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About Barbara Fostka:
Barbara is well-known and well-liked because of her helpful and friendly nature. However, her keen drawing abilities, her wonderfully detailed watercolours, and her beautiful portraits, have added to her reputation as a fine Canadian master. She makes her home and studio in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Barbara Fostka was born in 1941 on November 22. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1963, as well as the Arts Students League of New York in 1965. Further studies at the University of Toronto in 1968, qualified her to be an art specialist. She is an RCA, academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a member in numerous arts organizations including the Society of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Colour & Form Society.
Barbara Fostka’s work:
Her passion is drawing and painting, and whether she works in her studio or spends time supporting special arts groups and individuals, she remains first and foremost a dedicated and accomplished professional whose love for art is evident in everything she does. “I really love to draw and paint,” says Barbara, “and to achieve the essence of my subject.” That essence, matched by a strong tradition of skill and creativity, has made Barbara Fostka a regular award winner in many shows. Even with a rich history including art instructor at the Ontario College of Art & Design, University of Toronto, and the Ontario College of Education, or guest demonstrator for several groups including the Franklin Carmichael Centre, she still finds time almost every week to draw in Neilson Park, a favourite, plus of course special artistic events at Geneva Park as well.
Awards for Barbara’s work include such highlights as the Peter Haworth Award, Arjo Wiggens Award, National Watercolour Award, Canadian National Fine Arts Competition, American Watercolour, Aird Gallery and Audubon Artists. Whether Barbara’s work has been added to public and corporate collections, or viewed by many in as many solo and juried exhibitions, her work has touched many from Toronto to New York, from California to Kleinburg to Montreal, and more. Toronto’s Aird Gallery and Roberts Gallery, Kleinburg’s McMichael Gallery, Oakville’s Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto’s First Canadian Place, Markham’s Varley Gallery, Montreal’s Ogilvie Gallery, New York’s National Arts Club, the Muckentahaler Cultural Centre in California and Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, are just a few of the many galleries where Barbara has exhibited her work. Corporations such as Financial Life Assurance Company, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, National Ballet of Canada, Wright & Associates, and the Canadian Bankers Association, are just some of the many collectors of Barbara’s work.
For further information about Barbara Fostka, visit: http://ontariosocietyofartists.org/member_profiles/barbara_fostka