The competition for artists to secure
exhibition space in fine art galleries is
extraordinary. Liz Harris, owner and director
of Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, receives
more than 200 artist submissions a year, in
addition to her own searching at art fairs,
and online. “I often shortlist in May and in
the fall and depending on a niche I may need
filled, or timing or just a gut feeling in some
cases, I will bring on a new artist, but maybe
that will be only one artist, or two artists a
year,” says Harris.
Her newest artist, Kerry Langlois, paints
in acrylic, but uses a high gloss resin finish,
shown in her minimalistic landscape
“Whisper Before the Waves.” Langlois’s
career path was somewhat unusual as she
pursued an arts education, but also learned
the business side by working in a gallery
before quitting her day job to become a full-time artist.
Artist Jennifer Sparacino made her debut at
Adele Campbell and has become one of its
most successful artists in the past five years.
“I adored her work the moment I saw it,
and said let’s give this a shot,” Harris says.
Sparacino is a wildlife painter who uses
acrylics and has a fresh take on her subjects,
as depicted in “Northern Giant,” by using
vibrant colours and strong graphic blocks,
patterns and textures.