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Artist CV

Live Painting at Astral Harvest Festival, July 1 2016. Photo by Jeff Cruz

Live Painting at Astral Harvest Festival, July 1 2016. Photo by Jeff Cruz

I am a self-taught artist with a varied experience in the arts community over the last 30 years. In the 1990’s, I worked with the Edmonton First Night Festival, the Citadel Theatre Teen & Children’s festivals. I was Marketing Coordinator for the Works Festival & PR manager for Art Evo gallery in City Centre Mall in 1992. In 1991, I formed the Blue Collar Art Company with 2 artist friends and we produced sculptural furniture and specialty store fixtures for 2 years. During this time I also produced & recorded 3 cd’s; designed numerous cd covers and websites; and filmed & edited 2 music videos which aired on MuchMusic.

 

After moving to Calgary in 1993, I began to focus more on painting while continuing to produce sculptural steel work in conjunction with several glass artists. Our work was sold in 3 or 4 galleries in Calgary. I returned to Edmonton in 1995 and for the last 20 years I have been busy helping run the family business and for most of that time, I produced very little art. In 2013, I began painting again with a renewed joy. I also have become an advocate and social media promoter for artists and art.

 

In 2015, I was the creator of the Twitter event #artAdventCalendar which encouraged artists to post original art for 25 days in December. The first year, 23 artists from the Edmonton area participated and the hashtag had over a million impressions. In 2016, 66 artists from around the world participated with over 750 individual works of art posted and over 6 million impressions.

In 2016, I was the founder of the #artforYMMHelps auctions to raise money for the Red Cross Fort McMurray fire relief. 25 artists from around the world donated 28 pieces of original art and raised over $18,000 for relief efforts.

Awards/Nominations

Group Shows/Exhibitions

  • Art from the Unknown, Edmonton October 23-25, 2015
  • Opening Show – Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, March 15- April 12 2016
  • Geo-Intuition – Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, April 15-May27 2016
  • Edmonton Art Walk, July 2016
  • Rooted, Devonian Gardens July 2016
  • 2017 Night Of Artists St. Albert March 2017
  • Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton March 2017 – April 2018

Solo Shows/Exhibitions

  • Pop Up Art Show:  Edmonton, Oct 7 2015
  • Gallery at Milner: Alberta: Of Earth and Sky, Edmonton, Jan. 2-30, 2016
  • Alcove Gallery, Jubilee Auditorium: Buffalo Lake Skies, Edmonton,  Jun 15-Aug.2 2016
  • The Carrot Arts Coffeehouse: SDO Project, Edmonton June 27-July31 2016
  • Jake’s Gallery: Sun and Earth, Edmonton, September 12 – October 8 2016
  • Remedy Cafe on 124th street, Edmonton,  December 1-31 2016
  • Reset Wellness on Whyte Avenue May to July, 2017

Public Art

  • “See It Live” Mural – 17×40 ft Greenspace between 121st & 120st at 109ave, Edmonton (September, 2015)
  • “In Good Hands” Mural Identification Art – City of Ft. Saskatchewan/Shell Scotford 6x20ft September, 2015
  • Live Painting – Gallery At Milner Every Saturday of January 2016
  • Live Painting & Paint Nights – Lotus Gallery March & April 2016
  • Live Painting Showcase Artist – Astral Harvest Festival 2016 and 2017
  • Chalk It Up On 118 Ave Street Chalk Art, Edmonton July 2016
  • Paint Night – Stone’s Throw Café, Blairmore, AB July 2016
  • Live Painting Artist – Harrup Community Festival, Nelson BC, Aug. 2016
  • Kaleido Festival, Street Chalk Art Edmonton September 2016
  • Deep Freeze Festival, 2 Chalk Art Murals, Edmonton, January 2017

Charity

  • “Winter Solstice at White Sands” March 2015, Rock n’ Robes Gala for YESS.Org
  • “Sunset on the North Saskatchewan” May 2015, Fire & Ice Gala for ZebraCentre.ca
  • “Prairie Fire”, #ArtForYMMHelps Ft. McMurray wildfire relief auction
  • “After the Storm” May 2016, Rock n’ Robes Gala for YESS.Org & FreeFootie
  • “View From The Pass”, August 2016, Hummingbird Gala, Alberta Diabetes Foundation

Online

  • Founder of #artAdventCalendar Twitter art project
    • 2015 23 artists 1 country
    • 2016 66 artists 5 countries https://earthskyart.ca/artadventcalendar/
  • Organizer of #artForYMMHelps art auction for Ft. McMurray Wildfire relief
    • 25 artists donated > $13,000 of original art
  • @IAmSciArt Rotating Curator, Twitter October 2016
  • @IamSciArt Account co-admin starting in March 2017

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