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‘Below the Surface’

“Errors like straws upon the surface flow:  Who would search for pearls must dive below.”                         – John Dryden

‘Below the Surface’ is an exhibition featuring the beautiful work of Laura Culic, Sandy Middleton and Ann Shier.  Laura’s colorful pieces which are created with cold wax and oil will be presented along side of Sandy and Ann’s lovely encaustic creations.  It will be a stunning show and one not to be missed!  The exhibition is running from Wednesday, May 9th until Sunday, June 10th.   There is an artist reception on Sunday, May 13th from 1-4pm.  Take your mom on a great mother’s day outing…

Laura Culic – is an award-winning painter, originally from Toronto, now very happily settled in Maynooth. Laura completed studies at the Ontario College of Art in 1985 and went on to work as an illustrator , mural painter and fine artist. A professional painter for over 30 years, Laura’s work resides internationally in many corporate, private and government collections including the Art Collection of the Government of Ontario. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Grant. Laura paints with beeswax; either encaustic (hot wax) or with cold wax mixed with dry pigment and oil paint. Her work is available directly from her home studio Black Spruce Art Works; at various juried art shows, and at several galleries throughout Ontario.
Awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition, Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and most recently, the David B Milne Award of Best in Show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft Annual Juried Show. Laura paints full-time in the studio of her cozy home and gallery in Maynooth Ontario. When time allows, she loves to venture away on long motorcycle rides or out canoeing and camping in Algonquin Park.

Sandy Middleton – is a Canadian photographer and artist whose practice focuses on images that deal with identity, memory and natural materials. When she is not working with found images, her subject matter is primarily altered landscape that are captured with both analogue and digital cameras. All of the images are made in camera, double or triple exposures, layering of images
shot on film, processed, scanned and then printed on wood or as archival pigment prints and then layered with wax.  Sandy holds a BA in Photography from Ryerson University. Her fine art is in many private collections in Canada and the US and has shown her work in galleries and shows throughout Ontario. She is the recipient of several Ontario Arts Council grants.

Ann Shier – is an accomplished Toronto-based artist specializing in encaustic painting, an art form that involves stirring pigments into molten wax and then applying it to the surface of the support. Her studies in fine arts, combined with her work as a potter and formal training as a graphic artist, influence her encaustic work. Over the past twelve years, Ann has left her artistic imprint on a wide range of spaces, including private collections in Canada, the United States and the UK. Ann pursued fine arts studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She also studied English Literature at Ryerson University in Toronto.