Washago
ART CLUB
About some of the Artists Ann L. Johnson Ann grew up, went to school, and worked in the town of Weston, Ontario before it was part of the GTA. She was always interested in art, tried a little water colour, some oil painting, pencil sketching, and now paints with acrylic. She was a member of her high school art club, took evening art classes at Humber College. She took several Interior Decorating courses at Humber College, which included the study of colour and perspective drawing. Several years went by when the demands of life superseded her hobby and art was put on the back burner. In 2006 she and her husband, Gord, retired in Washago. She was inspired by the beauty of the surrounding area and wanted to try to capture it. She has studied with local artists and is challenging herself to try new subjects. Ann is a member of the Washago Art Club and paints in acrylic. As a member of the Steering Committee she is enjoying the fellowship and is continuing to learn from the incredibly talented members of the art club. Caroline Patterson Caroline lives in Port Sydney where she is adjusting to retirement life by keeping herself busy taking courses, making soap, and doing home renovations. She is working towards becoming a certified Aromatherapist. Cheryl Lawder Cheryl discovered her artistic abilities as a young adult, after raising three wonderful children she then found the time to enjoy her love of painting, exploring folk art and then watercolor. After semi-retiring at her cottage on Riverdale Drive, she actively took up acrylic painting and enjoys the community classes with Doug Cooper that has now increased her love of acrylic painting. Cindy Cook Cindy Cook moved to Washago in 2010, into Harry Cook’s home who is proudly remembered as the local blacksmith from 1919-1979. She feels a strong attachment to the community and the surrounding area. Cindy is still learning to paint and finding her style and is a budding artist. Craig Welbourn Craig Welbourn enjoys art and has enjoyed being in Doug Cooper's Art Classes since their inception. Craig is fascinated by our mind's ability to create its own canvas seeing only one or two brushstrokes. A small red rectangle becomes a barn; a small blue rectangle becomes a lake. A few deft strokes evoke a Tim Horton's neon sign, each letter clearly distinguishable, even though the letters themselves do not exist. Ultimately, art exists in the mind. Deedee McConaghy Deedee has been taking Doug Cooper’s class for just over a year. When her husband passed away, she needed something to keep her busy and since she always liked art and painting thought she would give it a try. The class is close to where she lives so it worked out perfectly. She really enjoys not only the atmosphere, but all the great people and Doug is an amazing teacher. Heather Witko Heather began painting watercolour over fifteen years ago. Since then, she continues to experience the way water influences the paint. The nuances of nature inspire her to produce colour-filled works. Interestingly, she incorporates various mediums in her acrylic works. She is a member of the Washago Art Club and Brown Baggers Artists of Bracebridge. Her paintings are exhibited in various Muskoka and local galleries. Jan McKnight Jan McKnight has always had a great desire to be creative and when she moved to Washago 11 years ago she realized the one and only Doug Cooper offered acrylic art classes, she was thrilled to show her creative side. She has enjoyed meeting like minded people. Not only is she a member of the Art Club she is an integral part of the Steering Committee. Jan Turner Jan has been interested in art since she was a small child. She would draw pictures of animals and cartoon characters during school years. Paint by number paintings were always her favourite back then. She kind of let it lapse during working years, even though the thought was always there in the back of her mind. Once retired, she found more time to take classes with Doug Cooper and develop her skills as a landscape artist. Jim Kirby Jim is a retired Firefighter from Scarborough and Toronto Fire departments. After moving to Washago just over 4 years ago he continues to volunteer at a burn camp for kids and works part-time writing safety courses. Jim began painting as a student of Doug Cooper’s and quickly joined the Washago Art Club. He enjoys painting and learning from the Art Club members. He admits that work sometimes gets in the way of what he enjoys most. John LeBarr John is both an artist and musician. His wife, Nelly, handles effectively all his business affairs and he thanks her for his fine life. He hopes that he never runs out of ideas for paintings or new songs. Karen Hudgins Growing up in a small town, Huntsville Ontario in the heart of Muskoka, Karen developed her love of nature, animals, and creativity. Karen now has a studio located at Clearwater Lake, this location allows her and her husband the opportunity to photograph and enjoy wildlife. Karen’s pursuit of wildlife and nature has taken her to most of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Many of the reference photos Karen uses for her paintings are from these trips. Karen loves wildlife of any kind and has rescued and helped many injured and sick animals. Working with animals is this artist’s passion. Karen has painted with many fine art teachers throughout North America allowing her to develop her own style, which is complete and accurate detail. She has studied in charcoal, graphite, colour pencil, acrylic, oils, oil pastels, reverse glass paintings, and altered Art. In a 2015 seminar with Robert Bateman, he said “this artist definitely knows her stuff”. She was fortunate to attend a second Bateman Workshop in 2019. While she enjoys taking workshops and seminars to further herself, she still loves taking classes locally with her mentor and friend Doug Cooper, whom she depends on. She was lucky to study many times with Terry Isaac who is an American artist