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Show Schedule
Libby's gallery holds shows of historical art including The Group of Seven and many of their contemporaries from the 30's and 40's. The gallery also promotes a selected group of well-established representational painters of today.


R.W. Burton  December 6 - December 22, 2007

featured artists Ralph W. Burton
(1905 – 1983)
Ralph W. Burton was born in Newington, Ontario in 1905.  In 1919, he studied in Ottawa and then went to Paris to study under the famous Professor Chaume.  Burton served with the R.C.A.F. during World War II from 1940 – 1947 and after the War he attended the Banff School of Fine Arts where he met the one artist that most influenced his painting career – A.Y. Jackson.  While studying under Jackson, he went on many sketching trips with him to The Rockies.  By 1949 Burton was back in Ottawa and once again painting with Jackson around Wakefield and Ripon, Quebec.  Burton's earlier work focused on pure landscape but after 1951, he wanted to record the human element of rural Ontario and Quebec.  Therefore, at this point of his painting career, his paintings were more of a record about people and their homes than straight landscapes.
Burton lived in the Ottawa region but traveled extensively throughout the entire country for his subject matter.  He showed regularly at the Wallack Gallery in Ottawa, exhibiting his Canadian scenes as well as those of Alaska and the Yukon.  He also enjoyed teaching adult art classes between his sketching trips.  Burton’s paintings are colourful and bright – depicting the ruggedness of the Canadian landscape.  His artworks hang in major galleries and museums across the nation as well as in the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
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Previous Fall Shows

Roy Austin, O.S.A.   October 18 - October 27, 2007

Roy Austin, O.S.A
1910 – 1997
Roy Austin grew up in the rural town of Orangeville, Ontario.  He studied painting and design under J.W. Beatty, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Carmichael and Yvonne McKague Housser at the Ontario College of Art. Always active in the arts and community life, Roy Austin was a member of the Arts and letters club, honorary member of the Ontario Society of Artists and participated in exhibitions with the Royal Canadian Academy. After 20 years of operating his own company “Austin Displays Limited”, at the age of 59, he went with his wife to Grenada to paint the local scene for five years.  Roy Austin returned to Canada in 1974 and settled in the city of Cambridge continuing to paint many famous Ontario scenes. In the artist’s characteristic frankness, he says of his painting, “I don’t put myself into my painting; the landscape puts itself into my painting”.

In simplified shapes, expressive brush strokes and often dramatic colours, the artist’s landscapes, whether representational or non-objective, pull the viewer into the heart of the painting.  Austin is perhaps best known for his portrayal of southwestern Ontario’s small towns, villages and country sides. 

Betty Galbraith Cornell, S.C.A.    November 1 - November 10, 2007

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Galbraith-Cornell studied at the Weston School, Montreal under A. Stone and Wilfrid Barnes; at the Art Association of Montreal under Adam Sherriff Scott and Harold Beament; and at Sir George Williams University, Montreal with James McCorkindale. She later travelled to London, England where she took exams with the Royal Drawing Society of London. Working in oil, pastel and charcoal she paints portraits especially children, village scenes, landscapes and seascapes set in Quebec and the Maritimes. Galbraith-Cornell is particularly active in Percé, Gaspé and the Laurentians in Quebec; Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia; and has also painted in the Northwest Territories. The majority of her work is in a loose, representational style reminiscent of Henri Masson, while later images have moved more towards a semi-abstract execution
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Rita-Anne Piquet November 15 - December 1, 2007

Rita-Anne Piquet, ASCA

Rita-Anne Piquet was born in Toronto and studied at George Brown College, Three Schools of Art and Ballynakill Studios in Ireland.

World-traveled, she has painted in Italy, France and Ireland.   Piquet also completed the artist-in-residence program at the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda.

Rita-Anne's work has been published on the covers of The New Anthology of Canadian Literature (Oxford University Press) and the magazines, Canadian Treasurer and the Canadian Journal of Women's  Health Care, and was included in L'Art au Feminin/The Feminine Viewpoint:  Works by Contemporary Women Artists.

Most recently, Rita-Anne won first Prize for her painting in “Essences”, a juried exhibition at the Georgina Arts Centre; and the HSBC Award of Excellence for her plein air painting of Gairloch Gardens, in Oakville.
Whether portraying urban environments or rural landscapes, her paintings speak of a private refuge.  They are evocative rather than sentimental, depicting peaceful, contemplative places. Piquet's works convey intimate moments, which are timeless, yet so often fleeting.
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Exhibitions by the Following Painters
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