Thursday, August 19, 2010

Expressions of Art

Focus Art at the Manoir Youville

11 of our members went on a retreat to Manoir d'Youville for 3 days of painting and reflection. We all enjoyed the ambiance of the small island haven.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pastel Classes

Pastel classes to be given @ St. Lawrence College campus in Cornwall

Drawing with Pastels
Do you enjoy working with your hands such as gardening, pottery, or tools? Then connect and experience the magic of pastels! Using still life objects with a variety of themes, students will be given step by step instruction on how tocreate the illusion of 3-D in shape and colour. A supply list will be available at time of registration.

(18 hours)
Instructor: C. Bennett
Thurs Feb 4-Mar 11, (6:30-9:30pm),

For more info, please contact St. Lawrence College

Painting Trip Anyone?

These sites may be of interest if you would like to plan a painting trip this year;

City of Ottawa Galleries and Exhibition Spaces

National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa ON, K1N 9N4 613-990-1985

Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave, Ottawa ON

Art Trip New York

The internet has lots of websites on travel and art...:
Art in SW France
Painting in Spain
The Creative Retreat
Spencer Scott Travel Services
Art Holidays in Italy
Paradise Courses Fiji
Painting Holiday variety of places
Painters on Line

First Meeting of the Year!

Focus Art Meeting January 6, 2010 7pm

It’s a brand new year and everyone is welcome to the first Focus Art meeting of the year.

Centre Charles Emile Claude, 7pm ~ Lots of Parking available

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas Party Meeting...

Join us at the Christmas Party meeting!!! Bring your art to show off and books to swap.
Everyone welcome, bring your best friend or spouse or both.
Snacks, desserts and beverages will be served.
Wednesday December 2nd at 7pm at the Centre Charles Emile Claude,
146 Chevrier Ave (Former Nativity School)
For more info call: 613-935-8078

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Juried Show Results!

Following are the results of the Juried Art Show, now on exhibit at the Cornwall Public Library. Click on the pics below to see them larger.

First Place: Jane MacMillan “Palm Peace”
Second Place: Anita Huygen “ Angel Eyes”
Honourable Mention: Rose Denoyers “Somewhere Different”
Honourable Mention: Deb Leger “Heads Up”

First Place: Elsie Gallinger “The Quiet Place”
Second Place : Emily MacLeod “Sunroom Geranium Study”
Honourable Mention: Rose Desnoyers “Moody River”
Honourable Mention: Myrtle Ainslie “Chipmunk”

First Place: Hennie Marsh “Natural Order”
Second Place: Jacqueline Milner “Icy Haven”
Honourable Mention: Sandra Taylor-Hedges “The Gathering”
Honourable Mention: Sharon Magee “Contentment”
Honourable Mention: Hennie Marsh “ Red Sky”

Mixed Media
First Place: Libby Cameron "Good Day’s Work”
Second Place: Patricia Lewis “Eagle”
Honourable Mention: Hye Kyung-Yu “Light”
Honourable Mention: Hilary Thain “I am Woman”
Honourable Mention: Phyllis Major “King Fisher”

First Place: Stu-art Thompson “Orchid Magic”
Second Place: Patricia Fish “Homme Racine”
Honourable Mention: Gilles Ruest " Canal House"
Honourable Mention: Jacqueline Milner “ Sign of the Times”

First Place: Myrtle Ainslie “Clematis”
Second Place : Myrtle Ainslie “Bufflehead Duck”
Honourable Mention: Micheline Tanguay “No Fishing”
Honourable Mention: Libby Cameron “Dignity”


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Charlene Bennett's Exhibition & Vernisage

Art Exhibition and Opening: Charlene Bennett

Charlene H. Bennett is currently exhibiting her latest works

@ the French Cultural Centre"
Les trois p'tits points "
280 Industrial Blvd
Alexandria K0C 1A0613 525 3393

Titled: IN MEMORY OF MOM : honoring my french heritage.
Contemporary portraitures of nude models rendered in pastels & landscape paintings.

VERNISSAGE: Wine & cheese on Sunday Oct. 18 @ 2-4 p.m
see evenements/expositions
A map is also available @ site.

Good luck, Charlene!

Sunday, October 4, 2009


an interesting tidbit - the Mayor of Cornwall, Bob Kilger, has a 2010 Focus Art Calender! Hopefully, it's hanging in his office - I dropped it off on Friday.

