Bio CV AS

“Each of us as visual artists is looking for a way to express ourselves in a manner that is unique and ownable. What I saw was a technique that was completely original, using the materials in a new and inventive way, and was on top of all of that, extremely pleasant to look at. The textures were like eye-candy and I kept coming back to it to better understand what Mitchell had created. I love it!”Brian Smith, AOCA, Honorary Drawing Master


Bio

Canadian Contemporary Paper Artist Col Mitchell is a Fine Art Maker working from the Heart of Muskoka. Through her original technique of pen & ink on sculpted paper she fluidly melds texture with intricately layered lines of colour, creating magical impressions of the beauty and mystery of nature and wildlife.

Based on her childhood experiences in Algonquin Park Col Mitchell’s art reflects the process of viewing and experiencing nature as she remembers it: That random pendulum of intensity and tranquility, the shape, colour, line, and texture she associates with nature’s wonders, beauty and complexity coloured by an adult’s remembrance of childhood imagination and fancy. When expressed through her distinctive technique these reimaginings resolve into works as individual as a fingerprint of those experiences.

An award winning contemporary paper artist Mitchell’s work has featured in Times Square NYC; the 2010 G8/G20 Summit Media Centre, Toronto; online & print magazines; art publications; popular art blogs; and juried global exhibitions.


Col Mitchell operates a working studio & boutique in the historic Clock Tower building in the core of downtown Bracebridge, Ontario. Her originals are showcased along with home decor, jewellery, apparel, accessories, cards, limited edition Giclée reproductions, and gifts inspired by select original works

It was early in January of 2008 when serendipity brought me to my current practice of pen and ink on sculpted paper. Inspiration struck at a paper on canvas workshop spurring me to deviate from the instruction to deliberately form a recognizable subject, a tree. Fortuitously, a week previously I had purchased a medium new to me (acrylic inks), untried, but perfectly suited to work with this new surface I had made — a tree formed out of a single medium weight sheet with a delicate and judicious application of tissue. Had I chose to use the paper in another manner I am certain I would not have made the pivotal discovery of material interaction, which influences the outcome of every piece I make. This fortunate happenstance cracked my creative world wide open with possibilities involving paper.

Enchanted, I began experimenting with subject matter — from Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker face to a seven foot tall tree trunk, and a curated 8 foot by 6 foot twelve paneled themed exhibition piece. I explored, and continue to explore, my limitations working with pen nibs and their gravity dependant dipping inks, and how different papers influenced the outcome. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed to identify which elements of my exploration could define a technique.

Within my technique it was four years before I could form my smallest bird of three inches, and five years before I attempted a furred animal — a piece that went on to win an award.

In my fifth year I also began exploring how I fit into this dance of mediums. For every piece, before the pen and ink work begins, the interaction of the materials is a source of inspiration, but what also pushes my pen? The final pen and ink stage is especially meditative, and it is there that I found my answers.

It is my memories and my experiences I reach for when art making. Specifically, the summers I spent immersed in the magnificent natural surroundings of Algonquin Park, where the too few amenities of the cottage my grandfather built on Smoke Lake in 1931 meant nature was a strong presence, very much “in my face.” No electricity, and therefore no television,  Gameboys or  iPhones meant imagination was King. My siblings and I planned our entertainment, invented games played on both land and water. We spent time still and enveloped in lush expansive views, or crouched in intense contemplation of tiny life forms or fauna; tickled or bitten by insects, entranced or startled by sound,  buffeted or soothed by wind, warmed or burned by sun.

My art reflects my process of viewing and experiencing nature as I remember it, that random pendulum of intensity and tranquility, the shape, colour, line, and texture I associate with nature’s wonders, beauty and complexity . . . coloured by an adult’s remembrance of childhood imagination and fancy.

