VAGA – Visual Artists of Gananoque and Area

VAGA was established in June 1993 as a direct off-shoot of the Festival of the Islands. We are a group of artists and art lovers, with an annually elected executive and monthly meetings.  Our co-op gallery was Established  in 1993 and boasts several thousand visitors each year. Up to 30 artists display their original works in many mediums.

VAGA Gallery

VAGA Gallery features original art in watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylic, collage, encaustic, pen and ink, graphite, sculptures, original art greeting cards, by Canadian artists residing in the 1000 Islands region of Eastern Ontario. We would be delighted to welcome you to our gallery.

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About VAGA

 VAGA was established in June 1993 as a direct off-shoot of the Festival

of the Islands. We are a group of artists and art lovers, with an annually

elected executive and monthly meetings.  Our co-op gallery was

Established  in 1993 and boasts several thousand visitors each year.

Up to 30 artists display their original works in many mediums.

Get a copy of the Gallery Registration Form

Faridah Noor - Barn

Faridah Noor

Faridah Noor has been a resident in Canada for the last eight years.  She has had an interest in art and took up painting seriously in the last 5 years. She had taken lessons at the Senior Center and participated in many workshops.  She had exhibited her work at various locations locally and at Global Affairs (A Taste of Malaysia) in Ottawa…Her main works are in watercolours and acrylics.

Layne Larson

Layne Larsen is a self-taught artist who works in a variety of media, including acrylic, watercolour, egg tempera and graphite.  His subjects include aviation, wildlife (particularly birds), architecture, military subjects and the human figure. His paintings hang in public and private collections in more than 30 countries around the world and in several Canadian aviation museums. He is listed in Canada’s “Who’s Who” and operates a full-service framing business.

Carolyn Huff Winters

I started painting in 2010, when a friend suggested I should take an art class with her. I was going through chemotherapy at the time, and I needed something to fill the empty hours. I didn’t learn a lot in that class, but I got the bug and rarely does a day go by when I’m not painting. My formal education is as a Nurse (Oncology), but in the past 7 years I’ve spent over 700 hours in art classes and workshops. Inspiration for my work is everywhere, and I notice details and beauty in the ordinary and routine. After painting landscapes for a few years, I tried abstracts and discovered they’re the most difficult type of painting I’ve ever done. I continue to paint landscapes, but I have added abstracts and now charcoal paintings which I finish with acrylic paint.


Carla Miedema

Artist, Carla Miedema, was born in Holland, and after growing up in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has spent the last 40+ years living in the Cloyne area, on the edge of the Canadian Shield.  Over the years she took numerous art interest courses, and in 1991 graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Fine Art.

Chris Perry - Barred Owl II

Chris Perry

Chris Perry is a full-time, self-taught artist. At a very early age she displayed artistic ability however she did not begin intensive drawing until the age of 41.

In 2015 Chris was juried and invited to join as a contributing artist for Wildlife Heritage Canada’s annual stamp program. “To be included among well-known Canadian wildlife artists like Michael Dumas and Robert Bateman is a great honour.”

As an accomplished photographer her pics provides her with the resources to paint the creatures that she loves so much.   A longstanding member of the Ontario and Kingston Field Naturalists she strongly believes that her goal as a wildlife artist is to enhance her understanding of the natural world through observation and study. Chris then tries to share her experiences through the brushstrokes of her finished artwork.

at MacAulay - Welcome To My Garden

Pat MacAulay

Pat MacAulay enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, and flowers in watercolour. She has participated in many group shows. Pat is a member of VAGA, Creative Brushes, and Artists’ Rendezvous. Her work is in private collections across Canada, in the United States and England.


Ingrid Schmidt

Ingrid received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Queen’s University and her Fine Arts Diploma from St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Ingrid paints mainly in  watercolor and  acrylic in a fresh expressionistic style. The mighty St Lawrence river and the rugged landscape offer constant inspiration. She is a founding member of the very successful artist run V.A.G.A. Art Gallery (Visual Artists of Gananoque and Area). After 25 years we now have our permanent venue at 186 King  St. East.

Jane Topping

I am very privileged and proud that I live in an area that is as special as the world-renowned Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Our truly amazing, and largely unspoiled natural landscape, and the wonderful quality of life it provides—our diverse flora and fauna—our rich history, and the tapestry of heritage architecture found within this landscape are all irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures. Every season holds new surprises and brings its own unique beauty. It is this quality of home place that sustains me personally and inspires me as an artist.

Cathie Hamilton 3

Cathie Hamilton

Cathie has 2 years of training with a French master and is a graduate of Queens. She has taken many classes with other professional artists as well. She taught many young artists and is now teaching Encaustics at the Kingston School of Art. Cathie is comfortable working in a variety of mediums. She likes to stretch the limit and travel into a unique new world of exploration and creation. Art is not what you see but what you help others to see.

Laurie McLaren

Laurie is a self-taught Artist from Battersea, Ontario who has been painting for 42 years. Laurie likes to paint En Plein Air for the visual interest she takes in her work. Laurie’s work has been viewed and sold in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington State, Baja Mexico, New York State and the Middle East. Laurie continues to paint in Oils and Watercolor.

Gerry Hogaboam 1

Gerry Hogaboam

Gerry Hogaboam About the Artist Painterly, bold, expressive strokes of paint - representational and abstract - capture the essence of Gerry Hogaboam’s chosen subject in watercolour and acrylic. Gerry’s technical skill and personal style continue to develop...
Mary Crowe - card 1

Mary Crowe

Mary was born in the historical village of Barriefield, near Kingston Ontario. The beauty of the area inspired her painting at a very early age. After years of expressing herself on canvas, in 1983, Mary entered her first art show. Equally at home with brush and knife or a combination of both, she has developed a unique style that lends great depth to her paintings. Her work, mostly in oil, consist of flowers and outdoor scenes ranging from misty and moody to colorful and exciting. “Every stroke creates excitement and fulfillment for me. It is immensely satisfying when someone chooses my painting for their home.”

Mary Crawford

While at Queen’s University, she took time to study Art and Architecture in Venice which now affects the way she looks at light, shape and patterns in the landscape. Architectural elements are found in many of her paintings. Gardens as subject matter has great interest for Mary. “Flowers are easy to live with,” she says, whether portrayed as a single specimen or in profusion.  Old tugs, antique boats and marine elements in general hold another interest for her. Still life for its own sake, or as a component of large paintings of interiors, is an ongoing challenge.

Suzanne Jewell

Zan Jewell is a watercolour artist. She grew up in Ancaster, Ontario and later worked for many years in Toronto. She now lives in Kingston. Throughout her life, art has always been a creative outlet and an expression of her personal love of colour and line. Since retiring she has been able to devote more time to developing her personal style in watercolour, studying with various teachers, and working with other artists.


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