MARGARETHE VANDERPAS
Canadian Artist

A R T I S T   S T A T E M E N T


I draw my inspiration from many sources; the waters and limestone cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula and the shorelines of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay. I am fascinated by the powerful forces that have shaped the landscape and the effects that time and weather have had upon the earths' surface. Water in particular has fascinated me since childhood. I delight in the discovery of rhythmic patterns created by light as it passes through water, by the ripples on its surface and how it transforms and distorts what lies beneath. These patterns inspire me not just for their beauty, but because they suggest an underlying natural order.


My drawings and paintings of water are my exploration of water in its simplest, purist form. These explorations have lead me to have a greater understanding and appreciation of our connection to water as the fundamental physical, cultural, and spiritual basis for existence. It is fitting that the varied and dynamic forms of all life upon the earth would arise from such an active and animated medium.



B I O G R A P H Y


Inspired as a child by the works of such masters as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Dutch-born artist Margarethe Vanderpas gives a passionate portrayal of the raw natural beauty of northern Ontario's landscapes and waterscapes.

Professionally trained through her studies in Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario and Queen's University, Margarethe obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in Art History, and subsequently a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught Fine Art and Mathematics for several years before transitioning careers. She currently divides her time between Lion's Head, Ontario and Stratford, Ontario.

Each year Margarethe explores new regions in northern Ontario on foot and by kayak, aiming to capture the waters and unique worn, weathered rock formations of the Canadian Shield. In recent years she has been spending more time on the Bruce Peninsula, exploring and painting its pristine waters and rugged coastline.

Margarethe has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits and her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Margarethe is a Signature Member of the Artists For Conservation (AFC) as of 2013. AFC is a non-profit invitational group of nature artists from around the world. As a Group, we work collectively to promote the conservation of our natural heritage.

Isthmus Bay, Bruce Peninsula

Award winning painting, Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Margarethe is a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation.


Limited Editions of her work are available for purchase
on the Artists for Conservation website
with a percentage of sales donated to
various nature conservancy organizations.



A R T I S T   C V


Education


1994 Honours Specialist Visual Art, Faculty of Education, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.

1988 BEd. Artist in the Community Education Program (ACE), Intermediate/Senior (Visual Art & Mathematics), Queen's University,

Kingston, Ontario

1987 B.A. Honours, Art History, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

1983 - 85 B.A. Fine Arts, University of Western Ontario


Professional & Teaching Experience


1996 - 2016 Vanderpas Design Inc., Stratford, Ontario

1998 - 1999 Fine Art Instructor, Montessori House of Children, London, Ontario

1992 - 1996 Faculty Member, St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, (Visual Art, Art History, Computer Graphics, Communication

Technology and Mathematics), Pickering, Ontario

1988 - 1992 Faculty Member, Holy Cross Secondary School, (Visual Art, Art History and Mathematics) Kingston, Ontario,


Directorship



1998 - 2002 Board of Directors, London Arts Council, London, Ontario

Elected Member


Margarethe is a Signature Member of the Artists For Conservation (AFC) as of 2013.

AFC is a non-profit invitational group of nature artists from around the world. As a Group, we work collectively to promote our work, participate in members-only initiatives, publications and art shows, and at the same time, promote the conservation of our natural heritage.


Solo Exhibitions


2018 Margarethe Vanderpas, The Gordon Harrison Gallery, Ottawa, (Spring 2018)
2017 Margarethe Vanderpas, Double T Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario (May 2017)
2017 Margarethe Vanderpas, The Westland Gallery, London, Ontario (June 2017)
2016 Margarethe Vanderpas, The Westland Gallery, London, Ontario (April 2016)

2015 "Land of Hearts Desire" The Westland Gallery, London, Ontario (April 2015)

2013 The Westland Gallery, London, Ontario (October 2013)
2013 Killarney Mountain Lodge featuring the work of Ed Bartram & Margarethe Vanderpas, Killarney, Ontario (May – October 2013)

2012 Idlewyld Inn, London, Ontario (June - September, 2012)

2010 RBC Dominion Securities, London, Ontario (September, 2010)

2008 Grant Gallery, Lucan, Ontario (Dec. 2008)

2005 Marten Arts Gallery, Bayfield, Ontario (Dec. 7, 2004 – March 31, 2005)

2005 Artistix Gallery, London, Ontario (Nov.1 – Dec. 15, 2005)

2004 Bruce Peninsula Society of Artist's, Ferndale, Ontario (Sept. – Oct. 2004)

2001 Grand Theatre, London, Ontario (exhibition in conjunction with the production "The Glass Ship")

2001 University of Rome, Department of Literature, "La Posa Eroica Di Ofelia, Eroine Del Teatro Esisabettiano", Rome, Italy, May

2001 Grand Theatre, London, Ontario (exhibition in conjunction with the production "The Glass Ship")

1998 University Hospital, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, (July - August 1998)

1997 London Convention Centre, London, Ontario (in association with the Financial Planning Council of Canada)

1997 Canada Trust, Tillsonburg, Ontario, “Recent Work”

1984 Elgin County Board of Education, Board Office, St. Thomas, Ontario,“Recent Work”


Selected Group Exhibitions


2017 The Artist's Project, Toronto, Ontario (Feb. 2017)
2016 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario, 2016 Season Show
2016 Muskoka Arts & Craft Show, Bracebridge, Ontario

