Salon 6: Propeller Centre

I’m happy that I  have been invited again this year to show some work at the Propeller Centre’s annual salon show. It runs from January 4-29, 2012, and the opening reception is Thursday January 5, 6-9 p.m.

Evening Chores, Percé by Aleda O'Connor Oil Pastel on wood panel. 24" x 36"

Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West, Toronto.  Please come!


Canadian and Korean Artists’ Exhibition

I’ve been invited to show my drawing Dark Harbour Dories in an exhibition for the Korean Consulate and Dosan Gallery in Toronto.  It runs September 19 to 23.

Dark Harbour Camps: two versions

As a subject, I’ve always been drawn to the landscape and boats at gritty Dark Harbour, on the west side of Grand Manan island, where the dulse pickers keep their dories. Many also keep camps on the shore and rocky sea wall. While we were there for a two-week vacation following the workshop at the beginning of August, I worked in pen and ink as usual, and in watercolour too, after overcoming my inhibitions in Barry’s class last year.

Dark Harbour Dulse Camp
Dory and Camp

Maritime Sketches

We spent most of July and August along the St. Lawrence River and on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. I worked in my sketchbooks with pen and ink, also on toned paper with pen, ink and white charcoal. Here are a few samples:

St. Joseph de la Rive, Charlevoix
Hillside Farm Buildings, Charlevoix
Marathon Hotel, Grand Manan.
Harbour, Seal Cove, Grand Manan
Seal Cove Low Tide
Smoke Sheds, Seal Cove

Sketches from Newfoundland

We’ll be on the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland for the month of June. Though the weather has been either rainy/blustery or sunny/buggy, the location is incredibly inspiring. We’ve been drawing and painting or exploring with our cameras every day.

Kitchen, Yellow House
Chair, Yellow House
Lobster Pots

Canada/Korea Exhibition, Dosan Gallery

Floodplain by Aleda O'Connor. Oil pastel on wood panel. 36" x 48"
Floodplain by Aleda O'Connor Oil Pastel on Wood Panel. 36" x 48"
My latest oil pastel on wood panel, Floodplain, is included in an invitational group exhibition organized by the Korean art magazine, 미술과 비평 (Art and Criticism) and curated in Toronto by Kerry Inho Kim. The show runs from June 14 to 20, 2011 and is being held at the Dosan Gallery, in the Korea Times building, at 287 Bridgeland Ave in Toronto. The opening is at 5:00 p.m. on June 14.

Sketch Group Exhibition at Heliconian Club

I’ve been participating in a regular life drawing class on Mondays, at Toronto’s Heliconian Club and have found the experience very valuable. We spend the mornings doing brief gesture drawings and longer poses up to 20 minutes.during the afternoon, the model holds one pose for two hours. Every year the sketch group mounts an exhibition of participants’ work. This year’s show runs from March 1 to April 6, 2011, at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto. There’ll be an opening reception on Saturday March 5 from 1 to 4, or call 416-922-3618 to drop by. I’m exhibiting RED JACKET, FUR COLLAR, an 18 x 24″ drawing in black and white charcoal pencil on toned paper.

Red Jacket, Fur Collar

Juried Show at Propeller Centre

Ontario Byway

One of my new oil pastel paintings is included in the “Scapes” exhibition at the Propeller Centre for Visual Arts. The show runs from February 2 to 13. The opening reception is Thursday February 3 and runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Salon Show at Propeller

Via Pompeo Picherali, Syracuse, Sicily

Three of my pen, ink and charcoal pencil drawings are being exhibited in Salon V exhibition at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts that runs January 12 to 30, 2011. The opening reception is Thursday January 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Barry Coombs (my partner) is also exhibiting one of his exciting new works on paper in the same show.