Monthly Archives: December 2016

Out of the Bush Garden – Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada



Instructor Pete Smith (Abstract Painting, Drawing for Beginners, Landscape Painting, and Painting from Photos) is a featured artist in Imago Mundi‘s Out of the Bush Garden collection.

Pete’s piece AOI-13022015, is featured, and an image found below.

The book is a new, broad and diverse collection that Imago Mundi is dedicating to Canada: 216 works that bring together the creativity and expressive cultures of artists from the central-eastern side of the country: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. From the complex and erratic mosaic of the canvases, the different cultural souls of this vast country emerge, as do the contamination and amalgamation of different languages, colours and forms. Like a long journey among works and inspirations that seem to say: look at us and in the light of the Great North you will discover something about us and about yourself. Something singular and, at the same time, universal.



AOI-13022015, Pete Smith


Four Avenue Road Arts School students show work at Queen’s Park


Young ARAS artists attended an opening reception for the Youth Arts Program hosted by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on November 30.  Their work was selected from hundreds of submissions to this program which “celebrates the incredible artistic talents of young Ontarians.” Their paintings will be on display at the Legislative building until March 2017. Congratulations to Maria Malakhova,Gayle Tiomico and Kate Moon pictured below with ARAS Founder, Lola Rasminsky, and to Caroline Wang whose work was also chosen to be showcased at Queen’s Park.

The Youth Arts Program was launched in 2012 by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Honourable Dave Levac, to celebrate the incredible artistic talents of young Ontarians aged 12-18.

Each year, youth from across the province are invited to display their works of art throughout the Legislative Building, from December through March, showcasing their creativity and diverse artistic abilities. 

Artwork submitted consists of a variety of media including: photography; sculptures; ceramics and pottery; drawings in ink, pencil and charcoal; acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings.


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