How often do we visit the places of our youth to walk the “Main Street”, reminiscing about where the movie theatre used to be, or the little corner store where we bought our penny candies? We all have experienced this type of nostalgia at one time or another when visiting a town from our past. Artist Mary Burke is bringing these unique “Main Streets” to life, capturing these beautiful locations of previous generations and showcasing their importance in the modern era. Through Mary’s paintings you will catch a glimpse of the local history of the Niagara Region along with cities and towns throughout Ontario. In these images, Mary delicately captures the fancy brickwork, arched windows, and brightly coloured buildings of the local architecture. Her folk art style adds to the quaintness of these creations, and highlights her love for these bucolic areas.
Mary Burke is a Niagara artist living in Port Colborne, Ontario. Mary is a member of the South Niagara Artist group, the Visual Artists of Welland, The Arts Place Gallery in Port Colborne as well as the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre (located in Niagara-on-the-Lake). Spreading her talents a far, this fall Mary will be presenting a weekend workshop on "streetscape" painting at the Southampton Art Gallery located in Southampton Ontario along Lake Huron.
The subject matter of her work involves depicting the main streets and area highlights of places throughout Ontario. Capturing the nostalgic beauty of the buildings that line the downtown core, Mary’s work recalls the grace and elegance of yesteryear. In executing her works, Mary utilizes both oil and acrylic paint on a variety of textured mediums including driftwood, bottles, breadboards but works primarily with cuts of lumber.
Artist Website –www.reflectionsofniagara.com