Brush and Palette Club

48th Annual Art Show




The Brush and Palette Club will have their 48th Annual Show and Sale at  St. Paul's Cathedral on April 13, 14 and 15, 2023










Shake off the frost and step into the warm and welcoming atmosphere of St. Paul’s Cathedral as the Brush and Palette Club roll out their 43rd Annual Art Show and Sale. In London and in wider regional art circles, the club is synonymous with high quality and dedication to the craft. Taking place from April 9-11, the show and sale will offer up a bit of something for art enthusiasts of all inclinations.                   “We have had a very long, very cold winter and most of us are just wishing for spring to come. We want to see flowers, fields, trees and lakes bathed in sunshine,” remarked Marilyn Kidd of the Brush and Palette Club. The aforementioned subject matter will undoubtedly be included among the many pieces on display, but the artwork is certainly not limited to landscapes.
“Walk into a large room filled with over 500 original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media and find yourself surrounded by colour, vibrancy, life!
It’s a great antidote to the winter blahs,” Kidd said.
“There is something for every taste – representational works to abstract and even a sculpture or two. Many pictures are already framed, but unframed matted works are also available at a lower price. The artists will be on hand to answer questions and give help,” she added.
The exhibition is the group’s major event of the year, showcasing the recent output of many of its 100-plus members.
“Each year the quality of the works displayed seems to get even better. Judging from the number of paintings purchased last year, the public also feels that this is true. Many of the artists represented have also had one-person shows throughout the year and are featured in local galleries and libraries,” Kidd said.
The benefits of being part of a collective such as this are numerous. Events draw members out of the oft-isolating environment of their studios for monthly meetings, where the artists can share ideas and learn from each other.
The not-for-profit group also organizes several field trips and workshops throughout the year and invites accomplished artists to come and speak on a variety of topics.
“The Brush and Palette Club was formed in 1972 and has always had a two-pronged purpose – to provide artistic support to its members and to promote artistic creativity and art appreciation in the community,” Kidd explained.
A member now for three years, she appreciates the opportunities the club provides for contact with experienced artists.
“During one of the workshops, I was getting ideas not only from the instructor but also from the other artists who were participating. The result was a gorgeous painting that contained all the elements I had been striving for. It felt like a major breakthrough. It might not have happened were it not for the stimulation of working in a group setting,” Kidd shared.
The club also serves the community through volunteer art instruction with seniors, the handicapped and those dealing with end-of-life situations. Furthermore, members have donated their works for auction and various fundraising events, and grant scholarships to deserving high school art students.                 
Everyone is welcome to St. Paul’s to enjoy the artwork and complementary refreshments. For those looking to purchase, trust your own preferences, Kidd advises. Choose a work that holds your attention, and check it out from several angles and distances. Don’t overanalyse.
“Just try to use your eyes and listen to your heart,” she said.

- Amie Ronald-Morgan


  Travel News

Take a Break Travel has organized the following bus trips:
(please call 519-858-9985 for reservations and further details)

Thursday, April 30 (and Saturday June 6) Art Gallery of Ontario (A.G.O.), Toronto for a show of works by renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr. Includes a 2 hour stop at the Eaton's Centre prior to the show. Transportation and HST $63 per person.

Saturday, August 29, McMichael Art Gallery Canadian Art Collection (Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and more), Kleinburg. Transportation, HST, Buffet Dinner in Woodstock. $89 per person.

Thursday, October 15, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia. Masterworks from Beaverbrook Art Gallery (including Dali, Gainsborough, Constable, Krieghoff among others). Transportation, HST cost TBA.

Lin Souliere (frequent guest artist at the Brush & Palette Club over the years) teaches a watercolour class in October 2015 in Portugal. See Lin's website and for details regarding this and other classes.



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ON THE CANVAS: At exhibit at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Club holds annual art sale 


By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press

Monday, April 7, 2014 6:44:21 EDT PM

This painting, titled Foilscape with Peaches by London artist Aganetha Sawatsky, is among more than 500 works of art at the 42nd annual Brush and Palette Club three-day art show and sale on at St. Paul’s Cathedral Thursday through Saturday.


