Worthy Art Studio

illustration, design, art classes by Helen Marioncu

  Christmas Sale Online!
 Christmas sale begins Dec. 10th
Featuring  Custom Wreaths. Place your order today!
   Pan Am Toronto 2015!




Very excited about Pan Am Equestrian events at Caledon Equestrian Park ! These paintings were created in honour of the 3 disciplines in competition using the 5 official Pan Am colours.  Acrylic on paper, 22" x 28"  framed and matted in tungsten steel.

Must have souvenirs at only $450 each.  A lasting tribute.

Archival prints also available, 18" x 24" printed on premium matte paper $65

Available in the Web Store, and look for me at Pan Am in The Park, Albion Hills Conservation Centre, July 16th and BizBaz at Osprey Golf Course July 25 & 26.


  Beeton Honey Festival Bee Sculpture
       New Summer 2015 Art Classes

The new Spring line-up of classes will start the week of May 16, 2015.  See Art Classes page for Schedule.

    Sale continues until Jan. 04, 2015 by chance or       appointment


     Pesticide Solution wins 3rd Prize!



   My controversial entry (according to the local papers) in the Great Big Beeton Bee Contest is now in its permanent home in a flower bed next to the Muddy Waters Hotel on the main street of Beeton, On.   The  prize money ($500) is  generously donated by the Beeton Tottenham Business Improvement Assoc. during the installation ceremony.  If you are ever passing through, stop by the Muddy Waters Hotel parking lot where you can take a selfie with my now famous bee.  I like the fact that it is a constant reminder of the  dangers (world-wide) of pesticide use.  Hopefully Canada will follow Europe and ban Neonicotinoids.



     My entry for the Great Big Beeton Bee contest !      Saturday, May 24th, 2015.  Beeton, On.


  I was inspired to create "Pesticide Solution" after reading about the death of thousands of Honey Bees in the "Voice of the Farmer" paper.   Neonicotinoid used to treat corn and soybean seeds is the pesticide responsible.  The dust drifts off planting equipment poisoning the pollen that bees collect.  This is happening right now during spring planting and hundreds of hives will not survive.  I hope to raise awareness to this crisis during the Beeton Honey Festival when hundreds of visitors will view the outdoor sculpture entries .  The winner is judged by public vote. Come out and vote for my bee if you feel it is worthy!                                                                 

   Exciting Spring / Summer Activities



After an enjoyable and busy winter semester teaching at George Brown College School of Design in Toronto, I am now gearing up for an equally enjoyable and busy season. 

My next adventures include: Beeton Honey Festival, Saturday May 24, 2014.  I am coordinating the artist exhibits in front of the Library, as well, I will have my latest work on display.  Also I plan to enter my outdoor sculpture into the Great Big Beeton Bee contest.  (See last year's entry above).  Not too sure what the new sculpture will look like this year, but I'm not unveiling it until the contest commences! 


I'll be competing in the Battle of the Brushes again.  This exciting event takes place on Saturday June 07, 2014 as part of the Arts Festival in Alliston.  Please come out and join in the fun, and vote for me if you think my paintings are worthy!


Also, art classes here at Worthy Art Studio get under way on Monday May 05, 2014.

I'll be keeping busy by catching up on several commissioned portraits, designing the new Royal Winter Fair poster and re-designing the logo and exhibition booth panels  for Ontario Sawdust supplies. 

Not to mention a summer of riding and horse shows and gardening. I think that rounds it out for now.  Hope to see you out there!

      Christmas Show & Sale 2013



                                      New! Horse Head Christmas Wreath 36" x 36"  $75.00  

              Mulberry canes, cedar and weeping cypress boughs - all gathered from the Swept Away                           Farm gardens.



The Christmas Show & Sale is extended until Christmas Eve by chance or appointment. Call first to avoid disappointment.  Many new Christmas card designs still available.  Christmas wreaths are still available.  You can also purchase these items at the Pop Up Artists Market in the Gibson Centre in Alliston, Ontario, open until Christmas Eve as well. 


The Christmas Show was a great success again with many happy clients going home with their precious gifts from Worthy Art Studio. 


            You are invited to celebrate the 6th annual  

                       Christmas Show & Sale!

Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1st, 10 - 4 daily

Featuring  paintings, prints and textile art by Helen Marioncu, award winning published illustrator, designer, artist and educator.   Charity art auction in support of "The Diabetes Society" (starting at $25.00, a great opportunity to buy original art at a bargain price for a worthy cause).

Register for Winter 2014 art classes.  And it's back - homegrown organic catnip from the Swept Away Farm garden!  This was a big hit last year (according to the cats). Handmade wreaths, guest artists, student work, commissioned portraits and paintings.

Christmas goodies and cheer.  Everyone is welcome!

#5109 11th Line, New Tecumseth, Cookstown, Ontario

(3.5 km. west of Hwy. 27, 10 minutes south of Cookstown. From Hwy 400, exit    Hwy. 88 and head west to Hwy. 27, follow North to 11th Line.)

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              My Big Beeton Bee contest entry!

                                      Living Willow Sculpture

This is my interpretation of a honey bee for the outdoor sculpture contest at the Beeton Honey Festival on May 25th 2013.  It's constructed of willow harvested from a 35' willow tree I planted from a cutting 17 years ago.  This is a "green" project and it's designed to be transplanted into a flower bed where it will continue to grow and the roots will anchor it to the ground.  Like any ornamental shrub it's unique shape can be maintained with regular pruning.  You don't want a 35' bee!

 Commission inquiries are welcome.


Fall 2013 Art Classes

Exciting new line up of classes offered at my awesome studio location.  Classes begin Monday Nov. 11, 2013

See Art Classes page for schedule.

Some of the topics include: palette knife painting, colour mixing, oil painting (lifting out technique), watercolor landscape, portraits, drawing 101

Let me know if there is a topic you would like to add - just drop me a line


Christmas Show  2012 a great Success!

Thank you everyone who attended my Christmas Show over the weekend.  The winner of the Portrait Draw is Tom Hirsz from Etobicoke. Congratulations!

Christmas specials continue until Christmas Eve and can be purchased on-line or by appointment in my studio.  Please allow 1 week for shipping.

Christmas Special pricing is offered on "The Riding School" Limited Edition Print for a 35% discount.  $50 each, regularly priced at $75. 


    The Riding School, 16" x 20" Ltd. Edition Print


Christmas Show & Sale 2012

Please come and celebrate my 5th annual Christmas show & sale.

Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd, 10 - 4 daily.

Featuring paintings, prints and textile art by Helen Marioncu, award winning published illustrator, designer, artist, educator.  Charity art auction in support of The Diabetes Society (starting at $25.00, a great opportunity to buy original art at a bargain price for a worthy cause.)  Free draw for a custom pastel portrait like the one pictured below - black/white conte on gray paper.

 Register for Winter 2013 art classes.  And for something completely different, organic catnip from the Swept Away Farm garden.  Handmade Wreaths in horse head designs. Guest artists, student work, commissioned portraits and paintings.

Christmas goodies and cheer.  Everyone is welcome!

#5109 11th Line, New Tecumseth, Cookstown, Ontario, Canada 

(between Toronto and Barrie, from Hwy #400 exit on Hwy #88 or Hwy #89 and head west to Hwy #27, the 11th Line is 10 minutes south of Cookstown, #5109 is 3.5 km west of Hwy #27)

Set Gps for Beeton, Ontario if using this system.

Winter 2013  Art  Lessons!

The new program is now available.  Come to my Christmas Open House this weekend, Saturday & Sunday December 1 & 2 to register.  Here is the opportunity to view past student work and to discuss your goals.  See the Art Classes page for details.

Summer Projects 2012

I'm devoting the summer months to plein air painting and catching up on portraits and design projects in my studio.  Call first if you want to drop in.  See you in Sept. with an exciting new list of art classes which will be posted soon.

Battle of the Brushes June 9, 2012, Alliston On.

Here I am ready to compete in the 2nd annual Battle of the Brushes.  Over 40 artists took part in this fun competition.  You are given a 24 x 20 canvas, 3 primary colours plus black/white acrylic paint, no reference (only imagination and memory) and 20 minutes to create a masterpiece! Oh, and the public audience votes for the winners.  First prize was $500, 2nd was $250.

I progressed to the final round of 4 artists, and finished a respectable 3rd place. Just out of the money, but a worthwhile experience overall.

