Dawn Marie MacSporran – Saturday and Sunday by the Childrens Art Zone
Growing up I spent a lot of time around tools; my father was a ‘fix everything’ kind of guy. I was always helping him and problem solving became a part of my life. My mother liked to draw. I believe I possess the qualities of both my parents. I’ve always been extremely handy and resourceful when it comes to fixing broken things. My close friend Nicole would joke, “You can build a car out of a clothes hanger and a piece of gum!” I love to build things, and even more, I love to create beautiful art. I’ve spent many years drawing, painting, airbrushing, graphic designing, and decorating cakes. In creating my driftwood sculptures, I’ve finally found my niche. I love it! Designing and breathing life into my sculptures comes from my inherited qualities and all that I am.
Living near the Great Lakes of Ontario, I spend my entire summer at the beach. I love to explore the shores looking for shells, rocks and interesting pieces of wood. One day, July 2015, I found a crazy log washed up on the shore. I decided I had to have it for my garden. It was an entire tree laying half buried in the sand.
The next day my husband and I loaded a shovel and a chainsaw into the boat, and headed for the beach! It snowballed from there. I had to have matching driftwood numbers for the outside of the house, and more stumps for the front garden. I started making decorations from the mounds of driftwood I was collecting. Larger and larger, until I decided I needed an even bigger challenge. I wanted a life size horse on the front lawn! Today that horse, “Gilded Ticket” stands proud and gallant in his original spot; he’s never moved.
Sense the love in my art. See the passion in my sculptures. Feel the energy in my work!
Debra Jackson Jones and Ron Jones – Saturday and Sunday – Find their work in the bushes!
Debra Jackson Jones – Artist’s Statement
Living in a tourist town has its challenges, living in a world renowned tourist town takes those challenges to an even higher level. Outsiders don’t always “get” Niagara Falls. I don’t always get Niagara Falls. When asked to create an outdoor project for the Carmel Art Festival I knew it had to be a family affair.
My grandfather was a painter, who painted life in Niagara Falls; the bridges, the back yards in downtown neighbourhoods, those small corners in the lower river that locals would recognize, and the trails through dense green forests. He was lured to Niagara from his mining town in Wales by pictures of the beautiful gardens and an unscrupulous relative, so the story goes. The lure of the river must have kept him here, as it is the lure of the river that held three generations to follow.
In collaboration with my father, I chose to recreate one of my grandfather’s paintings, in life-size form. Painted in 1951, it depicts five boys, (my father, uncle, and three friends), out for an adventure, likely down at the whirlpool, or perhaps on the Bruce Trail. It is my favourite of his many paintings. It reminds me of how lucky I am to live in Niagara Falls, that with a little imagination, and the beauty that surrounds me when I step into the forest and hike the trails, the adventure endures.
Debra Jackson Jones
Debra Jackson Jones is an artist and educator who has exhibited in galleries throughout Southern Ontario as well as Buffalo, New York. She is a founding member of the side by each art collective (1990-2002), has sat on the boards of the Niagara Artist’s Centre and the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and is active in her local arts community. A mixed media artist she currently divides her time between London and Niagara.
Ron T. Jones
Ron T. Jones is a wood carver from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Among his many creative endeavours, using materials he gathers while hiking on the local trails, it is his intricately carved walking sticks that garner much interest and admiration.
Ashley Marazzo – Saturday and Sunday – Outdoor Tent
She is inspired by History, mythology, nature and every day events
The art of bringing pieces into life with historical , mythological or fairy tale references is something which brings great joy. To show that things are not always as they first appear and with patience and determination one can accomplish anything.
The challenge of creating pieces out of wire, stone and bone is great. After many learning curves it provides a deep satisfaction in that final moment when a piece comes together.
The goal is always to inspire others and to create pieces which provoke thoughts that the link between the past and present is great and also just maybe, fairy tales can exist if you believe hard enough and are open to new possibilities.
Live Art – Saturday 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Outdoor Live Art Tent
Come see some of Niagara’s most talented artists creating live art! Geoff Farnsworth, James Gielfeldt, Curtis Doherty, and Emily Andrews will be working from a live model to create artistic works in various mediums through their unique styles. Watch them work as they create individual art works in real time!
Emily Andrews is a multi-media artist, actress, and musician from Niagara Falls with a BA in Visual Arts from Brock University. She works in a wide variety of media, including, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and public art installation. Her style varies with each project but mainly circles around surrealism and realism. With a deep interest in the human mind and the beauty of the world around her, much of her work is influenced by dreams and daydreams.
Through her art and music, Emily is very active in the Niagara region, participating in events such as Niagara Night of Art and In the Soil. In 2012, the Ontario Trillium Foundation chose her as an artist in residence and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund. Her first solo exhibition, Not All There, debuted in 2014 and featured a series of surrealistic oil paintings, which explore the dichotomy of chaos and control through a unique method of painting. Her most recent series, Far From Ordinary: A Series of Dreamscapes Made With Very Precise Slices, features surrealistic, hand-cut photo collages depicting scenes of pure absurdity and beautiful madness between animals and humans
Geoff Farnsworth was born in Kimberley, B.C. in 1968. He began his art training in Vancouver at Emily Carr, The Federation of Canadian Artists, and Capilano University, before moving to New York City to attend the Art Students League in Manhattan. There, he trained from 1997 to 2002 by working full-time from the human model before experimenting in new directions under abstract painters William Scharf and Frank O’Cain. A post 9/11 environment with tightening visa restrictions finally prompted him to follow his longtime urge to move to Toronto to paint in the same city as his sister, also an artist. Geoff currently lives and paints in Niagara Falls.
His paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. Working with people and objects from his personal world, as well as from classical and contemporary culture, he focuses on creating a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. His figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape. His paintings have been shown in New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Stockholm, Sweden.
James Gielfeldt is a Fine Artist currently residing in Welland, Ontario where he teaches Drawing Techniques, Conceptual Drawing,
Life Drawing and 3D Design – Material Exploration in the Graphic Design and Foundation Programs at Niagara College.
James somewhat reluctantly shows his work to the public and has twice been accepted to the Florence Biannale, in Florence, Italy.
Patrons from around the world including Italy, U.S.A. and Great Britain as well as Canada have James’ work in their collections.
As a child residing in a small town of Ontario, Canada, I was constantly feeling bothered by being in a room with the presence of both warm and cool light. Only later in life did I realize that this was a God-given sensitivity I have to colour and light of my surroundings. I always grew up drawing, which led me to pursue studies in Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College. After receiving my new found love for painting and colour, I received my diploma and entered the world as an artist. Days were spent wandering around the countryside with a paintbrush and falling in a deeper love of capturing movement, light, and letting the imagination run wild… when all of a sudden God sent me on a string of painting travels to Czech Republic, Italy, Kosovo, and across Canada. Through these experiences of teaching and being taught, I now stand confident and more inspired than ever to cover up some of the world’s empty canvases by capturing the reality of this world and the imagination. All of my paintings are done by mixing from a warm and cool of each yellow, blue, red and white.