Margaret Peter

B.A., S.C.A., O.S.A.
Margaret combines texture and colour to convey her impression of surfaces in her prints and paintings.



“I like to slightly abstract a drawing of an object or surface by emphasizing patterns and shapes through the use of colour and textures or by closely examining a small section of it.”

Margaret is a graduate of the University of Guelph and has a studio in her home in Guelph.  She is a founding member of the Chimera Gallery (April 1976), the Phoenix Artists Co-op (July 1978), past President (1981, 1988, 1991, 2003-2005) of the Guelph Creative Arts Association, Member of Central Ontario Art Association, The Print and Drawing Council of Canada and Visual Arts Ontario.  In October 1990, she was accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists.  In May 1991, she was accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists, and was a member of the “Guelph Artisans” from April 1992 to 2002.

Studio and Residence at 5 Birch Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2N2 (519) 822-6169

Born:  13/06/43 – Leamington, Ontario

Educated:  Graduate of Windsor Teachers’ College, 1963

Received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph on February 1, 1974


Margaret has taught printmaking courses for the City of Guelph, workshops for teachers in several counties, secondary school – Head of the Arts Department for Glenview Park Secondary School in Cambridge, 1985; Artist-in-the-Schools Program in Owen Sound, Guelph, Chatham and, most recently, taught the printmaking course at Wilfrid Laurier University, 1988-2006.  She taught a weeklong course for the Elora Art School in Watercolour Monotypes, Summer 2001-2004,2006, and Fluid Acrylics in 2005,2006.  She taught monotypes for the Humber Valley Art Association in Etobicoke, September 2002, 2003.  She taught for the Pencil & Palette Club in Georgerown in 2005. She also taught for the C.O.A.A. in Kitchener, October 2005. She taught monotypes at the Southhampton Art School, 2013. Also, she taught tissue collage at the Williams Mill 2013 and at the G.C.A.A. in 2015, and the Wellington County Museum and Archives Art School in 2018. In 2019, she taught the course “How To Create An Abstract” also at the Wellington County Museum and Archives Art School.


  • A slide of Margaret’s print “Vestiges of Life – Past and Present,” was reproduced in “The Ontario Society of Artists ‘96” publication booklet
  • An article about her was printed in the Spring Newsletter of the Society of Canadian Artists ‘98
  • A copy of Margaret’s painting “Harvest Time,” Fluid Acrylic, was published in the Feb/March 2001 issue of International Artist
  • 5 prints were published in “Words and Wonders: A Guelph Area Anthology,” September 2001
  • A copy of Margaret’s print “Along the Trail,” etching, was published in the April/May 2002 issue of International Artist Magazine
  • An article about her was printed in the Guelph Mercury, September 2004 and 2006
  • A review of her Carnegie Gallery show was printed in the Hamilton View magazine, September 2004
  • An article about her written by Rob O’Flanagan was in Guelph Life Magazine “Connecting With Deeper Forces” Jan/Feb 2008
  • An article about her life and career was in “Living Spaces Magazine”, summer 2019 issue



Juried Group Shows


Since 1973, Margaret has participated in shows now too numerous to list. As a member of the Chimera and then Phoenix Artists’ Group, she had exhibited her work in shows across Southern Ontario from 1976-1982.


