arabella magazine features local; landscape artist gordon harrison – new edinburgh news – december 2013
New Edinburgh News | December 2013
Kudos to well-known local landscape artist Gordon Harrison whose life and work were featured in the Fall Harvest 2013 edition of the magazine Arabella: Canadian Art, Architecture and Design (www.arabelladesign.com). Gordon has long been an important presence in New Edinburgh, both as a resident and as a working artist who maintained an active studio in the quaint gardner’s cottage at 81 John Street for 14 years before moving the studio to 67 Rideau Terrace (formerly his mother’s home) this past summer. He and his partner Phil Emond also operate at 495 Sussex Drive, as well as the Pine Point Lake House Bed & Breakfast and Studio in Gordon’s old stomping ground in the Laurentians.
In recent years, Gordon’s annual Garden Exhibits in June were a popular attraction on the Open Door Ottawa circuit, drawing locals and visitors alike to mingle on the grass enjoying refreshments and live music, while admiring at artfully arranged display of his colourful landscapes. Gordon’s subject matter is pan-Canadian, depicting landscapes from the Gatineau Hills to Quebec’s Charlevoix Region, the Laurentians, Muskoka, Georgian Bay, Lake Superior, the Prairies and the Rocky Mountains. His rising professional reputation has earned him representation in art galleries across the country from Quebec City to Victoria B.C., and his work is regularly featured in both solo and group exhibitions. Interested readers can keep track of coming exhibitions on the gallery website at www.gordonharrisongallery.com.
His next Vernissage, for the upcoming show Les manteaux blancs de l’hiver, an exhibition of winter landscapes in Gatineau Park, the Laurentians and Charlevoix region featuring both Gordon and Quebec artist René Tardif, will take place from December 6-8 at the Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive. In addition to his own work, Gordon finds time for an active teaching and coaching career, conducting one-on-one master classes in both his Ottawa and Laurentian studios. In 2009, he launched his signature Art Inspiration Program directed to aspiring artists in the younger set. Each year, he selects a local school and coaches group of its students in the steps in the process towards artistic expression, creativity and skill, assisting each participant to produce a painting which is subsequently exhibited and sold at auction for a charitable cause. Congratulations Gordon: we’re delighted to see that your energy and dedication to your art has achieved such well-deserved recognition.