Past lectures

Kerry Stothers April 5, 2022

Artist talk and oil portrait demo

Kerry has always been interested in portraiture. She took her first art lessons when she was twelve from Norman Brown at Jon Williams Studios in Calgary. During that time she studied the works of master portrait painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. Through years of such studies she became accomplished in oil portraiture. At eighteen she went to the University of Calgary and received a degree in Fine Arts with distinction.

In her early twenties she moved to Ottawa where she expanded her artistic horizons to include doing public art, painting murals for commercial and residential clients and working with museum display companies. Her museum work consists primarily of paintings, sculpted objects and faux environments and can be seen in museums across North America, including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and the Founders’ Hall in Charlottetown P.E.I.

Although Kerry enjoys the variety of work and the new skills she’s developed working in the museum industry her passion remains in portraiture. Kerry’s contemporary oil portraits bring to life the physical presence of the sitter. They also convey, through the subtle use of background and lighting, the spirit, personality and emotions of the subject.

Jane Monteith March 1, 2022

One artist’s successful trajectory in the world of art

Jane Monteith has been painting for as long as she can remember! She loves all forms of art but is primarily an abstract artist using alcohol inks and resin. She developed her Mod Minis, which were so successful she began producing how to YouTube videos. As a high energy young artist she experimented with many different products and designs. She has written a book, designed courses on-line and shows her work at Koyman Galleries. Jane will describe her amazingly successful trajectory in the world of art.

Maya Hum Feb 1, 2022

What is Illustration? How to find your creative expression 

Join us as local illustrator and instructor Maya Hum talks about illustration. How it is about finding your creative expression, as well as ways to unlock your imagination! Feel free to have paper and any mark making tools near by during this presentation.

Maya Hum is an artist and arts instructor whose work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions throughout Canada and Europe; her work can also be found on several public murals throughout the city of Ottawa. Maya is inspired to create art and art lessons about conserving the well-being of others, yourself, and the environment.

To find out more about Maya and her art classes please visit

Linda Lovisa  December 7, 2021

Painting the Winter Scene (tips & techniques)

Kelowna artist Linda Lovisa paints Alla Prima. (direct approach) This type of painting keeps the colours fresh and vibrant while mixing direct on the canvas. Her techniques include Impressionism, symbolism and abstraction. Although she works primarily in acrylic, she continues to explore a wide range of media including pastel, mixed media and watercolour.

Linda’s paintings have appeared in exhibits across Canada and the United States and can be found in private and public collections nationally and internationally. Linda has been awarded a Gold Award and an Award of Excellence by The Federation of Canadian Artists.

Linda’s creativity and beautiful artwork can also be found in two children’s books she has recently written and illustrated in watercolour. She is looking forward to sharing more stories with you in her series,” The Adventures of Gordon the Canada Goose”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7pm to 8:30pm

ANDREA WARREN, Golden Working Artist

Andrea Warren

Thank you for choosing to attend a GOLDEN Lecture and Demonstration presented by our GOLDEN Working Artists. The GOLDEN Lecture and Demonstration will be presented in Zoom and will cover a variety of topics on acrylics and acrylic mediums.

Golden Artist Colors, Inc., maker of GOLDEN Acrylics, Williamsburg Handmade Oils and QoR Modern Watercolors, is proud to be an employee owned company.

TUESDAY, APRIL 6th, 2021 7 – 8:30pm


In 1975, Roy had a high-tech job that required travel across Canada. He bought a 35 mm SLR camera to record the scenery and soon became an avid amateur photographer, taking courses at a local college and setting up a home darkroom. Years later, Roy also took up drawing and painting to balance his technical career, acquiring his Visual Arts Certificate from Algonquin College in the late 1980’s. One of his favourite artistic endeavours has always been life drawing, which he continues to practice when not in lockdown.

