Sunset Arts Gallery, 63 River Road, Grand Bend, ON
Sunset Arts

Sunset Art Artists


 Catherine Weber                     Catherine Weber MAPC

Inspired by French Impressionists Catherine finds portraiture and figure drawing the most fascinated subjects.
She works in different mediums, but favors pastel.
Exhibiting since 1995 Catherine is a frequent award winner, and has shown her work in over 50 invitational and juried shows.
Catherine is the founder of Sunset Arts.



Mary Lynn Smith

Mary Lynn is a retired nurse and enjoys "plein" air painting. Landscape and floral paintings are her passion with plenty of vivid colour. Trees, rocks and skies of the Canadian landscapes particularly inspire her.



David Hudgel

David Hudgel is a semi-retired physician, having begun wood turning several years ago.  The first time he put a piece of wood on the lathe, he felt artistic energy.  Since then Dave has perfected his technical skills and creativity to produce turnings/carvings that amplify the wood’s natural beauty.  On the lathe the wood presents grain and color patterns that are blended with curves and angles to finalize an art form.  Elements such as bark inclusions and cracks are left as components of the design, highlighting Nature’s beauty. Productions range from bowl sets to asymmetrical figures. 

Susan Vallely

A Visual Arts graduate of Western University, Susan spent her teaching career encouraging her students to express their artistic talents.  Since retiring, she has been working in many media but prefers oils and pastels. 
Inspired by her travels, she works from her own photos and surroundings, interpreting a variety of subjects.



Arale Vallely

Arale has been painting on silk since 2009. She is inspired by the challenges of capturing the aesthetics of complex subjects through the unique medium of silk.  The evolution of her artistic themes has been greatly influenced by her multicultural experiences of living in Asia and the Middle East.
Arale’s work has been displayed in over a dozen countries around the world and has been featured in print publications, art symposia and charity events.
Driven to improve her craft, Arale also enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of the medium though teaching classes for both beginning and more experienced painters.




Janette Baillie

Janette Baillie is a Grand Bend based photographer who draws her inspiration from her natural surroundings. Her portfolio reflects her interest in light, colour, texture and form.
Janette takes a painterly approach to photography, resulting in lens based art that often depicts a certain mood or emotion.

A qualified teacher, Janette teaches workshops and photography classes. She is a member of the Port Franks Camera Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield.

Janette  is excited to be part of the Sunset Arts Gallery group and is looking forward to your visit to the gallery this summer!


Brian Lasenby

Growing up in the Carolinian zone of southwestern Ontario, I was surrounded at an early age by a rich tapestry of forests, meadows and streams, kindling a passion for photography. More recently, my travels throughout North and Central America have allowed me to photograph a dazzling array of wildlife and landscapes - from the underwater world of lush coral reefs to barren alpine ecosystems; from the parched deserts and canyons of the American Southwest to the tropical rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica.

Although I enjoy travelling to new and exotic destinations, some of my favourite locales to explore and photograph are those most familiar to me - enchanted places in their own right that are no more than a few short steps or paddle strokes from home.





R. Jean Taylor

Born in Summerside, P.E.I. Jean spent most of her youth in London, ON. taking art courses at HB Beal and U.W.O. Sculpture, drawing and print making were her main interests. Later on she took up painting in oil and acrylic mediums. She is inspired by the works of Van Gogh, Chagal and Tom Thompson.

North Vancouver, B.C. was home from 1993 to 2015. Living in B.C., she emerged herself in art and theatre.

Jean was a member of the North Shore Artists Guild where she exhibited most of her work. She was accepted into many juried shows at the Ferry Building in West Vancouver and the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. She won Jury Choice award in 2014 at the Ferry Blvd Gallery and another at Seymour Art Gallery.

Her latest painting style using a palette knife was inspired by the Ausable River at Grand Bend. "I love the textures of the river banks and forest areas".



Denise Nonomura, PAC

Denise Nonomura is an award winning pastel artist who has attained signature status with Pastel Artists of Canada. Her works are representational and capture the light and mood of unique settings in our natural environment. Her work has been exhibited in juried international pastel competitions and open medium competitions as well as in group and solo shows.  Her pastel paintings are held in private collections in Canada, USA and Ireland. Denise is a member of Society of Canadian Artists and a juried Active Member of Federation of Canadian Artists. 

“The tactile, hands on, nature of the pastel medium allows me to connect with my painting on a deep level. I find that the versatility of pastel makes it the perfect medium for me to work in to express my impressions of the world around us.”

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