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Valerie O’Flynn, Visual artist Stratford Ontario Canada

Valerie O’Flynn
Artist's statement: My themes are social and sometimes political, my materials often sculptural, printed, painted, or mixed media.  With so many things that take the time and attention of people on a day to day basis, issues on societal structure are at the periphery of many lives & last on the priority list.  I choose to shine a light on some issues I see as important and feel deserve a second look, or ones that our better selves would have us do something about.  I also engage in celebrating the things we do value, sometimes nature, sometimes those better or greater selves, ie., Glenn Gould; or Brian Dennehy’s work at the Stratford Festival.   Recent pieces address these themes: issues-  Revel in our...;  Busy Bees; In a celebratory theme: the power and beauty in nature and inspiration we find in some people-  Hero worship #4 Brian Dennehy; and Harvest moon.
C.V.                                                                                   Born London, Ontario, Canada. Education B.F.A. Degree, (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours), University of Western Ontario,1984. B.Ed. Degree, U.W.O. 1983. Awards Perth Huron exhibition 1997,  jury award for “Right wing Fairy tales #1", Woodstock art Gallery 1988,  jury award: “Life in the Gyre”. Art Rage- University of Western Ontario, University Community Centre.   Jury and purchase award : “Flat Earth Society: She Lives” 1983.  Selected Group Exhibitions: Reclamation Show, Uptown Gallery, Waterloo Ont. 2014 Perth Huron Exhibition, Gallery Stratford, 2014 The Art of Keeping Bees, Gallery 96, 2014 Rights, Rites, Writes of Spring, For the Love of Paper, and Members show, Gallery 96, 2013  Play me I’m yours (Gould piano) Stratford Summer Music piano project, 2012              Balance, a fine line Gallery 96, 2012 Memeber show Gallery 96, 2012  Line of Thought Gallery 96, 2011 Goddess Gallery 96, 2011   Common Journeys and Solo Flights, Gallery 96, October 2010 Rural Roots, Blyth Festival Bainton Gallery, 2009 (Also Rural Roots 2 RR2 Stratford On) Industrial Strength, Factory 163 with Gallery 96, March 2009 Unabridged, Unabashed and Unbastardized, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto, Feb.2009 Manipulate this Manipulate that, Gallery 96, Sept 2008 Changing Nature, Gallery 96, April 1st 2008  Art Carousel, Gallery 96, August 2007 Warning: Hard Hat Area. Enter at  your own Risk, Gallery 96 June- July 2006 Gallery 96 Members exhibition various years 2006, 2005 and 2004 Vine art exhibit, Gallery 96 group show 1998-2014 Open Air, London Ontario, proposal exhibition, 2001 Perth Huron exhibition , Gallery Stratford, & SAAW, 2000  exhibition. 25 year retrospective of Gallery 96, Gallery Stratford, 1999 Impressions exhibition,  Gallery Stratford, 1997 Figures and other misdemenours, Gallery 96,  Valerie O'Flynn & Kathi Posliff, 1996.              Gallery 96, Stratford, season opening exhibition, May 1995.          Perth Huron exhibition, Gallery Stratford, 1995 juried exhibit.          Gallery 96, Stratford, Members exhibit (co-operative), 1994. 46th annual Western Ontario Exhibition, London Regional Art Gallery, 1993 juried. Originals Stratford, Exhibition, 1992. Perth Huron exhibition Gallery Stratford, 1991 juried exhibit. Woodstock Art Gallery, 1989 juried exhibit. Sarnia Art Gallery, Look '89 exhibit, (juried exhibition). Perth Huron exhibition Gallery Stratford, juried exhibit, 1989-2001 Drawing and watercolour show, Art Gallery of St. Thomas & Elgin County 1983 juried. Solo Exhibitions: Available Spaces Project Kitchener On., December 2006 Gallery 96 Civility, solo exhibition, 2002 Mandeville Gallery, Toronto- (OSSTF building), solo exhibition, 2001 Gallery 96, Lessons: Learned, solo exhibition, 1998. Gallery 96, Grey Matter(s), solo exhibition, 1997. Ce Ce's Café, Solo Exhibition, Stratford, Guild of Artists Exhibit, 1995 (juried guild). Blackfriars Café, Thoughts and Words, London, solo exhibition, 1994. Hillary Gallery, U.W.O.  BFA Solo exhibit, 1983.