Expressions 2015


Runs: May 7 to 28. Opening Reception, Thursday, May 7, 6 to 7:30 pm, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville, ON

The show is over and the People’s Choice Award has been determined! Congratulations Bruce St. Clair!!

Bailey's Blanket, acrylic by Bruce St. Clair
Bailey’s Blanket, acrylic by Bruce St. Clair

Expressions, the Quinte Arts Council’s Biennial Juried Visual Art Show and Sale will be held at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery. It will feature the work of artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region. The Jurors’ Choice Awards and the Ontario Crafts Council Award will be given out at the opening. Please join us! Info:, 613-962-1232.

Expressions Juried Arts Show Winners Announced

Quinte Arts Council’s biennial Expressions juried art show was a great success. The jurors, Marc. L. Gagnon and John Climenhage, did an exceptional job of selecting the pieces for this year’s show which includes a wonderful array of work that demonstrates the diversity and skill of our local artists.

The jurors had their work cut out for them as more than 115 pieces of work were submitted. Artists that were chosen for the show include: David Alexander; Lola Reid Allin; Eucalypta Apurimac; Peter Bates; Janet Beare; Donna Bonin; Janice Brant; Jenifer Brant; Cathy Clark; Jy Chiperzak; Jan Coombs; Rachel Comeau; Marianne Crozier; Ray Dearborn; Elizabeth Drummond; Frank Dunham; Julianne Ekhert; Jean Finlayson; John Granton; Ester Grav; Suzanne Hussey; Susan Joehn-Kreibaun; Ryan Laidman; Lise Lindenburg; Lorraine Mackie; William McGee; Larraine Milligan; Carla Miedema; Niki Mitz; Susan Moshynski; Marta Mouka; Lynn Nugent; Sue Panko; Britney Pasion; Janet Phillips; Perry Poupore; Hilary Rice; David Rowlandson; Margaret Ruttan; Carolyn Sevigny; Joyce Smith; Martin Soldat; Katrina Sorge; Bruce St. Clair; Lori St. Clair; Robert Tokley; Cathy Vanner; ;Elizabeth Vercoe; Lucie Kovarova-Wier; Pat werden; and Lisa Wessels.

Creative String Theory, illustration by Lori St. Clair
Creative String Theory, illustration by Lori St. Clair

Two of these artists received the prestigious Juror’s Choice Award. Lori St. Clair’s piece entitled Creative String Theory received very high praise from the judges. Marc L. Gagnon chose this piece as his choice stating that it has “A strong unique vision. Masterful line work combined with simple colour ribbon acting as a connecting element. The subtle 3-dimensioanl composition adds and additional intriguing facet and the frame has carving that adds to the overall effect.”

Fibre art by Marta Mouka


John Climenhage was equally taken with Marta Mouka’s fibre art piece entitled Plants Anatomy as it has “strong composition, use of colour and fabric detailing. It is an evocative abstract that is a pleasure to keep looking at.”

Federal style walnut side table by Ray Dearborn

The Craft Ontario Design Award was given to Ray Dearborn for his federal style walnut side table as it demonstrates “superb masterful craftsmanship. The details are exactingly executed and delicate. The proportions, colours, finish, wood selection are all flawless, a feast for the eyes! A truly timeless work of art of museum quality.”

Visit the exhibit until May 27 to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of the artists that participated. The next Expressions show will take place in May 2017.


John Climenhage
Juror, John Climenhage

John Climenhage has been painting, teaching, and exhibiting throughout Canada and the U.S. since 1989.  He apprenticed in Victoria with acclaimed oil painter, Jim Gordoneer, from 1994-1999.  He has broad knowledge of art history which he references in both his landscapes and abstract works.  His paintings, which he creates en plein air, incorporate theories of quantum physics and existential philosophies in a two-dimensional field upon which the painting occurs as an event. He currently lives and works in Peterborough.

“I return time and again to the landscape for both renewal and insight, finding new and subtle connections between the act of seeing and my perception of the world.  While still maintaining traditional perspective, these paintings attempt to include by intuition, many of the ideas I utilize in my larger abstract work.  I don’t prefer one line of inquiry over the other.  Each feeds into the other. By bearing witness to the world as I perceive it, the landscapes retain an immediacy and a spontaneity which eludes me in the studio, where revisions are possible over many painting sessions.  Outside, I work in concert with the subject, observing new combinations of line and colour which create spaces of meaning based on the specificity of the moment.  I aim to depict both the act of seeing and the becoming of the world, within which I am also becoming.”

Marc L. Gagnon
Marc L. Gagnon

Marc L. Gagnon BES, B.ARCH, O.A.A., CSPWC is a full time artist, employing both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty years. He holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture, from the University of Waterloo.

Marc is an elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and served on its board of directors for ten years. He was President of the CSPWC from 2005 until 2007. In 2006 as President he was the official host for the CSPWC watercolour symposium in Calgary Alberta.

Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in several CSPWC “Open Waters” exhibitions, Visual Art Mississauga Annual Juried Exhibitions as well as several Gallery of Peel Annual Juried Exhibitions. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Daler Rowney Award at the CSPWC 80th annual Open Waters Juried Exhibition. He was selected to exhibit in the 2004 – 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico. In 2006 he was a juror for the 21st annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show. He was the juror for the Mississauga Artist of The Year Award in 2004. In 2013 Marc’s painting “Horizon no.3 was exhibited in the first annual Colborne Art Gallery Juried Exhibition. Marc was also honoured in 2013 with The Best Watercolour Award in the 33rd Annual Visual Art Clarington Juried Exhibition. In March 2014 Marc was the juror for the 14th Annual Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival Art Exhibition. Many arts organizations have engaged Marc as an instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic paintings at various venues around Southern Ontario such as: Southampton School of Art, Loyalist College in Belleville, St. Lawrence College, Brockville, and The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. Marc also offers private painting lessons.

Marc has published two books illustrating his paintings and sketches. These books can be purchased through Marc resides in Newcastle, Ontario.,