Bio & Exhibits

 

Darlene was born in Montreal and attended Concordia University, graduating with a B.F.A, major in Graphic Design. She spent the next 40 years developing a successful career in business. However she recognized it was time to turn back to her art, so in 2005 Darlene began to work towards creating both a vocation and business, painting in whatever spare time she had from her full time career. Also entering Shows whenever she could. In 2012 Darlene Hassall became a full time artist. She has branched out, showing her work in the Dufferin Region and the GTA. Her work has been featured in Style At Home Magazine. She has also travelled to Mexico to supervise the hanging of some of her works.

Darlene has sat on the Board and Executive Committees of local art groups. She is part of the Art in the School Program with Dufferin Arts Council. She has also assisted in jurying for SSAC. Darlene played a key role in the formation of a critique group in the area in order to help fellow artists develop or enhance their skills in evaluating their work, and the work of others.

Juried, or Invitation Only, Exhibitions:
  • All Landscape Art Exhibition & Competition Prospectus, USA. (2020)
  • Buckhorn Festival of the Arts (Buckhorn August 2019)
  • Riverdale Juried Art Walk (Toronto, June 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)
  • All About Me Show, Etoicoke Art Centre (Sept. 2017)
  • “Annual Art Show & Sale” (By invitation, Kingsway Lambton United Church, Toronto April 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
  • “Nature Show”, Blue Rain Gallery (By invitation, Tottenham, Sept 2017)
  • Kame & Kettle Artists (Invite, Orangeville Theatre, Dec.2015 – Feb. 2016)
  • “Orangeville Harvest of Colour Juried Show” (Orangeville, October 2015)
  • “BIZBAZ” (Caledon, July 2015)
  • Barnfest 2015  (Mulmur, for “Food and Water First”, June 2015)
  • Beaux Arts Juried Show (Brampton, April 2014)
  • Headwaters Arts Gallery – several Juried Shows: 2016. 2016, 2015,  2014.
  • “Headwaters Art Festival Juried Show”- Sept 2016, Sept 2015, Sept 2014, Sept 2013 (Alton, Ontario)
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Art Group (Etobicoke, 2013)
  • Art Aurora Juried Art Show & Sale 2013
  • South Simcoe First Juried Show, (Orangeville, Ontario March 2012)
  • Orangeville Art Group Juried Fall Show (Orangeville Sept. 2013)
Shows:
  • “Soiree” – One person show –  DAC Recipient Reed T.Cooper Award Show 2018
  • “North Meets South” Group Show, Art Square Gallery (Toronto, August 2016)
  • “Art By 9 – The Fire from Within” Show (HA Gallery, Alton Mill, Oct-Nov 2015)
  • “Critical Mass Show 4” (HA Gallery Alton Mill)
  • “Critical Mass Show VII” (Liberty Village Toronto)
  • “North of 89, Artists of Mulmur Open Studio Tour” Sept, 2013 (Home studio, Shelburne), Guest -Sept 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014.
  • “Painters Abroad Show”(Headwaters Art Gallery, Alton Mill, Ont. Sept. 2013)
  • “Critical Mass lll Show” (The Twist Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, July 2013 )
  • “TGIF Show” (Neilson Park Creative Centre Gallery June 2013)
  • “Critical Mass ll Show” (Holcim Gallery, Milton Centre for the Arts, Feb 2013)
  • Galleria Isa, May 2012 (Monticostello de Vibio, Italy)
  • Kame & Kettle Art Show “Awakenings”(Pond Gallery, Alton Mill, May 2010 )
  • Kame & Kettle Art Show “20 year Anniversary Show”(Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Rosemount, On. March 2010 )
  • Orangeville Art Group hangings – 2012, 2013
  • The Dam Gallery Hangings-  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (Alton, Ontario)
  • Headwaters Art Gallery hangings- 2008, 2009 (Alton, Ontario)
Publications
  • In The Hills Magazine – Featured Artist In Residence, Summer 2016 Edition
  • In The Hills Magazine, Spring 2016
  • In The Hills Magazine, Autumn 2015
  • In The Hills Magazine, Autumn 2014
  • In The Hills Magazine, Spring 2011
  • Cityline TV, March 2010
  • Style At Home Magazine, March 2010 Issue
Residencies
  • Spark Box Studio, Picton, Ontario. June 2017.
Teaching
  • Artists In the Schools Program, Dufferin County
  • Adult Classes Maggiolly’s, Orangeville
Awards
  • Nominated -2020 Established Artist of the Year, Arts and Culture Award Dufferin County
  • Nominated -2019 Established Artist of the Year, Arts and Culture Award Dufferin County
  • Recipient DAC/Reed T. Cooper Bursary Award, 2018
  • Nominated- 2017 Established Artist if the Year, Arts and Culture Award Dufferin County