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Marlene Kawalez

Artist Summary

Marlene Kawalez – The notion of history and the contemporary existence channels the spirit which is carried into her work with the use of clay and other organic materials such as wood, rock, moss and glass. It is within the lines of a petrified piece of wood or the crevice in a centuries old rock that a story is waiting to be recalled. Price Range:  $650 – $3,000

Full Biography

Marlene Kawalez

Marlene Kawalez was born in Southern Ontario, where she lived, studied and experimented with clay as a young child. Her passion for sculpting was very apparent and she was mesmerized by the endless possibilities of what could be created from a singular block of clay.

She studied Graphic Design in Toronto and pursed other artistic venues. Marlene continued furthering her education by attending various workshops and working with gifted artists from across Canada and the United States. She experimented with many different techniques and utilized various materials to achieve the desired effect such as wood, wire, stone and glass. There is a strong love of nature in her work as well as the exploration of loss, longing and the peeling away of exterior layers to reveal internal complexities.

Thru the years her work has been published in various books, magazines, and newspapers. She has exhibited at many group shows and has private collectors from Canada, US and Europe.

ART EDUCATION

2017
Workshop with Lisa Clague, North Carolina
Workshop in Encaustic Wax, Alton Mills

2016
Corning School of Glass with Erika Tada
Pittsburg School of Glass with Susan Taylor Glasgow
Workshop with Joel A. Prevost

2015
Residency program at Oatka Glass School
Workshop and seminar with Adrian Arleo

2013
Free form clay with Susan Low- Beer.
Transference on glass with Joanne Teasdale.
Mentorship with Koen Vanderstukken.
Image Transfer on clay with Chris Hielihy.
Introduction to Paper Clay with John Hofstetter.

2012
Pate de Verre with Alicia Lomne.
Free Form clay with Susan-Low Beer.
Working with Glass with Jamie Gray.

2011
Glass Casting with Valerie Dennis.

2010
Cold Working Glass with Glass Craft.
Box Casting Course by Jayne Cornelis.
Kiln Casting Course by Irene Frolic.

2009
Crystalline Glaze Firing Workshop by Diane Creber.
Working in Winterstone. Instructor Lorne Winters.

2008
Slumping and Fusing Glass. Instructed by Heather Woods.
Burlington Art Centre Sudbury Artist Exchange Program.
Saggar and Raku workshop with Fusion.
Outdoor Sculpture. Instructed by Scott McNichol.

2007
Exploration in Form. Instructed by Ying Yueh Chuang.
Glazing Techniques. Taught by renowned ceramist Kasia Piech.
Finishing Techniques. Several artists demonstrating their area of expertise.

2006
Raku Firing. Apprenticing with world renowned artist, Barb Vansickle.
Diploma, Business Management
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Diploma, Graphic Design
Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology

RECENT EXHIBITIONS/GROUP SHOW

2019
Sculptors Society of Canada Gallery
Art District Gallery
Withrow Common Gallery

2018
Morgan Glass Gallery
Elora Outdoor Sculpture Show
Sculptors Society of Canada Gallery
Aird Gallery

2017
Aird Gallery
Arts on the Credit Show
Homer Watson Gallery
Applecrate Galleries
Sculptors Society of Canada Gallery

2016
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery
Aird Gallery
Headwaters Art Festival
Temiskaming Art Gallery
Sculpture Society of Canada Gallery
Burlington Art Gallery, 50th Anniversary

2015
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Figureworks
Sculpture Society of Canada Gallery
Velodrome Pan Am Games Mural
Dragonfly Arts
John B. Aird Gallery

2014
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Sculptors Society of Canada Gallery
John B. Aird Gallery

2013
Art Gallery of Sudbury.
Living Arts Centre.
John B. Aird Gallery.
Corporate Building in Toronto.
Sculptors Society of Canada.

2012
Patrick International Gallery.
John B. Aird Gallery.
Ontario Crafts Council.
Headwaters Arts Gala.
Colour and Form Society.
Carnegie Gallery.
Town of Elora, Outside Sculpture.
Sculpture Society of Canada.
Holcim Gallery.
Dam Gallery.

2011
Headwaters Arts Gala.
Fireworks by Fusion.
Dam Gallery.
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery.
Canadian Sculpture Society Gallery.
The Upstairs Gallery.

2010
Sherway Garden Gallery.
Sudbury Gallery.
John B. Aird Gallery.
Burlington AIC Gallery.
Harrop Gallery.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2016
Article in Zoneone Arts
First Prize Jurors Choice Award – Headwaters Arts Festival

2015
“Figureworks” Award.
Published in “Sculpture” book by Sachet Mixte/Themes.
Published in “A Milton Legacy” book to commemorate the Pan Am Games.

2013
John B. Aird. Gallery, “85th Anniversary Catalog.”
The Melville White Church book, “a Celebration in Art.”

2011
Dam Gallery. Jurorʼs Award.
Bruno Capolongo Invitational Award.
Sudbury Art Gallery acquired sculpture for their permanent collection.
Sculpture published in Lark Book in “500 Raku”.
Published in Arabella Magazine, Winter Celebrations.

2009
Member of the Sculpture Society of Canada.
City of Burlington purchased a sculpture for a Junior Person of the Year Award.

2007
Etobicoke Civic Art Gallery. Honorable Mention.

2006
Mississauga City Hall Gallery. First Prize in Sculpture

2005
Mississauga City Hall Gallery. Honorable Mention.

Artist’s Statement

“For the past few years, I have been creating pieces that often explore themes of life, the reflection of time and the peeling away of exterior layers to reveal internal intricacies. In many ways it is a introspection into my personal journey and that of others that I was privy to observe.

The purpose behind my work is to expose, express and provide insight into the raw emotions involved in the journey of life through clay, wood and glass.The application of wood and clay is essential as a direct conduit to the root of nature and our existence. Glass, in retrospect, represents the fragility of life and the continuity of movement and time.”

Marlene Kawalez