Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Painting shown is part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's permanent collection.
Valerie Russell
Painting by Valerie RussellArtist's statement

The fjords, glaciers and ice-capped mountains are now nothing like in times gone by. From the words of the Inuit they say that due to global warming their lives have been altered immensely as their livelihood fast disappears. The sightings of polar bears waiting at the shore-line for the ice to form is now commonplace. In the faces of the Inuit you can read the harshness of their life on this land that is melting before their very eyes. I pray that man will have the wisdom and courage to allow this land to retain its primal beauty and not destroy what God has created.

Waiting for the Ice to Form
18" x 24"
Oil on Canvas


Valerie RussellVal Russell was born and educated in England. She has completed courses at O.C.A., Haliburton School of Arts; Buckhorn School of Art; Bridgewater Retreat & Elora Arts Centre. She has also taken various workshops throughout Canada and the United Kingdom. Her subject matter is land/seascapes and wildlife and she works in various mediums (watercolor, oil and acrylic).

Education: Senior Matriculation – Hampshire, England

Canadian Education:
Ryerson Polytech. Inst. & Centennial College – CGA
Ontario College of Art: Haliburton School of Fine Arts, Ontario
Cedarbrae Collegiate – Art – Advanced, Oil Painting
Bridgewater Retreat – Tweed, Ontario; Elora School of Art - Ontario

Painting Mediums: Oils, Acrylics & Watercolour

Art Tours:
Canadian Arctic & Greenland – 2005 & 2006
Europe - Western Hebrides, Scotland: Paris, France
Canada - Prince Edward Island: Newfoundland: British Columbia

Arctic Quest (Past Treasurer)
Art Guild of Scarborough (Past President)
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
East Central Ontario Art Assoc.
Pine Ridge Arts Council
Scarborough Arts Council (Member Emeritus)
Toronto Watercolour Society

Exhibitions (Juried):
Toronto Art Expo – 2006: 2007: 2008
Gibson Centre, Aliston – 2008
Gallery at ‘The Club at Bond Head’ – 2006: 2007: 2008
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre – Studio Gallery – 2007: 2008
Varley Gallery – Artists’ Odysseys – The Arctic- 2006
McMichael Gallery, Klienberg - 2006
Hummingbird Centre or the Performing Arts – 2006
Lions Art Show – Cobourg Waterfront Festival - 2003 - 2006
C.S.P.W.C. (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour) “Open Water” 2004
E.C.O.A.A. – Barrie, Etobicoke & Visitor’s Centre, Algonquin Park
Bluffs Gallery & Art Naturally (Guild Inn) S.A.C.
Open Doors – Toronto - 2000 – 2005 Companions in Colour/S.A.C.
Scarborough Civic Centre – Rotunda
Art Guild of Scarborough

Group Exhibitions (Arctic Quest & Polar Artists Group):
Traveling Exhibitions - 2007/08:
Iqaluit | Yellowknife | Penn State Coll. USA | Fairbanks, Alaska

Vancouver Maritime Museum – Permanent Collection
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, ON 2007
Gallery at ‘The Club at Bond Head’ 2006 & 2007
Barber Gallery, Guelph - 2007: Columbus Centre, Toronto 2007
Gallery on the Grand – Waterloo 2006
T.D. Centre – Toronto 2006: Georgina Art Centre – Sutton 2006
Win Henstock Gallery – Oakville 2006
Arts & Letters Club, Toronto – Arctic Quest 2006 & 2007

Recreation, Parks & Culture – Arts Administration – 1993
Scarborough Arts Council – Grand Prize – Adult Category – Poetry – 1997
Member Emeritus – S.A.C. for Outstanding Volunteer Performance – 2002

Awards of Merit from Professional Peers (including Doris McCarthy; Anthony Batten & Keith Cornell)

Represented in Private Collections in Canada; USA; South Africa; Taiwan & United Kingdom

Val Russell
7 Gillbank Crescent
Scarborough ON M1E 4H8
Tel: 416-284-8030

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