Beverley Hawksley


Stories are important to me... the ones we are immediately aware of and the ones that come through excavation.

Making" has been part of my life as far back as I can remember. From the childhood cobbling of my own shoes because of a fascination with some boots that Patsy Cline wore on an album cover through my costume making and knitting days as a young mother, resourceful creativity has felt as necessary as breathing. I incorporated this obsession with creating into a career as a hairstylist all the while nurturing thoughts of some other world that seemed to be forever waiting in the wings for more of my attention. With grown children, I decided in my early forties, to explore it full time. Since then, with self-direction and curiosity, art has been my day job. It remains an obsession!

Primarily a figurative painter, I like to work large scale and would describe my figures as being in a "state" rather than a "location". The work has changed over the years but there are recurring aspects that have been present since the beginning. The use of metal leaf both in halos and background texture satisfies my love of the historical religious works that haunt my heart. Costume interests me, both for what it exposes and what it covers up. I continue to explore this through the work combining eras, or indulging in fantasy. Attention to hairstyles and head gear are important to me as well. Certainly I recognize that the tools are in my hands, however, I do feel as though the figures in the work show up with their own agenda. I am committed to honouring that.

I work three dimensionally as well and have created sculpture and textile works that have a feel of ceremony. Robes, shawls and banners embellished with embroidery became meditative works for me... a chance to plug into an artform from "ago". Making plaster and paper mache vessels gives me an opportunity to immerse myself in a shape that has held things of value since the beginning of time.

Through these years of exploring, I began to pay close attention to how I experience the creative process. The different stages of bringing an idea to fruition and the feelings that accompany those stages. The stages became predictable and I have learned to trust that process. Out of this observation came a performance that I titled "Subplot". It is a mythical theatre piece with the characters depicting each aspect of the creative process. This work combined my varied efforts of writing, producing, performing, 3D installation and costume making. I feel this piece has more to come and I hope to continue to workshop it to see how it plays out.

From the outside, perhaps each approach seems to be a departure from the others, but to me they are all in keeping with my intention to uncover and support the timeless stories found within the human condition.


2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2012 Art Show at the Summit Centre, Huntsville, ON,
2012 The Black and White Ball: A Juried Group Exhibition at Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2011 Comfort - a Mixed Media Exhibit at Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2011 Imagining Winnie, Huntsville, ON
2011 Propeller Centre 15th Anniversary Show, Toronto
2011 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2011 The Artist Project, Toronto
2010 Face It Head On: The Self Portrait Redefined, Workman Arts Building, Toronto
2010 Habit Forming, Solo Exhibit - Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
2010 Nuit Blanche Exhibit, Toronto
2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2010 The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
2010 Propeller Gallery, solo exhibit, Toronto, ON
2010 The One I Love The Most, group exhibit, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 Night Lights, group exhibit, Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge, ON
2009 Lust, group exhibit, The Beverly Owens Project, Toronto, ON
2009 Holiday Beauties, group exhibit, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 OCAD Whodunit, group exhibit, Toronto, ON
2009 The Aftershow, Propeller Centre For The Visual Arts, Toronto ON
2009 Six Degrees Of Muskoka, Bracebridge, ON
2009 No Cure For Curiosity, group exhibit, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2009 The Shutterbug Gallery, Huntsville, ON - ongoing
2009 Huntsville Festival Of The Arts – Threshold, public art installation
2008 Moments Where The Stories Live, The Shutterbug Gallery, Huntsville, ON
2008 The Nexus Gallery, Orono, ON, group exhibit
2008 Image Makers, group exhibit, Huntsville Festival Of The Arts, Huntsville, ON
2008 Blue Canoe Gallery, South River, ON
2008 Purely Water, group exhibit, Muskoka Gallery, Port Carling, On
2006 Candor, solo exhibit, Six Shooter Gallery, Toronto
2006 Subplot, Huntsville Festival Of The Arts. A multi-media piece I wrote and produced, depicting the "creative process". It was presented in the forest and Icreated 3D works as well as costumes that set the walking path stage for thestory to unfold.
2006 Afore Thereafter,solo exhibit Huntsville Framing Place and Gallery
2005 One Woman/Every Woman, solo exhibit, ACA Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Graceful Return, solo exhibit, Deerhurst Resort - Eclipse Gallery, Huntsville, On
2005 Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 States Of Being, solo painting exhibit and collaborative installation, Shifting Earth Gallery Place and Gallery
2003 Coop on Scollard, group exhibit, Toronto, ON
2003 Euclid Studio, Toronto, ON
2002 Framing Place and Gallery, Huntsville, ON
2002 Muskoka Autumn Tour
2001 Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
2001 Framing Place and Gallery, Huntsville, ON
2000 Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
2000 Hawksley Burns For Isadora, Book Launch-Exhibit, Lid Lounge, Toronto ON
1999 Muskoka Studio Tour
1999 MAC Spring members Show, Bracebridge, ON
1999 Vessels, solo exhibit Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge, ON
1999 In Transition, solo exhibit Bird Hill Gallery, Bracebridge, ON
1997 MAC members show

2010 Kaleidoscope Arts in Education: Olympic Celebration project with Gr. Four, Spruce Glen Public
2009 Kaleidoscope Arts in Education: Huntsville, ON. Real Character/Real Stories: an elementary school multi-media arts project for kindergarten to grade 5 students with a focus on respect and community. I was part of the group of artists that facilitated this with students and teachers.
2009 Edge of the Woods Theatre: The Captain Hunt Project, Huntsville, ON: intergenerational art project culminating in a theatrical presentation.
2009 Group and Private Fostering Creativity/Art Sessions in my studio
2008 Unfolding a Story - week long multi-media workshop for girls 10-12. Held in my studio. Included visual art, creative writing, costume as art form, and drama. Huntsville, ON
2008 Kaleidoscope Arts In Education, Huntsville, ON. - School wide theatrical project involving set design, costume and make-up, prop creation, creative writing, drama and music.
2008 Entering The Waters, Creativity Workshop, Port Carling, ON
2007 I spent some time traveling in Italy this year and then participated in a two month artist residency in Pouch Cove, Pouch Cove Foundation, James Baird - Director
2006 Subplot connected creativity workshops, Huntsville High School, Community Learning Centre
2005 Private and group creativity sessions in my studio