Best Nature Representation

The St. Andrews Heritage Centre’s annual Community Art Show is on exhibit until March 19th. There are three categories in which artists can win prizes: Best Nature Representation, Best Use of Colour, and Overall Excellence!

Many of the artworks on exhibit are of nature scenes, landscapes and animals. The range of subject matter within this category, Best Nature Representation is quite large, from wild animals, such as “Young Parliament” by Heather Robbin, sculpture in “Pair of Wolves” by Gerrie Wright, and nature scenes such as “Western Silvery Aster,” by Lola Kecman.

The Heritage Centre staff has gathered all of their favourite nature representations from the entire Community Art Show exhibit. Browse the gallery below to see which pieces are the Heritage Centre’s staff’s “picks.” One of these pieces might win the prize “Best Nature Representation” after community voting ends on March 1st! Scroll beneath the gallery to read statements by each of the featured artists!

Be sure to visit the Community Art Show in person to view all of these fantastic works and vote on your favourite nature representations!

Click here to visit the Community Art Show page for more information, online voting form, and images from past Community Art Shows

Click here to view the 2020 Community Art Show virtually

Lola Josipa Kecman – “Western Silvery Aster”

My name is Lola Josipa Kecman, an artist that lives in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Originally, I am from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I finished education to be a teacher and took two years in fine arts. Throughout my life I have lived in different countries and on different continents. I have travelled a lot, so many different cultures have influenced my art. I also inherited some talent and artistic genes from my parents. I have had exhibits in a few different art galleries here in Winnipeg, Canada. One of my paintings, “Brittanie”, is in Russia on display in the exhibit “Angels of Peace” and my other painting, “Disrobed”, is in the exhibit “100 artists against corona” in Croatia. Many of my paintings are sold and in private collections around the world. In 2021 I painted Series of Endangered Plants that contains 9 acrylic paintings. You are seeing 5 of them here at St. Andrews Heritage Centre & Rectory. This is a second time exhibiting my art here and I am so honoured and grateful for the opportunity.

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Nicole Kulchyski – “Cow Painting”

I love expressing myself through artwork, and find it very meditative and relaxing. The pieces I submitted are both acrylic paintings, but quite different from one another. The barn is done on canvas with many layers of colour and vibrancy! The cow is abstract with only black and white being blended throughout on a piece of live edge oak. I hope you enjoy both! I continue to be an amateur artist enjoying this outlet when time allows, and have recently begun oil painting as well. Refurbishing furniture is a passion for warmer weather 😊 and I love being able to up cycle and bring beauty back into forgotten treasures so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Please like and follow my page on Facebook (custom work is available as well). 

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Carroll Henderson – “Fall Leaves”

I have loved to draw ever since I was a child. I would save my pictures and put them in an album. I didn’t start painting until my children were in school.. I started with oils and then switched to watercolours. They were much easier to dry and store. I never had an art room until our children were on their own. By then I was hooked on watercolours. I have done some oils again and tried my hand at pencil crayons. I love flowers,  beautiful colours and I focus on them in a lot of my paintings. Colours are always inspiring in them and in scenery. I hope you enjoy my work.


Gerrie Wright – “Pair of Wolves”

Canadian born, Gerrie has spent many hours working and exploring the wild places of Canada. Her experience as a world traveller has helped her appreciate the clean air and water in these remote areas, with their distinct wild inhabitants. It is through a deep appreciation of this natural wildness that inspires her to spend hours or weeks on each piece to capture a special quality. She began sculpting in 1985 while visiting Australia. It was one of those “accident” sort of things that has evolved into a passion. Self taught,  She enjoys creating animals in Buff Stone or a polymer clay as it comes to her naturally. Some of the polymer items are then cast in a resin. (Example is the black wolf). From this point they’re mounted  into scenes from nature usually involving the perfect piece of driftwood.  Her sculptures  vary in size from small to life size. Some of the larger ones are for sale at garden centres in Manitoba. Whether large or small, everyone is a labour of ❤️love.”


Kathy George Moore – “North Perimeter in Autumn”

I have always been an admirer of the beauty of nature, dabbling in photography, but I had never attempted to draw or paint until I attended a retreat in Yosemite National Park a few years ago. There were artists in attendance that were offering some basic instruction. After returning home I began painting and took a few courses in drawing and painting to understand technique. I have been painting for 8 years now and I enjoy it more and more. I am still looking for that certain subject that will inspire me toward new adventures in painting. I aspire to share an inner spiritual experience through the painting.


Heather Robbins – “Young Parliament”

I am a self-taught artist and have sketched and painted for as long as I can remember. I enjoy painting nature scenes, be it landscapes, animals, and plant life. I have joined various art organizations over the years and participated in several art shows in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I had a solo show in Saskatoon in 2006 at the Francis Morrison Gallery. I was a member for three years (VP for two) with the Manitoba Society of Artists, and in addition to participating in art shows, was the convener of the Fresh Paint Art Show two years running. I recently tried my hand at sculpting clay and very much enjoy working in that medium. I hope to spend more time sculpting to get better and more confident in my abilities. Work keeps me from producing a large volume of work at the present time, but once I retire, I plan to devote most of my time to my art and various creative projects.


Ida MacKenzie – “Northern Ontario around Rainy River”

I am an artist living in Oakbank for the past 24 years. I grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, where, at a very young age, my love and need to create was sparked with oil painting lessons. Later I spent several years as a potter, selling my creations and then competing as a wood carver before returning to painting. I have expanded my painting to working in watercolour, pastels, acrylics, scratch art and sometimes combining several of these materials to create the beauty of the world as I see it. I love nature and the beauty it unfolds. I get my inspirations from my summers at the lake, a remote cabin in Northern Ontario. My need to create never stops so I am always pushing myself outside my comfort zone to learn more, often through books, workshops and piers. I am part of the Local Colour Art Group, Gwen Fox Gallery, Artarama, Brushworks, and Artexpo. I enjoy sharing my new pieces through Facebook and Instagram. I have most recently studied from several master artists, Michael O’Toole, David Langevin, Brian Atyeo, and Michael Svob. I am fortunate to take these art experiences to our family cabin under the Northern Lights and indulge in painting all summer long. Over the past year under these covid restrictions my Painting has flourished with lots of fall and winter scenes and my quest to see owls and other wild animals. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. FOLLOW THE UNFOLDING PATH OF MY INNER SOUL TO CREATE

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