Our bed and breakfast art collection
Kelley has been collecting art since 1982 and her collection reflects her eclectic taste in style, genre, medium, and artists. For those who are interested, we provide a photograph and bit of background on the various pieces you may observe around our bed and breakfast in Stratford Ontario.
Flordali II lithograph, printed in France and signed by Salvador Dali
This coloured lithograph, published in 1981 is taken from an original collage which was especially created for this edition by Dali himself. This is a vision of the universe as seen through the Surrealist eyes of Dali. A modern master of the surreal arts, Salvador Dali’s works continually challenged convention by questioning the antithesis of surrealism: our normal sense of the “real.” Surrealism’s objective was to make accessible to art the realms of the unconscious, irrational and imaginary. An expansive movement that extended beyond the canvas, Surrealism embraced literature, music, cinema, philosophy and popular culture. Dali’s works drew inspiration from fellow Surrealists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Joan Miro.
– A non-traditional approach to an old art tradition is what makes the limited edition etchings by Yvonne Davis so distinctive. “When you become a printmaker, you are touching the past.” says Davis. “I enjoy feeling close to the history of art. It is a technique developed years and years ago and is still being executed in the same basic manner. The first dated etching goes back to 1513, and it is a medium that was used by great masters.” Yvonne Davis’ images are achieved through a combination of fine intaglio techniques and masterful hand coloring. Yvonne primarily uses inks and watercolors, sometimes colored pencils, to achieve her elegant results. Yvonne was raised in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, which she again calls her home.
Raenell Doyle is committed to the beauty of classical still life painting and her compositions reflect a mastery of the classical element of light and shadow. Her compositions contain a variety of textural surfaces, bone china, metallic vessels, antiques wooden surfaces and glass. Then combining those objects with living forms, fruits and flowers from her own garden, she creates intricate and sumptuous artwork. “I love painting in a style reminiscent of the classic Dutch Masters. I paint lush, rich still life; focusing on the play of light on different surfaces and shapes. Observing and portraying the beautiful effects of light falling on objects is one of my commitments as an artist.” Purchased at Roby King Gallery Bainbridge Island Washington.
Signed 1889 crazy quilt from West Stockbridge Massachusetts
Patches can be hand appliquéd onto a base fabric or sewn on by machine or hand. This method gives the most variety, as every patch is unique. Crazy patchwork uses irregular pieces of fabric without pattern. This may create haphazard-looking and asymmetrical designs, or the designer may use some control in placement. Sometimes part of a crazy quilt is haphazard while other parts are placed in a planned pattern. A common example of this is the placement of patches in a fan pattern (featured in three corners of our Crazy Quilt). The patches and seams are then usually heavily embellished. Because the careful geometric design of a quilt block is much less important in crazy quilts, the quilters are able to employ much smaller and more irregularly-shaped pieces of fabric. In comparison to standard quilts, crazy quilts are far more likely to use exotic pieces of fabric, such asvelvet, satin, tulle, or silk, and embellishments such as buttons, lace, ribbons, beads, or embroidery. Crazy quilting as a textile art is extremely creative and free-flowing by nature, and crazy quilters will often learn as much about specific embellishments as they will about crazy quilting itself.
According to Cindy Brick, author of “Crazy Quilts” (published by Voyageur Press in 2008),”The earliest so-called Crazy quilt may not have been meant for a bed at all, but made as a garment. Venice’s carnival, said to have originated in 1162, and its commedia dell’arte includes Harlequin, a magical character dressed in a “particolored”, or colorful, patched costume; the patches could be remnants of other, richer costumes.”(p15) She also writes that “In the sixteenth century, another much more sophisticated group would don Crazy-patched clothing on occasion: Japanese Nobility. Their choice of clothing-kimonos of silk and wool that were often hand painted and embroidered-communicated not only their political and family ties, but also their taste in flora and fauna.”(p15)
Crazy quilting created a stir in the 1880s when it became quite a fad in the United States. The Japanese Exhibit in 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition inspired the crazy quilt with its asymmetrical art. Source Wikipedia
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe from an enlightened perspective; i.e., that of the principal deity. Source: Wikipedia
Be it a carnival in Venice, a sun-drenched street in Greece, a cozy well -furnished room in the Hamptons, a tropical beach, or a mythological scene, McKnight’s images invite you to experience the unfettered joy of living. “I try to integrate what is real about a place or thing with its underlying truth – that is, it’s invisible soul,” muses the artist. “In the process, I try to create symbolic reality that can serve was a catalyst for emotions – nostalgia, joy, the sadness of time passing.” According to noted New York Times critic Gene Thornton, McKnight’s work presents “vision of earthly happiness that are almost celestial. It is the vision of earthly paradise that exists in the here and now.”
Born in 1941 in Lawrence, Kansas, Thomas McKnight grew up in the suburbs of Montreal, New York, and Washington, D.C. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University, he studied art history at Columbia University. He then served in Korea with the army for two years, and later worked for Time Magazine. Since devoting himself to painting full time in 1972, he has held over 400 gallery showings.
Source: Thomas McKnight website
(1886-1970) Austrian Painter; Etcher; Landscape painter. All her life, Herta Czoernig roamed through the city of Vienna and the surrounding countryside with her sketch pag, crayons and set of color pencils capturing the picturesque streets, homes and scenery. She is generally considered to have been the last “topographic” artis of Vienna. Her work received recognition after WWII, through her etchings of the homes of musicians and composers in Vienna. Each of these has a vignette containg a few bars of music relating to the scene.
(1870 – 1946) Koho Shoda is one of the shin hanga artists – and he is not the only one – about whom the art scene has hardly any information.
(1) Oil Still life and (2) Oil Landscape by Pamela Fermanis
– Pamela was born in Washington DC and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Moore College of Art In Philadelphia. The impressionistic qualities of her detailed, delicate paintings reflect the tradition of “The Philadelphia Ten” a group of painters educated in the early 1900’s at Moore, known previously as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. A career in commercial art brought Pamela to the Pacific Northwest in 1978: she returned to her first love, oil painting in 1997. Whenever possible she paints en plein air to capture the fleeting qualities of light and the immediacy of the moment. Her work has been described by critics as “magical and mysterious with beautifully strong compositions employing a wonderfully rich palette.”
Framed copy of a complete New York newspaper documenting the routes of escape available to General Robert E. Lee. It was given the Kelley by Daniel for her birthday. Kelley’s time in the south engendered an interest in the civil war and its lasting effects on the economics and politics of the US.
Collection of vintage postcards of stone and brick buildings in Toronto including University of Toronto buildings, Exhibition Place, St. Lawrence Market, and others. Collected and framed by Kelley for Daniel’s birthday.