Sunshine Symphony, an acrylic on canvas by Cathie Hamilton, is included in the exhibit at the VAGA Gallery in Gananoque. (Kamille Parkinson)   

Thursday, July 4, 2013 9:51:14 EDT PM

Take a gander in Gan

If you haven’t visited Gananoque in a while you might be in for a bit of a surprise. Head down main street, or to the waterfront towards the boatlines, and you will discover that Gananoque is experiencing something of a Renaissance, with several unique shops, boutiques, cafes, and galleries, all with something special to offer. On the water, on the

The Confederation Park Sculpture Gallery, spanning both sides of the Gananoque River behind the town’s Tourist Information Centre, is home to Wolfe Island artist Bruce Mellon’s larger-than-life Blue Heron sculptures.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:43:32 EDT AM

Art outdoors

Many of us, without reflecting too deeply on the matter, likely assume that art is most often viewed on the walls of galleries (public and commercial), businesses and institutions, and/or in people’s homes. While this is probably true a large percentage of the time, it is certainly possible to enjoy art in a variety of enviroments, and it is a welc

Bonnie Brooks painted After The Rain using acrylic and watercolour on canvas.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:16:19 EDT PM

Extraordinary light

The varying qualities and characteristics of Light is something that artists have sought to capture for ages. There are many varieties of light and they differ based on time of day, location, atmospheric conditions and source.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of an Old Man in a Cap, 1630, oil on panel. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2003 (46-031) Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:25:53 EDT PM

A matter of time

If someone asked you to represent the concept of Time in a static, two-dimensional painting, how would you do it? A new exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Masters of Time, explores this very question through works from the permanent collection.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:54:18 EDT PM

An artful Mother’s Day weekend

Any weekend (or weekday) is a fine one for taking in some of Kingston’s vibrant art scene, and this Mother’s Day weekend is no exception. In fact, there are two shows on right now that are sure to please Mom, and all those celebrating her day with her.

Artwork entitled Shayne, by Bernard Clark

Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:46:58 EDT PM

Of printmaking and photography

It’s easy to overlook, but printmaking and photography are similar in terms of the intention behind their development (at least in part), and they even share some of the same terminology with regard to the final product — a print.

Dave Gordon’s acrylic on canvas, Beaver Lumber, is on display at the Pump House Steam Museum’s reprise of the “I Am Water” exhibition that debuted at the Window Art Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Kamille Parkinson)  

Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:23:37 EDT PM

Water views

What does the availability of fresh water mean to you? Do you ever actually give it much thought as you turn the tap and use this valuable liquid resource? Here in Canada, and especially in Ontario with its abundance of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams, we tend to take access to fresh, potable water for granted.

 Andre Bieler’s Wartime Markey, 1943 is currently on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University as part of the “A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters” exhibition. (Photo courtesy of Bernard Clark)  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:36:30 EDT PM

Vital viewing

It’s probably reasonable to assume that anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Canadian art is aware of the work of the Group of Seven, and perhaps also with how they are credited with creating a distinctively Canadian (even a national) art form.

 Vera Donefer's, “On the Rocks.'  

Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:52:02 EST PM

A feast for the senses

Just a short, scenic drive away, at the Mill Street Cafe and Gallery in Sydenham, is the opportunity to indulge (at least four of) your senses with a new exhibition of work by three Kingston and region artists.

 Mary Peppard's “Medieval Dog Park (Venery Dogs)” is part of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists display.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:52:27 EST PM

Salon prize excitement

Upstairs at Studio 22 Open Gallery on Market Square is the third annual Salon Prize, on view until Feb. 24, and this year’s show is quite possibly the best one yet.

The painting Lilies in Black Pot is on exhibition as part of the “Colouring Space” show at the Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery from now until March 15. (Kamille Parkinson For The Whig-Standard)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:58:50 EST PM

In praise of colourful spaces

I last wrote that I like winter, and I still do. But winter without snow seems fundamentally wrong — like a movie without popcorn, spring without flowers, or birthday cake without icing. Yes, winter without its icing of snow, like we’ve been having lately, is almost completely lacking in the striking beauty and subtle hues that snow provides.

