Visual Art


Butler, John

Jon Butler, a retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoyu the passing seasons of life, has been capturing La Cloche light for over 30 years.  He concentrates on solitary and contemplative landscapes and atmospheric effects.

The photographs exemplify Jon’s unique sense of light.  Exhibition photographs are usually taken at dawn before sunrise with no filters or digital enhancement.  All are in a limited series of 10 or less.

Jon’s “Photo Haiku” combine his photographs with original haiku.  A haiku is the expression of temporary enlightenment, in which we see into life and in this case it is La Cloche.

Jon and his wife, Kerry, live in the village of Willisville located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains.  They are founding members of the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society and the Willisville Mountain Project, dedicated to preserve Willisville Mountain and the beauty of La Cloche.  In 2011, Jon published the book “Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs“.

Jon’s photographs are available at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury gift shop, Killarney Park Store, The Red Dog Whitefish Falls and www.lacloche.ca.  Since 2001, Jon has had seven solo exhibitions, three two person shows and participated in 50 juried and group exhibits.

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Cambrian College – Open Studio

Contact Name: Joan Campbell



Cannon, Kristan

Kristan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and educated in North Bay and Toronto.

She is a staunch supporter of literacy, reading, and young writer’s programs.  She also holds a current membership with the Indi Writer’s Network and is a member of the NaNoWriMo Ambassador’s program.

When not researching or writing, Kristan exists for sailing on the local lakes, painting, and outdoor sports until the snow and ice locks her boat on shore at which point she moves to EVE Online and creating cosplay.



Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc.

Contact Name: Crystal McCollom, Chair

CCE SIAAI concerns itself with the development of an environment conducive to: promoting traditional Irish music and arts in all forms; promoting, in particular, the playing of the harp and uilleann pipes locally; promoting Irish traditional dancing and singing with the traditional music; fostering and promoting the use of the Irish language; creating a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music and culture.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc. (a non-profit, charitable organization) was originally formed on March 17, 1996 under the name Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Branch.  Our finances are reviewed and we carry on a number of fundrasing activities during the year, including membership fees, events and ticket sales.  We have a Board of Directors and a Constitution and Bi-Laws (March 2009).  Since the begining, we have produced 14 Irish Celtic fairs (attendance from 600 – 1200), and ran a variety of weekly programs, large community shows (e.g. Echoes of Erin) and preformed in countless venues.  At the last Echos of Erin Irish show hosted in the community, there were 700-800 attendees and 45 volunteer participants.  We also train local adult singers, dancers and speakers of Irish, and also children to dance, sing, speak Irish, Irish crafts, do plays, and play fiddles and tin whistles.  Our programs are provided on a weekly basis to children, youth and adults.  We also run a week long Irish Summer school which is attended by (average) 10 – 30 children.  Our activities in public are usually directed towards all ages including seniors of any ethnicity.  We regularly perform for the residents of Long-Term Care facilities.  More recently we have organized a number of ceili dances (80 – 100 attendance).  Our dancers and Irish speakers attend events and competitions across the province.  We have now been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide set dancing (similar to square dancing) lessons in the community.  This is all been possible because of a core group od dedicated community volunteers.

The objectives/activities for which the corporation is incorporated are:

-To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places, senior citizens homes, churches, community centres and educational institutions and by providing seminars on topics relating to such performances.

-To provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts.

-To produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciating of Irish culture.



Cook, James



Dequanne, Gigi

I strive to capture special moments in a realistic style.  My areas of interest include watercolour, graphite, and photography.  I’m also affiliated with other organizations within the community, Sudbury Art Club and Rayside-Balfour Art Club.



Dolan, Kathy

Kathy is an internation award winning artist who has exhibited in juried shows in Canada and the U.S. and also in several group exhibitions.  Kathy has had her work published in well known art magazines, and debuted her solo show titled “Life’s a Birch” in 2014.  She has won awards for her photography, pastels, graphite, watercolour and oil paintings.  Among her many achievements is a finalist and feature in the “International Artitst” magazine, 2nd prize in Pastel Canada’s “Purely Pastel” 20th Annual open juried exhibition, and recipient of the “Ivan Wheale” award at the La Cloche Art Show.  Her works can be found in corporate and private collections in North America and abroad.

Kathy currently holds “Master Pastellist” designation with the Pastel Artists of Canada and is a signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists.  She is a member in Manitoulin Fine Art Association, Sudbury Art Club, Nothern Ontario Art Association, and Pencil Art Society.