Present  The Edge Gallery, Barrie, Ontario

Present – 2011 Blue Stone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia

Present – 2012 Framing Place and Gallery, Huntsville, Ontario

2016 Special Merit, Light Space & Time Online Gallery exhibition “Animals” for “The Playground”

2016 Best in Show, People’s  Choice Award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 39th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2016 Excellence in Mixed Media, Judges award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 39th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2015 Best in Show, People’s  Choice Award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 38th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2015 Excellence in Mixed Media, Judges award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 38th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2014 Best in Show, People’s  Choice Award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 37th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2013 Special Merit, Light Space & Time Online Gallery exhibition “Animals” for “Kit”

2013 Special Recognition, Painting and Other Category, Light Space & Time Online Gallery exhibition “Animals” for “The Raven’s Mirror”

2012 Best in Show, Doug Gatcke Award Members’ Choice, Muskoka Arts and Crafts 35th Annual Spring Members’ Show

2012 Judges Award of Excellence Best in Theme 2D, Huntsville Art Society

2012 Honourable Mention,  Algonquin Outfitters Art Contest

2010 Judges Award of Excellence in Mixed Media, Muskoka Arts and Crafts

2009 Best in Show, June Best Memorial Award, Member’s Choice, Huntsville Art Society

2009 Judges Award of Excellence Best in Theme Over All, Huntsville Art Society


2012 –  March 23 – Muskoka Technology Achievement Awards – Nomination for Innovative Use of Technology for  Innovation, Digital Inclusion, Marketing and Advocacy

2010 – YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards – Nomination for Arts, Culture and Creative Energy

2016 Muskoka Life Magazine, August – pg 48, Found

2016 Best of Bracebridge, BIA Summer brochure – image

2014 Mixed Media Magazine 2013, pgs 3, 47, 55 (one page feature), 74, The Art of Business Issue 13, Editor Luisa Nims

2014 Diva Mystic Magazine May/June 2013, pgs 3-8, 103-108, Working Girl Issue, Editor Romy Maillard

2013 The Artist of Muskoka: Contemporary artists wild with passion (book) 2013 by Andrea Hillo.

2013 Muskoka Magazine May 2013, pg 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, Discovery Through Play

2012 Still Point Arts Quarterly, Fall Issue No. 7 – Featured Gallery Exhibition Elements of Art: Texture

2011 Muskoka Life November/December – From tree to paper and back again

2010 Beyond the City May/June  – The ABCs of ATCs: Artist trading cards go global.

2009 Muskoka Visitor Guide, publication

2009 Winter Issue; Beyond The City’s “The Last Word”

Solo Shows | Exhibits

2015 June 26-July 18; Look Again: Perception, Imagination & Nature’s Magic, Solo Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge, ON 

2012 June 8-10; Col Mitchell: Contemporary Paper Artist, Solo Exhibition, Claustro Studios & Gallery, Midland, ON 

2012 May 5; Crush On Spring, Solo Show & Sale, 25 Briscoe St. E., London, ON  

2011 October 1- December 1; Out of Trees, Solo Exhibition, The Framing Place and Gallery, Huntsville, ON


G8 | G20 Summit 

2010 July 24- August 29; Eight Back From The Lake Exhibition  Group Exhibition curated by Suzann Greenaway, The Art Space Gallery•Workshops, Huntsville 

2010 June 26; Muskoka Tourism’s G8/G20 Muskoka Corridor, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto 

2010 June 18-27; Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce G8 Exhibit, Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville 

2010 Jan 30; Muskoka Tourism’s Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce G8 Media Familiarization Tour Exhibit, Mark O’Meara Club House, Huntsville


Global Exhibitions

2016 June; Light Space & Time juried Online Gallery group exhibition “Animals”

2014 July 31; SEE | ME Takes Times Square, See | Me digital group exhibition Times Square NYC

2013  Oct; Light Space & Time juried Online Gallery group exhibition “Animals”

2012 Aug 1 – Nov 9; Elements of Art: Texture, Still Point Art Gallery, juried online group exhibition 


Public Exhibit Spaces| Installation Work

2016 July 6 – Nov 1; Muskoka Arts & Crafts Member Exhibit, juried, Town of Bracebridge Exhibition Hall, Bracebridge

2016 Aug 18 – Nov 14; Muskoka Arts & Crafts Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville

2016 Feb 17 – May 17; Huntsville Art Society Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville

2015 Feb 20 – May 18; Muskoka Arts & Crafts Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville

2014 Aug 14 – Nov 7; Huntsville Art Society Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville

2012 – 2013 Oct 17 – Feb 14 2013; Huntsville Art Society Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville

2012 June 30 – Oct 14; Muskoka Arts & Crafts Member Exhibit, juried, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville 

