Markham Group of Artists

Heart to Hand Spring Juried Show 2018

Juror’s Statement  |  Heart to Hand



“Heart to Hand”, the Markham Group of Artists’ 2018 juried exhibition, provides a wide ranging snap shot into the artistic work being made by this active collection of artists. As this year’s juror, I very much enjoyed the time spent contemplating and assessing the pieces that were submitted. Having had the rewarding experience of seeing many of the members of the group in action during a workshop a number of months ago, I know these artists are dedicated to learning a variety of approaches to making and thinking about art. It is wonderful to see a group with such an open and welcoming approach! As this year’s juror, I decided to select works that would reflect that openness.


In an interview at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Françoise Sullivan, an artist and teacher, spoke about advising her students to avoid using techniques or marks that appeared “academic”. Technical accomplishment isn’t always the most stimulating aspect of an artwork. Often, it can be more exciting to engage with an artwork wherein the artist was finding their own unique way through a problem – whether it had to do with colour, balance, contrast or gesture. I used Sullivan’s approach as a compass through the jurying process, and selected pieces that best demonstrated evidence of the artists’ engagement with that impossible to define space between feeling and expression – Heart to Hand.


I hope viewers of this exhibition will take the time to appreciate, as I have, the combination of technique and feeling that is evident in each artwork. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to engage with these works, and I offer my congratulations to all of the artists involved!


Jeff Nye, May 2018

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