2016 Bruce Peninsula Studio Tour 2015, Lion's Head, Ontario

2016 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show (October 2016)
2015 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show (October 2015)

2015 "Visions of Fall, The Ultimate Landscape Show", Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, (October 2015)

2015 Muskoka Arts & Craft Show, Bracebridge, Ontario

2015 Windsor Art in the Park, Windsor, Ontario

2015 Bruce Peninsula Studio Tour 2015, Lion's Head, Ontario

2015 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario, 2015 Season Show

2014 Muskoka Arts & Craft Show, Bracebridge, Ontario

2014 Cabbagetown Arts Festival 2014, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Bruce Peninsula Studio Tour 2014, Lion's Head, Ontario

2014 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario, 2014 Season Show

2013 Muskoka Arts & Craft Show, Bracebridge, Ontario

2013 Cabbagetown Arts Festival 2013, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Bruce Peninsula Studio Tour 2013, Lion's Head, Ontario

2013 BMFA (Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts) Studio Tour

2013 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario, 2013 Season Show
2013 London Artist's Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2012 One of a Kind Show, Toronto, Ontario (Nov. - Dec. 2012)

2012 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2012 Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, Buckhorn, Ontario

2012 London Artist's Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2011 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2011 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

2011 Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, Buckhorn, Ontario

2011 Painted Violins, Orchestra London Fundraiser, London, Ontario

2011 London Artist's Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2010 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2010 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario "2010 Season Show"

2010 London Artist's Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2009 Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, Ontario, Spring 2009

2009 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario “2009 Season Show”

2008 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2008 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario “2008 Season Show”

2007 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2007 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario “2007 Season Show”

2007 London Club, London, Ontario

2006 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Autumn Art Show

2006 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario “2006 Season Show”

2006 Tom Tomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario,“Convergence” Exhibition, (Feb. 11 – Mar. 20, 2006)

2005 Circle Arts Gallery, Tobermory, Ontario “2005 Season Show”

2005 Bruce Peninsula Society of Artist’s Studio Tour, Lion’s Head, Ontario

2002 - 2008 London Artist’s Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2004 - 2005 Bruce Peninsula Society of Artist's Group Exhibition, Lion’s Head, Ontario

1998 Stratford Art in the Park, Stratford, Ontario

1998 Art in the Heart of London, London, Ontario

1997 The White Gallery, London, Ontario "Seasonal Celebrations"

1997 Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario “Miniature Art Show”

1997 London Fine Art Fair, Canada Building, Western Fair, London, Ontario

1997 London New Arts Festival, Galleria, London, Ontario

1989-1991 Kingston Artists Association Exhibition, Grand Theatre, Kingston,Ontario

1988 Faculty of Education, Queen's University Kingston, Ontario “FORAYS Exhibition”

1988 Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario “Visual Arts Exhibition”

1987 Market Square Challenge (Architectural Exhibition), Kingston City Hall, City of Kingston, Ontario


Awards and Instruction


2006 Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, People’s Choice Award for “Isthmus Bay, Bruce Peninsula" Convergence Exhibition

2007-2011 Ontario Museum Association, Margarethe's work featured on OMA Annual Museum Calendar

2006 Juror, Lambeth Artist’s Association, Spring Exhibition, Lambeth, Ontario

2005-11 Juror, London Artist’s Studio Tour, London, Ontario

2003 Oil Painting Workshop, London Artist’s Palette Club, London, Ontario

2003 Artist Talk, Lambeth Artist’s Association, London, Ontario

2000 Acrylic Painting Workshop, London Artist’s Palette Club, London, Ontario

1999 Computer Graphics Workshop, Robarts School for the Deaf, London, Ontario

1999 Computer Graphics Workshop, London Artist’s Palette Club, London, Ontario

1988 Exhibition Coordinator, Visual Arts Exhibition, Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Kingston

1988 Arts Administration Internship, Ottawa School of Art, (Advisor: Ron Shuebrook), Ottawa, Ontario

1988 Fine Art Instructor, Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Ontario

1987 Sunday Lectures, Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Ontario

1985 Fine Art Instructor, Art Gallery St.Thomas-Elgin (watercolour painting and drawing) St. Thomas, Ontario

1984 Exhibition Coordinator, Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin, “Regional Art Exhibit” St. Thomas, Ontario

1983 Advertising Art Society of London - Art & Design Competition, Fanshawe College, (Awarded Best in Show, 4 Gold Awards and 1 Silver Award)


Collections


Independant Electricity Systems Operator (IESO), Toronto, Ontario

Financial Planning Council of Canada

Henry and Corinne Bower Laboratory, Willis Eye Hospital, Philadelphia

RBC Dominion Securities

University of Rome, Italy

Private Collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia











Lions Head Cliffs, view from Bruce Trail


BRUCE PENINSULA


Hike the Bruce Trail.

Kayak along the shores of Georgian Bay.


Visit Tobermory and take in the sights.


Visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Park Visiters Centre.


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