The Willisville Mountain Project

      The Willisville Mountain Project is an artistic project to celebrate the four seasons of The Willisville Mountain by 45 artists who have been inspired by its natural beauty. 

                                                                             Christi Belcourt

Willisville Mountain is located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Less than two billion years ago and before glacial erosion these beautiful quartzite and granite mountains were as high as the Rockies. 

It is a beautiful, spiritual home to many birds and animals native to the area including bear, wolves, deer, fox, hawks and bald eagles. It’s a beacon to travellers, the destination for thousands of families that have climbed to the summit to enjoy the fabulous view and the inspiration for hundreds of artists including members of Canada’s Group of 7 and their contemporaries - A. J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Joachim Gauthier and Bruno Cavallo.

The exhibit will open in July 2009 in Whitefish Falls and travel until August 2010.




Lise Aubin-Arseneau, Azilda (ON), Visual Arts – painting

Brian Atyeo, Indian Harbour (NS), Visual arts - painting

Christi Belcourt, Whitefish Falls (ON), Visual arts - painting

Beth Bouffard, Whitefish Falls (ON), Visual arts – mixed media

Kathy Browning, Sudbury (ON), Visual arts – photography/sculpture/performance art

Jon Butler, Willisville (ON), Visual arts – photography

Jill Campbell, Lansing (MI/USA), Visual arts - photographer

Merle Canjar, Espanola (ON), Visual arts – mixed media

Rose Marie Condon, Fenelon Falls (ON), Visual arts - painting

Mark Connors, Huntsville (ON) - musician

Vera Constantineau, Copper Cliff (ON), Writing – poetry prose

Tony Cooper, Orono (ON), Visual arts – indoor/outdoor site sculptural installations

Carol Currie, Midland (ON), Visual arts - painting

Micheal Cywink, Espanola (ON), Visual arts – mixed media

Emily J. De Angelis, Sudbury (ON), Writing – poetry/prose

Laura Starbuck Dildine, Willisville (ON), Visual arts - photography

Karen Dominick, Willisville (ON), Visual arts - photography

Nick Dubecki, Sudbury (ON), Visual arts – digital arts, printmaking

Richard Edwards, Kagawong (ON), Visual arts - painting

Sophie Anne Edwards, Montreal/Little Current (ON), Visual arts & writing – painting/land-based installations/mixed media

Martin Foley, Haileybury (ON), Visual arts - painting/drawing

Cesar Forero, Kirland Lake (ON), Multi-media artist – installations/group & community based performance art

David French, Lakefield (ON), Visual arts - painting

Paul Gauthier, Fenelon Falls (ON), Visual arts - painting

Lucie Idlout, Toronto (ON)/ Iqaluit (NT), Music & Visual arts – singer/songwriter/painting/sculpture

Linda Kauppi, Spruce Grove (AB), Visual arts - painting

John Knox, Espanola (ON), Visual arts - photography

Laura Landers, Haileybury (ON), Visual arts – painting/drawing

Margo Little, Gore Bay (ON), Writing –non-fiction & short stories

Mary-Lou MacDonald, Sault Ste. Marie (ON), Multi-discipline – textiles/photography/painting/mixed media

Alfredo Marin - Carle, Muncie (IN/USA), Visual arts – painting

Irvin Elwood Marshall, Sudbury (ON), Visual arts/Writing – painting/sculpture/prose

Lance Migwans, Ottawa (ON), Visual arts - painting

Wayne Peltier, Whitefish Falls (ON), Writer/Mulit-media Arts - film

Taimi Poldmaa, Sault Ste. Marie (ON), Visual arts - painting

David Read, Bruce Mines (ON), Visual arts - painting

Pierre A. Sabourin, Killarney (ON), Visual arts - painting

Marlies Schoenefeld, Sudbury (ON), Visual arts – painting/drawing

Sylvia Simpson, Hamilton (ON), Visual arts - painting

Ian Tamblyn, Chelsea (PQ), Musician/Playwright/Producer

Glenna Treasure, Lively (ON), Visual arts - textiles

Christopher Varady-Szabo, Gaspé (QC), Visual arts – on-site outdoor installations/sculpture/performance

