Craft Ontario Affiliate Award
Congratulations to Tracy Robinson for her clay work “Mother”.
Tracy Robinson’s Bio
Tracy Robinson is a ceramic artist and photographer based in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Her work has been exhibited in local group and juried shows. Tracy’s work ‘Mother’ received the 2019 Craft Ontario Award from Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre.
Exploration and creation are as symbiotic in her work as form and light. Perceived boundaries fall away as evocative, contrasting elements merge into the unexpected.
Congratulations to Lynda Williams for receiving an Honourable Mention for her fibre arts work titled “Tranquility”.
It`s always a pleasure to view the art in our Members` Show. Thank you to all the artists for the courage to share their artistic creations with gallery visitors. Your hard work, joy and passion for your medium of choice is evident in the beauty of the pieces.
Working with juror, Deb Beard was very informative especially considering her ceramics knowledge and experience. The choice was challenging as we appreciated the artistic quality of many pieces in the show.
Tranquility by Lynda Williams deserves our HONOURABLE MENTION. This painterly piece of fibre art combines different materials that express the moving elements of landscape, sky and water, and the attention to fine detail in the tree and foreground all work to create a wonderful expression of distance and movement.
Thank you for the opportunity to help choose the Craft Ontario Affiliate Award.
Pat Gibson is an artist, art educator and former Curator of Exhibitions at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre. She is co-founder/co-curator of Oxford County Art Project: Art in Public Spaces. As an Educator, she has taught art classes for adults and children in Woodstock, Ingersoll, London and Brantford and served as Education Officer for Woodstock Art Gallery. In cooperation with Oxford County School Board and the Ontario Arts Council she has completed many Creative Artists-in-Schools projects. Gibson has exhibited her mixed media work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Ontario. Her award winning work is in public and private collections throughout Canada and the USA.
I would personally like to congratulate all the artisans for their contributions to the exhibit. It was a joy and thought provoking walk through the gallery to take in all the members had to
offer. Each of the pieces demonstrated a great deal of: skill, time, thought and passion by artisan in their respective craft.
While each piece of work had its own merit, one piece in particular stood out with regard to technique, presentation and innovative use of the medium.
On behalf of Pat Gibson and myself, we congratulate Tracy Robinson with her ceramic work ‘Mother’. With her presentation of: form, palette, texture and her unique approach to clay, Tracy has shown how exciting craft truly is. The combination and vibrant use of glazes on the surface and interior of the piece, creates a symbiosis and continuity of theme throughout. The flowing asymmetric form reinforces the movement of the glaze. ‘Mother’ takes on a completely different appearance when observed
from any perspective and draws the enthusiast to pause a bit longer. The raised surfaces, while appearing to be random, continued to serve as the footing for the piece.
Again, a wonderful showing by the artisans and thank you for the opportunity to participate
as one of jurors.
Deb Beard has been involved with the Station Arts Centre since 1985. She has served in many capacities: instructor, board member, committee member, student, volunteer, and has enjoyed all the various people and experiences she had in those roles. For the past 11 years, she has served as the Executive Director.
She enjoys the relationship the Station has with the creative community, as a community based arts centre, and as a partner and resource for enthusiasts.
Deb appreciates and enjoys the Arts and Crafts world. She has familiarized herself and engaged in a variety art forms, finally settling in ceramic arts and in particular, raku.