HELEN SIKSEK (Acrylic & mixed media paintings, photography & jewellery)
18 Water St, Box 213
Gore Bay, ON
Helen Siksek lives in Gore Bay and is the owner of Fish Point Studio, a line of Art products which is now available at Susan's Shop -- 47 Meridith St. in Gore Bay.
She joined the MFAA in 2010 and is currently our Vice President, NOAA representative and 2015 Art Tour Coordinator.
Helen went to art school in England (Kent Institute of Art and Design) and also holds a BEd in Visual Arts Education from The University of Toronto (OISE) and a Masters in Art Criticism and Theory. Helen has traveled extensively. She spent many years attending summer art workshops as a student in Italy, Greece, Czech Republic and Belgium. After teaching visual arts at high school and college level for 18 years in Greece and in Toronto, Helen gave up teaching when she moved permanently to Manitoulin Island. She opened an art studio on the beach in Gore Bay and is now a full-time working visual artist.
Painting outdoors on location (en plein air) is her favourite pastime. She is an abstract expressionist painter and a collage mixed-media artist. In her work she explores the invisible and translates it into lines and patterns on her canvas, such as wind, water and sounds. Helen is inspired by the natural landscapes around her, especially around beautiful Gore Bay and loves to paint the resident sea gulls around the Harbour Centre and Rotary Beach. In addition to being a painter, Helen is a landscape photographer and makes one-of-a-kind glass bead jewelry.
Helen is a member of the Manitoulin Arts and Cultural Council, the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association, the Northern Ontario Arts Association and was on the advisory committee for the Manitoulin Island Cultural Symposium which took place in Little Current in 2013. She serves as an art juror for local competitions and runs workshops for adults and other artists. Helen is committed to raising the profile of arts and culture on Manitoulin Island.
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