Sarah Warburton, Little Current (ON), Visual arts - photography

Ivan Wheale, Little Current (ON), Visual arts - painting

Linda Williamson, Mindemoya (ON), Visual arts - painting



1.       Lise Aubin-Arseneau, Azilda (ON)

        Lise Aubin-Arseneau, Métis, is an emerging self-taught artist originally from French River, Ontario.  She is a        mixed media artist whose work draws inspiration from introspection, REM sleep, and spiritual practice.  Using    pencil, ink, watercolor, oil, egg tempera and photographs, her work incorporates illusions of movement, depth and luminosity, images within images, and scenes within scenes.  Lise has participated in Contact 2008 Toronto Photography Festival, and has recently been invited to show her work at Toronto City Hall in June 2008, as well as shows in Black Creek Village. A sponsored solo exhibit with ANDPVA (Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts) in Toronto, Ontario is in the works.


2.       Brian Atyeo, Indian Harbour (NS)

Using the Canadian landscape and his love of traditional and modern jazz, Brian Atyeo works in an evolving series of paintings which reflect his unique response to contemporary life. His work is constant exploration of colour and form showing remarkable confidence in both acrylic and watercolour. Atyeo is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (C.S.P.W.C.) and the Ontario Society of Artists (O.S.A.) His work is found throughout Canada, the United States and Europe in corporate, government and private collections.


3.       Christi Belcourt, Whitefish Falls (ON)

Christi Belcourt, Métis, is a Visual arts living in Whitefish Falls, Ontario.  Christi’s highly recognizable work is well known throughout the Canadian Métis community.  She is most well known for her flower beadwork acrylic paintings inspired by historical Métis and First Nations beadwork artists.  Her most recent work involving abstract landscapes, maps, and Aboriginal place names has garnered Belcourt favourable reviews by critics.  Christi has received numerous grants and awards and her work can be found within the permanent collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, The Gabriel Dumont Institute and the Indian and Inuit Art Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.


4.       Beth Bouffard, Whitefish Falls (ON)

Beth Bouffard is a Visual arts from Whitefish Falls, Ontario.  She completed her B.A. in Fine Arts from McMaster University in 1972.  In addition to exhibiting her work in various group shows in Ontario and Quebec, Bouffard has had solo exhibits at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, the Attic, Sudbury, ON, and “Human/Nature: Recent Pastels,” Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, ON.  Bouffard has received various awards for her work in pastels and mixed media, and has recently been selected as the “Distinguished Artist” for the 31st Annual LaCloche Art Show in July, 2008.  Beth is a member of Visual Arts Ontario; the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada (PSEC) Signature status; and Pastel Artists Canada (PAC).


5.       Kathy Browning, Sudbury (ON)

Kathy Browning draws her creative inspiration from growing up in Thunder Bay.  She works in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, musical instruments, performance art, and photography.  Her spiritual relationship to the land and the lake has encouraged her to study spiritual sites using various photographic media and records them digitally.  She continues to use digital media to translate images into new forms and considers herself to be the medium through which the message of the spirit of the land and the lake has been translated.  Kathy Browning is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards.  Her solo exhibit, Spirit of the North, received support from the Ontario Arts Council.


6.       Jon Butler, Willisville (ON)

Jon Butler of Willisville strives to capture internal feelings and the external harmony of the natural world with his La Cloche area photographs. The limited series analog photographs and photo haiku, collected privately and corporately, reflect decades of meditation on the changing light and shadows. Jon has been in numerous solo and group exhibits and his solo exhibit ‘Visions of La Cloche; Ontario’s Spiritual Mountains’ was exhibited at five galleries in 2007 with support from the Ontario Arts Council.


7.       Jill Campbell, Lansing (MI/USA)

Jill Campbell is an award winning photographer and artist with several pieces on permanent display in the United States and Spain. She has been involved with art for over 50 years and has also contributed a piece to the Millennium capsule in Canada.  One of the major foci of her work has been the intertwining of humans with the vastness of the planet.  Jill has authored Lightning Bolt to Lightbulbs and Angrrr, anger management tools currently used in several Michigan schools’ curricula. She was Michigan Counselor of the Year in 1999-2000.  She is also a National Merit Scholar, an award offered to the top 1/2 of 1% of the nation's scholars.  Jill is passionate about values: truth, beauty and love, and she is deeply involved with people.


