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BIO

Elizabeth (Beth)

Popham

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I have circled back to the visual arts after a career teaching Renaissance and Canadian literature – in Alberta, Arizona and Newfoundland, and most recently, at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. I work primarily in acrylics – sometimes combined with pen and ink – and photography, and tend to produce “series” as I explore the potential of new subjects, techniques or media. Whether working on botanical studies, portraiture, life drawing or landscapes – and whether striving for high realist detail or abstraction – I am drawn to the elegance of shape and line. My favourite subjects could be called “micro-landscapes” or “natural abstracts.”

Having had no formal arts education, I have benefitted immensely from participation in the community of artists associated with the Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery in Peterborough, summer workshops at the Gallery-on-the Lake at Upper Buckhorn Lake, an intrepid group of outdoor artists who carried on painting during the COVID slowdown, and, more recently, two artist collectives – Studio 201 (formerly Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio) in Peterborough and A Place for the Arts in Bancroft.

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Curriculum Vitae

Art Associations

  • A Place for the Arts, Bancroft

  • ArtSpace Peterborough

  • ECOAA (East Central Ontario Art Association)

  • Kawartha Lakes Arts Council

  • Studio 201 (Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio)

Courses & Workshops

  • drawing (Amber Johnson)

  • botanical illustration (John Vandenburgh)

  • life drawing (Anne Hoover)

  • portraiture (Anne Hoover, Catherine Mills, Stephanie Schirm)

  • painting (Birgitta MacLeod, John Climenhage)

  • landscape painting (Lucy Manley, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah)

  • high realism (Ian Bodnaryk)

  • gelatin plate mono-printing (Corina Kiefert Chester)

  • encaustic painting (Susan Fisher)

  • leatherwork (David Trotter)

  • scratchboard (Lori Dunn)

  • abstract and multi-media (Steve Rose, Andrew Hamilton)

Exhibitions

  • September 28-October 29, 2023 – Mystery of the Park: Exhibition and Sale (Algonquin Park Visitor Centre)

  • June 6–July 15 – "Natural Abstracts" at Gallery 121 (Belleville) (featured artist)

  • August 2023 – Cork and Bean Peterborough (solo show)

  • January 2023 – The Food Shop Peterborough (solo show)

  • November 2022-March 2023 – "En Plein Air" (group show), The Annex Gallery, A Place for the Arts (Bancroft)

  • September 30-October 30, 2022 – Mystery of the Park: Exhibition and Sale (Algonquin Park Visitor Centre)

  • May 2022 – “Along the Trail” (solo show), The Annex Gallery, A Place for the Arts (Bancroft)

  • 2021-22 – “Portraits of Resilience”, Art Gallery of Ontario: https://ago.ca/portraits-resilience

  • 2020 & 2021 – “An Outdoor Art Show”, The Gallery on the Lake (Buckhorn)

  • 2018 & 2019 – “Studio Soiree”, Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery (Peterborough & Port Perry)

Markets

  • July 22 & 29 – "Made by Me" at Millenium Park (Peterborough) group show-and-sales with Studio 201's landscape & outdoor painters

  • June 24 & July 15 – The Avant-Garden Shop (Peterborough)

  • June 17, 2023 & November 5, 2022 – 30 Craft Market (Peterborough Public Library)

  • December 2-3, 2022 – Artspace Holiday Market and Fundraiser (Artspace Peterborough)

  • September 10, November 5, 2022 – The Artisan Fair (Lions Centre, Peterborough)

  • June 9, 2022 – The Lakefield Jazz, Arts and Craft Festival (Deborah Morris Park, Lakefield)

Galleries & Showcases

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