You are certain to enjoy the work of Paulette Robertson and Annette Martin. Paulette is a long-time member of ICAC, the recipient of the Newell Award, and continues to volunteer to install art at the Centre. Annette is a recent member and has volunteered to serve on the board as painter`s rep. We celebrate them both.
Annette Martin has been exploring & developing her skills in the visual arts since childhood. She began by approaching realism, (while studying Fine Art at Fanshawe College) with a sense of humour and wit.
After college, she received her B.F.A. in Fine Art from the University of Windsor and went on to receive her Bachelor of Education in Visual Art and Drama.
Annette has been teaching Visual Art at East Elgin Secondary School in Aylmer and for the Thames Valley District School Board for over 20 years.
Her more recent works explore the play of colour while exploring environmental issues through her imaginary landscapes and cityscapes. You can find a strong influence in her work by artists such as Norval Morrisseau and Paul Yuxweluptun.
Annette has participated in numerous group shows as well as a few solo shows, belongs to the Port Stanley Artist Guild, the St.Thomas Elgin Artist Guild and shows her work at the Art Emporium in Port Stanley.
Annette’s passion for teaching art has encouraged her growth as an artist and inspires her enthusiasm to continuously create.
Born in the Maritimes, I remember as a child that I loved pieces of folk art with their bright colours and imperfections. My work reflects this love of whimsy and primitive background. They are more a feeling and expression than perfection. They seem to have a soul of their own and I do not want to disturb it.
My adventure in clay began 46 years ago, with a piece of pottery that I received as a wedding gift. I enrolled in a pottery class with an old Latvian potter in Hyde Park, Toronto….and the rest is history.
After travelling for a year, we ended up in Ingersoll in 1986, and became involved with the Creative Arts Centre…..teaching children’s pottery and the “Young at Art” program for Oxford County schools.
Since then, I have been experimenting with clay, and somehow, hand building is what I enjoy. I believe that there is a spirit in each piece of clay, that wants to come out….and identify itself!!!
About 12 years ago, I attended a rug hooking class….and got “hooked on wool” !!! This provided me a new form of expressing my love of folk art, and working with wool and fiber.
I would like to share a few of my creations with you….as you can see, each piece has its own identity.