We are moving the Gallery on-line. With access to Dean Hall at MERA restricted, we thought that we would bring the art exhibitions to you by way of our website. This is our first installment, a delightful collection of works by two local artists: Anne Roxburgh and Helen Mogford.
These images can be viewed on any computer, tablet or phone that is connected to the internet. Devices with larger screens can provide a better experience. Many of the paintings in this collection are currently on display in Dean Hall at MERA. You are free to don your mask and enjoy the exhibition whenever the schoolhouse is open.
Born in Montreal, Anne first studied art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer. “My love of trees and landscapes comes from my late Father’s collection of Canadian art and he took me to visit the studios of a number of well known Canadian artists and many gallery vernissages”.
She also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts. “As students were not allowed to paint the Rockies, so I chose to focus mainly on the trees and rocks. I also experimented with water reflections. Each season brings different challenges; the summer greens, autumn’s riot of colours, the winter’s sculptural snowscapes and the stark bareness of naked trees.” Recently she has added floral subjects in her portfolio, many from her own and friend’s gardens.
Anne is a member of the Almonte and Area Artists Association and has exhibited at Art in the Attic, The Mill of Kintail and MERA where she is a member.
To view Anne’s collection click on the image “Indian River, Clayton”.
Helen grew up in a home rich with art and music. However, she has been painting seriously for only seven years, since retiring from teaching (where she loved teaching art). Helen has take workshops and classes from local artists, but has found a very comfortable style based on the teachings of Brian Simons of Victoria.
Helen loves to look for light, colour and a particular intensity in mostly natural scenes. She works from photographs she loves, that she has taken herself and has edited carefully. Then comes the translation into paint, which is like a meditation on beauty in forms of life and light. Recently she has painted some challenging pictures of animals and humans in interesting situations. Every painting, whatever the image, is of a fascinating moment in time.
To view Helen’s collection click on the image “Oklahoma Easter”.