectangular shapes and embellished with fritt (crushed glass) and arranged in layers are put into a kiln to fuse.  Slumped glass refers to a ceramic mold that the glass can be arranged onto to take that shape (example would be to create shallow bowls).  In Jane’s words “Light is essential, life-giving and elusive. Colour enriches our perception. The holy grail that I seek is the magic of light, transparency and colour.”

Celine showed us her approach to creating her mixed media pieces.  Inspired by birds, Celine explained her process from sketch to placement and the raised embellishment she uses to add a tactile quality to her surface.  With the use of gelatin printing (monoprinting) to create one of a kind painted papers, she adds these as collage to her subjects giving it a wonderful mosaic feel.

A third presentation by Joanna on sketchbooks showed three distinctly different approaches from the use of recycled vintage books, primed with gesso leaving words and phrases to be echoed with appropriate sketches to everyday spiral bound sketchbooks that act as a means to archive thoughts and ideas, color schemes and explorations and then a more contemporary approach using the iPad Pro to create with an unlimited choice of sketching and painting media at one’s fingertips.CelineptgsJanesketchbooks