Friday, March 26, 2010

The Art Gallery of Hamilton - Exhibition 2010

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s third largest public art gallery and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 9,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art.

Two paintings by Anna Sponer (stolen shoes & indecision) were selected as well as paintings from other local artist's to be displayed at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the annual spring 2010 juried art exhibition arranged by the Women's Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH).

WAAH 2010 Juried Exhibition
*Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable Chief Curator/Curator of European Art, AGH
*Melissa Bennet Curator of Contemporary Art, AGH
*Christopher Cuthill Art Chair, Redeemer University College Exhibition Curator
*Tobi Bruce Senior Curator of Canadian Historical Art, AGH

Anna Sponer during the opening of the 2010 Spring Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

"Indecision" oil painting on canvas

"Stolen Shoes" oil on canvas

A run away girl muses upon her own innocence as she copes with the harsh reality that her shoes have been stolen. She has not yet been hardened by the streets as her unblemished beauty reflects. She is on the precipice of relinquishing her quest for escape or hurling herself further into the savagery of street life. The imagination must decide her fate...

You can view Anna Sponer's full gallery website:

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St. East, Hamilton, ON
On Display March 13th to May 16th, 2010


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Toxins in art materials

There are toxins in art materials and I strongly recommend all artists to research the materials they use and please take all precautions necessary while painting.

This issue was the last thing in my mind when I started painting. I've always been concerned about the oils, but I never thought much about charcoal and pastels. The dust from the pastels can be harmful. Please use a mask, wash your hands frequently and if possible wear gloves.

I have to admit at times I can get careless about handling my medium. When I'm so involved with my art... my priority changes and nothing else seems to matter.

Keep painting, be safe, but more importantly... enjoy your art :)