The Estonian House Art Committee's "Young Artists' Show" was very well attended and received by the public. The exhibition, organized by Elva Palo and Olja Müller, opened on Saturday November 11 at the Estonian House Art Gallery. Keynote speaker at the opening was EKKT president Mai Vomm Järve. The show ran through November 14.
13 young artists exhibited their works. Many visitors expressed their admiration about the quality and the different styles and subjects of the art being shown, and asked for more information about these promising young artists.
In alphabetical order they were:
1. Erika Agur, 23, a graduate from York University and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, showed a reverence for nature and earthy tones in her oil and water colour paintings. "Algonquin" showed a calming play of light and shadow while "Lake Simcoe — Holmes Point" successfully displayed a combination of water colour and realism. Intaglio print, "Mittens" showed sensitivity and detail.
2. Aleksandra Isberg, 17, enjoys working with abstraction in acrylic. "Wedding Dress" in black and white was free form and yet "Feather" showed her ability to draw in high realism.
3. Katriina Isberg, 16, works in realism, seen best with the India ink work "Tree/Puu". An untitled red acrylic work had the wonderful ability to suggest any number of subjects.
4. Matti Kaus, at the age of 17 showed a strong interest in landscapes with brightly coloured horizons. "Electric Sky" and "New Feelers", both in acrylic, showed an interest in symbolism and nature.
5. Trina Kaus, 21, is an environmental studies student at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay. Her five works of art showed a strong interest in nature and attention to detail. "Keelepeks traadil" pulled the viewer into a delightful play of colour and design in birds. "Tiger lily", "Seebrad", "Liblikas Ohakal" and "Orhidee" were all delicately rendered.
6. Niina Lüüs, a sciences student at Dalhousie University, found her personal expression in a free style of layers of colour and acrylic paint. "Tallinn", "View from a Window: Spring Arriving" were like studies of a moment. "Friend" and "Dominique" showed a strong interest in expressing facial emotion with spontaneous brush strokes.
7. Sandra Martin, 16, showed a very mature and accomplished ability in nature photography. "The Beach", "Adam's Needle", "After the Rain", "Tulip after Rain" and "After the Rain II" were compositionally well balanced and showed sensitivity to detail.
8. Eva Oja, 18, a first year student at Ontario College of Art and Design (O.C.A.D.), had a sense of humour in her acrylic "cube" paintings "Burp" and "Why". In oil paintings "Skeleton", "Explosion", and "Roosa Manna" she explored the canvas size and surface texture to attract the viewer.
9. Randel Palo, 22, a second year student at MTM Animation School in Toronto, showed diversity in mediums. "Only One" in oil and "Kimono" in black and white cut paper were very opposite. "Project 402 (Day and Night)" and "Friday" showed realism and colour experiments with gouache. His self-portrait in conte was well rendered and mature in quality.
10. Heili Paluoja, 24, has a diploma from Seneca College in graphic communications. "Astraphobia" in acrylic, "Poppy", and "Papagoi" in oil pastel all showed Paluoja's interest in strong colours and sense of design.
11. Mai-Liis Tammemägi, 22, is a student of Art Education at Concordia University in Montréal. Her mixed media untitled works were abstractions of realist forms. The splashes of bright colours were most striking.
12. Laani Trei, 20, George Brown College, Baking and Pastry Arts, integrated everyday objects into her painting surfaces. This included wax, mirror pieces, and fabric in "Beating Heart Baby", "Adam's California" and "Glamorama". "Drink Pink" and "Pirate Territory" suggested an interest in symbolism and textured backgrounds.
13. Alex Wallner, 21, is in his fourth year at Ontario College of Art and Design and all untitled pieces showed a strong interest in realistic style. The conte drawing of a female face and the charcoal pencil drawing of the female nude were masterfully rendered and visually balanced. The various conte drawings of faces with exaggerated expressions were dramatic and visually provocative.
Kudos to the organizers for curating a well-displayed and intriguing exhibition, one which left the visitor anticipating the next show featuring the diverse skills of our community's talented young artists.
Young artists showcased