Karin Doleske (Court) was the featured artist at the Algoma Art Society's meeting held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in the Thompson Room at the Civic Centre.
Karin was born in a refugee camp in Germany. She is well travelled. She has toured many galleries and loves history museums and has an interest in the psychological and in economics. She is now 70 years old and has many years of art shows and achievements. Says "Art is her Lover". She doesn't work big anymore and prefers to put together collages of clippings in scrap books which she shared with members at the meeting.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 for Algoma Art Society member Nancy Caldwell at the Art Gallery of Algoma. Nancy passed away in December 2019. Those attending were honored with the opportunity to view many of Nancy's artistic accomplishments in various media, especially watercolour. Nancy was always open to experimenting with multiple methods and medias and loved to share her knowledge with others. Nancy contributed much to the Algoma Art Society and will be greatly missed.
Her husband, who has shared over 60 years with her, gave a moving speech of their life together. One of the highlights was when they biked across Canada to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Her son, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, which Nancy attended, also spoke very highly of his mother. Her son in law talked about when he first met Nancy and her husband and how they introduced him to waterskiing with their daughter and his then future wife on his shoulders.
After the speeches family and friends attending were treated to a delicious lunch and were welcomed to take home one or more unframed paintings of Nancy's as a keepsake.
It was a wonderful evening and tribute to Nancy who will never be forgotten by Art Society members.
The Winter Festival of Art officially opened at the Art Gallery of Algoma at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Dignitaries opening the exhibition were Mark A. Lepore, President of the AGA Board, Jasmina Jovanovic, Executive Director, the Honorable Ross Romano, Sault Ste. Marie MPP and Minister of Colleges and Universities, and the Honorable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture. All spoke and distributed awards. Jasmina and Ross Romano thanked Society member Nora Ann Harrison for being the initiator of the Winter Festival of Art and providing the awards for the previous six years.
Prizes this year are sponsored by David Ellis, Member of the AGA Board.
Also speaking and presenting an award was Algoma Art Society president Rutger Becker, who talked about the Art Society's connection to the NOAA, benefits of being a member and the Society's proud past connection to the Group of Seven. Rutger then presented an Algoma Art Society Award, in honour of recently deceased member Nancy Caldwell, to the artist chosen for having the Most Innovative Piece of art work at the exhibition. Winner Penny Gabor was presented with a cheque for $50.00 along with a free membership to the Algoma Art Society until September 2020.
Members of the Algoma Art Society can be very proud of the number of awards they received. Member Zoey Wood-Salomon received second prize and top prize at the exhibition went to member Theresa Baic. Members Pat Caldwell, Cheryl Thomas and Darlene Robb all received Honorable Mentions. Ken Hagerman's young granddaughter also very proudly received a Participation Award.