Carla Miedema

About the Artist

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.

Carla’s love of nature and the land is reflected in her art work.  Bark, pine needles, lichen, grasses, and other bits of material found in nature become part of her paintings in acrylic and mixed media on canvas.  These elements create a sculptural relief effect. The layering and glazing of the paints and other materials reflects the constant changes and the cycle of life in nature.  By allowing different layers of paint to show through, an extra dimension is achieved.  Over the years her paintings have become more expressionistic as she experiments with different materials in various mediums such as canvas, yupo and watercolour papers.   Her monochromatic pen & ink drawings on handmade paper depict the delicate beauty of wild foliage.  The handmade paper enhances the drawings and creates an illusion of depth.

Some themes Carla has explored through her paintings and pen & ink drawings are roadside foliage and mushrooms, reflections, and the ruggedness of the land.  Maybe because of her Dutch background, she has always been drawn to water.  The theme “reflections” in water re-enters her paintings time and again.  These paintings depict the intricate patterns of foliage and brush, as reflected in bodies of water, in flamboyant vibrant colours.  The rocky, rugged landscape in Mazinaw Country is prominent in her work.  She has also been having fun with abstract work and trying new mediums with success.  As well she’s enjoying the challenge of none representational paintings and creating them to a successful conclusion.

Carla has exhibited in both solo and group shows of her work extensively since 1972 in Kingston, Napanee, Newburgh, Belleville, Cobourg, McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, Toronto, Perth, Keswick, Oshawa, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Burlington, Merrickville, Tweed, Fenelon Falls, and Cloyne.  Some of her major solo and duo exhibitions took place in Kingston, ON, at the Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston Artist Association Incorporated (K.A.A.I.), the Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Springer Lounge, Grand Theatre; in Belleville, ON, at the Belleville Public Library Art Gallery, Gallery ArtPlus, Waterfront Gallery; in Perth, the Tay River gallery, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON, and in Balderson, ON, at the Balderson Cheese Art Gallery.  Some of the major juried group shows Carla has participated in are as follows: McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, ON; Queen’s Sesque Artfest, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON; E.C.O.A.A. and Q.A.C. Art Exhibitions,  Belleville, ON, Gallery Artplus, Belleville, Waterfront Art Festival, Cobourg, ON; Presqu’ile Art Gallery, Brighton, ON; K.A.C. Art Salon, and K.A.A.I. Art Exhibitions and Auction, Agnes Etherington Art Rental Gallery, Kingston, ON; Bon Echo Art Exhibition, Cloyne, ON, Kawartha Artfest, Fenelon Falls, ON; Clarington Visual Art Centre, Bowmanville, ON, Silent Lake Artfest, Bancroft, ON, A.A.T.R, Newburg,ON., and Stirling Artfest, Stirling, ON.  Carla’s work is also represented at Greystones Gallery, and Studio by the Pond.

Carla has received many commissions of both paintings and drawings, of portraits and specific scenes.  In her pursuit to create a local awareness of art, Carla initiated and chaired the Mazinaw Country Studio Tour and the Bon Echo Art Exhibition & Sale, both in the Cloyne area. She is still an active member in these two endeavours, as well as Showcase Annual Art & Craft Show in Cloyne which donates the income from the show to the art program of North Addington Education Centre.  Carla is a member of numerous art organizations.  Her work was published in the Organization of Kingston Women Artists Datebook for a number of years, The Salmon River Watershed, Wild Ontario, Connections magazine, and as well as newspapers. Recently Carla was commissioned to create pen & ink drawings for illustrations in a book titled “Seven Sisters”, by F.M. Wiseman, and her paintings were also incorporated in the 2018 Celestial Planting Calendar by Earth Haven Learning Centre.  Carla is a member of numerous art organizations.  Reviews of her work have appeared in many local newspapers.  Her art has received awards and prizes, which include Don Maddock award, the Presqu’ile Art Gallery 2nd place prize, and honourable mentions at the Niagara Falls Exhibition as well as other exhibitions.  Her art work can be found in collections in throughout North America and Europe.

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