"Art is the beginning of vision into the realm 

of eternal life"

Lawren Harris

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20370 Little 5 Rd., Green Valley, ON K0C 1L0

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ABOUT BÄRBEL

Be sure to hear Bärbel describe her artistic passion and vision on her homepage video here.
Biography

Bärbel is a German immigrant who fell in love with the Canadian landscape when her family moved to Canada when she was a child. That love has grown and manifested itself into her expressionistic landscapes with an emphasis on the emotive use of colour and line, and infused with a spiritual vision.

 

As a young child she was always sketching and painting. Later, she received her formal training at the Alberta University of the Arts studying under William (Bill) Parker; and has since traveled and lived across Canada and painted from coast to coast.

 

She currently resides in a country home in Green Valley, Ontario with her hubby and has nine grown children who have followed her in their appreciation of fine art and a love for the land.

Influences

Bärbel is a Canadian landscape artist who appreciates the works of Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven.  Other influencers are Emily Carr and  Doris McCarthy. 

Artist's Statement & Philosophy

My subject matter is the Canadian landscape and my method is smoothly applied paint whether acrylic or oil. I strive to see beyond the busy surface of things and capture the light, colours and shapes of this numinous land. While each painting is inspired by on-site plein air studies and sketches; the final result is more transcendent, more spiritual. It becomes a place I want to visit again and again.

 

Painting is a form of communication for me, communication between heaven and earth. A way for my soul to reach out and touch the immortal; to catch a fleeting glimpse of God. Each body of work becomes an adventure where I can re-unite with creation and my own immortal being.

C.V.

Selected Juried Shows and Exhibitions:

2019 Federation of Canadian Artists: Active Members Exhibition, Awarded Honourable Mention

2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Juried Shows: Artists Choice, Small and smaller show, summer showcase, Oh Canada Exhibition, Scenes of Western Canada show,

2018 SCA online juried exhibition, Letter Perfect show

2018 Pelham Niagara Show, Riverdale Artwalk Toronto, Artwalk in the Square Show Toronto,

2017 McMichael Autumn Art Show, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, ON

2017 Pelham Niagara Show, WC Stoufville Show, Oakville Show,

2016 Riverdale Show, WC Stoufville Show, Pelham Niagara Show, Oakville Show, Queen West Art Crawl

2015 Love Art Show. Riverdale Show Toronto, Cabbage Town Show Toronto, Oakville Show,

2015 Group of Seven Seniors show, Art Square Gallery

2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition TOAE –juried show

2010 to present Cobourg Art Club Shows

2008 to 2011 annual Art Gallery of Northumberland shows

2006, 2008 Kawartha Art Festival

2006 to present Pine Ridge annual shows

2005 to 2009 Cobourg Waterfront Show

2001 to present numerous juried shows with Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver

1994 Dorval Art Show, Montreal

1990 Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Calgary

1988 Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

 

Education:

2018 Janet Read – Workshop – understanding abstraction

2017 Jon Anderson Workshop

2013 Brian Smith, figurative abstraction workshop

2012 Art in Libraries- workshop

1994 to 2005 Various Montreal workshops

1996 to 98 Athabasca University

1994 to 95 Briercrest Seminary

1990 to 91 Workshops with B. Simmons

1986 to 88 Alberta College of Art – studied under William Parker

Media Features:

Josie Newman, "Light in the Landscape" The Link Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle Magazine, Autumn 2018. (http://the-link.ca/light-in-the-landscape/)

Bill Hornbostel, "Colborne Painter Having A Grand Opening in April" The Cramahe Now Community News Magazine, March 5, 2018 (http://www.cramahenow.com/?p=9119)

​Nasmith, Cecelia, “Colborne Artist Expands Children’s classes” The Colborne Chronicle – Northumberland Today  March 31, 2015.

Brown, Moira, interview “Family faces trouble with grace” 100 Huntley St. Interview, (2 episodes) May, 2011

Owen, Bob, “Township Art Classes”, Cramahe Now Feb 13, 2011

Nasmith, Cecelia, “Art for the Lord show supports Children’s Wish” Northumberland Today, May 16, 2008

Northumberland County Arts Guide – Premiere Edition 2008

Collections:

Weston Forest Products

Durham Condominium Corporation

Sick Kids Hospital

Roadwarrior Inc.

various private collections in Canada, US and Germany

 

Teaching:

2005-2016 Art Instructor at Libraries in Northumberland County

2016 &2017 Guest Instructor at St. Mary's School, Grafton ON

2010 Guest Instructor, Terry Fox School, Cobourg ON

Gallery Representation

2017-18 Indulgences Gallery, Vaughan, On

2017 Commercial Licensing Agreement with Willow Creek Rug Hooking

2014-2015 Colborne Art Gallery

2007, 2008 Journey Through the Arts Gallery—Port Hope

2007 Ganaraska Art Gallery, Port Hope

1998 to 2003 Pointe Claire Gallery, Montreal

1985 Muttart Gallery, Calgary

 

Awards and Noteworthy Mention

2019 Honourable Mention Award, Active National Members Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC

2015 Commissioned painting for the Children’s Wish Foundation- Prints hang in hospitals in Ontario

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS - Current and History (detail) 

2019   

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Jan 8 -  20 - Active Members Exhibition (juried), Vancouver, BC 

(received Honourable Mention Award  for my painting  Autumn Island)

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Feb 5 - 17 - Artist's Choice Exhibition (juried), Vancouver, BC

Colborne Art Gallery - Group Show - March 9 - April 28  Colborne, ON

Bärbel Smith Gallery Show, May 18-20, May 25-26 - The Land In-between Show,  (at my gallery in Colborne)

Colborne Art Gallery - June 15 - July 21  Member's Summer Exhibition, Colborne, ON

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, June 17 - June 30 - Landscape show (juried), Vancouver, BC

Elaine Fleck Gallery Show, Best of New Submissions (by invitation),  July 1 - 14, Queen Street, Toronto, ON

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, July 1 - 14  - O Canada Exhibition (juried), Vancouver, BC 

Apple Route Studio Tour  Aug 3 - 5  (my gallery is a stop on this tour - final show for the year and at this location)  

Aug 8, 2019 (move to Green Valley)  stay tuned for more shows, events and paintings. 