2012 July; A Bloomin’ Palette for Tom Thomson, Nuit Blanche North, Interactive public installation, Huntsville 

2012 March 1 – Sept 1; Barrie Spring Art Tour Banner Project, downtown Barrie

2012 February; Selections from the Barrie Spring Art Tour, Rotunda, Barrie City Hall, Barrie

2010 June 30 – Sept 20; Sense of Place, Group Exhibition curated by Mary Rashleigh, Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall, Huntsville


Group Exhibits

2011 February 18; Something Along Those Lines, Group Exhibition, Bohemian Cafe & Gallery opening exhibition, Bracebridge

2009 Sept 3-15; Second Chances Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Six Degrees Gallery, Bracebridge

2009 June 25- July7; Heroes and Villains, Group Exhibition, Six Degrees Gallery, Bracebridge

2009 June 12- 23; Trees Rocks Water, Group Exhibition, Six Degrees Gallery, Bracebridge

2008 Aug;  Andersen, Fox, Mitchell Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Windermere


Studio Tours

2015 April 25 – April 26; Barrie Spring Art Tour, Juried studio tour, guest artist The Creative Space, Dunlop St., Barrie

2014 June 22 – 23; Coldwater and Area Studio Tour, juried studio tour, guest artist for Pam

2013 April 27 – April 28; Barrie Spring Art Tour, juried studio tour, guest artist forPauline Bradshaw, Veni Vidi Studio, 75 Collier St., Barrie 

2012 August 18-19; Artists Of The Limberlost Tour, guest artist for Brenda Wainman GouletHuntsville/Lake of Bays

2012 April 27 – April 29; Barrie Spring Art Tour, juried studio tour, guest artist for Yvette Miller, 172 Blake St., Barrie 

2011 August 13-14; Artists Of The Limberlost Tour, guest artist for Brenda Wainman GouletHuntsville/Lake of Bays


Festivals | Events
2016 Nov 24 – 28One of A Kind Christmas Show, Booth TBA, Toronto, 
2015 Nov 26 – 30; One of A Kind Christmas Show, Booth Q21, Toronto, 
2014 Nov 28 – Dec 2; One of A Kind Christmas Show, Booth R37, Toronto, 
2013 Dec 6 – Dec 8; HAS Christmas Show, The Art Space Gallery/Workshops, Huntsville
2013 Nov 28 – Dec 2; One of A Kind Christmas Show, Booth Q36, Toronto,
2013 August 10-11; The Enchanted Forest Art Experience, Wood’s End Studio Show,Kilworthy
2012 Dec 6 – Dec 9; HAS Christmas Show, The Art Space Gallery/Workshops, Huntsville
2012 August 11-12; The Enchanted Forest Art Experience, Wood’s End Studio Show,Kilworthy
2011 December 7- Jan 21; Just in Time, Group Show & Sale, 58 Main St., Huntsville  
2011 August 5-6; The Enchanted Forest Art Experience, Wood’s End Studio Show,Kilworthy
2010 August 7-8; The Woodland Art Experience, Wood’s End Studio Show, Kilworthy
2009 July 23-26; Cedar Raven Studio event: The Raven’s Garden pARTy, Bracebridge
2009 July 11-12, Art in the Heart, Bracebridge
2009 April 24; 6th Annual Evening of Wine, Words, Music &, Art, Dorset
2008 July-Aug, Multiple Artist Weekend Exhibitions, Cedar Raven Studio, Bracebridge