More than 500 works of art by London-area artists are featured in the 42nd annual Brush and Palette Club three-day art show and sale.

Paintings in a range of media — oil, acrylics, mixed-media, pastels — and a variety of styles are included in the show that opens Thursday and continues through Saturday St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The club has 110 members who’ve contributed to the show.

“This is a well-qualified group of artists, many have taught art at high schools and colleges, have worked as commercial artists, or they’ve had their own solo shows around the city,” said Marilyn Kidd, who handles publicity for the group.

“It’s very good, high-quality art and the public will find that it’s priced quite reasonably and is quite affordable.”

The art can be taken away immediately after purchase, said Kidd.

Some paintings are framed while those that aren’t can often be had for a lower price, Kidd said.

“There’s a lot of diversity in the group. A lot of the paintings are new and haven’t been shown before,” said Kidd. “There are a few abstract painters, but most of it is conventional.”

Many of the artists will be on hand during the sale, helping with the show and the public, so it’s possible to meet the painter whose work someone may want to buy, Kidd said.

For more information or to view samples of paintings in the show go online at www.brushand­

Holding the sale at the church “brings the art closer to the people,” said Kidd, adding the subject of many of the paintings should help rid Londoners of the winter blues.

“Everywhere there is colour and vibrancy, a real boost to the spirits after the endless months of winter,” said Kidd.


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Skating mural honours work of Fowler clinic

By Paul Mayne

March 19, 2014

Paul Mayne, Western News

Former Western Physical Education professor Auke van Holst, right, explains how his mural of Canadian Olympic speed skater Christine Nesbitt was constructed to Earth Sciences professor emeritus Wayne Nesbitt, Christine’s father. The mural, below in detail, was unveiled at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic Tuesday.

As a child growing up in Holland, Auke van Holst watched as more than 10,000 skaters passed on the canal behind his home during the famous 200-kilometre Eleven Cities Skating Tour. Decades later, the former Western professor has combined his love of skating with his artistic talents, as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic.

“I spent my working career as a physical educator. So, sport and physical activity has always been a big deal in my life,” said van Holst, who taught at Western for more than 20 years before retiring in 1997. “I really admire the dedication of top athletes in pursing excellence, and I see that same kind of attitude here at Fowler Kennedy, getting people back to an active lifestyle.

“This is a world-class facility we have here and I really wanted to honour that.”

Now adorning the walls of the clinic are four metal sculptures of Canadian Olympic speed skater Christine Nesbitt. The 3-foot-by-4-foot wire murals, which took more than 80 hours to complete, even caught Nesbitt’s parents, Wayne and Judith, off guard upon the unveiling Tuesday morning.

“I recognize these images,” said Earth Science professor emeritus Wayne Nesbitt, whose wife was brought to tears. “I think that one was taken from a spring meet in Calgary at the beginning of her career. And that last one is quintessential Christine. She is one of the only people, when skating, who brings her arm all the way back and over her head to get momentum. These are wonderful.”

The mural is also a personal thank-you to the staff at Fowler Kennedy for the work they’ve done over the years with van Holst’s family.

“My family has spent a lot of time in this clinic. They’ve done a lot of patching and rehabilitating for us,” he laughed, noting only his son, Michael, has not needed the services of Fowler Kennedy. “I felt it was an appropriate time to give back to them for all they’ve done for us and the entire community.”

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Fowler Kennedy executive director Kanina Blanchard said she couldn’t think of a better present.

“It’s goes beyond a thank-you,” she said. “I’ve worked in a lot of places, but never have I seen the kind of heart that Fowler Kennedy has – from the staff to the patients to the relationship that is built. I can’t imagine a more beautiful testament to that relationship than for Auke to take the time, energy, thought, care and attention to create something like this.

“It speaks to that relationship between our patients and the folks that are treating them.”



