Barbara Elizabeth Mercer:

Portrait Of The Artist.


The painter Barbara Elizabeth Mercer , born in Galt, Ontario, had her first exhibition in 1962. Her subsequent career took her to New York and San Francisco for a time, then back to Toronto, where she worked with the Canadian Opera Company, the CBC, the National Ballet of Canada, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and TV Ontario.

By the late 1970’s she was painting full time. In the 1980’s her work was strongly influenced by her experience among the glacial moraines of the Caledon Hills, just north -west of Metropolitan Toronto, a retreat she called Spirit Pond. Today she lives and works in Old Cabbagetown.

Though Barbara works primarily in acrylics, egg tempera, pen and ink, mixed media, she is also an accomplished printmaker, sculptor, music composer, writer and poet.

Memberships

Canadian Authors Association

Canadian Poetry Association

World Poets

Canadian Artists Representation, Ontario

Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto


Mercer Collectors

Public Collections

The University Of Toronto Art Center

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa


Corporate Collections

Imperial Oil


Private Collections

Canada, USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Ireland and Mexico City.


Exhibition Highlights

2004 - Summer Juried Exhibition: Arts & Letters
2004 - Shadow Box Auction: Arts & Letters
2004 - Small Works Exhibition: Arts & Letters
2004 - Small Works Auction: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2001 - University of Toronto Faculty Club
1999 - University of Toronto Faculty Club
1994 - The Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Cultural Centre
1994 - The Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton
1993 - The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
1990 - The College of Family & Consumer Studies, University of Guelph
1990 - University of Guelph , Faculty Club
1989 - The Madison Gallery, Toronto
1987 - The Madison Gallery, Toronto
1981 - The Bau-XI Gallery, Toronto

International Group Exhibition Highlights

2003 Biennale Internazionale Dell¹Arte Contemporanea, Citta di Firenze
2003 R.J. Page Fine Art Gallery, Camelford, Cornwall, UK
2003 Canadian Portrait Academy, Ajax, On Canada
1991 Autumn Exhibition of The Scandinavian Shield, Arkus, Karlsvic, Sweden
1963 The Soul Gallery, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
1963 The Greenwich Village Art Exhibition, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
1991 - Autumn Exhibition of The Scandinavian Shield, Arcus Karlsvic, Sweden - Invitational

1963 - The Soul Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1963 - The Greenwich Village Art Exhibition, New York, N.Y.

Film

1981 -"The View From Vinegsr Hill" CBC Production. A film on Barbara's work/shown nationally and internationally

Books

1997 - HOME TRUTHS A Celebration Of Family Life By Canada¹s Best
Loved Painters - Author - Joan Murray
ISBN 1-55013 - 882 - 0 Plate 116 Page 145
SHIP'S WHEEL MOON

1997 - TORONTO WOMEN
Changing Faces 1900 - 2000
Eastend Books, Toronto
ISBN 1-896973-04-3
Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Portrait of The Artist AS A Young Woman - Page 10

1993 - DREAMS OF THE NIGHT
Paintings By Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Exhibition Catalogue
Joan Murray, Essay, Joel Siegel, Essay
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
ISBN 0-921500-38-6


Poetry

2004 - EXPLORERS
A Collection of Contemporary Literature
ISBN 81-8253-018-0 First Edition: 2005
Cyberwit.net
Allahabad-211004 (U.P.) India
MEXICAN BUTTERFLY - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Page 27

2004 - NEW PEGASUS
An Anthology of World Poetry
ISBN 81-8253-003-2
Cyberwit.net
Allahabad-211004 (U.P.) India

THE HOUSE ON CHESTNUT PARK - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Page 16

2003 - THE COLORS OF LIFE
International Library of Poetry, USA
ISBN 0-7951-5239-6
Anthology
REUNITED IN MYTH - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Page 108

2003 - THE BEST POEMS AND POETS OF 2003
International Library of Poetry, USA
ISBN 0-7951-5245-0
Anthology
MEXICAN BUTTERFLY - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Pages 2 and 3

2003 - CELEBRATE
! Poets Speak Out
Spring 2003
Anthology
Creative Communications Inc. - Logan, Utah, USA
MY HEART SINGS - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - Page 2-3

2003 - SYMPHONIES - Anthology
Cyberwit.net
India ISBN 81-901366-3-1

INNOCENCE TO DREAM - Author - Barbara Elizabeth Mercer - page 36

"Home Truths A Celebration of Family Life by Canada's Best Loved Painters" Author Joan Murray

"Dreams of The Night" Paintings by Barbara Elizabeth Mercer
Essays by Joan Murray and Joel Siegel

"Toronto Women" Changing Faces 1900 - 2000
Photo and Biography of Barbara Elizabeth Mercer- Eastend Books

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