Art Visuel

Browning, Kathy

Growing up in Thunder Bay, Kathy’s relationship to landscape has inspired her to create photographically for over forty years. She learns about land and water and her relationship to them through the work that she creates. In the past this understanding has inspired her to create sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, musical instruments, performance art, and particularly digital photography. Her latest exhibition entitled Spirit Animals was shown at the Stopciati Gallery, Sudbury wherein she superimposed images of animals on rocks, water, and sky photographs in Northern Ontario. Spirit Animals is a series of digitally manipulated images that encourages the audience to view nature as interconnected and unified. These photographs exemplify the spirits inherent in animals. We are all a part of this landscape and these photographs question the animals continued existence in this changing landscape. Some of her other exhibitions and photographic series have been Spirit of the North, Superior Power, Images on Rocks and Images on Icebergs. Kathy’s photographic series are limited edition archival quality giclee prints.

Kathy Browning is an Artist and an Art Educator. She has a Ph. D. and B. Ed. from University of Toronto, an M. F. A. from York University, and a B. F. A. Honours from the University of Manitoba. Kathy has taught Visual Arts and Technology at the elementary, secondary and university levels and currently teaches Visual Arts in the School of Education, Laurentian University.

Kathy’s research interests include digital photography, digital applications in elementary and secondary visual arts education, media arts, aesthetics, and video. Kathy has completed 14 DVD’s for Videos of Visual Artists in Greater Sudbury. She created these videotaped interviews in partnership with the Director of the Laurentian University Film Studio, Hoi Cheu. These videos are needed to support the implementation of the new Ontario Ministry of Education: The Arts guidelines and include Aboriginal, Métis, Francophone, and Anglophone artists. The videos will be made available on-line through streaming and links. The purpose is to add to the knowledge base of artists in Canada, particularly more remote areas like Northern Ontario, through videos and on-line sites for information access.

Butler, Jon

Jon Butler, a retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy 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  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

Canale, Mary

Mary Canale, owner of The Purple Door Studio, her art workshop that she runs out of her home, describes herself as a laid back, don’t sweat the small stuff kinda person.  Her area of interest include acrylic paint and stencils.  She is part of two local organisations: Sudbury Basin Potters and the Art Gallery of Sudbury and has artistic training in acrylic courses taken at the Sudbury Art Gallery, High School Art and private pottery lessons.

You can reach Mary at,, by phone 705.618.3292 or you can find her at 101 Whittaker St, Sudbury.

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.

Cartier, Linda

Linda is a devoted, hard-working arts advocate.  A visual artitst, trained at Cambrian College specializing in silk painting, she is a small business owner of a local financial services firm and national training firm for financial professionals.

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

La Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury

Contact Name: Jessica Watts

La Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury encourage la littératie, conserve la mémoire du passé et explore de nouvelles idées dans la ville du Grand Sudbury. Les bibliothèques publiques soutiennent les arts et la culture dans la communauté de maintes façons, que ce soit en fournissant des lieux où exposer l’art visuel et des locaux où les groupes peuvent tenir des rencontres ou présenter des spectacles, en accueillant des événements spéciaux, en présentant les programmes réguliers de la bibliothèque et en assurant la promotion de ces activités en ligne sur le site Web de la bibliothèque et dans les médias sociaux. La BPGS soutient aussi les écrivains locaux en faisant la promotion des talents locaux et en présentant des œuvres écrites par des auteurs locaux. La Bibliothèque principale comprend aussi un Makerspace qui peut servir aux fabricants de tout âge et nous avons un programme de maker en résidence qui s’adresse aux personnes qui souhaitent mettre leurs compétences et leur vision au service de la communauté du Grand Sudbury. Grâce à ce programme, nous accueillons tous les genres de fabrication et nous invitons les adeptes de tous les domaines traditionnels des arts, de la technologie et de l’électronique à soumettre une demande. Avec ses treize succursales dans le Grand Sudbury, la Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury offre maintes occasions de promouvoir les arts et la culture auprès de l’ensemble de la communauté.

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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

Don Johnston is a self-taught natural history photographer, with a degree in Biological Sciences.

He taught high school biology, retiring after nearly thirty years.

He’s been pursuing nature photography for over thirty years.

He has travelled and photographed extensively throughout North America and have studied with such notable nature photographers as John Shaw, Freeman Patterson and Tim Fitzharris.

He is widely published, with hundreds of credits in magazines such as National Geographic Explorer, National Wildlife and Harrowsmith Country Life, calendars such as National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Audubon, Teldon and Harrowsmith, text books, advertising such as Nikon and other media.

His prints hang in private collections in Sudbury and as far afield as Atlanta.

Along with noted Canadian photographer Mike Grandmaison, Don photographed the 2001 Sudbury book project Healing the Landscape, now in its third printing. In 2010 Don self-published a hardcover coffee table book of images from the Greater Sudbury Region titled Close to Home, which has now sold out.

This award winning nature photographer currently lives in Lively, Ontario, Canada with his wife Brenda and son Matthew.


What’s In the Bag?

Don has photographed in a Digital format since 2003.

Currently he uses Nikon Digital bodies: D500, D4s, D810 and D3X.

He owns range of Nikkor lenses from 14-24mm to 600mm. Recent upgrades include: Nikkor 14-24 VR, 24-70,

70-200 VR, 200-500mm VR.

Scanned slides were produced from Leica and Nikon film bodies.


What’s on the Desk?

Effective Digital photography demands the competent use of computers, hard drives, scanners and software.

Currently Don uses Apple MacIntosh MacPro tower and Macbook Pro computers together with a calibrated NEC 30″ display.

He scans with a Nikon 9000 film scanner.

His software includes: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and Adobe Camera Raw, Nikon Capture NX2, Expression Media (for cataloguing), Helicon Focus, Photomatix as well as Imagenomic noise reduction software.


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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

Tye, Shirley

You can contact Shirley at: 705.677.5891 or via email:

Walden Art Club

Contact Name: Anita Bunt