Brush and Palette club celebrates 40 years in new digs

By Paul Everest/London Community News/Twitter: @PaulEverest1

The local Brush and Palette club has grown so large it now needs a cathedral to serve as an exhibition site for its artwork.

Up until this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the club coming together, the group held its annual art show and sale in a Byron library.

But over the past few years, the club’s ranks have swelled to 110 members from London and beyond— with 70 more on a waiting list to get in— and so the 2012 show was moved to London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on Richmond Street.

Most of the club’s members submitted up to four paintings to the show, which ran from Thursday (March 29) to Saturday, and roughly 520 pieces were on display.

Part of the anniversary celebration included handing out awards for the best framed paintings before the show opened and Stefan Andrejicka of Museum London had the task of selecting 10 works to be honoured.

Award ribbons were handed out to Catherine Goodmurphy, Sharon Veldstra, Gail Jongkind, Gay Chambers, Aganetha Sawatzky, Len Hughes, Ida Regio, Wendy Cakarnis, Beverley Main and Helen Bruzas.

Amelia Husnik, the club’s convener for the show, said the group’s origins can be traced back to painting classes held by a London woman in the early 1970s.

By 1972, enough people had taken interest in the classes that it was decided that a club should be formed.

Husnik said she joined the group in 1999.

Today, members range in age from the early 30s to the 90s.

The club meets once a month and often holds painting workshops.

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Brush and Palette celebrates 40th, highlights long-time member

By Chris Montanini

The Londoner, March 15, 2012 

Wyn Slemon, the oldest active member and one of the founders of the Brush and Palette Club, works on a piece March 1, 2012. The club is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a show at St. PaulÕs Cathedral March 29-31. CHRIS MONTANINI\LONDONER\QMI AGENCY

You could say the club has dipped its brush in many colours.

With monthly meetings featuring demonstrations and speakers, occasional guest artists and workshops, not to mention more than a couple community-minded initiatives and a membership of over 100, the Brush and Palette Club has changed a lot since Wyn Slemon helped get it off the ground 40 years ago.

“It’s big,” said Slemon, the last active member able to recall the club’s early meetings. Back in 1972, she used to meet with a local artist named Dorothy Heaven, who now lives in Georgetown, Ont., for some help with technique.

“She started it all and I told her she created a monster,” Slemon jokes.

“When we started all of us were beginners,” she continued. “Now we get people joining who are artists. It’s quite different.”

But for all the changes, there are still many similarities. That includes the club’s annual Spring Show, a yearly exhibition at the London Public Library branch in Byron, although this year’s show is going to be extra special.

Slemon and the rest of the club will be featuring their work at St. Paul’s Cathedral March 29-31, a bigger venue in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

“It’ll be good,” Slemon said. “I think it should draw a different group of people, some new people that appreciate art as well as bringing the ones that have been faithful in coming (to our meetings.)”

It’ll also be an opportunity for the club to highlight Slemon herself.

“I call her a mentor,” said Alice Martin, a 14-year member and the club’s historian.

“I think she makes a difference to this club, certainly to the people coming here.”

Slemon was a nurse in Winnipeg before starting her family.

“I had done some really gorgeous drawings in my nursing student days of the respiratory system and the circulatory system,” she said with a laugh. “So I thought … maybe I’d like to do some artwork.”

She met Heaven in London, a neighbour of hers with similarly aged kids, and began taking lessons from her. Eventually other aspiring artists joined until the group out grew Heaven’s basement. Slemon hosted meetings at her home until the club found a permanent location at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church on Oxford Street, where they meet the first Wednesday of every month.

Over the years the Brush and Palette Club expanded its programs to include public sessions at the library in Byron to go along with their workshops and exhibitions. But there’s one initiative Slemon is particularly proud of.

“Even though we only had $50 to give, we gave a small amount of cash to a promising student at Oakridge (secondary school),” she said. That scholarship, started in 1977, is now worth $500 and is still awarded to the highest standing student pursuing art in post-secondary studies.

For more info about the club and the 40th Anniversary Art Show and Sale, visit

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