Exhibitions - Marilyn Cochrane: Nature's Jewels

Please join us Thursday July 5, from 7-9 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of Nature's Jewels by Marilyn Cochrane. Everyone is welcome. The exhibit will be on display from July 3-30, 2018.

Artists' Statement
The inspiration for this show has been the beautiful, bountiful landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are three themes - Grapes on the vine, glorious Peonies, and the Echoes series of landscapes framed along with crystal minerals.

Throughout history flowers have been regarded as symbols of the beauty and regeneration of Nature. The ancient Mystery teachings held that beauty is essential to the natural unfoldment of the human soul. There is harmony and peace in the beauty of flowers, lush fruits and landscape vistas that lift and nurture our spirits. We can be moved to wonder and joy by these gifts of nature.
I feel that these are a much needed haven in the super paced world that surrounds us today.

At first glance my paintings are highly realistic, yet I build them as abstract constructions. My creative process begins with the camera, as I compose each subject to capture a sense of both balance and drama. These photos are used as my working models for the paintings that follow.

I fully use the expressive nature of the pigments, encouraging combinations of granulation, flow and transparency to build images of gem-like layers of colour and richness.

This collection of paintings is a celebration of these jewels of nature!

Artists' Bio
ARTS EDUCATION - DEGREES
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario – Fine Arts degree With Honours - 2000
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec – Bachelor of Arts with Fine Art History Major – 1971
American College of Art, Paris, France – Summer Diploma – 1970

COURSES
York University - Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Toronto, Ontario – 1971 to 1973
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1969
Sir George Williams University Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec – 1965 to 1969
JURIED PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
2003 – Elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, SCA
2002 – Elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC)
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
CSPWC International Watercolour Show, Toronto - Carl Schaeffer Award of Excellence - 2017
The Bobs & Peter Haworth Award, Best of Show, Canadian of Painters in Watercolour – 2002
A.J. Casson Award, Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, Canada – 2001
Elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) – 2001
Museum of Textiles, Toronto, Ontario – Top Ten Designers in Canada – 1995
Vancouver Craft Museum Award, Vancouver, B.C. – Top Eight Designers in Canada – 1994

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 - Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 - Birchwood Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2011 - Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 - Studio Art Show, Toronto, ON
2009 - Studio Art Show, Toronto, ON
2008 - Studio Art Show, Toronto, ON
1993 - Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ON

JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 - Christmas Show, Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto
2017 - Arta Gallery, The Distillery District, Toronto
2017 - Aird Gallery, Toronto, CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour)
2017 - Verity Club, Toronto
2017 - SCA -Society of Canadian Artists - International Online Exhibition
2016 - Agora Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2015 - Arta Gallery, Toronto - Pan Am Group Show
2015 - Verity Club - Fall Group Show
2015 - Verity Club, Toronto
2015 - Arta Gallery, Toronto
2015 - Society of Canadian Artists SCA online International Exhibit
2013 - Verity Club, Toronto, ON
2013 - Annual Holiday Group Show - Arta Gallery, Toronto
2012 - Annual Holiday Group Show - Arta Gallery, Toronto
2012 - What Ever Imagined is Real - Arta Gallery, Toronto
2011 - Annual Holiday Group Show - Arta Gallery, Toronto
2011 - The Brush Off Competition - Avenue Art Gallery, Montreal
2007 - CSPWC, Market Gallery, Toronto
2005 - CSPWC, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2005 - HADASSAH WISO Art Auction, Montreal, Quebec
2005 - CSPWC, Open Water, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2004 - CSPWC, Open Water, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto
2003 - SCA, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto
2003 - CSPWC, Open Water, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2002 - CSPWC, Open Water, Nova Scotia Public Archives, Halifax
2001 - John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2000 - Neilson Park, Creative Centre, Toronto
1998 - Toronto Watercolour Society, Toronto
1997 - Colour and Form Society, Toronto
1995 - Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
1994 - Patrons of Wisdom, North York Centre, Toronto
1994 - Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke City Hall, Toronto
1993 - Humber Valley Arts Group, Toronto

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 - Society of Cdn Artists, Jordan, Ont.
2005 - C2SPWC, Hummingbird Cen., Toronto
2004 - Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto – glass and sterling silver jewelry
2004 - Quest Gallery, Banff, Alberta – glass and sterling silver jewelry
2003 - Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto
2003 - Quest Gallery, Banff, Alberta
2002 - John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2002 - Wallace Gallery, Toronto
2001 - John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1999 - Rhodes Restaurant, Toronto
1998 - Collected Works Gallery, Toronto
1997 - Arts Interiors, Toronto
1996 - Toronto Watercolour Society, Toronto

COLLECTIONS
Permanent Collection of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC)
The Geneva Companies, Toronto, Ontario
Cornerstone 52 Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
The Dean Group, Toronto, Ontario
Private Collections in Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Palm Beach, Florida

COMMISSIONS
Posters International, Toronto, Ontario – Selected works published as posters
Cornerstone 52 Foundation, Toronto, Ontario – Selected works published as greeting cards
Pierre Belvedere Inc., Montreal Quebec – Selected works published as greeting cards
Caspari Inc., New York, N.Y. – Selected works published as greeting cards

PUBLICATIONS
2004 April Issue – International Artist
2003 February Issue – Watercolour Magic U.S.A.