The Laughing Buddha

Carmen Martorella

March 18, 2019 - June 18, 2019

Carmen was born in Sudbury, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, the outdoors and spending time in Florida during the winter months. Carmen’s parents were born in Bomba, Italy, where she travelled regularly and captured the landscapes and architectural surroundings mainly in the Abbruzo region. Carmen studied art in high school and college while receiving her Business and Accounting honours diplomas. She went on to obtain a BA in Business at Athabasca University. Carmen retired from Canada Revenue Agency in 2015 after 33 years of service and now dedicates her time professionally towards her true passion of creating art.

Carmen began painting watercolours in high school having specialized in the arts program at Sudbury Secondary School. She has since expanded to other mediums such as acrylics, mixed media, pastels and oils. Carmen has studied with well known artists and continues to attend workshops to master her skill. She is currently President of the Sudbury Art Club and has had work accepted in juried shows in Northern Ontario.


Le 18 mars 2019 au 18 juin 2019

Carmen est née à Sudbury, en Ontario. Elle aime voyager, le plein air et passer du temps en Floride durant l’hiver. Ses parents sont nés à Bomba, en Italie, où elle s’est souvent rendue, saisissant les paysages et l’architecture, surtout dans la région des Abruzzes. Elle a étudié l’art à l’école secondaire et au collège tout en recevant des diplômes en affaires et en comptabilité avec distinction. Elle a ensuite obtenu un baccalauréat en arts (affaires) de l’Université d’Athabasca. Elle a pris sa retraite de l’Agence du revenu du Canada en 2015 après 33 ans de service. Elle se consacre maintenant de façon professionnelle à sa véritable passion, la création artistique.  

Carmen a commencé à peindre des aquarelles à l’école secondaire, se spécialisant dans le programme artistique de la Sudbury Secondary School. Depuis, elle a adopté d’autres techniques comme l’acrylique, les techniques mixtes, les pastels et les huiles. Elle a étudié auprès d’artistes bien connus et elle continue de participer à des ateliers pour se perfectionner. Elle est actuellement présidente du Sudbury Art Club. Certaines de ses œuvres ont été acceptées dans le cadre d’expositions-concours du Nord de l’Ontario.



Past Exhibitions / Expositions passées


KBRO-Aural Majesty

December 18, 2018 - March 18, 2018

KBRO is influenced by urban culture and its different facets such as punk rock, hip hop, skateboarding, dance, and graffiti. With his paintings, he communicates some of the aesthetics from these elements into his work. He tries to create visual soundscapes and express rhythms, sounds and atmospheres in his art. When producing his pieces, he focuses on the process of creating art rather than the final product. He does this through experimenting with brush strokes and different techniques of applying paint to canvas. He is always looking for new ways to create different textures, and does this by treating the canvas like a piece of music or a form of dance.

Le 18 décembre 2018 au 18 mars 2019

KBRO est influencé par la culture urbaine et ses différentes facettes telles que le punk rock, le hip hop, le skateboard, la danse et le graffiti. Avec ses peintures, il communique une partie de l'esthétique de ces éléments dans son travail. Il essaie de créer des paysages sonores visuels et d'exprimer des rythmes, des sons et des ambiances dans son art. Lors de la production de ses œuvres, il se concentre sur le processus de création artistique plutôt que sur le produit final. Il le fait en expérimentant des coups de pinceau et différentes techniques d'application de peinture sur toile. Il est toujours à la recherche de nouvelles façons de créer différentes textures, et le fait en traitant la toile comme une pièce de musique ou une forme de danse.


Nico Glaude

September 18, 2018 - December 18, 2018

Nico Glaude is a Sudbury based installation artist, curator and raconteur. Nico’s “Cut-out Memories” series is an art project for everybody — especially if you remember the '90s. Created out of nothing more than combinations of duct-tape, cardboard, plastic, bed-sheets and acrylic paint, the series is a DIY antidote to today’s fast paced life. The photographs presented are the only remaining evidence that the installations ever existed as Nico always leaves his artwork behind when he's done.

These installations are an homage to nostalgia and faded memories.

18 septembre 2018 - 18 décembre 2018

Nico Glaude est un artiste en installations, conservateur et raconteur de Sudbury. Sa série « Cut-Out Memories » se veut un projet artistique s’adressant à tout le monde, surtout aux gens qui se souviennent des années 1990. Créées uniquement au moyen de ruban à conduits, de carton, de plastique, de draps de lit et de peinture acrylique, les œuvres qui la composent constituent un antidote bricoleur à la vie moderne effrénée. Ces photos sont la seule preuve restante que les installations ont existé puisque l’artiste laisse ses œuvres derrière lui après qu’il les a terminées.

Ces installations constituent un hommage à la nostalgie et aux souvenirs effacés. 


S.K. Gusani

June 19, 2018 - September 18, 2018

S.K. Gusani is a Cambrian College student who is passionate about painting. Gusani’s acrylic on wood or Masonite paintings depicts cool Sudbury landscapes or warm portraits of his family and friends. Gusani’s crosses between cityscape painting and expressive portraits which are both playful and passionate. You can see S.K. Guasni’s artwork at The Laughing Buddha Restaurant (194 Elgin Street) from June 19, 2018 to September 18, 2018..

