About the Show
The Canadian National Exhibition Association & Withrow Common Gallery presented the 2019 Artist Commons Exhibition & Sale. This four-day exhibition featured a select group of established and emerging artists carrying on the CNE’s long tradition of presenting high quality fine art, dating back to 1879. Spanning a variety of mediums, guests had the opportunity to see some stunning original art and speak to the artists.
Time & Location
February 21 - 24, 2019
Withrow Common Gallery, 200 Princes' Blvd. Toronto, ON M6K3C3
Thursday, February 21: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday, February 22: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 23: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 24: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
About the Artists
David Adshade is an Award-Winning Graphic Designer and Art Director by trade but his real passion lies in the fine arts. He’s explored many mediums – watercolours, charcoal, sculpture and even some metal work. Recently David has shifted his focus to the realm of Industrial Abstract Impressionism, using metal-based paints with applied reactive solutions in combination with traditional art materials. David was also the recipient of the Art Gallery of Ontario Scholarship and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Patricia Karen Gagic
Patricia Gagic is an accomplished International Contemporary Artist and Award-Winning Author. She has dedicated her career to mastering the palette and is heavily influenced by Transcendental Realist artist, Adi da Samraj and Master Artist, Dragan Dragic. Patricia’s art often points to what is greater than conventional and logic-based points-of-view where each thought and intuition becomes master to the emergence of form and method.
Michelle Jursa Paintings
Michelle Jursa is a fine art finger painter whose works are intended to surprise and excite, evoking the joy of an unexpected moment. She is primarily self-taught and pulls inspiration from just about anywhere. Her works are carefully planned, but the technique brings a freedom and quick vitality to the composition while keeping the colour clean and true.
Marlene Kawalez is a sculptor who works with clay and other organic materials such as wood, rock, moss and glass. In these materials, Marlene feels its energy and finds the story within, working to give form to the tale it tells. She is currently working with cast and blown glass with clay.
Dave Marsden is a painter that also doubles as a Creative/Art Director. He is inspired by the natural elements that stand out in solidarity against the greater landscapes. Dave sees these elements emanating a strange sense of random design and wonder and is driven to record and celebrate them by capturing its experience on canvas.
Brent McGillivray is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and has worked as a Set Designer and Art Director in the film industry since 1993. Brent’s fascination with disappearing urban and rural artifacts is reflected in his art which is often composed in a photo-realistic style using watercolours, gouache and acrylics. 2019 brings his new collection of acrylic “Neon Art”.
Kris Nahrgang is a multi-disciplinary artist working in wood, stone and oil mediums. He is an advocate for the rights of First Nations communities in Ontario and his roots as a Status, Mississauga Ojibway Treaty Indian is reflected in his works. Kris’ rock and totem carvings feature the combination of spirit and tradition balancing innovation with modern and traditional elements. He was also recently commissioned by the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to create a 36’ Unity Pole that was unveiled at the 2017 CNE.
Dominick Petrungaro Fine Art Photography
Dominick Petrungaro is the artist behind Pronto! Productions. He specializes in portrait, landscape and architectural photographs with a style described as being abstract and cinematic, drawing influences from renown Cinema directors such as Federico Fellini, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Michelangelo Antonioni and Sergio Leon. Most recently, Dominick has showcased his work at the Columbus Centre in Toronto.
After a successful career as a wide receiver for the UCLA Bruins, Brian Poli-Dixon spent several years playing in the NFL before having to leave the sport prematurely due to an injury. This allowed him to rediscover his love for art, which he has since explored and developed into a distinct style. Using raw colour, texture and form to create emotionally laden pieces, Brian’s art is thought provoking and elicits complex reactions.
Doris Pontieri is a Toronto artist that has been featured in international art shows including Art Expos in New York, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia. She is one of the first Canadian artists to have been selected to have her work exhibited at the annual Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SBNA) show at the Louvre in Paris. Doris is best known for her series of birch tree paintings and uses a mixed media technique that she developed using charcoal, watercolour and acrylic.
Sandra Robson is a Toronto-born painter that also has an established career in graphic design. She taps into her intuition and experiences to guide her through creating her paintings. Her pieces are often inspired by nature, people, laughter and music. Sandra has won numerous awards, has been placed in multiple juried exhibits and can be found displayed in homes across Canada, the US and Europe.
Clare Ross, OSA
Clare Ross, OSA, is a photographer who incorporates themes related to change and loss as she creates images that feel otherworldly. Her landscapes take on dreamlike quality and her current series, 'Conversations with Nature’ is an imaginative foray into a post-apocalyptic world with actual reconstructions of figures from nature. Ross pays unusual attention to colour, light and sculptural form. Printed on archival watercolour paper, every photograph is an artifact symbolically showing our desire for nature and the lengths we will go to recover what we might destroy. Clare Ross is an award winning art photographer producing large archival prints in series on a variety of topics. Her work has been sold and reviewed in publications in Canada, the USA, England and France.