Member Group Shows | Exhibits
2015 June 26 – Then and Now,  HAS Member Show, Signal North Gallery, Huntsville
2015 March 20 – March 22; 38th Annual Spring Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Sportsplex, Bracebridge
2014 March 21 – March 23; 37th Annual Spring Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Sportsplex, Bracebridge
2013 July 13 – July 27 ; Land,  HAS Member Show, The Art Space Gallery/Workshops, Huntsville
2012 March 30 – April 1; Spring Ahead, Huntsville Art Society’s Annual Themed Exhibition, Show & Sale, Hidden Valley, Huntsville
2012 March 23 – March 25; 35th Annual Spring Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Sportsplex, Bracebridge
2011 March 25-27; 34th Annual Spring Members’ Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge
2011 February 5-26; Reflecting the Surface Annual Themed Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge
2011 February 4-26; HAS Heart  Group Exhibition curated by Brenda Wainman Goulet, The Art Space Gallery/Workshops, Huntsville
2010 August 20-21; Art &Lyrics, Huntsville Art Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Huntsville
2010 March; 33 Annual Spring Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Bracebridge
2009 Oct 8-10; Huntsville Art Society Thanksgiving Exhibition, Huntsville Place Mall
2009 May 15-17; A Body of Work, Group Exhibition,Muskoka Art and Crafts, Bracebridge
2009 May 1-2; Elements in Art: Earth, Air, Water, Fire Show and Sale, Huntsville Art Society, Huntsville
2009 April 1-30; Elements in Art: Earth, Air, Water, Fire Exhibition, Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
2009 March; 32 Annual Spring Members Show, Muskoka Art and Crafts, Bracebridge
2009 Feb; About Face, Group Exhibition,Muskoka Art and Crafts, Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge  
2008 Mar 14-16; Signs of Spring, Group Exhibition,Huntsville Art Crowd,

Cable TV Programs| Interviews

2012 September 18-19; ArtifactsCogecoTV, Studio interview for 

2012 April 24; Rogers’s Daytime TV, Live demonstration/interview, Barrie 


2011 – 2008: Projects under title of President of Huntsville Art Society, Inc.:

  • 2011 July- Project Coordinator: The Pachter Factor 

Art Exhibition by Contemporary Canadian Icon Charles Pachter, July 9 to July 31-2011Nuit Blanche North Extravaganza where everyone will walk the paparazzi lined red carpetPachter Projection on one exterior entrance wall, a slide show of selected worksProjection Injection Live Feed of everyone’s red carpet arrival at THE ART SPACE projected onto the opposite exterior entrance wall within selected projected images of Pachter’s paintings.Photo Op Pachter’s Limo will remain parked at the entrance to the red carpet for people to have their own limo exit photo op.Team members: Connie Bertram, Kate Brown, Vicki Dodds, Brenda Wainman Goulet, Carolyne Wagland

  • 2010 – Originator and curator of ArtSHIFT 

An exhibition which partnered 5 artists with 5 local industries to explore creativity and innovation in local industry, and showcased works which  incorporate those concepts, utilizing related raw materials supplied by each local industry sponsor.Conceptualized and curated by Col Mitchell, and inspired by Six Degrees Gallery presentations by Don Skinner, ArtShift was developed in partnership with Creative paths, a grassroots community arts education initiative led by Carolyne Wagland, whose focus is to introduce high school students to creative and innovative careers in Muskoka, and was created specifically for the creativity and innovation symposium CreativeSHIFT held at the Rene Caisse Theatre & Sportsplex, Friday, October 29 2010. ArtSHIFT reopened at The Art Space Gallery Nov 5 2010.

  • 2010 – ArtShift video

A round table discussion by the ArtSHIFT artists on their industry partners and processes.  part 1part 2 Conception, design and editing: Col Mitchell. Videographers: the ArtSHIFT artists

  • 2010 – Establishment of The Art Space: Gallery • Workshops  

Huntsville’s first contemporary art gallery venue which offers exhibitions and workshops to the public.

  • 2010 – 2009 – Co-originator of Creativation: Art, Kids, Community 2009/10

A new pilot program offering innovative and challenging programs and activities that support and enhance the Ministry of Education’s Visual Arts Curriculum, as well as expose students to the vast range of creative experiences and visual culture available to them in their local and regional community. This pilot project is a model designed for potential use both for other sectors within Muskoka and for other Ontario communities. www.artkidscommunity.com

  • 2010 – Initiated the establishment of the Town of Huntsville’s Arts Placement Working Committee 

A committee formed to shape policy on art in public spaces and buildings in the municipality of Huntsville, and which select and curate local art in the new Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall.

