Calm Nights by Nevaeh Kane, age 12, Pembroke:
Pembroke Flower Box in June by Cari Jones, Pembroke:
Cari Jones is a newly relocated artist to Pembroke from Montreal and has spent all her life in the arts as her parents were artists and musicians. She studied both music and art at McGill University and later taught in the public and private school sectors. She has run her own private art studio for years since retiring from the public sector a decade ago. She is constantly creating new and exciting art and works on commissioned pieces. Presently, she is in the start up stage of opening her own gallery and art studio here in Pembroke.
“I am drawn to painting flowers. For me, they represent new growth and energy and lend themselves to vibrant colours, whimsical strokes and motion. My work reflects my mood at the time I am creating. You can be assured that music will be playing in the background whether it be rock, mediational, or classical which will influence my mood at the time.”
Thirsting- A Portrait of the Pembroke Water Tower by Sheila O’Brien, Pembroke:
Sheila O’Brien was born and raised in Pembroke, where she spent her youth honing her artistic skills and daydreaming about leaving home. After graduating high school, Sheila spent 18 years living in various metropolitan locales across the world, but eventually found her way back to her roots in the Valley. Sheila is a prolific painter and teacher of art, and regularly paints with her partner and daughter.
Isis by Chloé Corriveau, age 13, Pembroke:
Inspired by their love of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, this piece is painted in the traditional Ancient Greek style.
Gaming and Gardening by Rachel Reavie, Pembroke:
“Aside from painting, getting my hands full of dirt in the garden and playing games with my family are two activities that bring me joy. With all that’s going on in the world these days, sometimes it’s hard to remember to find that pocket of peace we need for ourselves. Sharing this painting is with hopes that a little splash of colour can lead to a smile and a happy heart to whoever may need it.”
Pembrokehotseats.ca by Mary Mercer, Pembroke:
Long time resident of Pembroke and Ontario educator. Promoter of all things expressed in ART (music, dance, visual art, film, digital arts, etc.)! Communities need ART more than ever, because ART connects humans to their shared humanity!
It’s Not That Serious by Rebecca and Sabrina Gill, Laurentian Valley and Calabogie:
We are two art-loving individuals who love to be creative and paint together. This piece is a macro glimpse of the forest floor adhering to no rules on colour, scale, or accuracy of the natural elements depicted.
Acceptance by the Teen Compass Education Program, Pembroke:
Our beautiful community must not only speak the words around acceptance but understand the true and total meaning followed by action. Actions speak louder than words. We can do this together!
* Please watch the video as it is inspirational
by Maureen Nearing, Pembroke:
The Migration By Jay Baker, Pembroke: A retired military man, Jay spends his time volunteering with local charities and painting. You can see more of his work at Robbie Dean’s Charity Art in the Valley Gala this August.
Untitled by Emma Kelly, Pembroke:
Too Much Internet by Ein Summers, age 14, Pembroke:
“My brother and I just put a lot of references from video series and games. It was our first attempt at using spray paint.”
Summertime Fun by the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre- Our Lady of Sorrows Before and After School Program, Petawawa:
This piece was created by the children who attend the program, who painted activities they like to do in the summer!
Mandala by Bhawna Garg, Pembroke
Mama Bear Loves You by Faith Greer, age 12, Pembroke:
“The characters are from a game that I turned into my own art. Bright colours, different movements, and a fun look! 🙂”
Located at the Corner of Lake St. and Frank Nighbor St.
Forget Me Not When I Forget You by Kim Wolfgram Schmidt, Pembroke:
Kim Wolfgram Schmidt is a working mother of three who uses art as a form of self-care, mental health therapy, and as a means of expressing herself.
“This piece is a tribute to those whose lives have been touched in some way by Dementia. Whether as the one experiencing the symptoms and receiving the diagnosis or the ones engaged in caring for and walking with a loved one through this journey. It is a difficult one for both parties and one that requires communities of support to get through. This piece is dedicated to my mother-in-law and the family that rallies to support her.”