8.       Merle Canjar, Espanola (ON)

Merle Canjar, born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, relocated to Espanola Ontario in 1969.  She has studied in oil, pencil, clay and taxidermy.  In 1996, Merle, drawn to expressing her art in watercolour, sought the training and guidance of watercolour professionals in Canada, the United States and Europe.  In addition to being a member of the Bay of Islands Group of Five, Merle is past president of the LaCloche Guild.  Recently she has begun creating small vignettes using fish-bones inset within shadow boxes.


9.       Rose Marie Condon, Fenelon Falls (ON)

Wilderness excursions have always provided RoseMarie with inspiration. Her frequent camping and canoe trips to Northern Ontario and across Canada enable her to work in plein air whenever possible. Her paintings are in many collections in Canada and the United States including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Coast Guard.



10. Mark Connors, Huntsville (ON)

Mark is a Sudbury born artist who graduated from the Graphic Design Program at Cambrian College. He is a multi-media abstract/representational painter, and an electric/acoustic composer in the ambient/minimalist genre, where he has composed and produced his debut record "Deliquesce". He has had three solo exhibits and numerous group shows throughout Ontario.



11.Vera Constantineau, Copper Cliff (ON)

Vera Constantineau, raised in Little Current and Sudbury, has been a humour columnist for over fifteen years with several Northern publications.  Her writing has been published in Herizons Magazine, High Grader, and Boomerang.  In 2005 her short story, “Wages of Sin Etc”, was chosen to be included in the Your Scrivener Press Anthology – Outcrops.  Vera has written and performed several pieces for CBC’s regional and national broadcasts.  To date, Vera has been Co-President of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild for two terms and is a charter member of the Manitoulin Writers’ Circle.  She is currently involved in the Cross Pollination project that comes to fruition in October, 2008.


12.   Tony Cooper, Orono (ON)

Tony Cooper is a Visual arts with a long-term practice as an on-site landscape painter and indoor and outdoor on-site sculptural installations.  Tony is interested in the juxtaposition of elements that reference the human body, with or against the environment, both urban/industrial and natural/organic. His work explores the land, earth, and geological underpinnings through an extensive on-site landscape practice, placing his work on the land, in direct relation to the elements. Cooper has visited Killarney Park since the late 1970’s, making hundreds of small on-site abstract panels of the La Cloche Mountain range.


13.   Carol Currie, Midland (ON)

Carol Currie of Midland, Ontario, spent over 20 years of her youth living in the Whitefish Falls area.         Her desire to educate and inform people about the beauty and history of the La Cloche country has resulted in over 90% of her work being based on the La Cloche Mountain Range.  Aside from her own painting, Carol and her husband Stuart have developed a new medium of art they call Sculpted Paintings. They have received numerous awards for their work, including Feature Artist – Best in Show at the McMichael Gallery in 2005 and 2006.  Stuart and Carol have taken part in many Group Exhibitions and Juried Group Exhibitions such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2007 and the Toronto Art Expo, 2005-2008.  Carol and Stuart run the emerging Coach House Gallery in Midland, Ontario.


14.   Micheal Cywink, Espanola (ON)

Michael Cywink is a First Nations, Anishnaabe artist affiliated with Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, currently residing in Espanola, Ontario.  Cywink is actively involved in the community development of First Nations cultural arts.  He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he received his Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Museum Study – Exhibition and Collections Management.  Michael has served as Cultural Consultant for First Nations Imagery in Walt Disney Theme Parks.  Between 1997 and 2006, Cywink was Curator for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Museum, M’Chigeeng First Nation.  Michael Cywink utilizes his art in a therapeutic manner with children and adults.  He considers art to be a “gift of historical recovery.”


15.   Emily J. De Angelis, Sudbury (ON)

Emily De Angelis is a writer and teacher from Sudbury, Ontario.  Emily’s writing, poetry and prose, is inspired by the physical environment that surrounds her, especially the rocks of Northern Ontario.  Her most recent research experience included the alvar pavements of Manitoulin Island.  Emily is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, the Canadian Children’s Book Center, Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, the Canadian Authors Association and Music and Film in Motion.