19 juin 2018 - 18 septembre 2018

S.K. Gusani est un étudiant du Collège Cambrian passionné par la peinture. Les peintures acryliques sur bois ou Masonite de Gusani représentent des paysages impressionnants de Sudbury ou des portraits chaleureux de sa famille et de ses amis. Les croisements de Gusani entre la peinture de paysage urbain et les portraits expressifs sont à la fois amusants et passionnés. Vous pouvez voir les œuvres de S.K. Gusani au restaurant Laughing Buddha (194, rue Elgin) du 19 juin 2018 au 18 septembre 2018



Anthony Chezzi

March 21, 2018 - June 20, 2018

Anthony Chezzi is a retired high school teacher and principal. In recent years, the artist has been exploring and documenting familiar Sudbury landmarks and translating the experiences onto canvas. Sights of Sudbury highlights seven familiar Sudbury locations including Golden Grain Bakery, City Hall, and Finlandia Village. This exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program.

21 mars 2018 - 20 juin 2018

Maintenant retirer, Anthony Chezzi était un enseignant et directeur d'école secondaire. Au cours des dernières années, l'artiste explore et documente des repères familiers de Sudbury et traduit les expériences sur toile. Sights of Sudbury met en vedette sept endroits familiers de Sudbury, notamment Golden Grain Bakery, l’Hôtel de Ville et Finlandia Village. Cette exposition est soutenue par le Programme d'aide aux expositions du Conseil des arts de l'Ontario.



Sarah Blondin

December 21, 2017 - March 21, 2018

Emerging Sudbury artist Sarah Blondin is a Cambrian College student and local yoga teacher. Her fantastical ink on paper drawings is reflective of her interest in balance and energy, travelling, relationships, and literature. The eleven works in the exhibition strike symmetry while playing with ideas and memories of an adventurer.

21 décembre 2017 - 21 mars 2018

L'artiste émergente de Sudbury, Sarah Blondin, est étudiante au Cambrian College et enseignante de yoga locale. Son encre fantastique sur papier reflète son intérêt pour l'équilibre et l'énergie, les voyages, les relations et la littérature. Les onze œuvres de l'exposition sont symétriques tout en jouant avec les idées et les souvenirs d'un aventurier.


Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber)


October 04, 2017 - December 21, 2017

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) is Turtle Clan of Henvey Inlet First Nation. He’s a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University) in Toronto, Ontario, which has finely tuned his artistic practice. Working directly on canvas, the artist experiments with oil paint, acrylic paint, spray paint, and watercolour. The results from the experimentation are large, abstract forms that merge into Indigenous imagery and messaging.

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) was recently selected to participate in the Power Up project, a component of Up Here 2017 in downtown Sudbury. His distinctive style is featured on two Greater Sudbury Utilities boxes: one across from the Good Samaritan Centre on Elgin Street and one in front of Sherwin-Williams Paint Store on Lorne Street.

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) grew up near Rotterdam, Netherlands and Toronto, Ontario. His roots are grounded in his home community of Henvey Inlet First Nation, Ontario, and he has recently settled in Sudbury, Ontario.

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) est Turtle Clan de Henvey Inlet First Nation. Il est diplômé de l'Ontario College of Art and Design (l'université de OCAD) à Toronto, en Ontario, qui a raffiné sa démarche artistique. L’artiste travaille directement sur toile et expérimente avec des peintures à l'huile, peintures acryliques, peintures aérosols et de l'aquarelle. Les résultats de l'expérimentation sont de grandes formes abstraites qui se fondent dans l'imagerie et les messages indigènes.

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) a récemment été sélectionné pour participer au projet Power Up, une composante du festival Up Here 2017, dans le centre-ville de Sudbury. Son style distinctif est présenté dans deux boîtes de services publics du Grand Sudbury : une en face du centre Good Samaritan sur la rue Elgin et une devant le magasin de peinture Sherwin-Williams sur la rue Lorne.< p>

Odinamaad Narciso Kagagins Noganosh (Isaac Weber) a grandi près de Rotterdam, des Pays-Bas et de Toronto, en Ontario. Ses racines sont fondées dans sa communauté natale de la Première nation de Henvey Inlet, en Ontario, et il s'est récemment installé à Sudbury, en Ontario.



Connecting with Lakes and Lands (Cassidy McAuliffe)

July 04, 2017 – October 03, 2017

Environmentalist, photographer and creative force – Cassidy McAuliffe aims to capture simple moments of awe and contentment. Through a series of photographs, Cassidy McAuliffe captures moments from Sudbury’s watersheds located in rural sections of the city. You don’t have to be an avid adventurer to appreciate the silent moments that Cassidy manages to translate into digital photography. The artist hopes to connect the viewer with nature and to establish or strengthen their respect for the environment. 