• Westland Gallery, London, , O.S.A. Members’ show, August 2019
• Paper Mill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, O.S.A. Members’ show, August 2018
• Joseph Carrier Gallery, Columbus Center, Toronto, O.S.A. Members’ show, November 2017
• Wellington County Museum, Insights Show, “Fall Remnants” and “Flatfish Fossil”, Summer 2015
• Eden Mills Festival, Group Show, Spring 2014, 2015, 2017,2018
• Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Studio Tour, “Tree Series #3”, Summer 2013
• Wellington County Museum, Insights Show, “Farmland Series #8”, Summer 2013
• Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Studio Tour, “Tree Triptych”, Summer 2012
• Wellington County Museum, Insights Show, “Land of the Living Skies”, Summer 2012
• Hamilton Art Gallery, S.C.A. Show, “Hot Night in the City”, Spring 2009
• Bruno Compalongo Invitational Juried Show, Hamilton Center for the Arts, “Ming Dynasty”. January 2007
• Parry Sound Station Gallery, Society of Canadian Artists Members Show, 3 Etchings, September 2006
• Art Gallery of Northumberland, Society of Canadian Artists Members Show, ”Ammonite”, Coburg, Spring 2006
• Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Miniature Show, ”Sand Dollar, Fawn”, Ottawa, April 2006
• Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Juried Show, “End of Day”, Owen Sound, February 2006
• Woodstock Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists Members Show, “Fight Scene”, January 2006
• Gallery on the Grand, Society of Canadian Artists Members Show, Kitchener, Spring 2005
• Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists, ”Small Prints”, Toronto, September 2004
• Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, “Beyond the Frame”, Fall 2003, 2004, 2005-2013
• Etobicoke Civic Centre, Society of Canadian Artists “Water Show”, Summer 2003
• 1st kw/ag biennial, 4 etchings/collagraphs of Utah petroglyphs, June 29-Aug 27 2003
• Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, 175th Anniversary of Guelph Show, Spring 2003
• Mini Print International 21, 22 and 23. Cadaqués and Barcelona, Spain, England and France
• Guelph Civic Museum, Harriston Public Library Gallery, Durham Art Gallery, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, “Spirit of Place” Travelling Show on the Theme “Trans Canada Trail,” September 2000 – June 2001
• Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists, Members’ Juried Show, “Out of Body,” Toronto, December 2000
• Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists, Open Juried Show, “Sacred Earth,” Toronto, April 1999

• Kloepfer Gallery, Collage Show, Guelph, June 1998
• Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists 125th Anniversary Show, Toronto, November 1997
• Wilfrid Laurier University, Robert Langden Gallery, Faculty Show, September 1996, March 2001, March 2002
• Aird Gallery, S.C.A. Show, Toronto, November 1995
• Inner Gallery, Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Toronto
• O’Keefe Centre S.C.A. Show, May 1992, May 1993
• O’Keefe Centre O.S.A. Show, December 1991, January 1993



• Toronto, Rebecca Gallery, Oil and Cold Wax Abstracts, July/August 2019
• Guelph, Miijidaa Café and Bistro, “Land and Sky Series”, June 2019
• Guelph, The Kloepfer Gallery, “Cats and Critters”, Etchings, June 2018
• Guelph, Manhattan’s Bistro Jazz Club, September – November 2016
• Guelph Studio Tour, October 1995 – 2019
• Orangeville, Dragonfly Gallery “Landscapes” Fall 2011, Summer 2015
• Alton, Millcroft Inn Restaurant “Landscapes” Summer 2013
• Elora, Café Creperie, Prints and Paintings, Summer 2011
• Guelph, Red Brick Café, Paintings, Jan-Feb 2011
• Kleinburg, McMichael Gallery, “Abstracts” October 2005, 2006
• Glen Williams, Williams Mill, Studio M6, “Abstracts”, April 2005
• Dundas, Carnegie Gallery, September 2004, 2009
• Toronto Art Expo, Convention Centre, March 2004
• Glen Williams, Williams Mill Gallery, ”Mystical Images”, September 2003
• Guelph, Kaleidoscope Café & Wine Bar, Spring 2002
• Blair, Artistic Journeys, November 2000
• Guelph, Nicholson’s Art Gallery, November – December 1999
• Guelph, The Bookshelf Café, 2 Woman Show, September 1999
• Cambridge, Preston Library Gallery, October 1995
• Stratford, The Turquoise Dolphin, August 1995
• Guelph, The Bookshelf Café, Fossil Series, January 1995
• Kitchener, Homer Watson Gallery, Summer 1994
• Guelph, Guest Exhibitor at “Painting On The Green”, June 1991
• Durham, The Jade Tree Art Gallery, June 1990
• Waterloo, Concourse Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, January 1990
• Guelph, Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, 2 Woman Show, “Microcosmos.” October 1989
• Guelph, Guest Exhibitor at “Painting On The Green.” June 1998
• Guelph, Scottsdale Library, July 1987
• Toronto, Graphics International, November 1982
• Rockwood, Doodle’s Restaurant, August 1982
• Guelph, The Bookshelf Café, May 1982
• Guelph, University of Guelph, “Flying Camera Series,” May 1980
• Guelph, Guelph Public Library, November 1979
• Waterloo, University of Waterloo Geography Department, September 1979
• Brantford, Glenhurst Arts Council, June 1979
• Oakville, The Brand Gallery, December 1978
• Windsor, The Wayne Art Gallery, June 1978
• Kitchener, Cycle Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, October 1977

