Niagara Plein Air Artists is a local group whose members are passionate about creating art “En Plein Air” or out on location. Together for its 4th year, this informal group of artists meet each Friday at specific locations and create works of art in all types of mediums.
Seasoned artists whose works are sold in galleries and retail venues come out for inspiration and to hone their skills. Aspiring artists work on developing latent talents and skill mastery in their endeavour to become the next emerging artist. Members also include art enthusiasts and hobbyists who find joy in exploring their “inner creativity” in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Painting the beauty of the Niagara Region provides such joy and reverence and not only generates a positive experience, but provides a safe space for artistic exploration. Locations, both public and private vary each week throughout Niagara from April-October. Provincial and Regional parks, trails, wetlands, gardens, various historical and art museums and the many Niagara Parks settings provide spectacular vistas in the Falls area. Private venues including farms, wineries, Inns, Niagara’s Buddhist Temple, the Monet Garden at Pillar to Post, and private homes and businesses enthusiastically welcome the group.
Niagara Plein Air Artists is thrilled that 13th Street Winery is hosting their 2nd Exhibition and sale in their Bakery Gallery, the original 13th Street Winery Art Gallery.
Niagara Plein Air Artists is open to any mature artist or art enthusiast interested in painting on location in Niagara. For more information, Niagara Plein Air Artists can be found on FaceBook or contact Cindy Sheridan at email@example.com
About the Artists
Alexandra (Cindy) Sheridan is an emerging artist focused on Realism in both Oil and Acrylic painting. A passion for art, a constant thread throughout her life has blossomed since retiring from a successful business career. Largely self taught and Influenced by the works of Georgia O’Keefe, Canadian artist Alex Coville, and Visual Arts at Brock U. Her works are in private collections in the U.S., Germany and Canada.
Janice Opie has touched upon several disciplines and mediums over the years. Her interests spanned Thangka painting in a Tibetan Monastery as well as dying silk for clothing, creating and installing waterfalls from cast leaves, chain maile and stone mosaic pathways. Throughout all these, there has always been the constant thread of fine art in watercolours and acrylics.
Valerie Huibers has been painting and studying art for many years. She started in oils then progressed to acrylic, which is her main medium. She also studied watercolors, pastels coloured pencils charcoal and palette knife techniques. Valerie was an Interior Decorator for 30 years. Valerie belongs to Parkway Artist Guild in Niagara Falls in the beautiful Botanical gardens.
Janice Low’s interest in nature and landscape, rural and urban, fuels her artistic endeavours producing vibrant paintings and unique photography. Janice is a Niagara region artist and memberships include; Niagara Falls Art Gallery Board Member, Parkway Artists Guild, Niagara Poets and Painters, Niagara Plein Air Artists, St. Catharines Art Association, Niagara Nature Club, Castellani Art Museum, NY and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, NOTL
Margaret Louko has travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Her Finnish Family heritage has influenced her artistic lean towards the simplicity of Nordic designs and the outdoors. Having discovered her love of art through watercolour and acrylics, Margaret is self taught and appreciates the support of the mentoring of Bronwen Quick and the King’s Art Centre in North Bay and recently the instructional classes by Julia Ponesse and others, sponsored by the NOTL Pumphouse.
Robert Amirault is a self-guided artist, he paints in a representational style and and enjoys painting in oils on locations in various parts of rural Ontario, in the Maritimes and other places outside of Canada. Landscapes, seascapes, faces and figures are his favourite subjects Bob is a member of The Ontario Society of Artists
Carol Anne Diguer works with acrylic paints and has enjoyed opportunities to study with skilled instructors at the Ottawa School of Art. Carol Anne enjoys plein-air painting and is an active member of the Niagara Plein-Air Artists Group, Parkway Artists Guild and Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, and Steering Committee member with the Queen Street Artists Guild (Niagara Falls).
Sandy St. Laurent works primarily in acrylic, she especially enjoys painting “en plein air” where she is inspired to capture the beauty of the Niagara Region in her landscapes. Still life and portraiture are also favored subjects. She had the good fortune of connecting with a number of talented and supportive instructors and local artists through membership with the Niagara Pumphouse, the Parkway Artists Guild and the Niagara Plein Air Artists.
Josephine Rovari is comfortable in a variety of creative endeavors from writing to performance, Josephine found her voice in the intuitive nature of therapeutic art before taking up watercolour. At the inception of the Niagara Plein Air Artists group in 2018, this self-taught artist has benefitted from the groups knowledge and experience. Beyond working from a photograph, outdoor painters like Josephine have a wide view of everything around them they’ll take in the sounds, smells, and feel of a place, the heart gets involved.
Win Henstock is originally from Great Britain, she moved to Oakville with her family in 1969. In 1994 Win moved to California, opened a prestigious gallery in Laguna Beach. In California she studied with – Ken Auster, John Cosby, John Budicin, Roger Armstrong, Kevin Macpherson, and Tim Clark. On returning to Canada she opened a gallery in Oakville, and has been teaching at the Pumphouse in Niagara on the Lake.
Lynne Gaetz works with oils, acrylics, and mixed media. In addition to her landscapes and abstracts, she has a large body of surreal figurative work depicting people with antlers and tall hats. A former college teacher and textbook author, Lynne has studied art at universities in Alberta and Quebec. Her extensive travels to places such as Mexico, India, and Morocco have influenced her colour palette. Lynne has received awards from juried shows and her work is owned by private collectors in Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario.
Dr. Chandi Jayawardena started painting in Ceylon at age six under the guidance of his artist father and mother. He continued his visual art studies in Sri Lanka, at the University of Guyana, and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, Jamaica. Later he completed the Fine Art and Painting programs at George Brown College, Canada. Chandi exhibits artworks ranging from landscape to figurative, abstract to realistic in oils, acrylics and watercolors.