Organization of Kingston Women Artists
visual artists

Upcoming Events

18 Jan 2022 - 27 Aug 2027 OKWA Artist Talk: Carol Loeb Category: Other Price: Free Event Website: Venue: Virtual--Zoom
Our newest OKWA member Artist Carol Loeb will speak about her work and process at our first virtual artist talk of 2022. January 18th 7pm. Email us through the Contact page for a Zoom link.

Past Upcoming Events

24 Jun 2021 - 7 Aug 2021 OKWA "Why Paint" Category: Show/Exhibit Event Website: Venue: Art Noise, Princess Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
In this gorgeous and inspiring exhibition, 22 painters from the Organization of Kingston Women Artists, OKWA, examine the question "Why Paint?".
An exciting array of paintings in all subjects and styles, displayed in one of Kingston's premier galleries. Check it out in person--all safety policies are in place. You can enjoy a quiet place to take in the show along with the amazing video and catalogue created by the curators at Art Noise Gallery.
1 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 2020 Annual Exhibition "Un-Restricted" Category: Show/Exhibit Venue: The Window Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
While our theme was selected before the time of COVID-19, it has correlated well with this new era. Twenty-five OKWA artists have explored the theme of ‘unrestricted’ in their approach to their work, with some specifically addressing, in varying ways, the impact of this unique time. One common thread appears as some artists use the unsettling nature of the pandemic to change aspects of their art practice, perhaps with a new medium or technique. As artist Phillida Hargreaves states: “This pandemic has taken control away from us all. But it has helped me loosen my need to plan for the future. I feel it changing my approach to art.”

While UNRESTRICTED suggests a parameter, conversely, it also invites a range of perspectives. As artists we explore and along our journeys we make choices. Perhaps, having a choice of any sort — despite the restrictions which carved our paths — is the greatest liberty of all.
2 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 2019 Annual Exhibition - "Restricted" Category: Show/Exhibit Price: Free Venue: Window Art Gallery, Kingston
OKWA's annual exhibition will be held this year at the Window Art Gallery. This setting gives us less space than we would like, thus we members are all submitting smaller work, 18' maximum width. This show hereby attempts to highlight the serious lack of public gallery space in a city the size and cultural vibrancy of Kingston. Opening reception: Sunday Oct. 6, 2-4pm
10 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018 2018 Annual Exhibitoin Category: Show/Exhibit Venue: the Tett Centre, 370 King St., Kingston
Our annual exhibition takes place in October, featuring the new work of 30 of our artists. Each artist has also created a statement accompanying their work expressing the impact of feminist or gender issues on their artistic practice. These might range from the influence of a particular woman artist or to a comment that these issues are not actively a part of their art experience--or anything in between.
Come and join us at our opening reception to view the work and meet the artists.
A panel discussion will also be held during the month to discuss the relevance--or not--of defining gender issues in our artistic practice. Further details as to time and place will be announced.
3 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017 Annual Exhibition 2017 "Inspired By..." Category: Show/Exhibit Venue: Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Morton Way, Kingston, ON, Canada Reception: 15 Oct 2017
OKWA's Annual Exhibition is on this October. In honour of Canada's Sesquicentenial we have an added feature in which each artist shares about a Canadian artist who has strongly inspired them, and how.
Everyone welcome at our opening and through the duration of our show, Tues-Sun, 12-5pm, Oct 3-29.
27 Apr 2017 Art Critic Talk Category: Other Venue: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON, Canada, Queens University, 36 University Ave.
A talk and discussion about the role of the 'art critic', by Gary Michael Dault, longtime artist, instructor and critic for the Globe & Mail. See poster for more details. Everyone welcome, 7pm.
1 Apr 2017 - 15 Jun 2017 2017 Students Art Education Bursary Category: Other
Verna Vowles 1920 - 2016

Verna Vowles Art Bursary

Attention: all teachers of Visual Art in the Limestone District School Board, the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Conseil des écoles publiques de L’Est de L’Ontario and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

The Organization of Kingston Women Artists will provide a bursary of $1000.00 to deserving students (male or female) to assist with their continuing studies in Visual Art for 2017. This bursary is to honour Verna Vowles who passed away in 2016. Verna was still working as an artist at the age of 96 and was a much beloved member of OKWA.

