The Old Town Hall Art Gallery

Bringing the Visual Arts to Norfolk County

Current Exhibit

Krista Reimer and Heather Verplanke
May 23 – July 12, 2018
Reception, Sunday, June 3, 2 – 4 p.m.

Krista Reimer, Time Will Tell

Krista Reimer’s paintings celebrate her family’s heritage, with reference to old family photos. She explores her Mennonite roots through sketching out ideas and researching painting methods to create an individualistic approach to her subject. Reimer builds up figures in a landscape as a way to tell a story about a life from the past that summon up a time of family gatherings and close relationships.

Krista Reimer, is a self-taught artist who has been showing her paintings in the region since 2009.  Her work has caught the eye of the public, winning People’s Choice Awards twice at the Norfolk Visual Arts Competition as well as recognition through a jurors’ award from that yearly challenge. She has received an Artist in Education grant from the Ontario Arts Council where she developed an art program and taught in the schools. Reimer also teaches art from her home studio in Port Rowan, Ontario.

Heather Verplanke, Gone Around the Bend

Heather Verplanke refers to her method of building up a portrait as “a marriage of whimsical, awkward, impish, dream-like ideas contrasted with realism”.  She reveals a persona, using sketches from the model, photographs, and found images that she manipulates in Photoshop. She reinvents the image in acrylic paint on canvas and uses vintage frames to complete the presentation.  The theme for this series of portraits are creative, inspirational people she knows, with an emphasis on social issues.

Her work has been exhibited throughout Ontario, including the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto), Lighthouse Festival Theatre Art Gallery (Port Dover), SuperCrawl (Hamilton), and the former Brantford Arts Block. In 2016 she won first prize in the Norfolk County Fair Visual Arts Competition. After graduating, from Sheridan College for technical illustration, Verplanke worked as an architectural illustrator. She now works as a freelance artist in Port Dover, ON

Upcoming Exhibit

Marguerite Larmand
Drawing Like Willow
July 18 – Sept. 6, 2018
Reception, Sunday, July 22, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m.

Marguerite Larmand has been inspired by Willow; its living form and its bending properties that allows her to create new form. She uses the tangible willow branch to create drawings, paints, and sometimes transforms into industrial roofing felt to make the image. Some of these are again transformed into steel that are blasted to a bronze like finish.

“Drawing is an evolving act. By integrating it with tandem forms of making, this evolving just happens. For the work in this exhibition, I am being mentored by Willow, its gesture, patterns of movement and its relationship to wind, sun and water. Learning from Willow and making that understanding visual is what I am trying to do.”

Marguerite Larmand has a B.A. in Art and Art History from McMaster University, a M.A. in Education from State University of New York, Buffalo and a Master of Fine Arts, from York University, Toronto. Having retired from the teaching profession in 1995, Marguerite has since been a full-time practicing artist and educator. Six Directions Studio, Simcoe ON is her studio and residence.

Thank you to Venture Norfolk for recognizing The Old Town Hall’s Art Gallery program through a matching fund grant. We have installed a state of the art hanging system that will serve artists showing their work in the Old Town Hall Gallery for years to come.

Old Town Hall
76 Main Street South
Waterford, Ontario N0E1Y0
Canada

Email: otha@oldtownhall.org
Phone: 519-443-0113

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