I obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in 2008 and my Postgraduate Certificate in Web Design from Sheridan College in 2009. I worked as a designer in Toronto until 2010, when I relocated to Vancouver to begin a new artistic practice.
My work explores the processes of deconstruction and assemblage. The works are created by repurposing various traditional and digital creative techniques. My experience as both a commercial graphic designer and traditional artist allows for technical combinations that are unique, heavily layered, and intriguing. I engage modern imaging techniques to prepare subject matter. Source photos are slightly altered in Photoshop to create subtle effects, distortions and colour combinations. Using a series of expressive and uninhibited paint, collage and texture applications, I create a loose and abstract structure upon which to assemble detailed ink drawings. I selectively interpret and reworks various layers until they are harmoniously integrated. Old halftone printing techniques are recreated with stencilled dots of acrylic paint, emphasizing the use of various techniques.
Ultimately, the most satisfying component of my work is the manipulation of various materials and layers until they reach that special moment of completion that balances expression, representation, abstraction and detail.
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Morgan Ralston was born into an artistic family in Central Ontario. His father was an artist, and his grandfather studied under A.J. Casson, of the Group of Seven. His love of art has been evident since his first drawings at the age of three. He took up painting while attending Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, and now lives and paints in Vancouver. His work still graces the walls of Cambrian College, and can now be seen in personal collections around the world.
I take my time with a piece of art. I never rush, I am dedicated to meticulously painting an image until I feel it is 100% complete. At the same time I can be quite impulsive with my brush work and colours. Needless to say, If I don't love a painting I'm working on, then it's not done! Sometimes my process take years, often it takes months, even the 5" x 7", especially those!
I like to paint things that will bring a smile to my face once completed. That way I'm sure the image will do the same for others and I like my viewers to walk away happy. I've found some have a hard time leaving, they have to stop and stare. A deeply positive impact on the viewer is my goal. I feel I've captured that with each piece I've created.
My inspiration comes from everything outdoors; the sights, smells and sounds. From the forest in the rainy mountains to the night city lights; if I'm outside I'm being silently inspired by something!
Arts Off Main Gallery is pleased to present the work of Kevin Godsoe. Kevin is an artist/author/musician with an impressive list of shows in and around Vancouver. To see more examples of Kevin's work, please go to his website or visit Arts Off Main Gallery.
Monika Anna Blichar was born in Italy in 1982. Her family immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s, initially settling in Red Deer, Alberta and then moving west to B.C. in 1996.
Monika completed a B.A. in 2006 in English and French from the University of Victoria and went on to obtain a teaching credential with the B.C. College of Teachers in 2007.
Primarily self taught, Monika also studied art at Camosun College where she learned various techniques and strategies in creating contemporary and surreal work. She continues to pursue creative projects and is exploring various professional opportunities in the arts which include painting, body painting, sculpting, photography, event coordination and international travel. She has recently formed her own Arts & Entertainment Company; MAB Ventures Inc., as well as a Non-Profit Society; Make and Break Arts Foundation with the goals of helping artists promote their work and mainstream culture recognize the value and beauty of the creative process. Her passions include the Humanities, writing, traveling, nature, and dreaming.
Art has played a significant role in Monika’s life and continues to be an expression of her flowing imagination, appreciation for beauty, and reflections of seeing beyond the obvious. Her love of the arts and creating opportunities for all artists and the general public has led to partnerships with artists and various local and corporate businesses including Blushing Boutique, YWCA Hotel Vancouver and Sprott Shaw Community College. Her goals for the future are to open a community based arts center in Western Canada welcoming all mediums including performance, education, and exhibition.
“It is up to the beholder to see the art in everything, art is found everywhere,” says Blichar.
To contact Monika, call 604 999 6177 or email her at email@example.com
Would you like a venue to show and sell your work in the Main Street
neighbourhood? Are you interested in joining a friendly group of artists? Do you
work in a 3-D media? Is your work highly marketable and interesting? Then
we want you!
Arts Off Main gallery is currently seeking submissions for a new artist/partner. We are a group of nine partner artists responsible for the running of the gallery. Each partner has a designated area in the gallery for showing their work and is free to select and display whatever they choose.
We take turns staffing the gallery, about 2-3 full days per month each. There is a minimal monthly rent to pay for a convenient Main Street location and a buy-in cost in exchange for 100% of the sale of your work.
We are looking for someone who works well with others and has a collaborative
approach. Monthly meetings at the gallery allow us to catch up with each other
and make collective decisions on the gallery's operations. We also use email to
discuss a lot of topics.
