Monday, January 16, 2017
6:00 PM (Doors Open), 7:00 PM (Show Starts)
This September, The Aeolian is pleased to be showing the work of local artist Sandi McCabe
I have loved art all my life! I found myself, as a young girl, colouring pictures in all my workbooks at school to accentuate what I was learning in my various subjects.
It wasn’t till I was an adult that I had a brief exposure to painting in a Parry Sound art course over 40 years ago. I never forgot the thrill of painting! Twelve years ago I was introduced to Cheryl O in London. I took a series of classes with Cheryl where I explored the use of acrylics. She opened my eyes to a talent I didn’t know I had. My sincere passion started!
Ten years ago, I joined the Gallery Painting Group in London where the love of plein air painting blossomed. I continued to take week long lessons (Abstracting the Landscape) with Don Cavin over a period of 4 summers at the Southampton School of Art. I have also taken private lessons with Jamie Jardine in my home where he helped me simplify my colour palate while still obtaining colour vibrancy. Steve Tracy has really assisted me in creating dynamic values in my work. I love his classes! I had the pleasure of taking a plein air class using oils in Maui from Randall Sexton in 2013 and another plein air class in oils by Neil Walling in Fort Myers in 2014. For the last 2 summers I have painted for the better part of a week on The Toronto Islands living at The Gibralter Point Art Centre. Every morning and afternoon, I would ride on my bike searching for ideal places to paint! I was raised in the Island so this is a very special time for me… going back to my roots.
Three winters ago, I joined the Fort Myers Beach Art Association where I paint outdoors every Wednesday morning with that group of very talented artists in and around Fort Myers. I am also part of the Tuesday Night Group who paint at Hutton House and am a new Member of the Brush and Palette Club here in London as well as the Lambeth Art Association. My art is on display at the Braywick Bistro on Dundas Street in London. Last summer I showed a collection of paintings at the Fringe Gallery on Hyde Park Rd.
I have had three annual December solo shows at the Framing and Art Centre on Kent Street starting in 2011. During the month long shows I have sold anywhere from 12 to 35 pieces. Most of my work has been painted on location in and around London during the year of the Show. I have also shown my work and sold pieces at Paint Ontario, One London Place and various Starbucks and Libraries over the past few years. I am told that my work is vibrant, colourful and full of emotion. I paint from the heart and am inspired by something greater than me. At the Gallery Painting Group’s Show in 2013, I won Juror’s Choice Award for the use of colour in the Halls Mill Barn painting.
I have specialized in Blackfriars Bridge paintings over the last 3 years. 21 have sold out of 23 pieces so far.
I have surrounded myself with three wonderful artists whose work I admire…Don Earle, Michele Haley and Janice Howell. We are all Members of the Gallery Painting Group and are all emerging artists with distinct styles that complement each other. They amaze me with their work! I approached them last summer to see if they would like to join me in a 4 person art show at The Arts Project in November 2014. We call ourselves The Shady Artists. This October 2016 will mark our third annual Show there.
November 7th, 2015, I won first place in a 3 hour "Quick Draw" contest during a week long Plein Air festival called "Paint the Beach" here in Fort Myers, Florida. 60 artists gathered from all over North America to paint scenes on Fort Myers Beach. It was a big step for me to join in and to enter paintings with such great competition. I was proud to be in the midst of incredible artists. In the winter months, I sell my Florida works on the beach to tourists who want to remember their holiday!
I am very excited to be showing my work at the Aeolian Hall again.
Contact sandi [at] mccabepro [dot] com
January 16, 2017
795 Dundas Street East
London, Ontario, Canada
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