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Stone School Gallery
Stone School Gallery
28, rue Mill St.
Portage-du-Fort (Québec)

Gallery hours:
11-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Friday night vernissages: 6-8pm

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Ruby Ewen, Sally Lee Sheeks, Jelly Massee

Vernissage: May 10, 6-8 pm
Artist talks: Ruby Ewen, May 18, 2 pm | Sally Lee Sheeks, May 26, 3 pm

Join us on Friday, May 10 from 6-8 pm for the vernissage two new exhibitions. In the upper gallery “Gestures and Branches” features the paintings of Ruby Ewen and the drawings and natural materials assemblages of Sally Lee Sheeks. See for yourself how line becomes movement both on and off the canvas.

In the lower gallery “Historical Paintings”, the acrylic and pen and ink works of Jelly Massee will take you on a journey from past to present revealing the culture of the local area.

Both shows continue until June 2.  The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm.

Ruby Ewen
Gestures and Branches

Upper Gallery. Oil on canvas.

Artist talk: Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m.
Ruby will give an introduction and explanation of this recent work and its generation followed by a question and answer session.

I have been exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally since 1967. My work has played a part in initiating a few well-known galleries in Ottawa. My exhibitions at Le Hibou Coffee House on Sussex Drive in 1970 and 1972 were the progenitors of Sussex Annex Works which became SAW Gallery. In 1988, a large 36 panel painting of mine, Suite for a Hill, hung in the Crown Room at the original opening of Arts Court; and the first 'Artists At Work' program at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in 1994 opened with a series of my paintings, Love Letter, and the landscapes of Michael Sproule.

In 1979, I moved from Ottawa to Luskville and became engrossed with landscape painting and in 1989 I put a horse-drawn gypsy caravan, outfitted as a camper-studio, on the road in the Ottawa Valley in order to be closer to my subject matter. It was at this time I became one of the founding members of the Pontiac Artists' Studio Tour. This association continued for 11 years until I started making painting trips to the coastal areas of B.C. and the Rockies.

Throughout the years I have taught at the Ottawa School of Art, a painting program for the City of Ottawa Recreation Department (Ron Kolbus Lakeside Gardens Community Centre), and Drawing and Painting for the Pontiac School of the Arts.

During the years of 2001 to 2010, I served as the editorial cartoonist for the West Quebec Post and was given awards for best editorial cartoon at the Quebec Community Newspaper Awards in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

I continue to live and paint in Luskville, Quebec.

Ruby Ewen
Ruby Ewen, Struggle To Vision. Oil on canvas, 2011.
76 x 46 in. (193 x 112 cm)

Luskville (Québec)

Sally Lee Sheeks
Gestures and Branches

Upper Gallery. Drawing and assemblage in natural materials.

Artist talk: Sunday, May 26 at 3 pm
Sally will describe her creative process and the evolution of her work.

I work in drawing and installation, using found and natural materials and a minimalist, simplified aesthetic. I like to spend a lot of time observing my subject and studying the space for which a work is made before creating a piece. For Ensemble, I am studying the lines drawn by branches and wires and how these divide up our visual space.

Sally Lee Sheeks
Sally Lee Sheeks, Expo Plaisance, 2011

Gatineau (Québec)
Facebook: Sally Lee Sheeks

Jelly Massee
Historical Paintings

Lower Gallery. Acrylic and pen and ink.

Jelly Massee will be exhibiting her current collection of acrylic paintings and pen and ink drawings. Done in a spectrum from sepia tones, to black and white and finally to colour, these paintings will take you on a journey into the past showing the viewer the culture of the local area. Also included will be local scenes from the present done in her unique limited palette.

Jelly Massee
Jelly Massee