Emily we be presenting Live Art in the Demo Tent on Saturday at 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
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.
Christopher Pew grew up in Lowbanks Ontario, Canada. A small community nestled along Lake Erie’s shoreline. It was during the early stages of his life that he began an interest in art and drawing. He would spend many hours a day making drawings or painting pictures for friends – something he kept up until his early 20’s.
Upon graduating from a design course in Niagara in 1988, Christopher left the world of fine art to pursue a career in graphic design. PC’s had just recently been established as the tool for graphic arts, and in no time his skills and talents were developed in computer graphic design. From 1988 until 2002, Christopher worked as a graphic artist for a variety of graphic design firms, newspapers and magazines, but slowly found he missed the fine arts. One day in November of 2003, he left the cubicle environment and taking a “leap of faith”, picked up his first paintbrush in almost 20 years and began actively painting. Having a young family and a “bill’s to pay” lifestyle, this was no easy task, but he managed to gain some commission work and eventually gain shows and exhibits.
Christopher’s work has been shown in galleries in the New York, Ontario, western Canada, and with special events located in his hometown of the Niagara Region. Christopher Pew’s works continue to sell world-wide.
My paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. It’s important to me that the paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy; while also building a compelling image. Working with people and motifs from my personal world, I focus continuously on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. My figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.
My paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, the Niagara region,Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Sweden, Norway, and Trinidad.
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.