16.   Laura Starbuck Dildine, Willisville (ON)

Laura Starbuck Dildine has participated in numerous juried La Cloche Juried Art Shows in the photography category.   Laura has been interested in photography since the days when she watched her mother take photos of the sunsets from her home on Lake Charleton.  While living in North Carolina, Laura studied graphic art, figure drawing, painting, photography, publishing and design.  She continues to photograph the area of her home, always trying to capture the peace, serenity, as well as the drama, of the area.


17.   Karen Dominick, Willisville (ON)

Karen Dominick, a photographer and resident of the village of Willisville for the last twelve years, has found the wilderness of the area to be a rich source of inspiration for her photography.  Her love of the mountains has taken her to the summit of Kilimanjaro; through the Cordillera Blanca in Northern Peru; the Dolomites in Italy; and finally to the summit of a 6,189 metre peak in western Nepal.   Her passion for the world of nature, and the search for a deeper understanding of the human condition and the interconnectedness of all living things is threaded through her art.


18.   Nick Dubecki, Sudbury (ON)

Nick Dubecki has been working with digital imaging professionally since 1979.  He bought his first SLR camera in 1973 and has been working in photography, lithography, and serigraphy for over 30 years.  Dubecki works with dozens of photographs, assembling them like a jigsaw puzzle, to create his own representation of his perception of place and space. 


19.   Richard Edwards, Kagawong (ON)

Richard Edwards is an accomplished Canadian artist whose work belongs to many private and corporate collections through out North America and Europe. Richard has been a full time artist since graduating with honours from Ontario College of Art in 1970. Based on Manitoulin Island he lives and paints mostly in Northern Ontario but has painted from Canada to Mexico. This picturesque area is a painter’s delight. Being surrounded by such rugged beauty he is constantly inspired to share his artistic visions. Richard works from his studio, at Edwards Studios located in the historical Old Mill, Kagawong. He is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art, a member of Visual Arts Ontario, Manitoulin Fine Art Association and the Sudbury Northern Artist Gallery, received his letters in the Northern Ontario Arts Association and is a Friends of Killarney Artist. Richard’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and received many Awards.


20.   Sophie Anne Edwards, Montreal/Little Current (ON)

Sophie Anne Edwards is a community arts animator with 4elements Living Arts, a multi-discipline arts organisation on Manitoulin Island working with schools and communities.  Her visual arts artistic practice includes painting and land-based installation mixed-media work.  She has exhibited extensively in group and solo shows around the province, winning many awards, as well as curated numerous shows through 4elements.  She is also an award-winning writer.  Sophie has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council through Emerging Artist, Artist in Education, and Arts Project grants.


21.   Martin Foley, Haileybury (ON)

Martin Foley was born in Montreal, studied at Loyola College, Ottawa University and received his arts specialist  diploma in Toronto. He began his teaching career in the Gaspe and then moved to Northern Ontario where he has been teaching since the early 70’s. He has also pursued a career as an artist and has had one man exhibitions in Toronto, Ottawa and the Temiskaming Art Gallery. He is a permanent member of the NOAA and his work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows and has been the recipient of many awards for his painting and drawing.


22.   Cesar Forero, Kirland Lake (ON)

Cesar Forero is a Colombian born Canadian Resident Artist working in two and three-dimensional multimedia installation and group and community based performance art.  In addition to completing his Master of Art from Minnesota State University and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Cesar also possesses a degree in Architecture from the University of Colombia’s School of Architecture in Bogota, Colombia.  During the last four years, Cesar’s installations have focused on creating “liminal space with the purpose of abstracting viewers from everyday reality into a symbolic experience.”  Cesar is a recipient of several awards, including the Mississauga Established Visual arts of the Year 2007.  He is currently an Art Instructor at the Northern College in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.


23.   David French, Lakefield (ON)

David French, painter, has been involved in numerous shows dating back to 1989 such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Sarnia Public Art Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto.  He received Best in Show at the Clarington Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts in 2004, and the Canadian Society of Artists Annual Juried Show in 2005.  He also was an Artist in Residence at Champlain College, Trent University. He is currently University Chaplain at Trent University.


