Heralding Spring in Port Credit

iMAGEMAKEE presents “Flower Power”

“Flower Power” – opening reception, March 10, 7-9

PORT CREDIT, ON – Vivid colour will emblazon the walls of Imagemaker Gallery from March 7 – March 31. Florals will decorate the gallery, transforming it into a garden of delightful beauty. Nancy Phillips, Denise Morrison, Geraldine Gillingham, Anne Henvey and Meena Chopra have interpreted their vision of the beauty that lies in nature. From magnified single blooms to fields of blurred colour, nature’s hues are captured on canvas.

“I’m inspired by the wonder of nature….sometimes I paint in a realistic style, re-creating scenery, other times I’m caught in a wave of whimsy and let my mind and brush go wherever they wish”, explains Henvey.

Painting is an intuitive process for Gillingham, where she lays down marks with pastel, charcoal, and acrylics, dips and pours, then adds layers of luscious saturated oils to reveal joy, movement, and excitement in each completed work.

Phillips watercolours tend toward soft, more poetic interpretations, while Morrison often paints very large work, heavily textured.

Chopra says, “My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. A stillness that moves within! An intense search for my origin and ultimate identity”.

Five artists with a wide range of visions and techniques brought together by a shared love of the beauty surrounding us in nature.


Immerse yourself in some Canadian Art History by joining Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood as it presents two exhibitions featuring artists in the ‘third chapter’ of their lives.

For the first time, 88 year-old Ron Lambert, heralded as one of Canada’s first abstract artists of his generation, will present Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert at Visual Arts Mississauga. Lamberts’ magnificent works will be displayed from February 27 to 28, 2016. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1 pm.

Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert captures a special moment in time when Lambert was a student of the legendary German-American art modernist Hans Hofmann. During this breakthrough period, Lambert created a stunning portfolio of paintings that were inspired by Hofmann’s famous ‘Friday critiques’. Sixty-nine years later, he is publicly showing his carefully preserved works that were created during this time. Lambert was only 16 years of age when his painting Oshawa Harbour was purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection. For more information, please visit Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtfFg9MAkr0  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ronlambert47

VAM is also pleased to present Third Chapter: An Exhibition Celebrating Lifelong Creativity on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2016. The exhibition features works by artists Eileen Oswald, Ed Clarke, John W. Reid and participants of VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults Program (Credit Valley Seniors, Peel Senior Link Residents and Malton Village Adult Day Centre). An Opening Reception and Artist Talk by Petra Zantingh, BFA MA, will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information on ArtReach for Older Adults, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ibHFPM56w.

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD:  VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for children, teens, adults and older adults as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.


The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is excited to announce it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 MARTY Awards! The MARTYS are presented to artists across all disciplines, and MAC has made some big changes this year to reflect the diversity of arts practiced in the city.
  • LiteraryArts (Emerging and Established)
  • Media Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Music (Emerging and Established)
  • Dance (Emerging and Established)
  • Theatre (Emerging and Established)
  • Visual Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Creative Community Award
  • Fashion and Beauty (New Category!)
  • Culinary Arts(New Category!)

“These new categories have been added to expand and showcase the local artistic talent in our everyday life that add meaning and beauty to our world,” Anu Vittal, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council, explained. “We believe art touches us every day whether it’s music in the car, a beautifully decorated cupcake or your favorite movie. A perspective shift is all it takes to realize the value of art in our daily lives at the same time realizing  that these are important contributions to our economy and the social currency of our community. “

City Programs and Activities Offer Something for All Ages and Abilities

Have a family? Are you a new resident, student or older adult? The City of Mississauga has a variety of exciting spring and summer programs and activities for you to explore. If you’re looking to register for a program, buy a membership, develop a skill or are interested in trying something new, there is something for everyone no matter your age, interest or ability.


On February 10, residents can visit activemississauga.ca to browse a wide variety of spring and summer programs like swimming, group exercise classes, health and wellness, sports activities, leagues and creative classes. Starting February 20, residents can register for programs online. Activemississauga.ca is easy to use, mobile-friendly and provides simple search, bookmark and registration features. In addition to the website, residents will continue to have access to in-person customer service support from knowledgeable staff at all local community centres and the Recreation customer service centre.


Many of the City’s 18 libraries are located with or near community centres. They are an excellent place to find a cozy spot to read the newest novel from your favourite author, catch up on some work or spend time between programs. Library patrons can participate in a variety of programs like story times, Maker Mississauga, 3-D printing, reading clubs, crafts, shows, films and much more. City libraries also provide new and innovative ways to connect with digital resources and online services available in Mississauga. To see what’s happening at your local library, visit: mississauga.ca/library.


In addition to the visual art classes currently offered, the City recently introduced a new series of digital art classes. Explore the world through the lens of a digital camera and make a virtual mess with digital paint. Find a class that’s right for you based on your age and skill level. Classes are affordable and use free open source software for app & web design, graphic design, animation and more. For more information, visit: mississauga.ca/culture.

For more information about City programs, activities and services, visit mississauga.ca.