Maria Isabel Fleury Exhibition

A creative mixed media view of Nature

Article & images by Al Rivett

The Oak Heights Art Gallery — one of the newest art galleries in Northumberland — recently hosted a virtual opening exhibition.

Located west of Warkworth, at the intersection of County Rd 29 and Covert Hill Road, the exhibition Inspired By Nature: The Art of Maria Isabel Fleury is on bold display. 

Through the use of gels, mixed mediums, maple leaves, pencil shavings and even sand, Fleury’s art represents “a wonderful explosion of colour and texture” while providing a fresh look at trees.

“For me, it became a need to express what Canada gave back to my spirit,” said Fleury in a press release. “Trees at all stages, seasons and places deserve to be honoured and captured by the unstoppable movement of my brushstrokes.”

Born and raised in Venezuela and currently living in Oakville, Fleury always had a love for art. A lawyer by profession but an artist in her heart, she moved to Canada five years ago and it is the beautiful Canadian landscape that reignited the artist within her, said a press release on the Oak Heights Art Gallery website.

As an emerging artist, she has participated in a fundraising event at McMichael Canadian Art Collection and in a silent auction organized by Promotion of Education & Values in Oakville. She has also exhibited her artwork at the 10th Art Exhibition of the Oakville Arts Studio at the Main Gallery of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre. In August 2019, she was featured as the artist of the month at the Emerging Artist Exhibition at Kerr Street Café in Oakville.

Maria Isabel Fleury/oakheightsphoto

Her artwork is included in private art collections in Canada and in Venezuela.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders in Ontario, the free exhibition is proceeding as a virtual opening using the Zoom platform The opening starts at 6 p.m. and will include 20 of Fleury’s works, followed by an interview with the artist which will highlight her inspiration and recent body of works. The evening will end with a Q-and-A session.

Inspired By Nature: The Art of Maria Isabel Fleury is at the Oak Heights Art Gallery until May 30

The Oak Heights Art Gallery was opened by international renowned tapestry artist and art educator Ixchel Suarez last August on the site of the Villa Conti Oak Heights Estate Winery. The native of Mexico took the leap of faith to open an art gallery in Trent Hills after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of her former art studio in Oakville.

Suarez says it has been a lifelong ambition to open her own gallery and she has many ideas she hopes to incorporate into the gallery in the post-COVID future.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s my baby,” said Suarez of the gallery.