Bursary application requirements:

1.The students must be entering a full time program in Visual Art or Design at an acknowledged post-secondary institution.

2. The students must submit five images of their current work (any media) and descriptions of their pieces (ie. medium, size, date completed) to OKWA. We would also like to hear the students’ plans for the future regarding their art careers if possible This can be done electronically or by post with a flash drive.

3. OKWA would like a brief description of the students’ work and abilities to be provided by their teacher.

4. A panel of OKWA members will jury the submissions we receive. The recipient chosen will be informed and a cheque will be issued when OKWA receives confirmation of the recipient’s acceptance into a post secondary programme in Visual Art or Design.

Students should submit their information and images before May 1, 2017

Their information should be submitted to Mary Peppard by post at 158 Seabrooke Rd., R.R. 1, Seeley’s Bay ON K0H 2N0 or electronically to tel. 613-387-3830
17 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016 Annual Exhibition 2016 Category: Show/Exhibit
Come and join us for the opening to our new exhibition at the Tett Centre Community Gallery, on Sunday, October 2, 2-4pm. The exhibition continues until October 28.

31 Mar 2016 - 26 Apr 2016 "A Sense of Place" - April 2016 Exhibition Category: Show/Exhibit

"A Sense of Place"
The artists of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists present a visual exploration of Kingston, a personal, social, historical and emotional look at Kingston through the eyes of painters, sculptors, potters, and photographers.

At the Pump House Steam Museum, 23 Ontario St., Kingston. The exhibition runs from April 1 to 26 and the opening night is Thurs. March 31, 6:30-8:30

26 Oct 2015 - 26 Nov 2015 Category: Show/Exhibit
Our 2015 annual exhibition will run from October 26 until November 25, Monday to Saturday, noon to 5pm. It will be our first show at Kingston's wonderful new arts hub, the Tett Centre, 370 King St. W., overlooking Lake Ontario. We are pleased to be exhibiting in this excellent venue. Join us at our opening on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7-9pm. Meet the 39 artists who are participating in the show.

8 Jun 2014 - 22 Jun 2014 Then and Now Book Launch Category: Show/Exhibit

8 Nov 2012 November Artist Talk Category: Show/Exhibit

Next Monday , Nov 12. is the first of this year's artist talks, featuring Margaret Lock, Michele LaRose and Jane Thelwell. We will try to start exactly at 6 pm, (in order to accommodate people who may be going on the the Grand to celebrate with the KAC.) We are upstairs in The Living Room. The talks will last til 7:30, and then we will have a open discussion and panel until 8 pm, or later.
Please come if you can at 5 to have something to eat.

Julie Withrow displays a series of oil stick on panel paintings entitled, EARTH AND SKY at the Mill Street Gallery Cafe in Sydenham. (Also showing are Wendy Cain, Rebecca Cowan, Alana Kapell and Mary O'Brien).

Open 11:30-2:30 Tuesday to Saturday and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 9:30. 4400 Mill Street, Sydenham, 613 376-1533,
4 Aug 2012 - 26 Aug 2012 Rebecca Cowan Exhibit in August 2012 Category: Show/Exhibit

BITE THE METAL Etching and Aquatint

Rebecca Cowan (The Angels Suite) and Peter Mennacher (Yolanda and Hippolyte)

at the BLizzmax Gallery from August 04 to August 26, 2012

Opening August 04 at 7pm

3071 County Road 13

613 476 7748

2 Aug 2012 - 14 Aug 2012 Alana Kapell's Hooked Tapestries Category: Show/Exhibit
More images are on view at and and