Bay of Quinte Tourism

Featured Artists at Quinn’s of Tweed

Quinn’s of Tweed is a 6,000 square foot gallery space in Hastings County, hosting paintings, artisan works, photographs, and fine gifts. Located in one of Tweed, Ontario‘s original structures, the 1880’s building itself is a masterpiece worthy of exploration. Beyond the gallery, Quinn’s of Tweed also offers professional framing and mounting, consultations, and restoration services. Read on to meet three featured artists you’ll want to stop in and experience at the gallery this season.

By Laurie Near.

Laurie Near has held a life-long interest in the visual arts. Born in Chatham, Ontario and currently residing in the Quinte region, Laurie’s formal education includes degrees from the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario. Her artwork hangs in a number of galleries and in private collections across Canada, the U.S.A. and the U.K.“I am most inspired by writings, music and artworks which evoke a sense of connection and timelessness.” Says Laurie. “Intuitive process is the driving force in my most recent body of work where paintings are characterized by focus on repetition, organic shapes and fluidly applied colour. Multiple layers of glaze, in conjunction with the use of metallic and iridescent pigments, allow each painting to reveal subtle, yet important compositional changes depending on the precise angle at which light hits the surface of the canvas.”

Laurie Near will be featured in a solo show from August 1st to September 7th at Quinn’s of Tweed. Meet Laurie and get the first glimpse of the works on display August 1st from 1-5pm.


By A.J. VanDrie
By A.J. VanDrie

AJ VanDrie began to draw at a very early age. As he matured he rediscovered his Native Anishnabe heritage and began to understand his art as being part of his spirit journey. His art transformed realistic to very symbolic and became a way for him to story tell and artistically express thoughts and dreams.

A.J. works in various mediums and subject matter, but with a very distinct style that is vibrant and distinct. He creates elaborate and colourful Native woodland artworks of mythical landscapes, animals and spirit like beings, influenced by nature and Ojibwa stories.

After graduating from the Haliburton School of the Arts with a Drawing and Painting Certificate, A.J. opened his studio in Codrington, Ontario. His artworks have been displayed in the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s 5th and 9th Annual Student Art Exhibitions, as well as, Haliburton School of the Arts Annual Student Art Show and Sale, and at a number of private/public exhibitions throughout the region.

A.J. says, “I believe everything has a spirit. I listen to these spirits and communicate with them everyday. My art and life are influenced by what messages I receive. The messages have always been truth to me.”

By Susan Wilde.

Susan Wilde has always been involved in the art world in some way, beginning her career in the advertising and editorial fields — doing art direction, layouts, marker renderings, illustrations and graphic design. Interior design is also a passion.

She has recently moved from the Hamilton area and now lives near Tweed, Ontario and paints in her studio overlooking the river. During the past twenty-five years she has concentrated on fine art, initially working in oil pastels and now painting mainly in oils and acrylics.

Her main forte is doing still life, in a highly realistic style painted in oils, developed from studying the Renaissance period. It left her fascinated with the use of chiaroscuro (strong light contrasted with deep shadow) which is evident in her work today. The elegant simplicity of Sue’s work is at the core of its wide appeal. She transforms the seemingly mundane — a silver bowl filled with cherries, a glass bowl with lemons — into wonderful works of art. Sue combines the immediacy of drawing with the brilliance of painting, to breathe life into even the most static stills. You could almost eat the fruit!

More recently she has also been working in acrylics in a looser more abstract form. A wonderful drippy style has evolved, portraying mainly landscapes — perhaps a tree-lined field, or a view of the edge of the Niagara escarpment with the light coming through the trees. Very different from the still life and lots of fun to do!

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