Niagara Shores Artists Exhibit

The Niagara Shores Artists is a small group of artists hailing from the Niagara Region, will be having their inaugural exhibit at the Holcim Gallery in the FirstOntario Arts Centre at 1010 Main St. E., Milton, ON.  

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The exhibit will run from March 13 to March 31, 2018.  The reception is on Friday, March 16th, from 7 to 9 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Our history: We met at the monthly meetings of the St. Catharines Art Association and have continued to work together on shows, meetings, and fundraisers ever since. Our backgrounds and interests are as diverse as our art, but our goals are similar, as are many of the experiences we have shared in and around the beautiful Region we call home. Whether or not our art reflects the extraordinary waterways that carve through and border this region, it is without doubt that we have been influenced and inspired by its landscapes and shores. Come home with us, and let us share these with you.


We are:

Ballet Dancers, by Sueda Akkor


Any Ole Port, by Tina Clancy


Tina Clancy, painter (Milton, originally from Niagara Falls, along the shores of the Niagara River) … Abstract paintings … emergent and evanescent





Waiting, by Teresa Gillis


Teresa Gillis, painter (St. Catharines, on the shores of the Welland Canal, Henley River, and Lake Ontario) … Expressive abstractions from a real perspective

Light Rail, by Robin Nisbet


Robin Nisbet, painter (Port Colborne, on the shores of the Welland Canal and Lake Erie)… Painted impressions of contemporary life



At the Shore, by Wendy Palermo


Wendy Palermo, painter (Welland, on the shores of the Welland River and old Welland Canal) … A painted world of light

Sunflower Tea, by Joyce Pearce

Joyce Pearce, painter (St. Catharines, on the shores of the Welland Canal, Henley River, and Lake Ontario) … Painted scenes and moments from life

I fort alone, by Barry Smith

Barry Smith, photographer (Thorold, on the shores of the Welland Canal) … Turning the ordinary into the EXTRAordinary



You can find us on  Facebook at niagarashoresartists.




3rd Annual Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale


Feeling the February blues and looking for something to cheer you up?  Look no further!  The 3rd Annual Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale will run from Fri. Feb. 9 to Sun. Feb. 11, 10 – 5 pm (4 pm on Sunday) in the beautiful Victorian Barn at Hernder Estate Wines in the west end of St. Catharines.  If you haven’t made it to this show in the past, you have missed a real treat!

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Click here to get to the Event Page on the SCAA website.

During the day, enjoy a glass of Hernder’s award-winning wine or complimentary coffee and treats as you browse the art by talented emerging and established local artists. Prices to suit every budget!   I will have a couple of my newest paintings on display alongside other work that is new since last year’s show, as well as some pieces in the popular Silent Auction (which closes at 1 pm on Sunday).

Beach Moonlight, 12″x12″, acrylic on canvas

You can also join in the fun with the popular raffles again this year, including an exciting prize package from Performance Toyota.  

Feel like having a fun night out?  The big hit of the show is the Live Auction and Celebration on Peet&Reet_PhotoSat. Feb. 10th with vocalist Tricia Cole and co-hosts and local celebrities Pete Dychtiar and Rita Carrey from the Peet & Reet Show.   


Enjoy complimentary wine, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and sliders, door prizes, and more surprises throughout the night to celebrate our love of art. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Auction will begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $45.00 and are going fast! To order online, send an email to to reserve your tickets and pay by Interac E-transfer.

Mike handling auction painting copy
He takes good care of the paintings in the Live Auction

As in the past, part of the proceeds of this event will be used towards the SCAA Art Education Scholarship Fund, open to area High School Art Students wishing to continue their education in visual art at a post-secondary level.

I am on the Planning Committee and will be there every day; I hope to see some of you, day or night, during this special, heart-and-art-felt event.


Happy Holidays


Sweet Guy Max
Sweet Guy Max, one of four in my new Snowman Series

As I write this we are heeding the weather advisory of imminent and abundant snow.  I can’t wait!

It is the perfect weather for Christmas baking, making pierogies for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, and sitting in front of the window with my husband, glass of wine in hand, watching the snow fall and lay a blanket of hush and wonder over our world.

To all our dear family and friends whom we hold dear in our hearts and memories – those across the miles as well as those we see as often as our busy lives allow – and also to everyone who receives my posts, I wish all of you a safe and joyous holiday season full of laughter and joy, feasts and giving, and excitement and hope for the New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Artful Treasures 2017

Need something for that special person on your Christmas List?

For more information, click here.

Come to this year’s Artful Treasures show the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  You’ll be delighted and impressed by the beautiful, unique, and high quality art and artisanal gifts on offer.

New mini-paintings infuse a holiday feel with signs of spring

Along with my greeting cards and a selection of paintings from my studio, my framed mini-paintings are ideal for teacher gifts or gift exchanges.

I hope to see you there to wish you Happy Holidays in person.





Go to the Lighthouse

Free admission, parking, and beautiful local art

Who needs an excuse to go to Niagara-on-the-Lake? A heavenly gem of a town that is full of hustle and bustle but still manages to stay charming, beautiful, and friendly.  If the theatre, concerts, festivals, wineries, farm-fresh food, or boutique shopping don’t get you jumping into the car for a fun day by the lake, then how about some great local art at affordable prices?  This year’s Art by the Lighthouse Show at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will host new and returning artists both indoor and out at their picturesque site at the mouth of the Niagara River.

Click the image to open the June /July 2017 Issue

My paintings will be on display in the reception area.  Among several new pieces, come and see my latest addition to the Blue Sky Series!

The Latest edition of Painter’s Pad, June-July 2017 Issue is now available!  Click the image to open it or: Painter’s Pad (1,3) June 2017

May 2017 Issue of Painter’s Pad

Painter’s Pad (1,2) May 2017


Welcome to another issue of Painter’s Pad!

In this month’s issue, I have described the art challenge that was presented to the artists at this year’s Pelham Art Festival coming this weekend.  Read about France Jodoin, the Canadian Artist whose art has helped inspire one (or two) of the paintings I am currently working on.

I have also included a quick update about an exhibit I will be in at the University of Toronto Faculty Club throughout June.  Click on the website listed in the newsletter for more information.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at this year’s Pelham Art Festival this weekend.





First Issue of Painter’s Pad

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 12.39.26 PMI was sweeping up my Artcave – a bit of spring cleaning was in order – and what did I find but an old jotting pad.  It got me thinking, and …

… I decided it might be easier for me to produce a small newsletter, called Painter’s Pad, to keep you updated about me, my paintings, and my exhibits and shows.  Just click on the link below and the pdf should open on your screen.  

Painter’s Pad (1,1) April 2017

I hope you enjoy this first issue!