Kathy has taught numerous workshops in different mediums and also shares her talent by volunteerint to teach a weekly class to guests at Sun-N-Fun Resort in Florida where she spends her winters.

Kathy lives in Espanola where she finds plenty of inspiration in her surroundings.

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Girard, Vikki

I have been painting since 1987.  Lessons for 7 years gave me the basics I needed to continue.  I paint in oil, acrylics, sketching, and have taken workshops in colour pencil, watercolour, pastels and much more.  Every workshop or lesson I have attended, I have learned from it.  I use it in every art piece that I produce.  I read many books about techniques or different kinds of mediums.  This is how I learned my trade.

My artwork consists of painting on any material that the paint will adhere to.   Subjects I like to paint are landscapes, portraits, animals, birds, and still life.  I have done Woodcarving Clay modeling, Ceramics, Soapstone carving.

I became a teacher 2001 when a friend pushed me to do so. . My classes are in oil and acrylics. I also give workshops in clay on boards, clay figures, palette knife painting and painting a picture in one-day oil or acrylic.

I joined the Rayside-Balfour Whitewater Brush & Palette Art Club in 2001 and have been president for a few years now.

In 2010 I judged an Art Exhibition for the Cavalcade of Colours in Dowling, Ontario.  For the last 2 years I occasionnally go to Ste Etienne and art with students.  I also have fonated my artwork for fundraisers



Greater Sudbury Public Library

Contact Name: Jessica Watts

The Greater Sudbury Public Library promotes literacy, preserves the past, and explores new ideas in Greater Sudbury. There are many ways the public libraries support arts and culture in the community including: providing art spaces to display visual art, offering spaces for groups to gather and perform, hosting special events and regular library programs, and promoting online through our website and social media. GSPL aims to support local writers by promoting local talent and highlighting works written by local authors. The Main Library also houses a Makerspace open to makers of all ages and we run a regular Maker-in-Residence program that is open to makers who want to share their skills and vision with the community of Greater Sudbury. Through this program we are open to all forms of making and invite applicants from all traditional areas of art, technology and electronics. With 13 locations in the Greater Sudbury area, opportunities to further promote arts and culture to the wider community are possible though the public libraries.

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Gypsy Potter

Contact Name: Liz Browning

Clay artist, with a flair of the dramatic 3D expressive art.

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Innocente, Janice

A painter who works in oils and soft pastel to create realistic art depicting nature and portraiture. She has an especial interest equine art.

Innocente was awarded two best in show; first place in oil/acrylics as well as pastels at the cavalcade of colours juried art sale.

Other than the Sudbury Art Council she is also a member of the NOAA and the Walden Art Club.



Johnston, Don

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Langin, Ron



Myth and Mirrors Community Arts

Contact Name: Blaire Flynn

Artistic Vision

“Through the process of multi disciplinary artistic practices and public art interventions, Myths and Mirrors collaborates with community to weave art and story into the landscape and practices of our daily lives.  We actively seek unexpected connections, openings, opportunities and possibilities of collectively being in the world.  We push boundaries and create openings for public participation in social transformation.  Everyone is welcome to imagine and create community with us.”

Art in Action

Playfully and actively, we dream and create together, in order to infuse art into the everyday. In this way, we work toward social change and all people identifying as creative beings who take part in creatively evolving their communities.

There is more to the story……

Stories are transformative. They offer multiple perspectives and promote flexibility of thinking. They form the realities they describe. People and communities are created and recreated through stories. They, and the worlds they live in, are imagined into being, renewed again and again through the sharing of stories, both real and not yet real.

Colouring outside the lines…..

We work to blur the lines between artist and audience and push boundaries around places of artistic creation and experience. We use methods of artistic subversion to question who is artist, who is audience, where and when art is made and experienced. As community and environmental connections become increasingly electronic and virtual, Myths and Mirrors seeks ways to reconnect. We believe it is necessary to find opportunities for first hand connections. By sharing our stories in meaningful and tangible ways we humanize and learn to be a community.

While M&M continues to create collaborative visual art such as murals, we are also directing our energies toward performance, puppetry and circus arts.

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Sawchuk, Oryst

A multi-disciplined artist, Oryst Sawchuk defies simple classification. He is an architect, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor and a musician, as well as an urban planner, and a business and community leader. His artistic expression is rooted in social consciousness. Sawchuk won a Community Builders Award for Arts in 2010.



Thoms, Ray

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Townend, Helen



Walden Art Club

Contact Name: Anita Bunt