  • 2010 – 2009 – Initiated and implemented the HAS Awareness Campaign

The makeover and promotion of the Huntsville Art Crowd as the Huntsville Art Society, a crucial step in a major campaign to increase community awareness of the existing professional organization and its endeavors to advance the status of the visual arts within the community, contribute to local cultural development, and to add value to the existing business community and local economy

  • 2009 – Creator of  the HAS Themed Show and Sale

An annual member’s show and sale that includes a different themed exhibit each year

  • 2009 – 2008 – Produced additional web based venues to support and promote Huntsville Art Society members, positively effecting membership numbers, interest by presenters and media groups. 2008/09

Charity Fundraisers
2012 July 28 – Aug 11; Art Matters Live/Silent Auction, The Art Space Fundraiser by Huntsville Art Society, Huntsville
2012 July 29; The 4th Annual En Plein Air Painting and Auction, Student Bursary Fundraiser presented by Shutterbug Gallery and Huntsville Festival of the Arts,Huntsville
2011 July 29; The 3rd Annual En Plein Air Painting and Auction, Student Bursary Fundraiser presented by Shutterbug Gallery and Huntsville Festival of the Arts,Huntsville
2010 July 29; The 2nd Annual En Plein Air Painting and Auction, Student Bursary Fundraiser presented by Shutterbug Gallery and Huntsville Festival of the Arts,Huntsville
2009 Nov 5; Empire Hotel Fundraiser, Huntsville Festival of the Arts and Huntsville Art Society, Partner’s Hall, Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
2009 July 30; En Plein Air Painting and Auction, Student Bursary Fundraiser presented by Shutterbug Gallery and Huntsville Festival of the Arts,Huntsville
2009 May 8-9; The Art of Remembering, fundraiser for Cancer research, Group Exhibition, curated by Carolyne Wagland, Hidden Valley, Huntsville
1984 – 1987 Fine Art, Fanshaw College, London
1984 Graphic Arts, accredited program, H.B. Beal, London, Canada
Workshops | Classes | Courses
2011 May to Oct (2012), Artist Conspiracy with Alyson B. Stanfield, Art Marketing Consultant
2012 Feb/March, Cultivating Collectors with Alyson B. Stanfield, Art Marketing Consultant
2011 Oct 1 to Oct 31, Free Write Fling with Cynthia Morris, Writer, Creativity Coach
2011 – 2008 Through Muskoka Future’s Innovation Muskoka, Muskoka Arts and Crafts, Huntsville Art Society, the Arts Council of Muskoka, Creative Muskoka, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, Huntsville BIA, and the Town of Huntsville, I have attended over 100 workshops, demonstrations and meetings relating to business, art, education and community collaborations.

 

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  1. I went “trick or treating” until I was 18. Generally, I made my own costumes. On my final door to door trek I was an Octopus. And although trick or treating was over for me, I continue to dress up
  2. I didn’t learn how to drive until I was 25 
  3. I’ve climbed the CN Tower, the Statue of Liberty, The Tower of London, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sagrada Familia
  4. I homeschooled my two sons for eleven years 
  5. I transformed an entire room in our first home into a Hogwarts inspired hangout: including faux-stone castle walls and floors, trompe l’oeil ceiling, faux stained glass windows, 7 secret hidings spaces including inside the walls, mosaic-ed baseboard heater, and modified furniture and fixtures to suit
  6. I hitch-hiked back to Canada from Ostend Belgium (Long story. Yes it’s possible.)
  7. I injured my knee (requiring surgery) in a Karate sparring match
  8. I have a fear of bears, spiders and sharks (If you know of a place by the ocean with neither bears, spiders or sharks, please email me!)
  9. I dream every night, and remember them
  10. I  failed grade twelve ‘Art’ (oh the irony!) Even so, this did not stop me from being accepted into College . . . for fine arts.

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“Col’s professional and volunteer contributions have changed the art community in Huntsville. Her vision, hard work and tenacity have contributed to the establishment of *The Art Space, an **exhibition hall in the Canada Summit Centre and a new program ***Creativation: Art, Kids, Community.” – YWCA Muskoka
*The Art Space Gallery | Workshops: Huntsville’s first contemporary art gallery venue which offers exhibitions and workshops to the public. **Following the establishment of a committee formed to shape policy on art in public spaces and buildings in the municipality of Huntsville, and which select and curate local art in the new Canada Summit Centre Exhibition Hall. ***Creativation: Art, Kids, Community: A new pilot program offering innovative and challenging programs and activities that support and enhance the Ministry of Education’s Visual Arts Curriculum, as well as expose students to the vast range of creative experiences and visual culture available to them in their local and regional community.