MP Erin O’Toole Unveils Third Series of Local Artists at Constituency Office Open House

Bowmanville, ON – Today, Member of Parliament for Durham, Erin O’Toole unveiled his third series of local artists at a constituency office open house. Featured original artwork and photography by constituents is showcased on the walls of O’Toole’s constituency office in the historic Balmoral Building in Bowmanville to showcase talents found in the Durham community. This third series will include works from Port Perry residents; photography by Jonathan van Bilsen and paintings by Harvey Walker and Carol Matsuyama.

“One of my passions as the Member of Parliament for Durham is showcasing the amazing people and talent we have in our community,” said MP O’Toole. “Bowmanville and Port Perry are my hometowns and I am proud to promote and support the communities around Durham. I try to use my role to actively promote our local artists and groups as much as possible.”

Renowned in Durham for his photography and writing from his travels around the world, Port Perry resident Jonathan van Bilsen has a photography studio in downtown Port Perry that features his spectacular images. He has been awarded the prestigious Patron of the Arts Award and the ‘Best’ Photography Studio in North Durham for 10 years in a row. Jonathan currently sits on the board of the Scugog Council for the Arts and he also writes monthly columns in magazines and newspapers in Durham.

Harvey Walker owns a studio in his 140 year old home in Port Perry, where he works with oils on canvas to produce some beautiful landscape pieces. Harvey shares his love for painting by teaching at Meta 4 Gallery in Port Perry and is also on the executive of the Port Perry Art Association and a member of the Scugog Council for the Arts.

Carol Matsuyama is an award-winning artist who paints a wide variety of subjects with acrylics, in her Red Trillium Studio in Port Perry. Carol enjoyed a twenty year career as a Children’s Educational Book Designer and is beloved for her realistic styled pet portraits. Her work has shown in various art galleries in the GTA, including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Kent Farndale Gallery and The Scugog Arts Resource Centre.

This third series will be replacing the former outgoing pieces by Todd Tremeer, whose displayed paintings of various Clarington scenes brightened the walls from September 2014 until this April. Todd Tremeer is a local Bowmanville artist whose giant murals can be seen in the downtown core, showing historic scenes of Bowmanville’s heritage.

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