24.   Paul Gauthier, Fenelon Falls (ON)

Paul has traveled and painted Canada extensively including the Arctic and river expeditions of the Firth, Nahanni and Tatshenshini. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows and pieces belong to corporate and private collections including Manu-Life Centre, Toronto Board of Trade, IBM Canada, Canadian General Electric, Merrill Lynch Co., Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Sears Chicago, Crown Life Insurance, Texaco and H.R.H. Prince Andrew.


25.   Lucie Idlout, Toronto (ON)/ Iqaluit (NT)

Lucie Idlout, Inuk, is an established recording artist and emerging Visual arts.  As a musician she has toured internationally, including the US, Greenland, Berlin and other parts of Europe.  Her paintings in oil on canvas are compelling as contemporary autobiographical visual storytelling.  In addition she also dabbles in sculptural work involving clay, bones, shells and other traditional and non-traditional materials.  Her subject matter is highly personal involving narratives of her life as a contemporary Inuk person who straddles the two worlds of her traditional homeland in Nunavut and the urban centre of Toronto.  This will be her first exhibit of her visual art.


26.   Linda Kauppi, Spruce Grove (AB)

Linda Kauppi is a landscape artist born and raised in Sudbury.  After studying at the Ontario College of Art, Linda later settled in Whitefish Falls for a number of years.  There, she found the terrain of the northern shore provided endless material for her paintings and solidified her love of landscape painting.  She now resides near Edmonton, but continues to return to the Whitefish Falls area to photograph and paint the landscape.


27.   John Knox, Espanola (ON)

John has been a resident of the Manitoulin-La Cloche area for 22 years. Traveling through the La Cloche Mountains on the way to Little Current has always been the portal to God’s Country with the luminescent view of Fraser Point in the distance. With memories of Rainbow Country and whispers from the Group of Seven, hints of canoe trips to Grace and Nellie Lakes, Willisville Mountain always lifts the spirit and imagination. In his photography John tries to look beyond the physical realm, seeking to express humility before the mysteries of life.


28.   Laura Landers, Haileybury (ON)

Laura Landers, a passionate drawer and painter has been for many years an active member of the Porcupine Art Club and the Temiskaming Palette and Brush club. Landers chooses subjects that capture and delight the imagination, from local landscapes to stately old homes and buildings while also taking care in matting and framing her work.  Landers continue to enter juried competitions, hanging her work in exhibitions, and attending and giving workshops. 


29.   Margo Little, Gore Bay (ON)

Margo Little, an author, photojournalist, columnist and educator, has written extensively about First Nations social, political and cultural issues.  She was born and raised on Manitoulin Island and is intimately familiar with the community.  Her non-fiction articles have appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines in Canada and the United States.  Her short stories have won prizes in several annual competitions.  She is a founding member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild and founder of the Manitoulin Writers’ Retreat and the Manitoulin Writers’ Circle.


30.   Mary-Lou MacDonald, Sault Ste. Marie (ON)

Mary-Lou MacDonald is a multi-discipline Visual arts born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Mary-Lou attended the Sault College Visual Arts program where she majored in Fabrics and Fibres.  A painter, photographer, quilter and stained glass artist, her recent works lean towards the abstract with a hint of realism.  She received Best in Show and First Place in Mixed Media Division at the La Cloche Art Show in Little Current, Ontario.  In addition to various shows throughout Sault Ste. Marie, some of her work can now be viewed at Berkana Studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


31.   Alfredo Marin - Carle, Muncie (IN/USA)

Alfredo Marín’s work may be found in both private and public collections throughout the United States and Latin America. Marín-Carle¹s current work is a reflection of his search for serenity and inner peace. The work has been highly influenced by his visits to the La Cloche Mountains in recent years. The natural beauty and serenity that the area exudes is a great source of inspiration for this work. The essence of the natural aesthetics of the region is portrayed in mostly abstract form, speaking to the consciousness of our being rather than simple visual observation.

