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Monica Ironside


Monica Ironside

I am a local impressionist artist who grew up in the Penetanguishene/Midland area. I love to capture the landscapes of Georgian Bay and the surrounding countryside on canvas. The local scenery continues to surprise and inspire me with its beauty. There seems to be a painting at every turn! A favourite spot since childhood was, and still is... Balm Beach. To this day, I still love to go for a hamburger or ice cream cone at the arcade, followed by a walk on the beach. There is no greater feeling than the warm sand underfoot, and walking barefoot along the water's edge. Most of all, I love sitting on a rock, warm from the hot afternoon sun... waiting and watching in awe and amazement as teh sun sets and paints the Balm Beach sky.

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A "Zine" (short for magazine or fanzine) is a self-published myriad of works, including writing, painting, drawing, photography, poetry, and other creative forms of expression that is usually reproduced via a photocopier. They are usually the product of a single person or very small group of artists and surround a single theme, or celebrate the work of something that already exists. The term was first coined back in 1940 - and now, in 2020, Zines are more popular than ever. There are various intentions behind the creation of Zines. Their purpose is often to not turn a profit, but rather to provide a space for expression, developing identity, addressing pertinent issues, creating a story, or providing a space for artists and creatives alike to share their feelings on what matters most to them. This year, for Quest Art's first ever Zine publication, we prompted local artists during the month of September to consider the theme of 'Hometown Hideaways' and how locations in Georgian Bay can act as personal hideouts, community hubs, and collective centres for culture -- public or private. Artists were free to interpret this theme in whichever way or medium they desired. A very grand 'thank you!' to all those who participated, and were patient in the process of publishing their work. Click the image above to view a larger version or download the printable Hometown Hideaways Zine here.