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In 1998, Arlene became involved with the Riverside Artist in Lakefield where she was introduced to watercolours under the direction of Rene O’Connor. Once Chris Ridpath and Richard Hayman introduced her to oils and she has not turned back.
Since then, Arlene has attended a number of workshops and has completed the Expressive Arts Post-Certificate program at Sir Sanford Fleming College. She has acted as Administrator of The Art School of Peterborough in 1998/1999, and has been involved with the Buckhorn Arts and Wildlife Festival both as a member of the Board of Directors, and as head of the art competition. Arlene has also co-curated the Juniper Island Art Show on Stony Lake. She is currently a member of the Ridpath’s Artist Collective based in Lakefield Ontario.
Arlene’s work explores the interplay of colour and light, with emphasis on the human experience, the body in motion, the manifestation of the spirit and the gift of nature. While preferring to work in oil she continues to explore various mediums.
Arlene has exhibited her work in a variety of festivals in the Kawarthas; in member shows of the Kawartha Artist, Art Space, and the Health and Healing show at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. She has received an honourable mention, as well as second and first place awards from the Buckhorn Arts and Wildlife Festival, along with receiving honours in the Trent University Student Spirituality Art Show.
Arlene’s work is currently displayed in many private collections through out Canada, U.S.A., England and Ireland. Burleigh Falls Inn, various health clinics and offices throughout the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes region also currently display her work. Follow her on Instagram @thedaltonway and on Facebook @Adalton-Artist.