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Twist Gallery Opening Thursday, Decmeber 4, 2014

Marlene Pape, Sharon Barr, Patrice Carmichael, Anna Clarey
Opens Thursday, December 4, 6 - 9 p.m. and runs until December 13, 2014
Presented by Twist Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday December 4, 6 to 9 pm
Drinks (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres
A diverse collection of paintings inspired by our Canadian experience, interpreting organic forms and ethereal beauty. Each work is the artists’ own personal reflection of the mysterious and meditative pattern found in our environment.
Twist Gallery 1100 Queen Street West M6J 1H9.
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
416-588-2222 |
Inside Out -opens at MJG Gallery - 1028 Queen East
and runs the month of June 2014 (Queen and Pape Avenue, Toronto)

The Memory of Seeds

These paintings are self portraits; maybe not as most would instantly recognize as such, but for me, these organic forms are a reflection of our own image. The bonds between animal and plant are vital for survival but the connection is deeper than sustenance. The earth is our body and its water, our fluids.  

Remembering the earth resonates with our source. This mystical stored memory of the earth is encoded in every seed on the planet. We are the universe in human form. To realize our connection to nature is to tap into the deepest truth of our human existence. We are plants manifested in human form. Creating images that point to this majesty is, for me, a way to explore our deepest and most profound spiritual core.

The pivotal work in this series, The Memory of Seeds, asks the viewer to contemplate their own connection with Mother Earth pre human form. The largest work, The Seeds You Planted, pays homage to my muse and wonderful mother, who recently passed, Helen Barr.  Always, my motivation, she encouraged me as a painter, to keep looking and to add spots and dashes of colour here and there.  Thanks, mom.

The balance of my work is a further blossoming and growth from these small but powerful “seeds of memory”.

Sharon Barr

Algonquin Park Remembered

It is no surprise that some recent work reflect memories of Algonquin Park.  As a teen and young adult, I spent many summers hiking, canoeing and camping in the park.  My family owned a lovely cottage just outside Algonquin and we often made trips up to Algonquin to take in it's remarkable silence. Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada and was established in 1893.  This area of Central Ontario is very sacred and it is no secret that I have had a crush on Tom Thomson since my early days of painting!  The work below titled Canoe Trip I and II may not be a literal translation of the thousands of lakes and majestic forest you may find in the park, but for me, the spirit of the land can be found in these wild but meditative pieces. These paintings can be viewed at Canvas Gallery in Toronto.

Rose Garden Paintings

This summer I helped my lovely parents pack up and move from a home that they had lived in for over 50 years.  Although it was sad at times, we had many laughs and tears over treasures they had kept in cupboards and drawers for many years.  Perhaps the saddest thing for me to say good bye to my father's wonderful rose garden which he had patiently tended since I was a child.  His prized roses were primarily hues of orange, fuchsia and pinks.  So the painting  below is a tribute to my father's green thumb and the beauty we enjoyed as children, right out our back door.  They are permanent images in my artist's eye.  Thanks dad:))

“The earth has disappeared beneath my feet, It fled from all my ecstasy. Now like a singing air creature I feel the rose keep opening.” 

Arta Gallery - October 10, 2013

Please join us for our fall celebration of landscape painting
Beyond The Pale
at Arta Gallery in the Distillery District
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6 - 9 p.m.

This Bold House - Canadian Living - September 2013

Talented designer Peter Fallico's reno is featured in this September's Canadian Living and I am very honoured to have my large painting Blue Shadows II featured in this design.  
Thanks to Peter Fallico and Canvas Gallery!
September seems to be a busy month as I prepare for an upcoming group show at Arta Gallery (opening October 10, 6 - 9 p.m. in the Distillery District)  with fab artists Donna Andreychuk, Marlene Pape, Anna Clarey, and Patrice Carmichael.  As well,  I am getting ready to deliver some fresh new work to Canvas Gallery, including the painting below,  Pond Song.
and feel free to email me to come by my brand new studio!

New Studio!

Very excited to announce the completion of my new studio.  Bright, airy, and heated all winter! Special thanks to my biggest fan, my husband Mark for all his hard work in getting it completed and functional.   Also thanks to all my wonderful clients and galleries for their support.  Canvas Gallery, In 2 Art Gallery, Koyman Galleries, Tangerine Gecko Fine Art and 
X C Art Restoration.

New Paintings and Jazz Fest on Queen Street East

I like a neighbourhood that is bicycle and pedestrian friendly.  I also like a neighbourhood that has small local shops and restaurants. 

So I am pleased to announce that 10 new paintings will be in our own neighbourhood gallery Arts on Queen (2198 Queen Street East) for the month of August. This local gallery has been in the beach for over 20 years and supports local business and artists. 

Why not think out of the "big box" and come and shop on Queen Street East, see some great art at Arts on Queen and take in some superb musical talent at the Beaches International Jazz Festival this coming weekend July 27 - 29, 2013.

And don't forget to visit:

Canvas Gallery   Toronto

Koyman Galleries   Ottawa

In 2 Art Gallery   Oakville

Tangerine Gecko Fine Art   Markham

X C Art Restoration   Toronto

Metamorphosis and Paint

As an artist, there is no looking back.  I suppose that is the same in life if you want to move forward.  Not that the past and past images are not important and relevant.  But instead, they are building blocks for the present and cannot be duplicated or imitated again.

My work is a summary of all I have seen; all I have experienced.  I credit all artist's work that I have had the pleasure to admire, as they are my inspiration and fuel my creative spirit. My admiration for colour, famous artists my contemporaries can be viewed in my Pinterest collection.

These colourful pieces are being created in the middle of our Canadian winter.  They are more sculptural, more layered, more textured than previous series.  Continuing the themes of colour and nature, their creation is a quiet and meditative process.  It is my hope that they carry this peace with them.

Above work:  Pink Blossoms, Spring Through my Window and Through the Pines (all 36 X 36 inches, oil on canvas)