Here is the link for 2013 Spring Studio Tour held May 4th and 5th in Grand Bend!

Come and visit me!



I will be participating in the Studio Tour in Grand Bend this coming Saturday May 12th from 10am till 6pm, and on Sunday May 13th 11am till 5 pm. I will be at the River Bend Gallery.


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For the Summer of 2012 I will be at the River Bend Gallery in Grand Bend!

The Five to Nine Group      
Written by E. Ruth Strebe

Denise Antaya (Sutherland), Jim Gruber, Lisa Jenniskens,  Betty LeBlanc, Jeff McClinchey, Richard Minns,   Christina Nurse, Cheryl Radford

Anthony Vella-Zarb, Scott Woods

The Arts Project (

203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario

Until February 6, 2010


The Arts Project was very crowded for the opening of 3rd annual Five to Nine Group exhibition on February 2nd. The walls of the Art Project were also packed with works of drawings, paintings and photography.

Ten artists, all who worked at some point at the now defunct MC (Marketing Communications) Group, are presenting work that they have created in the after hours of their day jobs. Since all the members have worked within the advertising world, the work that they have produced is well done, fresh and focussed.

Of the painters, James H. Gruber is the most realistic. James Gruber’s watercolours and acrylics

of the landscape surrounding Lake Huron are wonderfully done retaining the freshness of the land. Lisa Jenniskens’ and Denise Antaya’s (Sutherland) paintings and drawings are also in the realistic realm and well done. Betty LeBlanc cloud paintings are slightly more abstract with thin washes of paint denoting the moodiness and movement of the sky.

Photography also fills the walls of the Art Project. Scott Wood’s Farmall, a close up of a rusty grill, is reminiscent of Suzette Terry and Susan E. Tanton’s (Evolution To The Power of 2) work  but only on a smaller scale. Anthony Vella-Zarb’s exploration of shapes in buildings denotes an eye for detail and composition. Richard Minns as a graphic artist has work that ranges in subject matter but the strongest in the graphic compositions.

The pricing of the works especially the photographers are set too low.  In some cases, the price reflects the cost of the frame only and does not include the rental, time, art and opening expenses. The selling price does reflect that these artists are not relying on selling their art to survive and indeed they are the Five to Nine Group – passionate and talented but with the security of day jobs.

A tip: If you are thinking about buying art for the house or office go down to the Arts Project.You only have until February 6th.

Ruth Strebe is a visual artist who lives in London, Ontario.

Critique of Evolution to the Power of Two

Recent Exhibition

Evolution to the Power of Two

with Susan Tanton

September 19-October 17, 2009

The Arts Project

203 Dundas Street London


Critique by E. Ruth Strebe from the Beat Magazine, London

At first glance Evolution (To the Power of 2) looks wonderful in the newly renovated Arts Project. The two artists, Suzette Terry and Susan Tanton, present works which photographs are used as a starting point. Paint in this exhibit is used in either of two ways: to subtlety heighten or to obviate the original photograph.


Susan Taton’s photographs of close ups of rusty cars are big and colourful. Acrylic is layered on the photograph to bring out a story that the original photograph inspired. In some cases, it is successful as in Calm and Dancer. In both of these works the paint is subtle and gestural. When the story told is more literal, as in Blew a Kiss, the painted image becomes a distraction and the total work loses power. In Blew a Kiss, Susan Taton states that, “it was only later looking at it did I see the little man who had lost his heart. I needed to add the maiden to send him a new one.” The added maiden is the distraction – it is too literally painted – too different from the base photograph. Aside from the literal painted additions (horse/cityscapes) Susan Taton’s works are impressive for scale, colour choice, compositions and the high gloss polymer finish.


Suzette Terry’s work is more diverse and smaller in scale. Photographs of gates are embellished with acrylic paint. In Release Me the added layers of colours are vibrant making the whole work pop– the technique is faultless. The other works in this series are also flawless. In See Spot Run, a collage of car parts is the starting point for an abstract work. Only the compositional elements and colours survive in the finished diptych. In this presentation, one can see the process that Suzette Terry has worked on in altering the starting collage.


When comparing Terry’s and Tatan’s installations – Terry’s wall is a bit heavy with the smaller and more numerous works and styles. Both artists have a keen eye, powerful subject matter and great techniques but in both cases sometimes less is more.

Ruth Strebe is a visual artist living in London Ontario.

From The Port Stanley, by Francie Dennison JUNE 2009

"The 19th Annual Show and Sale has once again proved the exceptional talent of the Port Stanley Artists' Guild members"


As we have come to expect, a packed house filled the Royal Canadian Legion for the Friday night opening on June 12th, 2009. We got there early to get a look at the prize winners and check out the juror's comments before they were sold - good choice as one was being sold just as we were recording the juror's comments.

Thirty-nine members of the 50-member Guild are exhibiting this year's show and the artistic styles and mediums are as varied as the artists themselves. Some pieces we loved, some we didn't like at all, and others made varying degrees of impression - but that's the way it is with art, it's very personal. Some we thought were excellent didn't win a ribbon at all.

The show runs Saturday, June 13th from 12-8 pm and Sunday, June 14th from 12-5 pm with free parking and free admission, so drop in over the weekend and pick the ones you like. Not to worry that the sales at this show are always brisk because the artists always have some in reserve to replace the ones that get sold. There will still be plenty of great pieces to view and just might find that perfect piece for that one special spot in your home.


Juror's Choice 2009 - Juror: Ron Kingswood

Diane Dobson: Between the Storms
"I love what is not painted - great suggestion"

Susan Tanton: Northern Water
"The minimal use of colour makes this succeed - I like the greys and blacks"

Sharron Russell: Latched in Time
"Love the composition"

Elizabeth Spence: Untitled #1
"The best animal painting in this exhibit"

Jean Cluness: Angel Trumpets
"Great arrangement of the flower and beautifully painted painting"

Jan Row: Cern - Plus Ten
"Good composition and use of what it's not"

Susan Tanton: West Coast Beauty
"Like In The Beginning the space and colour are chosen with great thought"

Suzette Terry: Elsewhere
"Colour is wonderful, nicely controlled"

Suzette Terry: Her Name was Angela
"Like the cropping of figure...lovely gesture and colour"

Laura Woermke: Lauren
"Great Use of colour, great placement of figure"

Honourable Mention 2009 - Juror: Ron Kingswood

Candy McManiman: Tree Duck
"Great use of colour in large areas"

Sharron Russell: Lost Soul
"Good control of colour. I like these cropped images"

Judy Ross: Gerbera Daisy
"Well printed photo. Great use of space in the photo"

Laura Woermke: Broke
"Great sense of emotion"

Suzette Terry: Ring Toss
"Your choice using little colour works on this piece"

Jan Row: Body Art
"Love the leftedness of this photo, great composition"

Jan Row: Cern - Ground Zero
"The use of space and colour - beautiful"

Diane Dobson: The Great Spirit
"Wonderfully painted, and the use of space well chosen"

Kim Hughson: Spring Renew
"Great watercolour in ... use of paint, minimal, ... coloured squares - great work"

Debra Kubu: In the Beginning
"Title says it all ... an allegorical landscape"


Exhibiting Artists in 2009 Show


Robin Baratta Betty Burrell Jean Cluness
Pat Curtis Sandy Deluca Melanie Demsyn
Diane Dobson Sandra England Mary Gullis
Kim Hughson Roxanne Jervis Jean Johnson
Patricia Johnson Lenore Jones Linda Jones
Heather Kaufmann Heather Keating Heather Kohl
Debra Kubu S'ine Maule Pat Hartwell-McLean
Candy McManiman Rosemary Nagel June-Anne Reid
Judy Ross Jan Row Ursula Rudd
Sharron Russell Aganetha Sawatzky Philip Schmidt
Susan Shurish Elizabeth Spence Rowena Spersrud
Susan E. Tanton Mary Ann Taylor Suzette Terry
Sharon Veldstra Laura Woermke Mary Louise White



Artist Profile from the August 2008 Artscape Magazine by Beth Stewart

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May 31 – July 19, 2008
The 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

The Annual Juried Exhibition is celebrating its 50th year in 2008! The Woodstock Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibition was established by the Woodstock Dilettantes Club in 1958 and continues to offer an opportunity for the critical development of artists in our region. This community favourite offers the public an opportunity to judge the successful entries and cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice Award” worth $500.