All canvases were sold in a silent auction with proceeds going to The South Simcoe Arts Council in Alliston, On. 



Beeton Honey Festival May 26, 2012

Had a wonderful day displaying my work at the Honey Festival.  Great to meet so many new art lovers and mingle with old friends.


This watercolour of the "Watermill in Winter " was a big favourite.



New Directory 2012 for South Simcoe Arts Council

Check out this new cover I have designed for the Arts Council.  The illustrations and digital design are mine.  The logos are supplied.  Graphic design and illustration services are available.  Please contact me if you have a special project in mind.  Let's talk!


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Saturday and Sunday December  3 & 4.                     10 - 4 daily

The  Christmas Show

Please come celebrate the 3rd annual Christmas Show & Sale.  Sat. & Sun. Dec. 3 & 4. 10 - 5 daily.  Featuring the "Whodunit" Art Auction.    Proceeds to The Canadian Diabetes Society in memory of both my Mother and my aunt Sophie Davidson.  An affordable way to own a valuable work of art and contribute to a great cause.

Also  featured is a daily draw for the Ltd. Edition Print "The Riding School" valued at $100.00 unframed.  Recent work by Helen Marioncu and guest artists. New this year Giclée prints on canvas.  Framed and unframed treasures. Register for new Winter 2011 art classes.  Christmas goodies and cheer.  Everyone is welcome.

(905)729-3052  #5109 11th Line, New Tecumseth, R.R. #4, Cookstown (10 min. south of Cookstown, 3.5 km. west of Hwy.#27, between Toronto and Barrie). 

From Toronto, #400 north to Barrie, exit #88 west BondHead, north #27 to 11th Line,   west 3.5 km. to #5109 (south side of road) . Easy. 




Around The Corners Studio Tour  Nov. 11/12   2011

Worthy Art Studio is taking part in the 3rd Annual Cookstown Studio Tour  on November  11 & 12.  Friday night from 6 - 9 and Saturday from 10 - 4.  The celebration is part of Light Up Night in Cookstown and kicks off the Christmas season.  All recent and past work will be on display in the gallery.  New this year is the very inspirational display of student work.  Alumni are welcome to participate, so please contact me if you would like to be included.   As always refreshments and a warm welcome awaits visitors.  Registration for Winter Art classes.  Come out and say Hello!



Fall Art Classes Begin October 3rd, 2011

Register now for new offering of classes for adults and children.  See Art Classes page for details.

Programs for June and July!

Sign up for Kids Summer Art Camp July 20 -24 and Adult Summer Art camp July 27 - 31.

New programs in drawing painting and portraits.  See Art Classes page for details. 

Showcase of Arts Festival Winners at the Gibson Centre

June 25 - July 05.  My  1st place winning entry as well as winners in other categories will be on display at the Gibson Centre in Alliston.  Everyone is welcome to attend the opening on Friday June 25.  Hope to see you there.

Festival of the Arts Gold Medal Winner 2009!

The South Simcoe Arts Council has awarded  my entry into it's annual Arts  Festival juried competition First Prize in the Two Dimensional Art category.  My work was judged in the  "Art on Main" event during the month of May.   Artist and stores are partnered together along main streets in the towns of Aiiliston, Cookstown, Beeton and Tottenham.  My work was displayed in the store front window of Will Silks General Store in Cookstown.  During the guided Art Walk I also gave a live painting demonstration and answered questions about my work.  Thanks to Laurie, proprietor of Will Silks, for donating a beautiful venue in her antique shop to display my paintings and to the Arts Council for their support of the arts in New Tecumseth as well as the Rotary Club of Alliston for their donation of my award. 

Congratulations to student Miguel Chavez!

My student Miguel Chavez in  the Portfolio Development course at Humber College has just been accepted to the Ontario College of Art & Design, McMaster University and University of Victoria, B.C.  Decisions, Decisions!  If you have tried but failed to gain acceptance at a post secondary institution, give me a call - I can help you put together a professional presentation.

4 New Workshops Dates Added in Feb. & March!

January 28, 2009 

Check out the Art Classes page for information regarding 4 new weekend workshops:  Portfolio Development,  Life Drawing, Costume Model Drawing & Painting  and Watercolour Painting.



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