By Patti Broughton
For staff and volunteers of Guelph Arts Council and Downtown Guelph Business Association, some of the most treasured moments during the annual Art on the Street are presenting awards to participating artists. Five awards are determined each year by event-goers or professional jurors and presented, with fun fanfare, to our talented artists. After this year’s June 22 event, we were thrilled to announce the award recipients: Dawn Anderson Vaughan (People’s Choice), Gina Duque (Best in Show), Annette Kraft van Ermel (Honorable Mention), Best Booth (Nicole Gagnon Wooden Designs), and Emerging Artist (Beyond Relief Designs – Brendan Lancaster).
Clockwise: Annette Kraft van Ermel (Honorable Mention), Brendan Lancaster (Emerging Artist), Gina Duque (Best in Show), and Dawn Anderson Vaughan (People's Choice Winner).
Now, Guelphites will have a second opportunity to see the work of four of these artists in a group showcase at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, from August 2 – 15, and to meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, August 8 at 5:30 pm. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Dawn Anderson Vaughan, a Guelph artist, captures life’s moments in pastel and paint. Her inspiration comes from many places, including her travels and everyday life. Dawn studied design, and is a practicing interior designer. She draws on her experiences with colour, light, and architecture to bring her art to life.
Gina’s mixed media work explores biological systems and their hidden structures. Her work strives to bridge the gap between the immaterial and material world, giving a sense of the ethereal but being grounded in the familiar and scientific. Gina is a Guelph artist whose work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada.
Annette is an award-winning artist whose work layers oil paint, wax, and charcoal, and celebrates the beauty in the familiar. She studied and painted in Toronto for many years and now resides in Waterloo. Her work is included in private collections around the world and has been featured in décor magazines and television shows, on book covers, and in theatre productions and music videos.
Beyond Relief Designs – Brendan Lancaster:
Guelph artist Brendan Lancaster pulls relief prints from hand-cut lino blocks. A graduate of Sheridan College, Brendan is inspired by nature and the wild creatures within it. Through illustrative line work and dramatic contrasts of light and dark, Brendan expresses both the beauty and the unforgiving intensity of the natural world.
Guelph Arts Council is also excited to showcase the work of Canan Altinkas, Maria Ibarra, and the participants of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project this summer. Visit guelpharts.ca for details.