This Month:

Vince Bowen – ROCKROSE POTTERY: It’s hard to believe that over fifty years have passed since my first experience with clay.  It started in 1968 at the Ontario College of Art, then on to Sheridan School of Design in 1971.  After graduation, I became Ceramic Technician there for 3 years.  In 1978 I moved to the Durham area in Grey County where I established Rockrose Pottery.

I have worked exclusively in porcelain clay for 45 years, keeping to the simple yet classic forms for my production work.  During years of research, I’ve developed many signature techniques and formulated hundreds of my own glazes that continue to enhance every piece.

My sculptural work tends to draw on nature around me and it becomes my permanent interpretation in clay, just as ancient civilizations have done over the eons.

Working with porcelain will always lead me toward new design ideas and glaze creations that will continue to immortalize my craft 

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Brian Robin: As a nature photographer, I’ve been focusing onrecording those tiny ephemeral glimpses of colour. In the warmer months, my subjects range from fluorescent fireflies  to day-glow orange mushrooms to chemically armed caterpillars. During the dull, dark, winter months, I’ve turned to ice (not quite in the transformative sense!).

Ice is ephemeral – spring always arrives!

Ice isn’t known for its colour – white, clear, bluish arecommon descriptions, but ice has many interestingproperties, including one that lets us unlock a world of colour – ice is birefringent.

In simple terms, a birefringent material causes spooky things to happen to polarized light. When placed between two crossed polarizers and backlit, ice can display a staggering spectrum of heavily saturated colours (these are not digitally enhanced!).

Gathering thin sheets of ice formed at a river’s edge, or by forming my own with water pressed between two plates of glass and frozen on a cold February night, provide an unlimited supply of ice to explore.

“The Colour of Ice” is a selection of the interesting colours, shapes, textures, or hidden objects I’ve found inside these temporary, miniature frozen worlds.

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Susan Sankey: A life long Grey County resident I have been sewing since a child.

As long as I can remember I have been wearing an apron. My earliest memories of my grandmother have me helping her in the kitchen wrapped in one of her well worn and loved aprons.

Each of my aprons is unique. Selecting colours and interesting patterns of fabric then combing with vintage linens, lace have become a passion. Whether it is for an adult or child all are made with love.

Recently I’ve taken up quilting and love to work with different colours and fabrics.

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About The Guest Artist Program

The Guest Artist program at the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-operative is a great way participate with our group. Monthly, we host one to two artists in a dedicated spot in our gallery. This program is extremely popular and we have long waiting lists! We are hoping to accept more guests monthly in the future. When we are looking for new members, we often look at the list of past guest members.

How To Apply

Our Board of Directors juries work submitted monthly, and if the work seems to be a good fit with our establishment, a month is determined with the input of our membership member. We ask potential guest to fill out a guest artists application.   Please plan to bring work in for jurying the day of the monthly board meeting and arrange to pick up the next day. (Contact the store manager for details on the monthly date).

A good representation of your work must be submitted and appear as it would for sale and display in the store, i.e. all paintings, drawings must be titled, framed and/or glazed and ready for hanging. All work must be intended for sale. No more than 6 items please. Any relevant information regarding working methods, materials and pricing should accompany your work along with a brief artist’s biography or resume.   When choosing you pieces, think of a body of cohesive work, rather than all the different styles or disciplines you practice. Please bring work in for jurying the day of the monthly board meeting and arrange to pick up the next day.

The current percentage commission (35%) from all sales will be charged as well as a guest artist fee. Guest fees are based on the month that the work is being exhibited. JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH are $35 each. APRIL, MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER are $50 each. JULY, AUGUST AND DECEMBER are $75 each. The applicant will be notified within 3 or 4 days following the jurying process (usually by phone) and further arrangements can be made for pickup or display


Guest Artist Schedule

July 2020:

Susan Miller, fused glass

Halina Shearman, textiles.

Aug 2020:

Annie Churchill, painting.