The bright joyous paintings of Marlene Bulas are depicted in a wide range of styles and media. Much of her work is impressionistic - especially her landscapes, still life, floral and figurative paintings. Marlene also considers herself an experimental artist and has been exploring abstraction and intuitive paintings on paper and canvas as well. Love of colour and the painting process itself are the main focus of her art. Major influences on her paintings have been the French Impressionists, the Group of Seven, and various contemporary instructors in Canada and the USA.
"Creativity is a gift given to each of us and I have chosen painting as my form of expression. The joy and freedom of colour is the basis of my art, often combined in different styles and media, I am fascinated by the endless combinations and effects achieved by emphasizing and focusing on certain elements and principles of art and design. My art has become a metaphor of my own life's journey - exhilarating, unpredictable, and joyful - and it is my desire to share this experience with my viewer. I remain open in my choices of subjects as I believe in a Divine Spiritual Force that guides each of us enabling us to reach our own creative potential."
Marlene Bulas obtained her BA from York University in 1993 and has attended Georgian College Design and Visual Arts Program from 1996 - 1999, as well as numerous art workshops throughout Canada and the USA. A major influence on her work has been her mother who studied with the Group of Seven, as well as the encouragement of her husband and three children. Marlene has participated in various shows and has exhibited in Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Penetanguishene, Toronto, Windsor, Buffalo, Westfied, New York, Florida, Calgary and Montreal. Paintings by Marlene Bulas can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S.A., UK, South America, Caribbean, France, Saudi Arabia, Panama and Bermuda.
Upcoming Shows 2018
June 22 & 23, 2019 - Coldwater Studio Tour, Canadiana Museum, Coldwater, Ont.
July 13 & 14, 2019 - Purple Turtle Festival, The Briars Resort, Sutton, Ont.
July 20 from 12-4pm - Art on the Beach, 682 Tiny Beaches Rd. S. Tiny Twp.
July 19-21st - Muskoka Arts and Craft Show, Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge, Ont.
Aug. 9-11th - Ojibway Fine Arts Show, Pointe-au-Baril
Aug. 16-18th - Buckhorn Fine Arts, Buckhorn, Ont.
Oct. 11-14th - Images Studio Tour, Thanksgiving Week-end, . at the studio of Marlene Bulas, 197 West St. N , Orillia, Ont.
Marlene Bulas Art -197 West St. N. Orillia –by chance or appointment
Tiffins Creative Centre, Orillia, ON
Manticore Book Store, Orillia, ON
Manse Gallery, Baysville, ON
Dragonfly Arts, 189 Broadway St. Orangeville, ON
Pioneer Handcraft 1115, Hwy.11, S., Severn Bridge, ON
Portage Hill Gallery, Chatauqua, New York
Studio 737 Art Gallery, 505 Bryne Ave., Barrie, ON
BKGallery, 5115 Black River Rd., Washago, ON
January 2019 - 1st Prize, Largo Art Association
Participant of Martinis and Matisse Fund raising Gala,
March 2018 - 2nd prize, Largo Art Association
February 2018 - Honourable Mention, Largo Art Association
January, 2018 - Feature Artist of Martinis and Matisse Gala, Clearwater, Florida, advertising and promotion.
November, 2017, First Prize in Juried show, Largo Art Association, Florida
October 2017 - Harold Wilson’s Truck featured on cover of American Psychology Magazine, Washington D.C.
2017 Largo Art Association: 2nd Prize in Juried Show
2017 Largo Art Association: People’s Choice Award
2017 October Cover of American Psychologist Magazine
2017 Art Slam, Quest Gallery, Midland, Ont.
2017 Featured Artist of Lawrence Park United Church, Toronto
2015-17 Martinis and Matisse Gala, Clearwater , Fla.
2016-Artslam, Rogers TV Interview, Quest Art Gallery , Midland
2015- Largo , Fla. Art Assn. Honourable Mentions
2014-Kingsway Lambton , Toronto , Feature Artist
2014-Ducks Unlimited Feature Artist, Canada
2014-06 Diva Day Poster Design
2016,2013, Multi-faith calendar, British Columbia
2011 Honourable Mention, Hot Art, Caledon
2008 Orillia Jazz Festival Design
2007 Atlantic Challenge Design
Sept. 2005 Rogers Cable TV Presentation
May, 2005 Honourable Mention- Alliston Downtown
May 2004 Honourable Mention - Aurora Art & COAA - "Virtual Brushstrokes"
November 2003 Honourable Mention, Huronia Museum, Midland
October 2003 Ducks Unlimited Featured Artist, Orillia
April 2002 Home and Garden TV Feature
May 2001 Judges Choice Award - Celebration of the Arts Show
April 2001 Honourable Mention, Environmental Show, Toronto
1999, 2000 Orillia Communities in Bloom Design
2000 Orillia Jazz Festival Design
2000 Northern Card Company Design, Mississauga
2000 Canadian Artist of the Month, Parkhurst Medical Journal, Montreal
1998 Best of Show, Arts by the River, Alliston
1997 Honourable Mention, Barrie Art Club
1994 First Prize, Wye Marsh, Midland
July 24-26, 2019 - Colour, Creativity and Fun, Southampton Arts Centre, Southampton, ON. CLASS IS FILLED.
May 3, 2019. The Joy of Painting Holiday Photographs
Quest Art, Midland, ON.