who recently passed away. Kathy Nicholson Kathy Nicholson is a Washago artist who has made a significant contribution to the esthetic appearance of the community. Raised in Severn Bridge, she returned to her roots to retire from teaching in 2000. A founding member of the Washago Art Club, her work adorned the water tower in its first mural in 2007. The Muskoka Street metal banners are another example of her work. She feels an enduring connection to the local landscape as the result of a long association with the area. Follow Kathy on Facebook Kathy Nicholson Art. Lee McBain Lee has been an artist for over 20 years and accelerated her passion for art once retired in 2016. Lee works with various paint mediums and loves learning new skills and techniques expanding from traditional landscape painting to art deco textured art. Recent work has been focussed on using epoxy resin, crushed glass, and other textured materials to create unique pieces. Lee enjoys living in Washago on the river with her husband and dogs. Lori Clapp Lori enjoys art and enjoys taking Doug Cooper's Art Classes. Lori started painting in oils but has switched to acrylics. She still loves painting in oils and when she gets a chance she will continue experimenting in this medium. Lori has taken part in the production of all the community artworks and painted one of the paddles and she did a silhouette of an army figure depicting her son’s involvement in the Canadian army. Lori loves animals and she currently has a hobby farm and a small business which keeps her busy but still tries to attend art club meetings and Doug Coopers landscape class. Marta-Lynne Dawe Guelph, Ontario was home for Marta for her first 60 years. In high school she was fortunate to study art from artist, Stephen Lewis, who exposed her to many facets of art including copper tooling, string art, sculpting, ink screening and of course sketching and painting. It took retirement for Marta to venture back into her passion for art and to rekindle her love for painting. Most of her work has been using acrylic paint in landscapes, particularly old structures with loads of character. Marta also enjoys dabbling with watercolours and pencil sketching. She now lives on Clearwater Lake, Muskoka and is a proud member of the Washago Art Club. Mary Duffy Mary started painting folk art in the 90’s. An art show in Brechin introduced her to Doug Cooper and his art. Later she signed up for art classes with him and continues painting with the Washago Art Club where she says has been a good way to improve her art skills and meet lovely people. Mary Harth Let me introduce myself… I am Mary Harth. I was raised in Muskoka and have resided in Washago for 18 years. After several careers, I am finally fulfilling my lifelong desire to create. Acrylic painting is just one outlet. I have been painting now for 6 years. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it. Myra Korkola Myra’s experience, popularity and respected landscape artwork has centralized in Northwestern Ontario, North Shore Lake Superior, Boreal Forest. She is known principally for her serene watercolours and depictions of natural Canadian landscape creations for her Northwestern Ontario clientele. She has had several successful personally organized solo exhibitions throughout Northern Ontario. Her impressionistic, yet realistic, watercolours and acrylics of Canadian scenes have always been popular. Since her paintings reflect the peace and solitude of our natural environment many people find her art to add a pleasant and relaxing visual background to their homes and offices offering a “Zen” like quality fitting into any type of home or office setting.
Washago
ART CLUB
About some of the Artists Ann L. Johnson Ann grew up, went to school, and worked in the town of Weston, Ontario before it was part of the GTA. She was always interested in art, tried a little water colour, some oil painting, pencil sketching, and now paints with acrylic. She was a member of her high school art club, took evening art classes at Humber College. She took several Interior Decorating courses at Humber College, which included the study of colour and perspective drawing. Several years went by when the demands of life superseded her hobby and art was put on the back burner. In 2006 she and her husband, Gord, retired in Washago. She was inspired by the beauty of the surrounding area and wanted to try to capture it. She has studied with local artists and is challenging herself to try new subjects. Ann is a member of the Washago Art Club and paints in acrylic. As a member of the Steering Committee she is enjoying the fellowship and is continuing to learn from the incredibly talented members of the art club. Caroline Patterson Caroline lives in Port Sydney where she is adjusting to retirement life by keeping herself busy taking courses, making soap, and doing home renovations. She is working towards becoming a certified Aromatherapist. Cheryl Lawder Cheryl discovered her artistic abilities as a young adult, after raising three wonderful children she then found the time to enjoy her love of painting, exploring folk art and then watercolor. After semi-retiring at her cottage on Riverdale Drive, she actively took up acrylic painting and enjoys the community classes with Doug Cooper that has now increased her love of acrylic painting. Cindy Cook Cindy Cook moved to Washago in 2010, into Harry Cook’s home who is proudly remembered as the local blacksmith from 1919-1979. She feels a strong attachment to the community and the surrounding area. Cindy is still learning to paint and finding her style and is a budding artist. Craig Welbourn Craig Welbourn enjoys art and has enjoyed being in Doug Cooper's Art Classes since their inception. Craig is fascinated by our mind's ability to create its own canvas seeing only one or two brushstrokes. A small red rectangle becomes a barn; a small blue rectangle becomes a lake. A few deft strokes evoke a Tim Horton's neon sign, each