Gay Gardens is curated by Patrick DeCoste. The project’s inspiration comes from Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, who published Systema Naturae in 1735. The book describes his method of naming and classifying plants based on their sexual organs and sexual actions. Society was shocked and embarrassed by the botanical orgies happening in their back yards.
Jurors Jowenne Herrera and Patrick DeCoste, selected works from various mediums and subjects to be a part of our online garden exhibition/publication.
Here is the juror’s comment about Elizabeth Elkin’s striking work:
Elizabeth Elkin’s A Hint of Frangrance is a flower painting. We received many submissions of flower paintings but could not include all of them in Gay Gardens. Elkin’s flower painting is filled with big, bold, transluscent strokes of colour. The image of the flower almost dissolv-ing into abstraction. The balance of angular pale geometries in the background with bright organic petals in the foreground, gives a lusciousness to the painting, looking like lickable licorice and popsicles.
Since launching my Covid-19 Fundraiser on April 18th. (selling my original paintings at a very low price, with 100% of the proceeds donated to a charity of your choice), 49 paintings have been sold. Please go to my website www.blairpaul.com and click on the “Covid19 Fundraiser Gallery” to see the available works.
To date we have raised $13,085.00 for food banks, hospitals and other great organizations.
Thanks everyone for your generosity, and let’s keep this ball rolling.
Introducing – the OSA Scavenger Hunt! The game you can play from home. Just find a work of art done by an OSA artist and post it in the comments on Facebook (see Facebook link below) or Instagram (coming soon)! We will repost all over social media. Let’s see how many OSA works of art we can get online. Let’s see who our most prolific players are!
The bold, saturated colour of Lee Munn’s canvases contrast with the muted, minimalist photography of Peter Dušek at theWestland Gallery,London, Ontario from Feb 18 to Mar 7, 2020. Peter and Lee are both members of the Ontario Society of Artists. The opening reception is held on Saturday, Feb 22 from 2 – 4pm.