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 business@stcatharinesart.com 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!


Spring is in the Air


"Saplings at Sunset," my painting inspired by B. Minnes' poem "Saplings"
“Saplings at Sunset” is my new painting inspired by a Writers Forum member’s poem titled “Saplings”

Even though the chill in the air today makes it feel more like winter, the days are longer, I’m seeing more of the sun lately, and the doves have returned this week to start making this year’s nest in our porch lamp – all signs of Spring coming, if it isn’t quite here yet.

A Writers Forum member has written a poem for my painting "Sun Shy;" can't wait to hear it!
A Writers Forum member has written a poem for my painting “Sun Shy;” can’t wait to hear it!

Could there be a better way to pass this in-between period, this “faux Spring”, than with a couple new exhibits?  This year’s Poets and Painters unveiling ceremony and reception is Saturday, Mar. 4th from 1 to 4 pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue.  Each Writers Forum member has written a poem for a paired painting, and each of the local artists involved has created a painting inspired by a given poem.  Only the titles of the new poems and paintings have been revealed to all of the participants and we have yet to see and hear all of the new creations.  I can hardly wait!  It will be both memorable and inspirational.  If you have the time and find you are in Niagara Falls, make your way to the Rosberg Room at the Victoria Avenue Library after noon on Saturday.  Join us for light refreshments following the presentation. This special exhibit of paired poems and paintings will be up until the end of March – don’t miss it!

"Rocky Shore" is one of the paintings I will have in this 23rd Exhibit at the McMaster Innovation Centre.  Can you guess which other one?
“Rocky Shore” is one of the paintings I will have at the McMaster Innovation Centre until the end of June. Can you guess which other one I’ve entered?

If you’ve never been to the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton for one of the art exhibit receptions, you’ve been missing a great show!  The gala opening reception for the 23rd Exhibit is on Thursday, Mar. 3o, at 7 pm.  Admission is free but everyone is encouraged to bring packaged food donations for their regular collection.  There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and lots and lots of gorgeous art on the gallery-style walls of the enormous and bright atrium.  I will have two of my Big Sky paintings on display there until the end of June.

In the meantime, I hope all of you enjoy the dwindling days of winter and the joyous coming of Spring.