Congratulations to all of the artists participating in the 2008 Visual Elements: 50th Annual Juried exhibition - Alysia Avey, Helen Bruzas, Dorothy Byrne-Jones, Gwen Card, Tristan Eekhoff, Adele Figliomeni, Samantha George, Pat Gibson, Valda-Christine Glennie, Cathy Groulx, Hubert Haisoch, Louise Hale, Anne Hamilton, Michael Hunter, Kathleen Kelly, Dagmar Kovar, Brad Leitch,
Rob Mackay, Norma McDonald, Rita Milton, Don Moorcroft, Darlean Morris, Linda Rapai, Paul-Britman Rapai, Wendy Reid, Vic Roschkov, Susan Shurish, Rowena Spersrud, Lee Taggart, Suzette Terry, Wilma Vanderleenn, Morag Webster Lesarge, David A. White.<< New image with text >>

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Gallery Lambton Features Bodyworks

Date Submitted: 2/5/2007 11:57 am
Status: Approved
Views: 487

Sarnia, ON – The exhibition Bodyworks features the figurative work of Port Stanley and St. Thomas artists Laura Woermke, Jan Row and Suzette Terry.  Bodyworks will be on view at Gallery Lambton February 24 to March 24, 2007.  Meet the artists at an opening reception and walking tour on Saturday, February 25 beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Admission to Gallery Lambton is free.

These three artists work with the female figure as an art object in individual ways and yet their relationship to the figure is curiously varied. They are able to transform traditional methods into highly charged, personal expressions. Because of the familiar nature of the form, the figure has great potential to elicit a complex response with their viewers. This exhibition, in turn, has the ability to speak to a broad range of individuals, and will have a powerful impact on any viewer, despite their artistic or cultural background.

The notion of identity and how we form one is one of the ideas presented by Laura Woermke through her paintings.  Woermke stated, “Portraying the female figure can be easily confused with erotica, but this is about exposing, exposing the truths about self, displays of power, and the enjoyment of beauty…It really boils down to what you think you are.”  The exhibition is intended to communicate the sensations of things as they are perceived and not as they are known.  Laura Woermke has an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor.  She has had solo exhibitions in London, Toronto, and St. Thomas and has shown her work widely in group shows in galleries throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Jan Row takes an entirely different approach to her figurative work as a photographer.  “For me, the naked human form is far too natural to evoke anything but a positive reaction.  It stands to reason.  My body is as much a part of nature as a tree is.  I look at trees and see my own limbs.  I look at erosion on a cliff face and see the curves and folds of my own skin.  My work as a photographic artist is an exploration of this similarity of form,” Row stated.  She uses “body parts”, both masculine and feminine found in nature. Her photographs are images of trees and flowers and dirt.  Jan Row studied at The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College, London, Ontario.  She is a staff photographer at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre and Thielsen Galleries, London, Ontario.  Her work has been shown in both private and public art galleries throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Suzette Terry challenges our ideas regarding social norms in her paintings.  “My vision is influenced by my feelings and responses to our complicated modern world. “Bodyworks” is a reflection of my psyche. It is a physical manifestation of my subconscious,” Terry said. Through her work she examines how social norms are imposed upon us by traditions, television and extolled by our peers. She said, “Our bodies are a function of our mind.  My painted figures manifest the impact that events in our everyday life have upon men and women.”   Suzette Terry has an Honours B.A. from The University of Guelph.  Terry has exhibited in art galleries both public and private throughout Ontario.

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Holly Rutherford,
Gallery Assistant Community Relations
Gallery Lambton
Telephone:  519 336-8127

From the Shoreline

Date Submitted: 6/6/2005 12:54 pm
Status: Approved
Views: 822

Sarnia, ON – Gallery Lambton’s Gift shop will be awash in the hues of summer - the lake, the sky and the beach, with artist Suzette Terry’s exhibition From the Shoreline June 7 to July 14, 2005.  In this show, the rich colours and bold forms of the landscape paintings reflect Suzette Terry’s influences: the colours of the Fauves, the abstraction of Picasso, and the simplicity of Matisse. 

“The Shoreline represents the last point of contact with our landscape,” said Terry.  “It represents the working world while the water symbolizes our point of escape – the vacation.”  Terry is interested in the symbolic point of escape that vacations offer, and our interrelationships with others under such circumstances.  She’s intrigued with the dynamics of interactions, not only with others but within this environment – the real backdrop of her pursuits in paint.  “The boat has been symbolically tied to freedom,” said Terry.  “Jumping head long into waves and playing in the water are baptisms for the spirit.”   She believes summertime activities are rich with symbolism and adds, “It seems nature is always where we find ourselves when we need respite from our busy lives.”

Terry is a Port Stanley artist who has been very active in art shows regionally since graduating from the University of Guelph in 1990 with an Honors Degree in Fine Art and Business.  Terry has had over eleven solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried and group shows, including Gallery Lambton’s Look Show.  Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, and China. 

For more information, contact Gallery Lambton at (519) 336-8127.

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