Art Auction Artist Bios

R.C. Aitken has always lived in Kingston, Ontario. He enjoys working in different mediums, including photography, oil, watercolour and acrylic painting, as well as working in wood and in clay. Aitken has taken several workshops, seminars and classes in different mediums and has taught basic photography courses at different locations within the city. The artist enjoys all four seasons for doing artwork and has an interest in different subject matters. Aitken has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Great Britian. He has been published in the newspaper, magazines, calendars and has works hanging in private collections.

Bob Blenderman immigrated to Canada at the age of nineteen. Kingston is now his home. He is a self-taught artist, versatile in all mediums. Although he has explored many painting techniques and mediums, he now focuses on painting in semi-abstract and contemporary styles using oil on canvas. Blenderman has participated in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions in Canada, and his work is in many private and corporate collections.

Francoise D. Boisvert was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec but has been living in Kingston for more than 25 years. She works in watercolour, oil, acrylic and mixed media. She is a signature member of the Ottawa Watercolour Society and member of Florida and Northern California Societies of Arts in Miniatures. She has participated in numerous juried exhibitions in Canada and the United States.

Veronica Blackbourn is a graduate student by day, and a graduate student by night. She likes to print things. Sometimes she daubs bits of paint on bits of wood, but this is strictly for fun.

Jeff Childs studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is an associate of the Ontario College of Art. In addition to his many solo and group exhibitions, Childs has won several commissions for his work, including the OHIP building’s “Tip of the Iceberg” and Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetary chapel piece, “Eternal Life Cycles.” He also has a large outdoor work located on the Kingston Campus as part of the collection of St. Lawrence College. Childs has extensively shown his interactive multi-media environmental installations, which combine original music with his intuitive art. He is a founding member of the Kingston Artists’ Association Inc. (now known as Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre).

S.J. Coates has been an artist in one way or another since was in high school.  Studying music, drawing, writing and woodworking as forms of interest.  He attended St Lawrence College and graduated from the Fine Arts program in 1995 before moving to Ottawa and attending Algonquin College, graduating from the Photography program there.  He also has certificates in picture framing and design and first aid.  Though his first love is always photography, he is not shy about picking up paint brushed or palette knives and working in all types of paint, oil, acrylic, watercolour and other mediums that can be combined to make interesting paintings.  His influences range greatly from Pop Artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein to Dorthea Lang, Diane Arbus, Pollock, Group of Seven, and the French Canadian abstract painters of the mid 20th century.  He believes artists must layer influences in to their own wok to find the path to their own voice.

Vera Donefer has been an artist for over 50 years and has mastered many different techniques. Beginning as a fashion illustrator in New York City, she moved away from commercial art after arriving in Montreal in 1957. Vera has been a Kingston resident since 1996. With the development of improved hard and fluid acrylics, Donefer has been exploring the emotion of colour through abstraction. Her new creations burst with life, and her sensitive use of colour is what drives them. Vera has taught many courses and exhibited widely including one-person shows in Montreal. In July 2005, she had a one-person show at the New Gallery of the Kingston Arts Council. In September 2005, she was the featured artist of the month on the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists website. In 2007, Vera has a paintings in the Women’s Art Festival, Gallery Raymond, and the Golden Foundation Art Auction (New York). Her work is currently featured at the Dwell interior design boutique at 207 Wellington St. Kingston.

Pierre Duran is a Kingston-based artist and filmmaker. He is the programming director and co-founder of Kingston’s Danse Macabre Film Festival, an annual celebration of horror on Halloween night.

Peter J. Hodkinson graduated with a BFA degree from Queen’s University in 1987 with a focus on printmaking. Since then, he has taught photo-lithography at H.B. Beal secondary school in London ON and lithography and art classes at the Kingston School of Art. Hodkinson has had numerous group and solo showsin Toronto, London, and Kingston and has worked as a technician in the Queen’s University Art Department and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Presently he is experimenting with digital media.

Ayaz Kamani is a student at Queen’s University in the Fine Art program. Kamani is a cultural relativist whose work reflects interactions with the social environment, and includes collage, video, and sculpture.

Alana Kapell is a founding director of both the Organization of Kingston Women Artists and the Kingston School of Art; she has also been on the board for the Modern Fuel Artist Run Center.  Alana has taught workshops across Canada, recently in Newfoundland.  Gallery Raymond, Kingston; Callaway Galleries in the U.S. and Christina Parker Gallery in Newfoundland carry her work.  Look for a recent installation/video piece this summer at the Kingston Marine Museum.

Marija Linjacki is a graduate of Queen’s university studies in mathematics/statistics, biology and art history (with emphasis on Canadian contemporary art). Linjacki is an Arts Administrator who works in program development for non-profit organizations.

Don Maynard lives and works in Kingston. He has exhibited across Canada, and his work is in the collection of The Department of Foreign Affairs, University of Toronto and the Canada Council Ark Bank. He works in encaustic painting and sculptural junctures between metal, glass, light and shadow. His work is a rich exploration of markings and gestures. Maynard is represented by Newzones (Calgary), and Sears/Peyton (New York City).