Just so you all know, he's supporting us.


an invitation from Anne Barkley

From Anne:

I have a painting in the Ottawa Watercolour show (below). I think you will find it an interesting show and venue, so I hope you have a chance to visit. This is a water media show, so there is a variety of work.

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception of the 60th Juried Exhibition
in watermedia of the

Ottawa Watercolour Society

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
2:00 to 4:00 pm

at Saint Brigid’s
Centre for the Arts and Humanities,
314 St. Patrick Street,
Ottawa, On
(side door entrance on Cumberland street)

Come and celebrate the 60th OWS exhibition with the artists who will be present during the reception

The exhibition is open
October 3rd to October 11th 2009

Viewing hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm to 4 pm
Monday to Wednesday: 4 pm to 7 pm

Tel.: 613-224-4409

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An invitation from Jacqueline Milner,

I will be participating in The Annual Canvas in Colours Art Show & Sale this Sunday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Richelieu Park, 300 des Pères-Blancs Ave., Ottawa. Come and experience nature's reflection in the enchanted heritage forest of Richelieu Park and discover some of the Regions talented artists. I couldn't ask for a better venue than a 'heritage forest'. Do drop by to say hello. The show will be outdoors if sunny and in the visitor centre if raining. For more information call 613-580-2424 ext. 28464

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Calendar Sales at the Mall - Standard Freeholder article

There's a great article in the Standard Freeholder about our calendar! If you missed the article, you can click here and read it online.

Kudos go to D'Arcy for an awesome job of producing such a great calendar!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Focus Art's 5th Annual Juried Art Show

Focus Art's 5th Annual Juried Art Show is coming fast! This year's show will be held at the Cornwall Public Library with exhibition dates of Oct. 5 to Oct. 30, 2009. There is over $500.00 in prizes with winners in each category!

Important Dates to remember:

Oct. 1 - 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Oct. 2 - 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Oct. 3 - 9:00 to 12:00 noon

Oct. 3 - 1:00 Public juried selection (Open to public)

Oct. 3 - Pickup of unselected pieces at the end of the jury selection OR
Oct. 4 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Oct. 7 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm Opening Ceremony for the Show

A few rules to follow:

  • Submissions MUST be original work by the artist. (No copies or prints.)
  • Must be clean, dry and wired for hanging.
  • Open to artists 18 years or older within an area of 100 km of Cornwall, Ontario.
  • Maximum of 3 pieces.
  • An entry may not be withdrawn once it has been accepted.
  • Nonrefundable entry fee for artwork is $20.oo for members. $30.00 for non-members.
  • Sales will be handled by the artist with a 10% commission payable to Focus Art.
  • Although the library is supervised, entries are at your risk for loss or damage.
If you need an entry form, please contact the group.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Make a Pochade Box for Plein Air Painting

Do you do any plein air painting? Here's a really inexpensive pochade box made out of a wood cigar box. Fawzan Barrage gives instructions in the video below.

Zan is the Founder of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).


Jacqueline Milner and Sandra Taylor-Hedges are at the CRAG

You can click on the pic for a larger version.....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Selling Focus Art Calendars at Cornwall Square

If you check your email-box, you should have a schedule of time slots where help is needed at Cornwall Square to sell calendars. Here's a note from D'Arcy, Focus Art's President;

Hi Everyone

Here we go again, I am looking for volunteers to help sell the calendars at Cornwall Square. We will be on the second floor in front of the food court for the first two Friday/Saturdays and at the bottom of the escalator for the last Friday/Saturday. Again, we should have at least two people there at all times, more would be better.

They will give us a table but we need to bring our own chairs etc. We are also allowed to have some of our people working on something while we are there so anyone who would like to do that, please let me know.

A lot of members took time to help during the show, we put on a terrific exhibition and had a lot of fun doing it, now it is time to reap the rewards for all that hard work. The public loved us so the potential for sales is terrific, all we need to do is just be there to take advantage of this venue again. Please check your schedules and do what you can to be involved and help make this another great success for Focus Art.


It is with sadness that I bring you the news today that I'm no longer going to be the Secretary of Focus Art. I have submitted my resignation a few days ago and it was effective immediately (at that time).

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