Flow by Megan Diamond, Shawinigan QC:
As water flows down, nature beneath flourishes creating a beautiful ecosystem for wildlife to explore.
“I’m a young artist hoping to one day become a tattoo artist in the area. I feel very connected with nature and house plants specifically. (I have way too many!)”
Pink Stars by Cedar Martyn, age 11, Golden Lake:
“I have been drawing since I was really little. I really like making things because you can do anything you want. It’s your own little world.”
Vision of Love by Langdon Krasilowez and Seth Abaci, Pembroke:
Langdon and Seth are artists from Pembroke. This piece is a love letter to the joy of creating with one another.
The Happy Caterpillar by Rielly Nearing, age 17, Pembroke:
Rielly is currently a grade 12 student at Fellowes High School who enjoys creating fun artwork.
Frenzy of Motherhood by Laura Hanek, Petawawa:
Laura Hanek is an illustrator based out of Petawawa. She gathers inspiration from her family and her animals.
The Hypnotic Ocean of Heart’s Desire by Matt Duke, Artist and Owner of Eterna Tattoo Studio, Assisted by Ash Sullivan and Langdon Krasilowez, Pembroke:
Every act is symbolic, every thought has its place in the fullness of time. Nothing lasts, but nothing is lost.
By Karen Walsh
Thunder Heart Raven: Woodland Style by Kerry Fortin, Pembroke:
Kerry Fortin is a well-known, award winning Indigenous artist born and raised in the Ottawa Valley. He works in multiple mediums, including oil painting, wood, bone, and antler sculpture.
Located in Shamrock Park
Tiny Town by Kat Forder, Pembroke:
Kat is a valley gal from a military family who pursued adventures outside the country before returning home. She studied at Boston University’s digital art program and ran a successful children’s portrait studio for over a decade. Her visual work has appeared in more than a dozen books and publications, and has been exhibited in a variety of small and large venues. Watercolour and acrylic are her mediums of choice and her work in both mediums is characterised by rich, vibrant colour choice.
Tiny Town by Trish Corriveau, Pembroke:
This imaginative theme was conceived and interpreted by two different artists, Trish Corriveau and Kat Forder. Both interpretations are on display. In this version of Tiny Town, the street lights represent the light, joy, hope, and colour that the local arts community brings to Pembroke in a nod to Pembroke’s history and our local theatre company.
Animistic by Calie Hagarty-Jones, Pembroke:
I was born and raised in Pembroke Ontario, I am a member of the First Nations of Greater Golden Lake, and I hoped that by making this mural it would represent us and bring more awareness to all First Nations members that see it. I have a huge family filled with love and support, my current career is working in nursing, making my way to being an RN eventually. I love my home town and decided that doing this art piece would be a nice way to give back to the community.
Kindness Makes the World Brighter by Mae Greyfrost (Rootle Tootle Illustrations), Pembroke:
A Queer, Autistic artist and mom of 2 from the valley, let’s all help make the world a brighter, more loving place.
“Full of love and eye slammin’ colour, this work was made to encourage kindness in our community!”
No Name by Nicole Shepherd, Pembroke: Nicole Shepherd has been honing her skills in art since 2007. She took her first art class at only 13 years old and discovered painting was her passion. She graduated from Fanshawe College with a diploma in Graphic Design, which she blended with her love of painting, involving a perfect combination of playfullness, boldness and creativity. “My process always starts with intention; a feeling or story I want to express in movements and colour. I move from bold, bright and energetic colours to softer, more mellow tones. I feel as though my artwork has no set theme as I want people to look at my artwork and feel freedom, happiness, and bring a sense of energy into their spaces.”
A Canadian Farmstead by Monique Yashinskie, Pembroke: Monique paints as a hobby and has been painting for a few years now. She mostly paints traditional country sceneries as she can relate to the lifestyle of living on the farm. She and her husband live on a small hobby farm where she enjoys her goats, chickens and garden.
Surfs Up by Maureen Nearing, Pembroke