Untitled 854

Ellero, Peter

Carving, 3.5 x 3.5 x 3 Inches

Decal on bottom reads:

“Peter Ellero and Son Limited. 589 Lorne Street. Sudbury, ONT Canada”

For those interested I picked this off the internet at http://www.turnstone.ca/rom97py.htm

“A massive-sulphide rock carving, which at the initial time of writing was of unknown origin. The rock itself is granular and massive (i.e., lacking obvious directional structures, however caused), the grain size 1-2 mm. At first thought to be pyritic, on re-examination the sample shows a dappling between light and dark sulphide. The material is composed of approximately: 1) 15% pale pentlandite, an important nickel-iron sulphide with octahedral cleavage traces and a uniformly pale colour, mostly 1-2 mm across but occasionally as clots or “eyes” to 10 mm; 2) 60% dark-tarnishing pyrrhotite, a darker iron sulphide; 3) 23% of a fine-grained ferromagnesian silicate matrix, the “gangue”; and 4) 2% tawny yellow chalcopyrite, a copper-iron sulphide. The chalcopyrite indicates appreciable copper tenor, while the pentlandite is consistent with a magmatic sulphide ore rich in nickel, such as those won from the major mines in Sudbury, Ontario for nickel, copper, platinum-group elements and other associated metals.

The piece appears to be carved from a single piece of ore, with small ball bearings for eyes. ”

“Mr Ellero, it turns out, was a stone-cutter in Italy, and moved to Canada, first crafting some good curling stones of `black granite’ from the River Valley area, before becoming an underground miner at Sudbury in 1967, working in Inco’s Creighton mine. With a natural flair for his craft, passed down from his father and grandfather, he was soon turning out all manner of trophies, jewellery, bookends and other pieces in his own well-equipped workshop (Anon, 1968). This work was eventually continued under the mantle of Peter Ellero & Son Limited, first in Sudbury and then in Little Current, Ontario.”



Verdun, 1914

Artist Unknown

WW1 Trench Art

75mm Artillary Shell

11 x 3.5 inches

There are few items that I question why they were passed on to a Thrift Store. This was one of them. The history of an item like this goes beyond imagination considering the conditions in which the soldier/artist created this piece of art.

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Winter Lines – 142/150

Phelps, Stan (1942 –

Etching, 10 x 12 inches

“Stan Phelps was born and raised in Calgary, attending the University of Calgary with a major in painting and printmaking. Since 1978, Stan has worked as a painter, muralist, printmaker, freelance designer and co-proprietor of The Heart Studio in Calgary, a Multi-Disciplined art facility.

His work can be found in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally, including The Alberta Art Foundation and the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa.”

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I’m Late, I’m Late, I’m Late – 2/20

Jonah, Sheila

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Serigraph, 10 x 10 inches

“Sheila Jonah is a Toronto based visual artist working in a variety of media including photography, bookmaking, papermaking, sculpture, textiles and traditional printmaking. Graduating from Ontario College of Art and Design with a BFA Honours in Printmaking, she has studied and lived in New Zealand, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto, maintaining an art studio and darkroom in each location”

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Untitled 852

McPhail, E

Oil on Canvas, 8 x 10 Inches

I purchased this art not only for the beauty in the painting but for sentimental reasons.

My grandfather had a farm near Lougheed, Alberta where I spent many of my summers as a teenager. Each day we would go out to check on the cattle and feed them oats. One of the places we checked the cattle was on the crest of a valley where the cattle would come up over the hill expecting treats. This image is almost identical to one of my favorite spots on our planet. Not that it was a tourist destination but because of my fond memories of my grandfather and the freedom I experienced when i spent my free time exploring the solitude and prairie beauty in the hills and valleys around my grandfathers farm.

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Update, 2018 ambitions

It’s been a while since I posted a piece of art that I’ve collected over the past couple of years. I wont’ get into the reasons why the long absence but a recent news article about a found piece of art from Group of Seven Artist, Tom Thomson, got me motivated to post again. Not that I’m hoping to strike it rich on any piece of art I’ve got in my collection – though that would be great if it happened – but I do find it fascinating that art has a life that goes beyond its creation.

Art, in its many different forms, touches lives and has a different value to each person who handles it. From the artist who creates it, to the person to whom it was given or the one who purchased it. Sometimes it ends up buried in a basement or attic , soon forgotten, only to reappear years and decades later hanging in one of the worlds fine art galleries. Other times it’s put aside and tossed in the trash bin or taken to the thrift store or charity shop subjectively priced based upon the individuals personal preference in art only to be purchased by someone else on a treasure hunt of their own. Some seek out art to fill a hole in a while, some because the art speaks to them and others to turn the art around and sell the piece to the highest bidder. It’s all part of the amazing story that goes well beyond the creative artist who created it.

I recently returned a piece of art back to the artists family. The young artist had passed away and the family was seeking out works of art of his. The art had immense value, not to the galleries or Auction houses in London, Paris or New York, but to the family and friends who shared the artists journey. The piece of art will likely be passed down, discarded again by some future generation with no connection to the artist. But the life of the art will continue.

The pieces of art I’ve collected need to tell their story, whatever that story is, even if it’s to let the artists know that their art is still appreciated, to educate someone else who may have a piece from the same artist or to reconnect a piece of art to a family or friend of the artist.

I won’t guarantee I’ll be regular on posting but I will do my best.

Edmonton grandmother’s gag gift confirmed as Tom Thomson painting


D. Helen Mackie (1926 – )


D. Helen Mackie
Lithograph, 19 x 13 inches

Helen Mackie received a B.Sc.. Honours at Queen’s University in Biology and Chemistry in 1943, and in 1949 she received a M.Sc. in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. In 1973, Mackie received a B.F.A. from the University of Calgary in Printmaking and Drawing. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Taejon Expo International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, Taejon, Korea (1993), the Alberta Society of Artists 65th Anniversary Exhibition (1996), the 5th International Biennal Print Exhibit: 1991 ROC, Taipei, Taiwan (1991), 1st Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Kochi-shi, Japan (1990), and International Exhibition Small Forms of Graphic Art, Lodz, Poland (1985-1989). She has had many solo exhibitions as well; she exhibited at Giordano Gallery, Edmonton (1993), Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff (1987), and Kanagawa International Association, Kanagawa, Japan (1984), amongst many others. Mackie’s work can be found in the collections of City of Calgary Civic Collection, Glenbow Museum, H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II Permanent Collection, Windsor Castle Library, England, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, as well as others.

Read more at http://alberta.emuseum.com/view/people/asitem/M/15?t:state:flow=b7073df0-c94a-414f-86cf-06ea31f3c71f