2018 Federation of Canadian Artists,  Feb. 6 - 18, 2018, Artists Choice Show,  Juried  Member's Exhibition

Society of Canadian Artists,    March 15, - June 15, 2018   online Juried International Exhibition

Bärbel Smith Gallery,      April 14, 2018    Grand Opening at Gallery   16 Robertson St., Colborne, ON

Pelham Fine Art Show,    May 11 - 13, 2018    Booth 67 & 68, Pelham Marina, near Niagara Falls,  ON  

Apple Blossom Tyme Gallery Show,    May 26 & 27, 2018      Bärbel Smith Gallery 16 Robertson St.

Riverdale Art Walk,    June 2 & 3rd, 2018,     Jimmie Simpson Arena (Indoor booth),  Toronto 

Federation of Canadian Artists,  June 25-July 8, 2018, O Canada Show, Juried  Active Member's Gallery Exhibition, Vancouver, BC                        ,

Federation of Canadian Artists,  July 30 - Aug. 12, 2018,   Summer Showcase,  Juried Active Member's Exhibition

Federation of Canadian Artists,  Aug. 13 - 26, 2018,  Small, smaller, Smallest Show,  Juried Active Member's Gallery Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.

Cramahe Studio Tour,  Aug 4 & 5th, 2018     Bärbel Smith Gallery   

Artwalk in the Square,  Aug 10 - 12, 2018     CF Shops at Don Mills, Toronto 

Gallery Christmas show, "In Time for Christmas", November 17-18, 2018 Bärbel Smith Gallery 

2017 Maple Syrup Festival, Spirit of the Hills Juried Show, Warkworth, ON  (juried)

Cobourg Art Club, Cobourg, ON

Pelham Fine Art Show, Pelham Marina, Niagara, Fonthill, ON 

Spring Studio Show, Colborne, ON

Whitchurch-Stoufville Art in the Park, Stoufville, ON (juried outdoor show)

Cramahe Studio Tour, Colborne, ON

Oakville Art in the Park,  Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville, ON (juried outdoor show)

Artwalk in the Square, CF Shops at Don Mills, Toronto, ON  (juried outdoor show

McMichael Autumn Art Show and Sale Fundraiser - McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, ON

In Time for Christmas Show, Bärbel Smith Gallery

2016 Spring Show, Bärbel Smith Gallery,

Cobourg Art Club, Cobourg, ON

Pelham Fine Art Show, Niagara, Fonthill, ON

Riverdale Art Walk - outdoor art show, Artists Network J. Simpson Park, Toronto

ICON show, Federation Gallery Show, Vancouver, BC

Whitchurch-Stoufville Art in the Park, Stoufville, ON

Oakville Art in the Park,  Oakville Heritage park,

Queen West Art Crawl,  Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

Christmas Show, - Bärbel Smith Gallery

2015 Spring Show, - Bärbel Smith Art Gallery

Group of Seven Seniors Show  - Art Square Gallery Toronto, ON

Love Art Show - Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON

Riverdale Art Walk - outdoor art show, Artists Network, J. Simpson Park, Toronto

Beaches Show -  KEW Gardens, Toronto

Celebrar Show – Pan Am Games Show, Art Square Gallery, Toronto

Oakville Art in the Park - outdoor show, Oakville Heritage Park,

Cabbage Town Arts - Riverdale Park , Toronto,

Cobourg Art & Letters Show - Cobourg, ON

Intersection - Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON

 

2014 Spring Show - Bärbel Smith Art Gallery

53rd Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

Toronto Artwalk North, Mel Lastman Square, Toronto

Bright & Beautiful Show, Colborne Art Gallery, Colborn, ON

Scenes from Western Canada Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

Landscapes Show, FCA, Vancouver, BC

Canvas Unbound, FCA, Vancouver, Bc

Foliage & Flowers, FCA Vancouver, BC

Jubilee – 50th anniversary show - Cobourg Art Club.,

2009 - 2014  Cobourg Waterfront Show, Cobourg Victoria Park, Cobourg, 

 

2013 Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne,

Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON

Maple Syrup Art Show, Warkworth Community Hall, Warkworth, ON

 

2012 Artists’ Choice Show, FCA Show, Vancouver, BC

Small, Smaller, Smallest Show, FCA Show, Vancouver, Bc

Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON

2011Haiku Inspirations, FCA Show, Vancouver, BC

Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON

2010Artists’ Choice Show, FCA Show, Vancouver, BC

Small, Smaller, Smallest Show, FCA Show, Vancouver, BC

2008 to 2011 annual Art Gallery of Northumberland shows

2006, 2008 Kawartha Art Festival

2006 to present Pine Ridge annual shows

2005 to 2009 Cobourg Waterfront Show

2001 to present numerous juried shows with Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver

(7 year Sabbatical - raised nine children) 

1994 Dorval Art Show, Montreal

1990 Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Calgary

1988 Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB