Our Members’ Art

Welcome to the Yarmouth Art Society page for our Member Artists.

This is a page where you as a member can have your bio, individual webpage, and examples of your art displayed. Just sent the information you would like posted, including up to 3 jpeg images, to <danearle@eastlink.ca>. Submissions may be edited to fit our format. In alphabetical order by last name.

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John Bladek  has developed a unique style of oil painting which he calls “geometric”. Raised in Toronto, Ontario, John’s first exposure to painting was in a grade 12 art class where he was influenced by the work of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris.  With university degrees in geology and geography John moved to Calgary and worked in the oil and gas industry for 25 years before retiring. At the suggestion of a friend, John took up painting again in late 2015. A year after that he developed his unique style. “this style of painting presents a great mental and technical challenge, once the basic underpainting is done all of the final geometric shapes are painted by hand with no taping or guides, every painting is like a puzzle that I have to create as I go”.  John also creates paintings in another unique style. His “Fish Figments” paintings are colourful, abstract depictions of fish flowing among geometric shapes.  He encourages viewers of these paintings to let their minds flow with the fish.  As with the “geometric” paintings, all elements are painted freehand. To see more of his work visit www.johnbladekart.com

Cecil Day was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Portland, Maine. She received a BA from Indiana University and anMFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1979 she moved to Canada, working at St Michael’s Printshop in St.John’s Newfoundland during the school year and summering in Port Maitland where she and her husband now live. •Cecil’s work concerns the natural world and our place in it. Recent exhibitions include a two person show of linocuts and etchings, “Landfall”, at Sir WIlfred Grenville Art Gallery in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and a one person show of etchings,”Traps”, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She has been awarded Newfoundland residencies at Gros Morn, Brigus, Terra Nova Park and St. Michaels printshop.

Noella DeMille grew up in a very scenic area, Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, and now lives in Brooklyn, outside Yarmouth. With no formal education in the arts, she started doing pencil drawings as a hobby in 2002 while working as an insurance broker.  Since joining the Yarmouth Art Society, she has participated in art classes and workshops which have enabled her to extend her art activities to watercolour, print making and pointilism. She retired from the insurance business at the end of 2017 so now has more time to devote to the arts which she enjoys greatly.

Dan Earle  has his background in art by being a professional Landscape Architect. He has be drawing since his teens. He attended Michigan State and Harvard Universities. He was a professor of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University for 37 years. On retirement he moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and became involved in the visual arts community. He does drawing, print making, constructions and watercolours, which are his main interest. He is a member of the Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery and participated regularly in Yarmouth Art Society shows. He is a docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth where he often works on art projects with school children. To see more of his work visit www.danearleart.ca

Margriet Knubben was born and raised in the Netherlands. For many years she worked as a medical laboratory technician, manager of the laboratory and total quality manager of a hospital. Besides her job she loved to draw and paint in all kinds of media. Margriet had her art education in The Netherlands with the Dutch painter Michel  Van den  Einden who was her teacher for more than eight years.  She works and teaches in acrylic medium. As a nature lover her subjects are mostly landscapes and animals. Nature gives her peace and comfort and is very inspiring. Painting animals or landscapes gives her a chance to show the beauty of the subjects she admires so much.  Margriet is also exploring the art of print making at Th’YARC print shop with Cecil Day as a teacher. After retirement her husband, Matthew Van Duin,  and she came to Nova Scotia in 2010. Their paintings can be seen at their studio/gallery in Carleton and at art shows in Yarmouth.