32.   Irvin Elwood Marshall, Sudbury (ON)

Irvin Elwood Marshall is an Aboriginal artist, writer, designer, muralist, teacher and organizer.   Irvin was the winner of the 2004 Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre’s Idea Factory Challenge. He was given the opportunity to transform his thoughts into images and events of expression.  Marshall is an accomplished muralist and has competed nationally in both the Quebec Annual Snow sculpturing Competitions and Attractions Canada’s Snow Sculpturing competitions. He is also a published writer and has organized special events in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.


33.   Lance Migwans, Ottawa (ON)

Lance Migwans, is a First Nations, Anishnaabe artist raised in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.  He is an emerging artist who incorporates traditional Anishnaabe teachings and thoughts into his work.  His paintings always have a story to them, and it is this accompanying story – told orally to the viewer if asked – that unlocks the mystery of the subject matter of his work.  This will be his first juried art exhibit.


34.   Wayne Peltier, Whitefish Falls (ON)

Wayne Peltier, a First Nations, Anishnaabe artist originally from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is an emerging filmmaker and writer.  He is currently directing a short film on Metis artist Christi Belcourt and is working on a script for a feature film/documentary on Gabriel Dumont under the mentorship of Maria Campbell. 

35.   Taimi Poldmaa, Sault Ste. Marie (ON)

Taimi Poldmaa is a Visual arts of Estonian nationality who paints in oil on canvas.  Her oil paintings make statements of brilliant color, line and shape, boldly exaggerated to reveal the spirit that she sees in every northern landscape, wildflower, rock, and tree.  Taimi has received several awards for her paintings from the Algoma Fall Festival, the Northern Ontario Art Association, the Olive Graig Gallery in Sault, Michigan, and the LaCloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls.  She is currently painting the Lake Superior Coastal region, creating a body of work towards an exhibition in 2009.


36.   David Read, Bruce Mines (ON)

David Read was born in England, and emigrated to Canada in 1957. He began to paint seriously in 1993, discovering the beauty of transparent watercolours.  David received art instruction from various established artists in life drawing, watercolour (landscape), watercolour (portrait), and acrylics.  He now paints primarily landscapes, in watercolours, acrylics and oils.  David strives to paint in a loose style, always preferring to leave something to the viewers’ imagination.  David feels that his work is an emotional response to nature.  He sees painting as a personal interpretation of one's surroundings, filtered by the artists' own life experiences.


37.   Pierre A. Sabourin, Killarney (ON)

Pierre Sabourin is a landscape painter originally from Sudbury, Ontario.  Sabourin studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa and The National Drawing and Print Council of Canada at the University of Canada; he has also apprenticed with landscape painter Ferenc Szeles of Hungary.  Through the years, Pierre has developed a style of landscape painting that draws upon the influences of Tom Thompson, J.E.H. Macdonald, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, Vincent Van Gogh, Igor Grabar, and Camille Corot.  Sabourin is drawn to bold expressionism with rich color and thick impasto, manipulating paint and creating shadow, while at times incorporates glass in pigments for luminosity. 


38.   Marlies Schoenefeld, Sudbury (ON)

Marlies Schoenefeld studied watercolour painting and pastels and life drawing at the Instituto de las Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Her love of the outdoors and the natural world has inspired her to “try and distill the essence of the northern landscape” in her acrylic paintings of northern landscapes. She uses her intimate knowledge of the woods, waters, and rocks to simplify the complexity of colour and shape to the absolute essentials, enabling the viewer to feel the scene and become a part of it.


39.   Sylvia Simpson, Hamilton (ON)

Sylvia Simpson has been a loyal participant in the La Cloche County Art School since 1992 under the instruction of Rick Edwards.  Working primarily in watercolours, and more recently oils, Sylvia’s first love is landscape painting.  She also paints cityscapes, floral, and abstract designs.  She is noted for her strong use of colour in recording landscapes around her to show the strong forces at work.  She has recently opened her own “Creative-Works” studio/shop/gallery in Hamilton, where she continues to paint, sell her originals, prints and cards.


