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Visual Elements 65: Annual Juried Exhibition

Visual Elements 65 Call to Artists

Woodstock Art Gallery Exhibition Run: July 15, 2023 – September 24, 2023
Canticle Center Gallery Exhibition Run: October 14, 2023 – January 2024
Jurors: Irma Makariunaite, Thelma Rosner, Ken Thompson and Tamara Monk

A cornerstone of the Woodstock Art Gallery, the annual juried exhibition features a diverse selection of artwork by local and regional artists. To mark the 65th anniversary, Visual Elements 65 will be a cross-border celebration of art with Woodstock’s sister city, Sylvania, Ohio.

The exhibition will be presented at the Woodstock Art Gallery from July 15 to September 24, 2023, and at the Canticle Center Gallery, Lourdes University from October 14, 2023, to January 2024. A virtual exhibition will also be organized by the Woodstock Art Gallery.

About the Jurors

Irma Makariunaite (Canada)

Irma Makariunaite is a mixed media artist based in Delhi, Ontario. She is a graduate of OCAD and the University of Toronto with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art History. Irma lived in Toronto most of her life, where she studied and worked. During her studies at OCAD, Irma participated in an off-campus Fine Art program in Florence, Italy. She also spent a year working on her art and exhibiting in the Baltics (Lithuania and Latvia). Since her transition to a rural environment, Irma has been exhibiting consistently throughout southwestern Ontario in both commercial galleries and in public art spaces.

Headshot of a woman with short grey hair and green glasses posing in front of a work of art  Abstract artwork

Left Image: Irma Makariunaite. Right Image: Irma Makariunaite, Fearless, 2022, mixed media with acrylic on mdf panel, 60.96 x 60.96 cm.
Thelma Rosner (Canada)

Thelma Rosner was born in Toronto and currently lives in London, Ontario. She studied visual art at Western University and Smith College. She has shown her paintings, prints and installations in Canada, the US and England. Her work is included in the Canada Council Art Bank and several museum, corporate, and private collections. She has received grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Banff Centre.

You can view her work on her website. A five-minute tour of her McIntosh Gallery exhibition, Thelma Rosner: Where Can I Go Now? (2022), is available on YouTube.

Headshot of a woman with long blonde hair and sunglasses  Painting of a red cross stitch rug

Left Image: Thelma Rosner. Right Image: Thelma Rosner, Canadaian (b. 1941), Cross Stitch 1, 2011–2012, oil on canvas, 243.84 x 182.88 cm, Woodstock Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Gift of the Artist, Photo credit: John Tamblyn.
Kenneth M. Thompson (US)

Ken Thompson holds a Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University, a Master of Liberal Studies in Sculpture from the University of Toledo, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan. Ken has been making sculpture since 1977 out of a former car dealership now turned studio in Blissfield, Michigan. From this facility, he and his seven assistants also operate Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Ken is well-versed in bronze casting and metal fabrication, but prefers stone carving. 

The major focus of Ken’s work since 1997 has been on large-scale public sculpture with commissions such as Reclamation Archway for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Detroit, the Peace Arch for the City of Toledo, Florida Atlantic University, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Jackson College. Recently, Ken completed the Centennial Mall Sculpture Project at his alma mater to celebrate the universities’ anniversary. All told, he has completed well over 80 large-scale public sculptures.

In addition to making large sculpture, Ken enjoys doing smaller scale work for gallery exhibitions. He has 37 one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions and many awards to his credit.

Headshot of a man with grey hair and beard wearing dark rimmed glasses and a red collared shirt  Large stone arch sculpture

Left Image: Ken Thompson. Right Image: Ferris Arch, 2001, limestone. Located at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Tamara Monk (US)

Tamara Monk is a painter living in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her education and art training are from The Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA) and Bowling Green State University (MFA). Tamara was an Instructor and Adjunct at BGSU for 23 years in painting and drawing. She also taught part-time at Lourdes University and Owens Community College for several years.

Tamara has artwork in permanent collections in the Toledo Museum of Art and the BGSU Foundation, as well as other area institutions and private collectors. Her resume includes numerous group shows and one or two persons shows, most recently in 2020 at The Marathon Center in Findlay, Ohio. She has exhibited in various galleries, including recently at the Castle Gallery in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and the Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio. She has been included in competitive shows and travelling exhibitions. She has also done numerous commission portraits for University of Toledo Medical Center and other institutions, as well as private individuals.

Tamara’s passion for art and painting (many landscapes) is matched only by her love of family, friends, animals and the great outdoors.

Headshot of woman with long curly grey hair wearing sunglasses  Oil painting of a forest scene

Left Image: Tamara Monk. Right Image: Tamara Monk, Sanctuary, 2010, oil on canvas, 121.92 x 170.18 cm.

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