Our aims are to offer reasonably priced, good quality artwork and gifts as well as to participate in the community. We held a group show last year at the Seymour Art Gallery, exhibited at several other local events, raised donations for the Vancouver Food Bank and joined in Main Street merchants association activities.
Artists whose work is approved by the partnership will be invited to bring in some of
their work and meet with the Partnership Committee. This will give the
gallery a chance to see the actual work and for the artist to meet some of the
members and ask any questions they may have.
A few facts:
Deadline for applications:
Monday, May 28, 2012
Annamaria Potamiti has created these individualistic cat portraits full of personality. Wouldn't you like to adopt a pet portrait? Or maybe there's a cat lover on your holiday shopping list?
Arts Off Main is brimming with wonderful, original art this season. See a sampling below of the many pieces in store now. We're open every day through to Dec. 24, 11:30-5:30 and 11-5 on Sundays. We're sure someone you know would love a gift of art. Come and enjoy some Christmas treats while browsing. Hope to see you soon!
Arts Off Main gallery is participating with other Main Street merchants this year for the "flakiest" window display! Come out to Main Street to enjoy the displays and vote for your favourite one. You'll find a list of participating businesses below. Just look for the blue and white Flake Out balloons at each store.
With every vote, your name is entered in a draw to win an incredible prize basket that includes gift certificates and prizes from each of the participating businesses.
Arts Off Main Gallery, and many other Main Street shops, will also be collecting food for the Vancouver Food Bank. Please take the time to support us in helping those in need and bring in a non-perishable food item. Last weekend alone we filled two boxes with food!
The event runs from December 3rd to December 18th, with the final draw being
held at On The Fringe Hair Design (4166 Main St.) on December
18th at 4pm.
Get your ballot at any of the participating businesses:
Arts off Main 216 East 28th Avenue
Shop 4532 Main Street
Barefoot Contessa 3715 Main Street
Beansprouts 4305 Main Street
Body Politic 208 East 12th Avenue
Gallery/The Loft 3243 Main Street
Bottoms Up Clothing Co. 3603 Main Street
District Main 4453 Main Street
Echo Unique Resale 3553 Main Street
Flaming Angels Boutique 4307 Main Street
Forsya Boutique and Gallery 2206 Main Street
Genesis Nutrition 2570 Main Street
HAZEL&CO. 4280 Main Street
Kiddo 3950 Main Street
La Salita Gift-Shop 4196 Main Street
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House 3981 Main Street
Locus Restaurant 4121 Main Street
Boutique 4219 Main Street
MarketPlace IGA # 10 2949 Main Street
Much and Little 2541 Main Street
Neptoon Records & CDs 3561 Main Street
On The Fringe Hair Design 4166 Main Street
Physio Room 3418 Main Street
Plush 4296 Main Street
Prettier in Green 3633 Main Street
Quejos Cheesebuns Inc 4129 Main Street
Rocky Mountain Flatbread 4186 Main Street
Sonja Picard 4360 Main Street
Spirithouse 4326 Main Street
Splitz Grill 4242 Main Street
The Archetype 2549 Main Street
the Hach 197 East 17th Avenue
The Whip Restaurant Gallery 209 East 6th Avenue
Two of Hearts Boutique 3728 Main Street
Windsor Packing Co. 4110 Main Street
Vintage 4366 Main Street
Arts Off Main 216 East 28th Avenue
MarketPlace IGA # 10 2949 Main Street
Bohemia Gallery/The Loft 3243 Main Street
Neptoon Records 3561 Main Street
Flaming Angels 4307 Main Street
Plush 4296 Main Street
On the Fringe Hair Design 4166 Main Street
In our next post watch for some photos of our display and see why we're the flakiest shop on Main Street!
Our 8th Anniversary celebration is next weekend, December 2, 3 and 4. Enjoy cookies and hot, apple cider while browsing our wonderful selection of locally crafted jewellery, pottery, sculpture, gift items, art cards and original art.
10% of all sales during our anniversary celebration weekend will be donated to the Vancouver Food Bank.
We'll be busy decorating our storefront this week in preparation for the "Flake Out on Main Street" shop decorating contest. Main Street merchants have taken up the challenge to produce an original storefront display on the theme of "Flake Out on Main Street". You can vote for your favourite display and by voting, your name is entered in a draw for a gift basket of Main Street merchant goodies. Come into Arts Off Main gallery to vote and don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Vancouver Food Bank!
Arts Off Main is an artist-run gallery in Vancouver, BC offering affordable local art, gifts and framing.