690 Queen Street East Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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Sept - June

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Over 75 Years of Arts and Culture

Algoma Art Society has been fostering the arts in Sault Ste. Marie since 1948. We aim to develop local talent, to promote exhibitions, competitions, classes, sketching trips and lectures, to invite prominent artists, and to create a greater interest in art, so that the Sault will become a center of arts & culture.

Collage of Members

Carmen Boniferro

Biography My Art journey began with a foundation created by the following teachers: Attilio Francella, Taimi Poldma, Christine Kubis Bieman, and Ken Hagerman. I enjoyed the experience of learning perspectives of drawing, color schemes, shapes ...

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Brenda Nelson

BIOGRAPHY Brenda Nelson is a registered Metis woman with additional indigenous heritage roots being discovered, she was the first born to her teenage Mother in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in December 1979. There are many members of both her Mother and...

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Lillian Burke

My childhood was spent in Southwestern Ontario, where summer weekends often included visits to family getaways on Lake Erie. Creativity was encouraged in our home, and I took music lessons, wrote poetry and loved to draw and paint.  As a teen, I...

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Brittany MacLean

Brittany Joyce MacLean-Giulietti is a Multidisciplinary visual artist from Thessalon, Ontario. She works in a variety of mediums including; watercolour, acrylic, ink, and more. She currently holds an Advanced Fine Arts Diploma from Fanshawe College a...

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Susan Balog

Susan Balog is a watercolour artist. She started painting when she retired from nursing. Susan loves the transparency of watercolour and how it makes the paintings glow. She continues to strive to make her paintings sing and along the...

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Murray Lamothe

BIO After a satisfying 32-year career with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Murray entered the business world of designing and manufacturing, creating Cedar Mountain Wood Products. The balance of form and function was his passion as he designed a...

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Katie Marchese

BIO My name is Katie Marchese and I am the current president of the Algoma Art Society. I have always loved to draw and paint, and as a child, a sheet of blank paper was better than a coloring book any day of the week. I learned the basics about...

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Ken Wierzbicki

Bio Born 1952 in Kirkland Lake, Ont. While attending high school, I took Shops courses, realizing early on I should have taken Art classes.  I began drawing in the 1960’s in pencil, also using black and white paint to create art to be viewed in...

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Mary Stevenson

BIO Mary Stevenson is a textile, mixed media artist from St. Joseph Island. She started her creative journey over 30 years ago designing a line of clothing, some may remember, called Island Comforts. Over the years, Mary has transitioned her love o...

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Mary-Lou MacDonald

BIO Mary-Lou MacDonald was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  From a young age she was always involved in artistic ventures.  As an honours graduate from the Sault College Visual Arts Program, she possesses a solid arts backgro...

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Warren Peterson

Bio for Warren Peterson, Fine Artist Sault Ste. Marie Ontario area artist Warren Peterson has been painting and drawing landscapes for over 50 years and never gets tired of the challenge and inspiration that Nature provides. Born and raised in Toro...

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Penny Gabor

BIO Penny Gabor is an artist currently finding her inspiration near the beautiful shores of Great Lakes Superior and Huron after many years on the Canadian Prairies.  Canada’s vast landscapes offer endless creative stimulus for this artist and ...

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Duff Jennings

I make colourful paintings and drawings of people, animals, places or items that intrigue me and cause me to pause. We are bombarded with images daily, my paintings are the images that linger and revisit me time and time again until they are painted....

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Elizabeth Kars

BIO Received Fine Arts Diploma from University of Manitoba in 1966. Thereafter, I moved to Sault Ste. Marie to assist with my husband’s business. Attended Sault College night classes to learn landscaping art with oils and acrylics in 1979.  A...

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Nancy Norman

Born in Strathroy Ontario, Nancy moved to Sault Ste Marie On. in 2004, where she currently resides.  The move inspired Nancy to pursue painting the magic of the area. Nancy studied under Taimi Poldmaa and has developed a style to include differe...

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Pat Caldwell

Education and a young family required much of my time as a young adult. Even so I was interested in photography, sketching and wood working. The edges of my school notes were full of drawings. In later years these doodles centered on wildlife and nat...

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Doris Anne Ray

Doris started sketching and painting in her teens but set aside all of this to enter a career of Nursing in London, Ontario. During this time she managed to sketch the occasional picture for friends and family.  This came to a complete halt...

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Judy Henderson, NOAA

Art is my form of expression. Through painting and drawing, I explore and attempt to provide a unique definition of what inspires me. Following a realistic style, my favorite subject matter are portraits and figures, but also delight in the painting...