• Burlington, Alice Peck Gallery, March 1977
• Salem, Chimera Gallery, September 1976
• Guelph, Guest Exhibitor at “Painting On The Green.” June 1976
• Burlington, Alice Peck Gallery, September 1975
• Niagara-On-The-Lake, The Apple Cart, December 1974
• Guelph City Hall, November 1974


Margaret’s paintings and prints are sold through:

• Artisan Store, Old Quebec Street Mall, Guelph, Ontario
• Karger Gallery, Mill Street, Elora, Ontario
• Rebecca Gallery, 1011 Bloor Street W, Toronto, Ontario
• Kloepfer Gallery, 18 Paisley Road, Guelph, Ontario
• Barber Gallery, Suffolk Street, Guelph, Ontario
• Royal Tyrrell Museum Gift Shop, Drumheller, Alberta
• Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
• Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery (a.k.a, Art Gallery of Guelph), Guelph, Ontario

• The Wellington County Museum Archives, Elora/Fergus, (Farmland Series #8, Acrylic, 2013)
• Guelph Campus Co-op, University of Guelph, University Centre, (Heaven and Earth, Woodland Cycle)
• Gairloch Gardens Art Gallery, Oakville, (Genesis #1)
• Dofasco Permanent Art Collection or Dominion Foundries (Shape #1, Twilight Time, Command Performance), (Fossil, Large Painting, Oil and Alvacite on Polyfila)
• Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe (Copulation, Genesis #1, Nature’s Garden)
• C.I.N.G. F.M. Radio Station, Burlington (Egg series of 5 prints)
• Waterloo County Court House, (Mother Earth, Wallflower)
• Wilfrid Laurier University, (The Alpine Inn River Valley, Collagraph, 1980), (3 prints – Flying Camera Series ’94)
• The Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, Guelph, (The Four Seasons #2, 1981), (Once Upon a Time – Fossil Series, 1988), (Vinctifer – from the Dept. of Ichthyology, 1999), (Moving Through Time – Coelacanth, 2012)
• The Royal Insurance Company of Canada, (Tomato; Pepper; Apple; Orange; Pineapple – Collagraph, 1981)
• Price Waterhouse, Toronto, (Apple, Orange – Collagraphs, 1983)
• Guelph Co-operators Insurance, (Gone, But Not Forgotten – Fossil Series, 1990)
• A.G.B. Mechanical, Waterloo, (Tomato; Pepper; Salad; Melon; Gone, But Not Forgotten; Remnants of Past Fight #2, 1990)
• Guelph Civic Museum, (An Archaeological Dig for Guelph’s 175th Birthday – Mixed Media, 2003)
• University of Waterloo, (6 prints from the Flying Camera Series – Horticulture In Timbuktu, Alpine River Valley System, Drumlins in Artic Canada, Furrowed Metaphors of the Nazca Culture, Souf Oases in Algeria, Central Greece and Euboea, 1996), Geography Department
• University of Guelph, Department of Ichthyology, (Coelacanth)
• Energy Source Canada, (Harvest Time, Summer Skies, Near Haliburton – Acrylic Paintings; Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber – Collagraphs, 2005)
• Numerous Private Collections
• Government of Ontario Art Collection,(Mystical Images of Petroglyphs from Peterborough Provincial Park – Collagraph, 2007) Through the O.S.A.
• Government of Ontario Art Collection, (Turtle From Petroglyph Park Near Peterborough – Intaglio, 2012)