Divine Feminine (Kaarina Ranta)

April 17 - July 04, 2017

Kaarina Ranta is a Sudbury-based artist who uses acrylic and mixed media to express femininity and motherhood. She has devoted her life to motherhood and social work and uses paint as a medium to express her daily experiences. Kaarina Ranta explores and celebrates the divine feminine in her artwork by methodically applying multiple layers of paint to her brightly coloured artwork.




Raymonde Béland

January 17, 2017 – April 17, 2017

Raymonde Béland is a local Sudbury artist who paints landscapes en plein air. Raymonde Béland is influenced by the great masters from the impressionist period to create her oil and acrylic paintings. Raymonde has travelled internationally to participate in painting workshops where her teachers have praised her boldly expressive oil paintings.




Makers North Collective (Tracy Baker and Julieanne Steedman)


November 13, 2016 – January 16, 2017

Artists Tracy Baker and Julieanne Steedman have been making waves in Sudbury. The duo co-founded Makers North Collective, a group responsible for bringing together makers and artists from the North. Tracey and Julieanne “believe in the art of creating something by hand, the process that starts with a simple idea and ends with something amazing. Collaboration and community are a huge part of our collective, and our main goal is to share and highlight the rich talent found throughout Northern Ontario.”



The Air We Breathe (Jennifer Walker, Jessica Mick, Braeden Martel, Danielle Provencher, flofoto)


August 8, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Breathable A group of local photographers embark on a photographic journey together while capturing what it means to be living, working and breathing in our Northern City. Each artist will exhibit a series of contemporary photography celebrating our unique city.


Sudbury Exposed (Jennifer Walker)


May 23 – August 8, 2016

Walker describes her photography as “double exposures representing the complexity of [our] urban infrastructure in [the] developing downtown core.” Her black and white photos mimic the surroundings of a ghost town – omnipresent angles in conjunction with the lack of human presence fills the bright frames and makes you reconsider the hidden beauty in forgotten buildings. The juxtaposition of Sudbury’s historic architecture against glistening lakes creates a sense of nostalgia that can bring you memories of “back in the day.” 

If you have an opportunity to visit the Laughing Buddha this summer – be sure to take a moment and reflect on our local urban landscape as seen through the lens of Jennifer Walker. Sudbury; it may be gritty and grey - but Walker can pump some civic pride into the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. 


Giovanni Presenza


March 29 - May 23, 2016

Giovanni Presenza is an artist living in Sudbury, Ontario. Working mostly in ballpoint pen, graphite and occasionally acrylic, Giovanni draws masterful portraits of people that inspire him. The life-like qualities of the works seem impossible to create with limited supplies. However, Giovanni moves past the ghoulish qualities of his subject’s exterior form and transpires the inspiring and curious nature of people.On display at the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) from March 29 - May 23, 2016.


This Is Me and Waterscapes (Carenie Little)

November 1, 2015 - March 29, 2016

Carenie Little is an artist from Whitefish, just west of Sudbury. Her paintings are inspired by the people close to her and the natural beauty of our northern community. On display at the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) from November 2015 – February 2016 are two recent series created by Carenie: This Is Me are portraits of people in Carnie’s life and Waterscapes are works inspired by the beautiful rivers and lakes in our region.

Carenie Little est une artiste de Whitefish, situé tout juste à l’ouest de Sudbury. Ses tableaux sont inspirés par ses proches et la beauté naturelle de sa collectivité nordique. Deux de sa série récente sont en montre au restaurant Laughing Buddha (194, rue Elgin) de novembre 2015 à février 2016. Les portraits de This is Me montrent des gens dans la vie de l’artiste, tandis que les œuvres de Waterscapes sont inspirées par les rivières et les lacs magnifiques de la region.


Dreaming in Digital Comics (Dani Taillefer)

July 26 - November 1, 2015

Drop by the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view the newest AGS/GAS Offsite Venue display. “Dreaming in Digital Comics” by artist Dani Taillefer will be on display until November 1st, 2015.


It's All About Colour (Lucie Lessard) 

April 26 – July 26, 2015

Visit the Laughing Buddha from April 26 – July 26, 2015, to view abstract artwork by artist Lucie Lessard.

Du 26 avril au 26 juillet 2015, rendez-vous au Laughing Buddha pour admirer les œuvres abstraites de Lucie Lessard. Son exposition intitulée « It’s All About Colour » est véritablement une vitrine colorée et éclatante.


Hindsight (Sydney Rose)

February 15, 2015 - April 26, 2016

This latest series of collages by Sydney Rose explores theoretical representations of women and the Earth in our present, past and future. A combination of found imagery from 1970s encyclopedic guides and sewing patterns for women’s lingerie, Hindsight represents a general apocalyptic and skeptical perception of our planet’s future: predictions for her demise, explorations of her misuse and our undeniable, irreparable connection to all things in the natural world. Sydney is a graduate of the photography program at OCAD University.



Kathleen Ryan and Genna Bu


December 13, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Kathleen Ryan is from Temiscaming, Quebec and moved to Sudbury in 1970. Her calming artwork is created using mixed media such as acrylic paint and foil.

Genna Bu is an international artist from China who moved to Canada in 2012. Her long exposure photographs were taken on film, developed by hand, and transferred to a digital format.


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