Wayne Arthur Gallery: The G.A.W.M.Y.S.  'Reflections of TR', June 28 - July 31

Wayne Arthur Gallery

186 Provencher Blvd

Invites you to

The G.A.W.M.Y.S. "Reflections of TR"

Artist reception: Sunday, July 7 from 1 to 4 PM

The show is from June 28 - July 31, 2019

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5PM

Web site: http://www.waynearthurgallery.com

For more information

Call Bev at 477-5249

About the show:

In 2005, seven professionally trained artist/art educators formulated the G.A.W.M.Y.S. (an acronym for Good Art Won't Match Your Sofa) which exemplifies the philosophy of the group that artists should always maintain their own unique style, medium and artistic voice regardless of external pressures to conform to popular fads, client expectations and even saleability.

The group members included Gloria De Neve, Kathleen Hamann Buckoski, Judith Panson, Francisco (Pancho) Puelles, Tom Roberts, Gina Roth and Erika Uustalu-Nicholson.

Sadly, in May of 2016, we lost our dear friend and fellow GAWMY Tom Roberts to cancer. Tom's passing left a huge hole in our hearts. The decision to exhibit together again evolved in our wish to honour Tom in some way. The exhibition will be diverse as usual and include two and three dimensional works in a variety of media. Each artist will include in their submissions a piece that will reflect their interpretation of Tom as friend and artist.

A portion of the sales from the tribute pieces will be forwarded to the Tom Roberts Memorial Scholarship at the University of Manitoba which promotes art education.

About the artists:

Thomas Roberts 1953-2016

Tom was born in Winnipeg on July 13, 1953. His early years were spent with his two sisters Marguerite and Glennis on Valour Road. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree at the University of Manitoba followed by an apprenticeship in Cornwall, England with distinguished artist Michael Cardew. Following his passion for ceramics, Tom completed a M.F.A. at Alfred University in New York State. Much of Tom's subsequent years were spent as an art educator in the Winnipeg School Division. However, even in that capacity, Tom continued to explore other teaching and learning adventures which included residences in the Banff Centre and also at the Bray in Helena, Montana. With his wife Brigitte and children Nicole, Kai and Gabe Tom took the family on a teaching fellowship in Victoria, Australia. In Winnipeg, Tom was a member of various art organizations and groups including the G.A.W.M.Y.S. and was also a dedicated Scout leader.

Tom fought valiantly. He had a studio sale a week before he succumbed to prostate cancer on May 15, 2016. His spirit lives on through his amazing ceramic pieces and the memories of those on whom he made an indelible impression with his talent, wry sense of humour and quirky personality.

The remaining members of the G.A.W.M.Y.S. have created tribute pieces in memory of our dear friend Tom. A portion of each tribute piece that is sold will be forwarded in Tom's memory to the Tom Roberts Memorial Scholarship at the University of Manitoba in support of arts education.

Attendees to the exhibit can also contribute independently to the scholarship via http://give.umanitoba.ca

Gloria De Neve

Winnipeg based artist Gloria De Neve graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Art Education Degree at the University of Manitoba, followed by studies in Human Ecology, and with the British Craftsman Association in England and Wales.

Her teaching career focused on the Visual Arts, Clothing and Design, Psychology and Native Studies at the Junior and Senior High levels.

During Gloria's career as a visual artist she exhibited widely in wheel thrown ceramics, handbuilt sculpture in Raku and smoke fired clay, as well as sculpture in fibre art. She explores a multi-media approach with textiles and on canvas in this show ~ "A Tribute to TR".

"My imagery focuses on the symbolic qualities of the feather as ~ Spirit, its intrinsic qualities of fragility yet enduring strength."

Kathleen Hamann Buckoski

Kathleen Hamann Buckoski was born in Kamloops, British Columbia and received her art education in the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, B.C. Kathleen moved to Manitoba in 1982 and has exhibited in several galleries and juried art shows. Her work can also be found in private collections in Canada and the United States. Kathleen continues to experiment with mixed media in her drawings, paintings and prints and delves into fibre arts now and again. Her work reflects a realistic yet imaginative style depicting the diverse and ever changing people and landscapes of Canada.

Judith Panson

Judith Panson was born in England and has lived in the Interlake region of Manitoba for almost fifty years. She received her art education from London and Plymouth Universities. Her work, including paintings, prints and fibre wall hangings, have been in many gallery shows and also hang in corporate and private collections in Australia, Canada, England, Ibiza, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States of America. Judith's work is mainly inspired by nature and its variety depth and spirituality.

Francisco (Pancho) Puelles

Pancho Puelles was born in Chuquicamata, Chile. He received his Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours and Master of Fine Arts Degrees from the University of Manitoba. His interdisciplinary work reflects his personal life experiences in South America and Canada with a strong emphasis on human injustices.

Gina Roth

Gina (Regina) Roth was born in Germany, raised in Winnipeg and currently lives in Hillside Beach. She is a multi-media artist who now is now working predominantly with fibre. She winters in Arizona and belongs to a Fibre Arts group there. Her subject matter deals with life in general: family, environment, social issues and humor. She has a Pre-Masters in Art Education from the University of Manitoba. She is also a member of the Wayne Arthur Gallery and the Gwen Fox Gallery.

Erika Uustalu-Nicholson.

Erika Uustalu-Nicholson, originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario received her B.F.A Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in 1976. She was an art teacher in the Interlake and Winnipeg School Divisions until 2009 and presently lives in her studio home near Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.

"If I hadn't pursued a teaching career, I may have become a full time cartoonist or children's book illustrator and have done both in some capacity. Acrylics and watercolour are my usual mediums sometimes incorporated with pen and ink, graphite or pastel. In recent years, I've also become interested in fibre art and writing. Inspiration for my work comes from nature, daily events and whimsy."

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