The work of gallery curators Ann Jezewski and Barbara Cotterill will be featured in the first joint show of their artwork at the Chambers Gallery from Wednesday, October 13 to Monday, November 9, 2015.

The show will then move to the Corridor Gallery on Tuesday, November 10 and will remain on display until Monday, December 8, 2015.


CHAMBERS GALLERY: Mississippi Mills Administration Building, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, ON.

INCOMING ARTISTS: ANN JEZEWSKI, Mixed Media/Acrylic/Watercolour/Pen & InkBARBARA COTTERILL, Mixed Media/Acrylic/Collage

DATE: Wednesday, October 13 to Monday, November 9, 2015.

The show will be moved to the CORRIDOR GALLERY, Mississippi Mills Public Library, 155 High Street on Tuesday, November10, 2015.

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A Pouch of Sticks

From a hillside overlooking Casco Bay in Maine to a quiet table in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, childhood tools always included a pouch of charcoal sticks and pastels, all that one needed to capture ordinary wonders outdoors, along with images that flew in vivid colour from the pages of treasured books. The urge to draw survived academic years and office life, and more free time has led to some liberating and delicious experimentation.

Woods and gardens, lakes and seascapes, and the mystical effects of light on water, have all pulled me to see with eye and hand as one sense. Thinking in fine lines and loose waves over saturated earth hues and the endless colours of sky and water is an exhilarating, satisfying and highly recommended habit. Nothing has really changed over the past six decades…except possibilities!

Ann Verre Jezewski
Almonte, Ontario


When asked to describe my work I feel somewhat like Canadian artist, Marcel Barbeau who said, “I sense a certain approach or attitude to follow, rather than having a clear, defined strategy” and as another Canadian artist, Pierre Gauvreau, put it, “I paint without preconceived ideas and I am ready for anything which manifests itself on my canvas.”

I am an intuitive painter. That’s how my work unfolds, sometimes resulting in abstract pieces while others emerge in recognizable landscape or figurative forms. I always find the process fascinating and love the journey. Mixed Media seems to be a perfect fit for the artworks I produce today. It is liberating to add papers, photographs, metals, beads and other interesting found objects in the creation of new pieces.

Most recently I have shown my work in juried exhibitions with the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists and West Carleton Arts Society. In past years my work was shown locally with the Almonte & Area Artists’ Association.

Currently, Ann Jezewski and I share curating duties at the Almonte Chambers and Corridor Galleries. I was a founding member of the Arts in the Manor (AIM), Almonte and am currently a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists Association.

Tel: 613-256-3528 E-mail: barcott19@gmail.com