MORRISON DAM LOCATION OF WORKSHOP
On Saturday, Sept. 30, the South Huron Art Centre will be hosting a one-day ‘plein air’ workshop with Paint Ontario winner, Denise Antaya, at the Ausable Bayfield Morrison Dam pavilion located just outside Exeter, ON.
Antaya received signature status in Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society. She is a member of the International Guild of Realism where she received numerous awards which included “Best in Show” for “Catching the Light”. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club in NY, one of North America’s oldest clubs where noted artists like Norman Rockwell, Emil Carlsen, N.C. Wyeth (to name a few) belonged.
Her work has received numerous awards and is in collectors’ homes in Canada, the United States, the UK and even as far as Singapore. She was chosen for an article in Fine Art Connoisseur as “Five to Watch”.
Antaya just returned from jurying a National Show in Colorado and doing a demo to kick off their ‘plein air’ event for the National Oil and Acrylic Painting Society.
In addition to winning this year’s Paint Ontario, Antaya recently won honorable mention in a prestigious ‘plein air’ exhibit in Spain.
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the ‘plein air’ easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”
Recently, Ruth Anne Merner, one of the board directors for the South Huron Arts Centre, caught up with Antaya and asked her about her work. Part II of their conversation follows in the form of a Q&A:
On Sept. 30, the South Huron Art Centre will be hosting a one-day ‘plein air’ workshop at the Ausable Bayfield Morrison Dam pavilion located just outside Exeter, ON. (Submitted photo)
Merner: What do you enjoy most about painting in nature?
Antaya: The sights, sounds, the breeze, the feeling of capturing a moment in time. I also enjoy when people come by and talk to you. The process of painting outdoors fascinates people. I enjoy the surprise when the viewer has low expectations and their surprise when they see the painting actually looks like what you are trying to portray. The best is when you see the painting it takes you right back to the day. You can remember it like it was yesterday…that’s really great!
Merner: How do you capture the essence of a scene in a limited time frame?
Antaya: Practice, practice, and more practice. You take great care in reproducing what is there – as quickly as possible, get in drawing, big shapes, lights and darks. Once that is established you can take time to fill it in. I like doing smaller panels – 6” x 8” or 8” x 10” because they take less time to cover.
Merner: Do you plan your compositions in advance, or do you work spontaneously?
Antaya: Depends, sometimes it’s a no brainer, there is a good lead in, balance, light etc. Sometimes I have to work at it by using my viewfinder and look around. I look for a good lead in, balance, atmosphere, and determine what my focus is. But you should have a plan, or you are destined to fail. I use the simple rule of 1/3, 2/3 for composition.
Merner: Are there any specific locations or landscapes that have deeply influenced your work?
Antaya: Country scenes, nature untouched by man. I’m a sucker for water, be it a lake, stream, ditch, or a puddle in a lane. I love the way the light and sky reflect. Open fields and big skies. Man made structures are really not my thing.
Merner: Do you have any tips for beginners interested in ‘plein air’ painting?
Antaya: Beginners need to be patient, and don’t give up. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong. I have boxes of terrible paintings in my closet of shame. Expect bad paintings starting out. But in time they will get better. I always say to myself in this long Art journey “How bad do you want it.” I really want to make it in this highly competitive field. It’s my passion and I am determined. Slow but sure, I will get there. You can’t fail by working hard, so just keep at it. You have to fill miles and miles of canvas. And use the best materials you can afford.
Missed Part I of Ruth Anne Merner’s interview with ‘Plein Air” Artist Denise Antaya? It can be found in the previous issue of the Bayfield Breeze published on Sept. 13 (Issue 740).
To register for the Sept. 30 (rain date Oct. 1st) workshop please visit southhuronartscentre.ca.
TIME TO ORDER TREES FOR AUTUMN PLANTING
This photo shows an Ausable Bayfield Conservation tree planting crew at work. Hundreds of local participating landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. (Submitted photo)
Autumn doesn’t begin until Sept. 23 but now is a good time to order trees for fall planting, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Local landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year through spring and fall tree order programs. This tree planting provides benefits to individual properties and also to the larger watershed community, said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with ABCA.
“People who plant trees can see benefits at the property scale in terms of wind protection and shade and more birds and wildlife,” he said. “The benefits of individuals planting trees extend to the entire watershed community in protecting our shared soil and water resources and improving the resiliency of our natural systems which face new pests and a changing climate.”
Spring and fall are both good times to plant trees, Jean said. “Weather cools in these seasons,” he said. “While trees are in dormancy in fall or spring, they are better able to handle the stress of transplanting.”
Certain trees, types of planting stock, and locations are better suited than others to fall planting.
“Frost heaving can be a problem for fall planting of very small, bare-root seedlings, which are available in spring,” Jean said. “In the fall, we handle only larger trees in pots or in root-ball-in-burlap format and we have good success planting those larger-size trees.”
The two-foot Cedar and Spruce are great choices for field windbreaks and watercourse buffers. The potted deciduous trees can be planted to add diversity to help make forests more resilient to future environmental pressures across the watershed. Properties, landowner goals, and projects are all unique, which makes it important to plan tree planting projects on an individual basis for site success, staff say. However, what all tree planting and other stewardship projects have in common, is their contribution towards watershed health, providing benefits which extend beyond the limits of the project site itself.
“Each individual project is part of a larger, collaborative effort,” Jean said. “Every year this involves hundreds of people planting tens of thousands of trees, maintaining watercourse buffers, planting cover crops, each doing their part to improve watershed conditions. It is important to recognize the tremendous support for watershed stewardship within our community.”
The Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist encourages interested landowners to visit abca.ca for the fall tree order form or to give him a call at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to discuss planting projects.
“We’re happy to help with project design and help to apply for funding for eligible projects,” he said. There is a cost to order trees through the fall tree planting program but there may be incentive grants available for some tree planting projects. Cost-share funding may be available depending on the type and size of project, location and specific program details.
People can order trees in person or by phone, accompanied by payment, until Sept. 29. To access the form visit: Tree Orders.
ABCA thanks those who support, and contribute towards, improving watershed conditions. These include federal, provincial, county and municipal partners as well as agencies and private donors.
LIVERY FILM FEST BRINGS TIFF TO TOWN
This fall, the Livery will be showing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movies at the Park Theatre on The Square in Goderich once again.
On Thursday, Sept. 21 the first film will be “The Lesson”; followed by “You Hurt My Feelings” on Oct. 19.
The Lesson is the story of Liam, played by Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) who is an aspiring and ambitious young writer. He eagerly accepts a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renown author J.M. Sinclair, played by Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park). But soon, Liam realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution. Sinclair, his wife Hélène, played by Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight), and their son all guard a dark past, one that threatens Liam’s future as well as their own.
Organizers of the showing are very excited to see this film, with its twisty noir plot and great actors!
You Hurt My Feelings stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep). She plays a writer, whose husband, played by Tobias Menzies (The Crown) praises the draft of her book, but whom she later hears saying it isn’t very good. Critics say the film is “smart, funny, and above all entertaining”.
Event organizers believe this film experience should be a lot of fun!
Both films will begin at 7 p.m., with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members. People are reminded to renew their memberships before the first film!
Plans are in order to show films monthly on Thursdays through the fall, winter and spring. And after each viewing attendees are encouraged to meet up afterward at Paddy O’Neils in the Bedford Hotel.
For more information, please email Chair of the Livery Film Fest Committee, Rob McAuley at email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER BUSY MONTH FOR HURON HOSPICE FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Get Ready! In September, Huron Hospice has something for everyone.
Join them on Saturday, Sept. 23, when the lights go up on the “No Place Like Home” concert Live from the Kingsbridge Centre.
The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with headliners: Amanda McClure and Tom Burke from Seaforth; Josh Geddis, Steve Dawe and Jess Langan from Bayfield and Clinton; and Clinton’s own Grant McMillan.
First held in 2020 as a virtual event, No Place Like Home was an original Huron Hospice solution to fundraising during a pandemic.
“We thought it would be One Night Only! However, the event was so successful and so much fun that we just had to do it again and again and again,” said Christopher Walker Huron Hospice, manager of Fund Development. “The event allows us to celebrate the best of our home, Huron County.”
Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb will join Huron County Coordinator of Tourism and Local Food, Alecia Anderson as celebrity emcees.
“We are honored to have the three of them join us again. Each brings a commitment to Huron County and a deep understanding of the arts scene. The fact that Alecia, Ben and Gil are making time for Huron Hospice shows how important the Hospice is for everyone across the County,” commented Walker.
Walker also thanked the creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich for their dedication to the event.
“Faux Pop helps us put together a wonderful show. It will be an entertaining evening,” he said.
For those who wish to attend the concert in person, tickets are selling for $50 each. This ticket price includes a complimentary Concert Shuttle. Guests must reserve their shuttle seats when they buy their tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will have a cash bar service and beef-on-a-bun. A vegetarian option and chocolate chip cookies will also be available. Goodwill donations will cover food costs.
Funds raised at the event ensure the Hospice can support over 200 families across Huron County at no cost. The last thing a family should worry about is the cost of hospice palliative services at the end of life.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit: Telethon 2023.
Anyone looking for ways to bring harmony and balance to their life may like to participate in a two-day workshop, Sept. 21-22 helping people understand the principles of Feng Shui in the home, garden and workplace.Led by Feng Shui instructor Helen Varekamp, participants will learn to change their thinking, their surroundings, and their lives. Huron Hospice will receive proceeds from this workshop. To register visit: Feng Shui Workshop.
EDUCATORS UNITE FOR NATURE WORKSHOPS
Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant (left) and Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth are excited to offer a couple of workshops for educators with regards to getting youth outdoors this Autumn. (Submitted photo)
Fall begins on Sept. 23. At the same time, a new education series will also begin – “No Boundaries Nature Workshops – Falling for Nature”. Partnering for this educator professional development workshop series is Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth and Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant. Together they have a combined total of almost fifty years of teaching.
“Any outdoor space provides a valuable learning experience for students,” said Vorsteveld.
Celebrate back to school, with fall themed strategies for teaching outside. This workshop is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about teaching and learning outdoors.
“We wanted to give back to the community through a workshop which would help give educators the tools and confidence to bring learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Iszczuk.
Sign up now for the session to be held on Sept. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. at Bad Apple Brewing in Bluewater and Sept. 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the West Perth Community Centre in Mitchell.
Registration is limited and registration can be found at seedsrooted.org. All registrants will receive access to curated teaching materials with Ontario Curriculum connections for teaching outdoors this Autumn because children need nature.
Register by Labour Day to be entered into a draw for a new book from local author Jon-Erik Lappano called “Martin and the River”. Organizers are pleased to support Lappano’s new book as it examines a child’s perspective on making meaningful connections to nature in the city and on finding ways to accept changes.
For more information, please contact Denise Iszczuk by calling 519 200-8662 or Janneke Vorsteveld at 519 440-2189.
Bad Apple Brewing is located at 73463 Bluewater Hwy near Bayfield and the West Perth Community Centre is located at 185 Wellington Street in Mitchell, ON.