Jeremy Mulder studied Fine Art at Mount Allison University. As he is a native of Kingston, many facets of the Limestone city have made it into Jeremy’s work, including aspects of his rural roots in Battersea, Ontario and aspects of Kingston’s unique urban culture including elements of its nightlife and architecture. Focused on building and contributing to Kingston’s artistic community over the past couple of years, Jeremy has volunteered at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and the Artel Collective.

Aly Ogasian is in her final year of study in the Queen’s University BFA program. Her focus in painting and printmaking.

Elisa Paloschi photographs in order to identify with hidden qualities of her character. Her choice of subject comes from a place of intuition and is fuelled by an impetuous desire to partake in the stories that unfold around her.  She seeks the unknown and looks for the light within the shadows, the stories that are not at first obvious and the uncommon in the common.

Chrissy Poitras is a BFA student at Queen’s University who has exhibited in Kingston, Toronto, Picton and Peterborough. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Union Gallery, the BFA catalogue, and Lighthouse Wire magazine. Chrissy has served as a committee member of Cezanne’s Closet, and has been an intern at ASpace Gallery in Toronto.

Jocelyn Purdie has been a practicing artist since the mid-80’s. Her art practice included work in sculpture, installation, time-based and digital media. Selected exhibitions include Continuous Colour (2003), Carapace (2001) and Turbulent (2001) in the Swamp Ward Window, Kingston in 2003, Fortified at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston in 2002, and Enhance at the Edward Day Gallery (1998), Toronto. Recent undertakings include independent curatorial projects for the Swamp Ward Window, an alternative venue for contemporary art in the community. She has been the Director of the Union Gallery at Queen’s University since its inception in 1994.

Ted Rettig was born in West Germany in 1949, immigrated to Canada in 1953. Studied at York University (BFA 1974, MFA 1977) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1974-75). Exhibiting since 1974, Toronto and area, nationally and internationally. Currently teaching in the Department of Art at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Working in sculpture/installation, drawing and bookworks.

Matt Rogalsky’s work as a media artist and composer often focuses on exploration of abject, invisible/inaudible, or ignored streams of information. Since 1985 his performances and installations have been seen and heard across North America and Europe.

Klaudio Shita is on his way to becoming a master printmaker.

Sonya Siemens is a local Kingston artist that expresses her love of the arts through her expression of photography. It is her desire that those who experience her photos would be inspired by the beauty and mystery of this world through unique perspectives. Sonya has been fortunate enough to live in four different Canadian provinces: B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and finally Ontario. Each of these provinces has inspired her in different ways to become the photographer she is today. She has also had the privilege to develop her talents through her many travels, both on the continent and overseas. These travels led to amazing photo opportunities in which she could experience and explore various cultures and scenery. Sonya holds a Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. Aside from her love of photography, he interests include her husband, family, friends, a great cup of coffee, traveling and the sunny side of life.

Rebecca Soudant has lived in the Kingston area since 1977. She teaches full time at Smiths Falls Collegiate in the visual arts department, and is a current/founding resident of The Artel.

Laurie Sponagle, born in Brockville, Ontario, is an honours graduate of the University of Guelph (Fine Arts).  In the summer of 2002, Laurie began to pursue her art full time and has since exhibited in Ottawa, Pelham, Montreal, Toronto and Ogdensburg NY.  Laurie was pleased to receive her first grant, in 2005, from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, which aids representational artists during their formative years.  In 2006, a grant from the Ontario Arts Council aided in the preparation for the 2006 exhibition Conversations with Time: Fulford Chairs that took place at Fulford Place, a National Historical site in Brockville, Ontario. Laurie is represented by the Sandra Whitton Gallery.

Aida Sulcs is an artist education in the Kingston region. A regular exhibition practice features her work in coloured pencil, paint, mixed media and performance art.

Harry Symons has a formal education in painting, (BFA Hons. From the University of Manitoba in 1982, and an MFA from NSCAD in 1986), which has been augmented by his continuing effort to adapt his education to fit his present circumstances (notably in this extended era of downsizing and fiscal restraint). Currently, Symons” painting practice is more fundamentally informed by his installation websites and has led to an extensive exploration of form and meaning through a collection of a few thousant paintings that he continues to work on. Harry is represented by the Sandra Whitton Gallery.

Sharon Thompson is an award-winning Kingston artist who has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She earned a BFA from Queen’s University, ……. Sharon is represented by the Sandra Whitton Gallery.

Amy Uyeda is completing her BFA (honours) at Queen’s University, majoring in printmaking. She has interned at Modern Fuel and is an active member of the Queen’s art community. She is trying to move away from her obsession with purple, and onto bigger and better things.

Lisa Visser has been formally trained as an artist. She really likes cats.

Verna Vowles has painted since the 1950s, beginning with oils and later working with watercolours. She earned a BFA degree with a major in painting from Concordia University in 1978. Verna’s technique is a very wet process in which a fluid acrylic-water mixture is brushed or poured on a surface. There paintings are purely motivated by intuitions, existing as expressions of thoughts and feelings while evolving with respect to such principles of painting as colour, shape, texture and space. Verna’s paintings can be viewed at Gallery Raymond, the Agnes Etherington Art Rental Gallery and VAGA Gallery (Gananoque)

Bill Weedmark is a professional photographic artist with over thirty years experience in the graphic arts industry. He sees his practice in three parts: Conceptual, Fine Art and Professional (magazine and other assignment work). In recent years, he has had a number of shows in Kingston and Toronto.