A Century Later

A Century Later: The Octarine Artists Inspired by A.J. Casson
October 6 - December 30, 2023

Alfred Joseph Casson (1898-1992) made several trips to Wellington County in the 1920s, creating a series of sketches and watercolours that represented a pivotal period in his artistic career. Following in Casson’s footsteps, the Octarine Women Artists’ Collective (OWAC) have revisited the same locations and reinterpreted them in their own unique styles and media, including watercolour, oil, pastel, fibre, and woven tapestry.
“Painting for this show has been a humbling experience. To paint where A.J. Casson painted, to apply his methods, colours, and shape-making to one of my own paintings has taken a great deal of research and effort but it’s been a rewarding journey.”
Judy French, OWAC member
Founded in 2013, OWAC is a group of eight women who work in various media and exhibit together annually. Featured in this year’s show are Gail Brown, Nancy Farrell, Judy French, Carol Hughes, Kim Johnston, Dianne Kennedy-Cruttenden, Gail Root, M. Anne Smith, and guest artist and former OWAC member Leslie Miles. To learn more, visit www.octarineartists.com

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 7:00-9:00pm. Admission by donation, all are welcome.


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