October 1, 2022 – January 14, 2023
The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 21st year, this juried exhibition calls on artists from across the country to submit work that reimagines the Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. While Carmichael believed in traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, he was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.
The landscape is a place of unique national character and pride for Canadians of different and unique backgrounds, but is also a mirror that reflects change, settlement and environmental deterioration. Tradition Transformed marks the ever-changing landscape of the artist’s mind, fulfilling the Group of Seven’s aim to create a uniquely Canadian identity.
Erin Fyfe Donnelly
Cindy J. Miller
Brenda Mabel Reid
Peter H Stranks
The award has been graciously funded by the Quarrington Arts Society in recognition of the contributions Paul Quarrington made to Canada’s artistic community. Paul was a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator.
2021 Winner: Ava Roth, Encaustic Sewing, Silver Leaf
Friends of Paul’s selected Ava Roth for her encaustic and sewn work, Encaustic Sewing, Silver Leaf. They said that the work is an evocative and textured bridge that links a primary encaustic image with carefully juxtaposed thread work. It resists a merely static appreciation by exploring and evoking tensions between permanent and temporary, between natural and human made and also between past and present.
Her multi-disciplinary visioning is amplified by her ability to draw from these tensions to create a new and unique perspective.
This award has been graciously funded by the Batchelor family upon the passing of arts advocate, Kevin J. Batchelor, in 2015. Batchelor was a local music teacher and artist. The Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award was given to an emerging artist working in either one of the 2-D mediums such as painting or drawing.
2021 Winner: Tiffany Blaise, New Horizon
Tiffany is a British Columbia based artist who has actively sought opportunities for emerging artists in the Vancouver area and internationally. Tiffany says her aim is to approach her practice in a holistic way by continuing to apprentice with other artists to work towards mastering techniques and refining concepts, embarking on artist residencies to source inspiration by being immersed in different environments, producing bodies of artwork that explore the link between landscape and emotion.
Jennifer and Kelly Batchelor remarked on Tiffany’s work, New Horizon:
The representation of sea and sky was quite compelling. The intensity and majesty of nature in its most elemental form was captured.
Jurors’ Prize is awarded to the artist who best exemplifies the qualities that Franklin Carmichael found ideal, incorporating diversity in their work, using an expressionistic style, and remaining sophisticated in their depictions of the various landscapes in our geography. The recipient of this award should be visibly embracing, challenging or addressing existing approaches to Canadian landscapes.
2021 Winner: Erin Fyfe Donnelly, Act Natural 1
Erin is a Windsor based landscape artist whose practice is an exploration into physical and social boundaries by creating work that raises issues of land-use and property. One may think they see and feel they inhabit the location while simultaneously aware they are being rejected by it.
The juror’s, Martha Reeve and Deb Farquharson remarked:
The first thing that struck us about this piece, is the monochromatic orange—a colour that alerts the viewer to a hazard. In this case, we felt the artist must be referencing the alarming rate of disappearing landscapes and ecological environments. The palette also conjures reminders of the many forest fires this summer.
We love the inclusion of an actual stick on a shelf beside the painting— bringing our attention to a felled tree. To us, this speaks about the artist’s concern for and interaction with the physical space of the forest.