Art lovers flexing their fingers to bid online in Dundas auction


The Dundas Valley School of Art’s yearly artwork auction is marking its 51st calendar year.

Additional than 1,200 paintings, sculptures, pictures, prints, textiles, ceramics and jewellery are on provide. All bidding requires put online.

Listed here are 5 fantastic illustrations from the Highlighted Artworks section.

Laurie Wonfor Nolan’s “Bouquet and 4 Tomatoes” requires us indoors. Nolan, who is effective in a loosely representational fashion, complements the blues of walls and household furniture with the yellows and oranges of the flowers in the vase and the tomatoes on the table. The room in the portray is her studio.

“My studio applied to be a church so I have 7 tall slim home windows on a few sides,” she suggests. “I uncover it virtually difficult to set up a nonetheless everyday living in the place with out contemplating the see out of the window as section of the painting.”

She starts a still daily life portray by arranging objects and creating a charcoal sketch.

“If it doesn’t feel suitable, I will include and subtract matters from the set up. This could come about at any time, even late in the portray. The minor bowl on the window sill was included nearly at the close. Now it’s my favourite aspect. I check out to keep myself open to adjust.”

Susan Outlaw, Beautiful Chaos, oil painting.
Susan Outlaw, Stunning Chaos, oil painting.Dundas Valley School of Artwork

The sea as one thing that continuously changes is Susan Outlaw’s destination in “Beautiful Chaos.”

“This portray was born from a journey to Singer Island, Florida, when a storm was brewing off the Atlantic,” she claims.

Outlaw paints in a lifelike fashion. She envisions the sea as a sequence of restless horizontal layers, just about every 1 decidedly unique. A vast view, a large horizon and no anchoring shore enable to convey the vastness and electrical power of the sea.

“My inspiration was my attempt to seize the unpredictability of the sea with out an obvious narrative,” she states. “The historic Near East would frequently deem the ocean as chaotic. There was an at any time-current anxiety that surrounded these deep waters, typically remaining when compared to the uncertainties and perils of life.”

Jan Kendrick, Waiting for the Mail, oil painting.
Jan Kendrick, Ready for the Mail, oil portray.Dundas Valley Faculty of Art

In Outlaw’s painting, the drama and motion originate with the matter. In Jan Kendrick’s “Waiting for the Mail,” the excitement lies in the dynamic brushwork and vividly coloured shapes. Kendrick depicts a rural landscape inspired by a farm she has been traveling to for about 20 yrs.

A significant tree will take centre stage, its trunk painted in a patchwork sample that anticipates the foliage and its significant squared leaves in blues, yellows and greens. A mailbox stands at the conclusion of the route.

“It is a true tree,” she suggests. “It generally appears to be to be blue. It truly is massive, bold and dark but it exudes heat.

“It is the to start with matter to greet you on your arrival and the last factor to say goodbye when you go. I see the mailbox and the tree standing there pretty much like two aged close friends.”

Paul Simon, Under the Railway Bridge, photograph.
Paul Simon, Less than the Railway Bridge, photograph.Dundas Valley School of Art

In “Under the Railway Bridge,” Paul Simon, a photographer, came across eleven Canada geese — and their reflections.

“This impression began on an particularly cold wander close to the bayfront,” he states. “I saw these very chilly geese in a row beneath the railway bridge at the bottom of the bay.

“I loved the earthy color, the peacefulness and the aged Scottish stonework in the history. I took a few pictures that have been very horizontal but this one had a slight tilt and that’s what made the picture work so effectively.”

Kjell Orrling, Bird's Nest, mixed media.
Kjell Orrling, Bird’s Nest, combined media.Dundas Valley University of Art

An orderly cluster of five robin eggs and a neatly constructed nest lie at the coronary heart of Kjell Orrling’s “Bird’s Nest.” The leaves and stones echo the shapes of the eggs. But their looser arrangement all-around the nest helps make for a refined visible distinction.


Regina Haggo, art historian, community speaker, curator, YouTube movie maker and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

51st Once-a-year Art Auction

Where by: Dundas Valley Faculty of Artwork, 21 Ogilvie St.

When: Monday, April 4, to Saturday, April 9

How: All bidding is on the net at

In-individual previews from April 6. Masks necessary.

Telephone: 905-628-6357 or go to


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