The Get Real! Artists Group brings show to Dundas Museum and Archives

WhatsOn Aug 08, 2017 Dundas Star News

The Get Real! Artists Group, a guild of Canadian realist painters, is bringing a passion for realism to the Dundas Museum and Archives this summer.

Artists Nancy Calder, Nicole Dolson, Sandra Murphy, Alan Douglas Ray, and Margit Sampogna are academy-trained painters with a focus on portraiture, landscapes, still life, and wildlife.

For all members of the Get Real! Artists Group, working as full-time artists represents a new direction after varied careers in other fields.

All of the guild members have been recognized internationally in juried competitions and exhibits. Their work has also been featured in various art publications.

Dolson, a Hamilton-born artist now living in Burlington, looks forward to sharing her work with the local community. Her art — in particular, her commissioned portraits — are enjoyed in private collections in Canada and the United States.

“My work is eclectic in nature as I find myself energized by a variety of subject matter,” said Dolson. “Commonplace objects or situations that connect us all draw me in.”

Ray, originally from Waterloo, divides his time between Toronto, Haliburton, and Key West, Fla., with studios in all locations.

“When I’m alone, facing my easel, I imagine I’m an illusionist,” said Ray. “My trick is to create a convincing optical illusion with paint on a flat surface.”

Calder became the first female instructor at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, where the group of artists all met. Late in 2015, Calder left her teaching position to commit herself to being a full-time artist.

Speaking to the genre of the group, Calder said: “I find the concept of realism fascinating and delight in the feeling that one can almost reach into a painting and touch the objects in a still life, or catch the eye of the subject in a portrait.”

Murphy is also a Toronto-area artist.

“I paint mostly for the pure joy of painting, always working from life,” she said.

“My main focus is on the still life, having painted many works of antique and vintage items. Most recently, I’ve also become intrigued with the challenge of painting flowers.”

Danish-born artist Sampogna’s work includes a botanical theme that reflects her passion for nature.

“I love to explore things that evoke my curiosity, and my work reflects these encounters,” she said.

Keeping It Real! is open to the public and runs until Saturday, Sept. 23. Admission is free. For more information, visit dundasmuseum.ca.

The Get Real! Artists Group brings show to Dundas Museum and Archives

Keeping It Real! open to the public until Sept. 23

WhatsOn Aug 08, 2017 Dundas Star News

The Get Real! Artists Group, a guild of Canadian realist painters, is bringing a passion for realism to the Dundas Museum and Archives this summer.

Artists Nancy Calder, Nicole Dolson, Sandra Murphy, Alan Douglas Ray, and Margit Sampogna are academy-trained painters with a focus on portraiture, landscapes, still life, and wildlife.

For all members of the Get Real! Artists Group, working as full-time artists represents a new direction after varied careers in other fields.

All of the guild members have been recognized internationally in juried competitions and exhibits. Their work has also been featured in various art publications.

Dolson, a Hamilton-born artist now living in Burlington, looks forward to sharing her work with the local community. Her art — in particular, her commissioned portraits — are enjoyed in private collections in Canada and the United States.

“My work is eclectic in nature as I find myself energized by a variety of subject matter,” said Dolson. “Commonplace objects or situations that connect us all draw me in.”

Ray, originally from Waterloo, divides his time between Toronto, Haliburton, and Key West, Fla., with studios in all locations.

“When I’m alone, facing my easel, I imagine I’m an illusionist,” said Ray. “My trick is to create a convincing optical illusion with paint on a flat surface.”

Calder became the first female instructor at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, where the group of artists all met. Late in 2015, Calder left her teaching position to commit herself to being a full-time artist.

Speaking to the genre of the group, Calder said: “I find the concept of realism fascinating and delight in the feeling that one can almost reach into a painting and touch the objects in a still life, or catch the eye of the subject in a portrait.”

Murphy is also a Toronto-area artist.

“I paint mostly for the pure joy of painting, always working from life,” she said.

“My main focus is on the still life, having painted many works of antique and vintage items. Most recently, I’ve also become intrigued with the challenge of painting flowers.”

Danish-born artist Sampogna’s work includes a botanical theme that reflects her passion for nature.

“I love to explore things that evoke my curiosity, and my work reflects these encounters,” she said.

Keeping It Real! is open to the public and runs until Saturday, Sept. 23. Admission is free. For more information, visit dundasmuseum.ca.

The Get Real! Artists Group brings show to Dundas Museum and Archives

Keeping It Real! open to the public until Sept. 23

WhatsOn Aug 08, 2017 Dundas Star News

The Get Real! Artists Group, a guild of Canadian realist painters, is bringing a passion for realism to the Dundas Museum and Archives this summer.

Artists Nancy Calder, Nicole Dolson, Sandra Murphy, Alan Douglas Ray, and Margit Sampogna are academy-trained painters with a focus on portraiture, landscapes, still life, and wildlife.

For all members of the Get Real! Artists Group, working as full-time artists represents a new direction after varied careers in other fields.

All of the guild members have been recognized internationally in juried competitions and exhibits. Their work has also been featured in various art publications.

Dolson, a Hamilton-born artist now living in Burlington, looks forward to sharing her work with the local community. Her art — in particular, her commissioned portraits — are enjoyed in private collections in Canada and the United States.

“My work is eclectic in nature as I find myself energized by a variety of subject matter,” said Dolson. “Commonplace objects or situations that connect us all draw me in.”

Ray, originally from Waterloo, divides his time between Toronto, Haliburton, and Key West, Fla., with studios in all locations.

“When I’m alone, facing my easel, I imagine I’m an illusionist,” said Ray. “My trick is to create a convincing optical illusion with paint on a flat surface.”

Calder became the first female instructor at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, where the group of artists all met. Late in 2015, Calder left her teaching position to commit herself to being a full-time artist.

Speaking to the genre of the group, Calder said: “I find the concept of realism fascinating and delight in the feeling that one can almost reach into a painting and touch the objects in a still life, or catch the eye of the subject in a portrait.”

Murphy is also a Toronto-area artist.

“I paint mostly for the pure joy of painting, always working from life,” she said.

“My main focus is on the still life, having painted many works of antique and vintage items. Most recently, I’ve also become intrigued with the challenge of painting flowers.”

Danish-born artist Sampogna’s work includes a botanical theme that reflects her passion for nature.

“I love to explore things that evoke my curiosity, and my work reflects these encounters,” she said.

Keeping It Real! is open to the public and runs until Saturday, Sept. 23. Admission is free. For more information, visit dundasmuseum.ca.