Robert Achtemichuk

What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder.

“In Homer Watson’s Foot Steps”

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10 paintings from the exhibition are now at the Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Association office, in Kitchener across the street from Queen Street Commons. Open between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

March 19 2015 400pm

Following Homer Watson’ footsteps I found images like his – riverside views, trails in the woods, individual trees, stands of trees. The paintings were done on the spot, following Homer Watson’s method of “plein air” painting, a method that he himself borrowed from the painters he admired, precursors of the Impressionist movement such as Constable, Corot, and the painters of the Barbizon. Like Homer Watson, I wanted these paintings to raise our awareness that we all need these natural wooded areas, these landscapes and these points of view to be preserved for our collective health and spiritual well being.

Thanks to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for a grant in 2014 to make these paintings possible.

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Author: Robert Achtemichuk

Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. Was the Executive Director of Open Studio, the Waterloo Regional Arts Council and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Recently received artist grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund to develop and exhibit new paintings that were shown at Homer Watson Art Gallery, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, Agnes Jamieson in Minden, Cambridge Galleries – Preston and Gallery Stratford. Received the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2012 and in 2015 received the Machteld Faas Xander Visual Arts Award, KW Arts Awards.

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