The first online Zoom event organised by the Minto Arts Council Webinar went pretty well. With hardly any technical glitches, and artists that were all very passionate. As they are all working in different fields, each was interesting in their own way.

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Wesley W. Bates studied painting and printmaking at Mount Allison University. He works full time as a printmaker and letterpress printer under his own imprint at West Meadow Press in Clifford Ontario. His wood engraved prints have been exhibited widely and are held in public and private collections in China, Spain, Japan, England, the U.S.A. and Canada.

Bates has illustrated for the major publishers in Canada and the United States and for Private Presses in North America and England. He illustrated The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon by W. O. Mitchell for McClelland & Stewart and he is the author of two books POINT OF THE GRAVER and IN BLACK & WHITE and co-author with Robert Reid of CASTING INTO MYSTERY a book fly fishing and culture.

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Instagram: CandiceLeylandArt
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Candice is a contemporary watercolour painter and art teacher living in Kitchener, Ontario. She paints ethereal florals and landscapes with a focus on light, colour and mood. Using pure colours and delicate glazes, she creates dreamy, emotional watercolours inspired by the natural world around her.

She trained at the University of Guelph in their Studio Art program. With a background in history and heritage, her paintings are often influenced and inspired by heritage gardens, buildings and landscapes. Her work is in several private collections in Canada and abroad. Her “Corduroy Road” 2016 is in the permanent Collection of the City of Waterloo Museum.

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Diane Morgan is an oil painter.   She is classically trained in drawing and painting by an internationally exhibited artist as well as the Academy of Realist Art.  Diane has a passion for the creative process that drives her and the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment she receives when each painting is completed.  The subjects hold a personal connection to the artist and she is inspired by the people and places around her and where she has travelled to.  She received first place award in the Minto Arts Council’s 2019 Juried Art Show.

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After taking several Ceramics electives at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario he began working full-time with clay in 1994 while apprenticing with Cunningham Pottery in Des Moines, Iowa.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia where majored in ceramics with a focus on wheel throwing, mould making and Maiolica glazing techniques.  He briefly worked as a production thrower and continuing education instructor before in 1998 establishing his own studio and showroom in Neustadt, Ontario.  Recently his production methods have expanded to use pressing, slip casting and extrusion for forming pieces and monochromatic glazing on surfaces.

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