In 2008, Roy decided to try photographing the nude figure as well as drawing it. The feedback he received from exhibiting those photographs encouraged him to make this his primary focus in the visual arts. In his photography, Roy strives to portray the beauty, grace, strength and vulnerability of the human body. Roy finds that figure photography offers a unique mix of artistic, technical and interpersonal challenges that spark his creativity.

In his presentation, Roy will discuss the history of the nude in art, ranging from the prehistoric Venus of Willendorf to modern painting and sculpture. Photography will be introduced as another art medium for portraying the human figure. The presentation will include historical examples of art, including photography, based on the human body. Since nude art can have an erotic element, he will discuss how this aspect can reflect either the artist’s intent or the eye of the beholder. Finally, Roy will present examples of his own photography that focus on the form of the human body or that use the figure as an element in a composition

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 7 – 8:30pm


Brian has had a keen interest in photography since he was a young man working in the darkroom he built in his parent’s basement. Back then he developed black and white film then made prints using an enlarger and chemical processes. He was an early adopter of digital photography since it was difficult to have a darkroom once he started working and lived in apartments.

His passion for many years was landscape photography, and he has travelled to and attended workshops in California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Buffalo, and Alberta.

His presentation will deal mainly with preparing photographs of your art for display on our website for both artist galleries and virtual art shows. Topics will include tips for photographing your art, resizing the images, and image file preparation for uploading to our website.

Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 7 – 8:30pm


Frank Lloyd Wright famously stated that architecture is “the Mother of All Arts”, but I am not sure that many artists would easily agree.   At its best, the greatest buildings in history provide the same emotional and intellectual stimulus as the greatest paintings, performances, statuary and writings. These buildings are necessarily related to scientific mastery and mathematical precision, and if successful, they are frequently understood as potent symbols of civilizations and cultures.  But there are also very practical, economic and functional limitations placed on buildings that act to severely compromise its artistic intentions: they have to “work” while most other artforms can simply “exist”.  

I would like to examine architecture as an ART FORM different than architecture as a CRAFT, and both different than MERE BUILDING as enclosure.   Using examples of the most important and well-known buildings and cities of history, I will demonstrate how they have directly influenced me as a teacher, as a practitioner and, now- retired from both- as an artist .

BIOGRAPHY – John James Pron has been on the faculty of the Architecture Department of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, beginning in 1973 and retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2013.  At Temple, he taught architectural design studios, drawing and graphics and lectured on the History of Architecture.   He has also been a practicing architect in Pennsylvania, with a consulting firm specializing in the hospitality industry.  The firm advised small privately owned hotels imbued with a unique regional character that nevertheless need to adapt to become part of international hotel chains.  How to adapt to universal standards while preserving their uniqueness- their soul- has been the defining challenge.   For the past 20 years, he has also been part of Philadelphia’s regional art scene, belonging to several galleries, participating in many juried group shows as well as staging regular solo exhibits.  His art is inevitably based on his architectural sensitivities, sometimes pursuing real solutions for the future, sometimes making provocative statements to raise public awareness to political and social issues.

Tuesday January 5th, 2021 7 pm to 8.30pm


Artist Statement, 2020

My artistic practice derives from an earlier experience of making Byzantine icons using hand- crafted organic materials as wood and egg-tempera and witnessing how beholders adored these icons. This medieval, “slow-paced” media does not only invite viewers to get closer to feeling nature in our consumerist-digital age, but also to search for a sense of sacredness that would venerate our bodies as living ‘containers’.

As an image-maker, I am concerned with our consumerist culture, which is designed and triggered to engage our bodies in unhealthy habits. My focus is on the violence and sexualized symbolism of surrounding images that hide behind objects of daily living. Leitmotivs in my work are the shopping carts and drone machines that symbolize ‘containers’ of desires and notions of truth.

In experimenting with medieval materials such as natural pigments, wood, animal hide, cheesecloth, gold leaf and techniques of engraving and egg-tempera, my recent works release the traditional format of the icon from its flat surface to reflect on how our physical bodies coalesce and conflict with consumerist visual culture.

Supporting the visual arts in the surrounding Rideau Area

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