Ghost Trees, Algonquin Park is the work of local artist Frank Edwards, and is currently on display at Gallery Raymond.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:34:32 EST PM

The colours of winter

I like winter. In fact, it’s one of my favourite seasons, particularly when there is snow — and lots of it. There is a certain silent grandeur about the natural world when it is blanketed with a deep layer of snow that is entirely captivating. Admittedly, driving during the winter and navigating sloppy streets and sidewalks is not such a pleasure a

The new work of local artist Michael Minthorn is now on display at Gallery Raymond on Princess Street. (Courtesy of Kamille Parkinson)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:00:36 EST PM

Everyone can relate to landscape artwork

Landscape painting is a genre of art that anyone can appreciate, even if it’s not your most favourite subject matter.

Jo-Anne Gazo-McKim is one of 10 local women artists who has her work featured in the Art Show and Sale of Brushworks. This piece pictured above favours the brighter side of the spectrum with a Van- Gogh-inspired vision of the streets of Prague. (KAMILLE PARKINSON For The Whig-Standard)

Thursday, December 6, 2012 6:58:36 EST PM

Brushworks show a fine diversion

I don’t know if it’s just my own impression, but the holiday decorations seem to go up in stores earlier and earlier each year. Not that I don’t enjoy Christmas, but sometimes carols and Santa right after Halloween can seem a bit much.

Julie Withrow's Earth and Sky

Monday, November 26, 2012 11:21:26 EST PM

Paper, Scissors, Rock

Remember the game Rock, Paper, Scissors? No matter how you played each hand, one element usually had some quality that won out over the other (unless you and your partner played the same element). Rock dulled scissors, paper covered rock, and scissors cut paper.

Illuminato is among the works by Susan Paloschi in her exhibition “Fiori,” a collection of paintings and sculptures, at Studio 22 Open Gallery on Market Square until Dec. 9. (Kamille Parkinson/For The Whig-Standard)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:54:22 EST PM

A breath of fresh air

November can be a bit of a dreary month, as the warmth of summer fades from memory and the blazing colours of the earlier autumn months are swept away. The bare trees themselves seem to shiver in the rain and wind, and the ground is not yet mantled in the beneficence of sparkling, concealing snow. If the ambience of this sort of anteroom to winter

Deborah Brown’s artwork is part of a group of Kingston artists, The Shagrug, who work together on an informal basis and have a show at the Window Art Gallery, which runs until Oct. 28. The show undoubtedly benefits from the versatility and high lux levels of the space.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:50:01 EDT PM

An eclectic collective

For a viewer of art, the Window Art Gallery (at the corner of Princess and Victoria streets) is a welcoming environment in which to enjoy and absorb an art exhibition. Though not overly large, the space is open and airy by virtue of one wall (and a portion of the roof) being composed entirely of windows. Hence the name.

Kryzysztof Doniewski contributed several works featuring Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove, in particular, to the “4 Oils” exhibition at Studio 22 Open Gallery.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:18:30 EDT PM

One medium, four approaches

If you’ve ever been curious about how one particular type of artistic media is treated in the hands of different artists, you have the perfect opportunity to find out as Studio 22 Open Gallery presents the exhibition “4 Oils” (until Oct. 21).

Liz Rae Dalton's family has a long history in the Kingston region, and her interest was particularly captivated by images from the turn of the 20th century depicting marine craft and related scenes.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 10:25:23 EDT PM

Reminiscence and short takes

Archival photographs of places you know now are often very interesting to examine — to see how much a place has changed, what fashions were like at a given time, what modes of transportation were common, indeed, to catch a glimpse of a time gone by. When those archival documents relate to your own family history, the degree of interest is magnified

Ying-Yueh Chuang, “Winter Garden #2”, multi-media

Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:02:19 EDT PM

A sumptuous visual feast

An impressive visual feast awaits you at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre with the new touring exhibition “Variations on Symmetry” by artists Eliza Au and Ying-Yueh Chuang in the main gallery. Richly textured and full of colour and complexity, this show explores patterns and their variants utilizing ceramics, glass, fabric, paper and other media. Addi

 
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Kamille Parkinson - Author PhotoFrom October 2010 through May 2015 Kamille Parkinson wrote a bi-weekly Arts Column, "Art in Print", for The Kingston Whig Standard.  You can read her articles through the link below.  (Kamille Parkinson holds a PhD in Art History from Queen's University and is the owner of Upper Canada Art Consulting.)

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