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Lotte Steube, NOAA

Lotte Steube Lotte Steube is a Sault Ste. Marie artist who finds that her desire to paint has grown into a passion. She is active in the local art community and enjoys expressing mood and delight in her paintings. Art has become an adventure of colou...

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Nora Ann Harrison

Creating art works gives an aesthetic experience to both the artist and the viewer.  We live in a fascinating, mystical world. It has its beauty, but it also has its devastation. In my art works I focus on expressionistic subject matter that gi...

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Theresa Baic

Theresa Ross Baic paints from the heart. Her inner feelings play a large part in her work. As a local award-winning watercolor artist, she is known for her award-winning depictions of Lake Superior and other local areas. She was published in ‘Lake Su...

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Wendy Easterbrook

Wendy Easterbrook was born and raised in Northern Ontario. Her absolute love of the environment has encouraged her to paint landscapes and gardens. She is influenced by the Group of 7’s ability to show off the radiant landscapes of Ontario. Wendy by...

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Zoey Wood-Salomon, NOAA

I work with acrylics, and 
my favourite subject/genre is Aboriginal. 
My art is painted in the traditional Woodland style that reflects my Odawa-Ojibway heritage. The originality of my paintings is marked by a combination of everyday experiences arou...

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Anne Laidlaw

Anne Laidlaw, award-winning artist, lives in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Anne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she worked as a Graphic Artist. She has worked in most artistic mediums and is currently exploring pastels. She displays her work in ex...

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Marcella Whillans

Marcella Whillans (Gallant) was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. She left the "island" over 40 years ago and settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She is inspired by the Algoma landscape and the Majestic Lake Superior. She has taken many work...

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Ken Hagerman, NOAA

Ken Hagerman is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils.  After taking many classes with well known local artist John Keast, Ken took over teaching his classes at Sault College. Ken has been invited to participate in many Four and Frien...

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Rutger G. Becker

Rutger G. Becker resides in Sault Ste Marie, and has always been fascinated with arts since he was a child. He spent many years in the performing arts receiving awards for his technical abilities. Early on in his teenage years he started working wit...

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Josie Jones

Sault Ste. Marie based artist Josie Jones has developed a passion for watercolours as her  primary medium. She loves the freedom and sometimes unexpected results it has to offer. “You must allow the watercolors  to work its' magic and be in...

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Cherie Ahvenniemi

Cherie Ahvenniemi has had an attraction to colour her entire life. Becoming a freelance decorator allowed her to express herself.  The joy of colour continued into watercolour painting with a style that is loose and open.  She is encourag...

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Irene Oktaba

Irene Oktaba is a watercolour artist who was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  She attended the University of Toronto where she earned all of her degrees culminating in a Ph.D. Creativity and the arts have always been important to Iren...

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Kim Conway-Capell

BIO Kim Conway-Capell is an artist who has enjoyed pencil drawings all her life. She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie,Ontario. She is naturally gifted, like her mother, in sketching portraits, landscapes and still life. She has a camp on La...

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Valerie Hurdle

I've recently begun a very inspiring journey into the art world.  My interest in oil painting started several years ago with John Keast. Once I retired I was able to take lessons with Taimi Poldmaa and John David Anderson. I enjoy Plein Air Paintin...

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Sophie Nash

Sophie Nash is a local artist who works primarily with acrylic, watercolour, ink, and pencil. She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As a child she dreamed of becoming an animator and has always been fascinated with a wide spectrum of ...

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History of the Algoma Art Society

The Algoma Art Society is the oldest Visual Art Group in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, since it’s inception on January 16, 1948. Our membership consists of visual artists working in Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Yupo, Encaustics, Collage and Photography.

We are a non-profit organization whose aims are to promote local exhibitions, competitions, workshops, classes and lectures; provide access to prominent artists; to arrange for annual sales of members’ work and to support, encourage and develop the talent and ability of local artists by providing opportunities for them to become more proficient in their field.

Over the many years this organization has been in existence many prominent artists have been associated with us including members of the Group of Seven. Algoma Art Society members traveled on many outdoor painting excursions with F. H. Varley, A. J. Casson and A. Y. Jackson.


What You Need To Know About Us

In short, anyone who shows an interest in art! We welcome artists of all backgrounds and look forward to networking, sharing ideas & exploring new ones with people.

Benefits to joining us are not limited to, but include:
- Special guest speakers, demonstrations and workshops
- Share ideas and skills
- Painting/drawing get-togethers
- Eligible to enter work in society's and NOAA juried and non-juried shows
- Eligible to display artistic profile and artwork on Algoma Art Society Website
- Keeps you informed about upcoming workshops and opportunities to exhibit
- Artistically stimulating

We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to June. Special club get-togethers are held in December and June. Meetings held at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum (2nd floor), 690 Queen St. East.


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