Mary Burke is a Niagara artist living in Port Colborne, Ontario and is a member of the Visual Artists of Welland and The Arts Place Gallery in Port Colborne. She has recently connected with the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre where she will be having a solo Show, entitled “Small Town Ontario Streetscapes / Combing Art, History and your Memories” during the Fall of 2022.
Rediscovering her passion for the arts after a long hiatus from the field, Mary is basically self-taught but has completed courses in the Art and Design Foundation program at Niagara College. Mary painted as a hobby during her teen years, into her 20’s, then as she says “life got in the way” as she raised her five children. She’s back now and looking to break into the local and Ontario wide art scene.
Half of Mary’s family is native to the Niagara region, and thus Niagara has always played an integral role in her artistic style. The main subject matter of her work involves depicting the main streets / highlights of small town centers located throughout Ontario. Capturing the nostalgic beauty of the buildings that line the downtown cores, Mary’s work recalls the grace and elegance of yesteryear, combining art, history and your memories all in one artwork. In executing her works, Mary utilizes both oil and acrylic paint on a variety of textured mediums including driftwood, lumber and raw edged lumber.
During the recent pandemic Mary has put together a series of single boards highlighting local Port Colborne businesses. This series called Port Colborne Proud 2020 will be presented at The Arts Place Gallery, along with a variety of other works. Her artistic style has found tremendous success with the public and her work can be seen at the The Nook in Grimsby, Newton’s Art Barn in Victoria Harbour (near Midland Ontario), the Arts Place Gallery and Niagara Crafters in Port Colborne along at various summer shows. She is a passionate advocate of the arts in the Niagara Region and hopes to continue utilizing her talents as a positive force throughout Ontario.
To view Mary’s work online check out these sources, listed below.