40.   Ian Tamblyn, Chelsea (PQ)

Ian Tamblyn is a renowned Canadian musician, Juno award winner, songwriter, playwright and producer. He has recorded several albums and countless soundtracks for theater and film. In recent years, Ian has had a close association with adventure travel and scientific expeditions. These travels have taken him from the icebergs of Greenland to the underwater world of Antarctica.


41.   Glenna Treasure, Lively (ON)

Glenna Treasure was born in Sudbury and spent her childhood in Creighton Mine, Ontario.  With her strong connection to the north she was naturally drawn to recreate local landscapes.  Glenna began honing her creative abilities at her garden centre designing with plant material.  More recently she has been using textiles to recreate local scenes.  She has shown her work at Artist on Elgin, Sudbury; Walden Growers, Lively; and at the 2007 LaCloche Art Show where she won Honourable Mention in the Mixed Media category.  More recently, she will have her work featured at Stopciati Gallery in May and June, 2008. 


42.   Christopher Varady-Szabo, Gaspé (QC)

Christopher Varady-Szabo, originally from Australia, is now based in Gaspé, Québec. After a year studying architecture at the University of New South Wales, he completed a B.A. in fine arts in 1990 at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His work has been shown in Quebec, Ontario, Switzerland, Finland and Belgium and he has made several public works.  He is supported by The Canada Arts Council and the
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.  His activity as an artist involves generating projects that explore the influence that different cultural and physical environments can exert on the manner in which we perceive the world around us. His sculptures bring to mind architectural structures and are made using basic natural materials with primitive and traditional construction techniques.  His work seeks to establish analogies between territory and architecture, between people and dwellings, between space, materials and emotional response.


43.   Sarah Warburton, Little Current (ON)

Sarah Warburton is a photographer from Little Current, Ontario.  Sarah has taken part in many courses and training in photography at such education institutions as Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canadore College in North Bay, Sheridan College, Sir Sandford Fleming College at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts, and Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sudbury, Ontario.  She has taught numerous courses in photography throughout her career as an artist, and has received many awards for her art work at the LaCloche Art Shows from 1998-2007, as well as the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah Visual Art Exhibition, 2000-2007.


44.   Ivan Wheale, Little Current (ON)

Ivan Wheale was born in Sunderland, England in 1934.  He began his professional career in 1960.  He has held 86 solo exhibits including three major touring exhibits in Ontario.  A ten-year Retrospective at the McDonald Gallery in Queen’s Park, Toronto and a fifty-year Retrospective at the Centennial Museum in Shequindah, ON are among the highlights.  His work hangs in 42 public and corporation collections of The Queen’s Collection (Windsor Castle); The Dean’s Collection (Windsor Castle); The Government of Ontario, The Parliament Buildings, the Newfoundland Provincial Parliament.


45.   Linda Williamson, Mindemoya (ON)

Linda Williamson is a self-taught artist from Mindemoya, Ontario, who has been painting professionally for 14 years and became a full-time artist in January, 2007.  Linda is a member of the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association and volunteer for the Manitoulin Art Tour Committee.   She is also the Manitoulin Island/MFAA representative for the Northern Ontario Art Association.  Linda has had several of her art works selected for the LaCloche Art Shows.  In 2001, she received Best Oil, and Honourable Mention awards for two landscape images.  Linda has shown her work in several exhibitions, including a solo exhibit at the Gore Bay Museum/Art Gallery in 2005, and the Northern Ontario Art Associations juried exhibitions in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2007/08.


                                                           Send inquiries to: 

The Willisville Mountain Project
c/o Jon Butler, Willisville

P.O. Box 153, Whitefish Falls, ON

P0P 2H0


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January 2008 - Call for Artists.

March 20, 2008 - Deadline for artist submissions.

April 2008 - 45 Artists will be announced.

April 2008 until April 2009 the 45 artists will produce their work that has been inspired by the four seasons of Willisville Mountain.

Summer of 2009 the touring exhibit begins at Whitefish Falls Community Centre
July 25 to August 9.

Museum of Northern History - Kirkland Lake
January 8 to 31, 2010

Temiskaming Art Gallery - Temiskaming Shores
February 26 to March 27, 2010

Art Gallery of Sudbury
April 3 to May 23, 2010

Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah
June 24 to August 2, 2010

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