Featured artists at Oxford Creates Art Expo include painter Robert Carley

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What visual artist Robert Carley enjoys most about creating art is that he never really knows how it is going to turn out.

“I like the surprise and the lack of knowing, premeditation and technique,” he explained at his Woodstock home.

Moving from Hamilton to Woodstock a year ago to downsize, his home is filled with more than 300 of his exquisite and brilliantly coloured canvases.

Displayed in numerous venues and galleries, an extensive installation of his work is on also display in the medical building next to Woodstock Hospital.

“I love it when something comes alive,” he said. “I don’t know what I am doing, I make mistakes — but some of what I do is hot.”

Carley, 77, worked as a professional opera singer for 25 years before dedicating himself to painting using a variety of mediums two decades ago.

He describes his technique as “working boldly and aggressively with a bright palette and liberal use of paint, trying not to control the work…but to be part of its progression.”

Art lovers will get a chance to view Carley’s work up close this weekend at the 11th annual Oxford Creates Expo.

Hosted by Oxford Creative Connections, Oxford Creates Expo returns this year with a new location at Cowan Park.

“There are an extensive number of independent arts and craftspeople living and working in Oxford,” said show organizer Mary-Anne Murphy. “This show will feature 45 artists and 20 authors as an example of this talent.”

Billed as the largest to date, the event provides a unique opportunity for local residents to shop for books, painting, photography, pottery, ceramics, drawings, sculpture and more.

If you go:

What: Oxford Creates Art Expo

Where: Reeves Community Hall, Cowan Park

When: Saturday, Nov. 18 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 noon until 4 p.m.

Admission: Free




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