Alison MacNeil: Guest Speaker at the 2012 Great Little Art Show
Photo shows Alison MacNeil with Garth Vaughan. A resident of Belmont, Alison is a long-time supporter of and volunteer with the Great Little Art Show since its inception in 1998.
Alison started studying portrait sculpture in her late teens with Gisela Lamprecht in Montreal. Years of making life size portraits were followed by works in a more miniature scale, including portrait medals and even smaller sculptures of porcelain set in sea shells.
The portrayal of loving relationships continues to be a focus of her work. Alison’s book, The Bremen Method of Portrait Sculpture, includes memories from the days of her art lessons, classes she taught, and details of the construction method; and contains a complete list of portrait busts, which include LGen Sir Arthur Currie, Gen HDG Crerar, BGen Milton Gregg V.C, and Governor General George P. Vanier.
A past member of the Medallic Association Society of Canada, her portrait medals are cast at Art Cast Inc in Georgetown, Ontario. Alison’s work may be seen at her home by appointment or by chance; in the ARHS gift shop, and the Avon Emporium.