The Imprinted Merchandise category encompasses items produced and imprinted by selected print-on-demand providers:
Fine Art America (quality artist prints, greeting cards, device covers, home decor) Zazzle (mugs, calendars, totes, throw pillows, fabric, ties, blankets, post-its, etc.) Art of Where (wearables: leggings, skirts, scarves, beanie hats) Blurb (The book – ‘A Big Number 2’ – is available in soft cover and e-book editions!)
If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item available.
TreeCentricity: A Collection of Tree Paintings
Sunday, February 4 | 2 – 4 pm
Meet the Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 24 | 1 – 3 pm
Homer Watson House and Gallery
Hope to see you there!
As my exhibition approaches, I feel compelled to try to explain why I’ve been so concentrated on trees….
Why dedicate a year to painting trees?
The reasons to focus on trees are innumerable, from environmental issues to the irrepressible Groot; trees seem to be taking the forefront of my consciousness, and they may not let up on me anytime soon.
Since my work is decidedly abstracted, depicting the physical reality of trees is always a creative challenge. What kind of form language can I invent for trees? How much can I abstract a tree and still have it read as’ ‘tree’? What are the essential aspects of trees? What is the most important thing that a representation of a tree has to say? These questions are endlessly fascinating to me, and still, I believe there is much more to do and explore.
The ubiquitous nature of trees propels me even further. They are always just there, buffering the sky from the ground; softening the harshness of urban landscapes. And if you’re not paying attention to them, you could miss out on so much poetry about living, personality, and stability. And even if you’re not paying attention, the trees are there, giving you clues about the world you’re in. They’ll tell you what season you’re in, or about the stillness of the air. Every year, I marvel at their autumn display of yellows, oranges, and reds; their winter displays of branching structures with collections of glorious frozen water crystals, their spring displays of fresh yellow-green renewal, and their summer displays of lush, sheltering canopy. I’m especially captivated by their dances with the wind. But all it takes is to see, to notice, and appreciate; and then, you’re opened to a world where trees become individuals with personalities and attitude, just waiting to have their story told. I believe part of their purpose is to inspire us with their quiet strength and sense of community.
As someone who strives to capture positivity with paint, I believe focusing on trees can help to center us and bring us back into alignment with the flow, harmony and wisdom of life. I imagine that trees are trying to teach us how to be strong and majestic, even with all of our flaws. Through my Sunday drives through rural regions, I commune with the trees, and capture images of the trees whose voices seem to be loudest, and whose accompanying landscape and sky are the best counterpart to enhance the tree’s expression. I imagine the trees are communicating with the sky and the heavens, and translating those messages to those of us scurrying along the ground.
A forest of Amy Ferrari tree paintings is coming soon…
For most of last year, I have concentrated my painting on the expression of trees.
I have amassed a collection that showcases the personalities of all types of trees and I am honoured to debut this new collection at Homer Watson House & Gallery!
Please plan to come join me on Sunday, February 4th, to celebrate the opening of TreeCentricity! I can’t wait to share a year’s worth of art with everyone!
Opening Reception Sunday, February 4 | 2 – 4 pm
Meet the Artist Talk Saturday, February 24 | 1 – 3 pm
Wow! There are so many art shows going on in the K-W this month!
Thanks to all who came out to the most recent show at the Walper Hotel, Art$Pay’s ‘Out of the Box’ was a great success, with hundreds of people coming through! And a special thanks to Cathy Farwell and all of the folks at Art$Pay for putting on such a grand event!
For those that missed the ‘Out of the Box’ show, there’s another show coming up at the Art District Gallery! This coming weekend is the special St. Jacob’s Shopping Event, ‘Sparkles’ which will be a complete holiday shopping experience with extended hours! And Christmas festivities!
I’ll be exhibiting many of the same pieces that were at the Walper Show in the upcoming ADG show, which will be on display through January.
What a busy Fall! With the glow of success from my most recent event, The Ferrari 500 at the Communitech’s Hub (We raised over $500.00 for The Working Centre in Kitchener!!!), starting to fade; it’s now time to gear up for another important art show!
This upcoming show is going to be HUGE for the local visual arts community!
Art$Pay is a local non profit that connects visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocates for fair pay.
The folks at Art$Pay are, seguing from the area’s well-know “Box” show, which has a proven track record (from 2009 to 2013) as a very successful two-day art event and sale! The new “Out of the Box” show and sale will be held at The Walper Hotel in Downtown Kitchener on November 10 and 11. With the art of 50 regional visual artists, the music of Cuneyt Juneyt Yetkiner, and 2 free public art talks, it surely going to be an event you won’t want to miss!
This 2-Day event is so special, you’re going to need tickets purchased in advance in order to be sure to attend! For all the nifty show details – and tickets – follow this link to the Art$Pay’s Walper Show event page.
I am Super-Happy to be included is this upcoming show at the Walper Hotel!!!
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Art I’ll be offering November 10th and 11th….
All of the imagery from this collection comes from my countless drives through our region’s countryside!
Does the fear of the number 13 affect you?? Hopefully not!
The Ferrari 500 is an art show popping up this coming Friday the 13 – and it’s less than 2 weeks away! The only scary part is the possibility that you’ll miss out and forget to come… so mark your calendars!
It’s really nothing to be scared of – especially since it’s going to be sooooo much fun and a feast for the eyes!
• 17 very friendly, approachable, and un-scary local artists will in be attendance, showing their awesome original art, and they all will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
• All of the amazing art for sale is decidedly affordable, as every item for sale at our event will be priced at theun-scary price of$500.00 OR less!
• Way-Cool Door Prizes!! Each person coming to the Ferrari 500 will be given a door prize ticket, and you will get to choose your chance from a wide array of donated art, gift certificates, etc. (donated by our artists!) Believe! Believe in the power and luck of the number 13, and you could be coming home with a wonderful door prize! Believe!
• Making our community a bit stronger is surely a non-scary and joyful thing to do… Did you know that 10% of any purchase you make will be donated by the artist to The Working Centre, a Kitchener institution that is making a difference in our community!
• A New Signature Cocktail: The Formula One! This pineapple juice and moonshine concoction was crafted by Terry Gibson of Moondance Whiskeys, our event’s provider of spirits! No, not the scary kind of spirits… it’s OK! In additional to the tasty Formula One, Terry with be serving up his special selections of wine and beer.
Developed with rising star Ben Murphy of Murphy’s Law Distillery, Elmira, Ontario, Moondance is a double distilled, triple charcoal filtered corn mash spirit, historically known as Moonshine, the first offering of its type made in Canada using traditional recipes originating from 17th Century Midlands England and further refined in the Hills of West Virginia, USA.
• Yummy Snacks!
Our 17 artists will also be providing their own signature snacks for the evening. How can that be scary?! Nom nom nom!
Friday the 13th? It’s really a luckyday, with the power to change your life.
Just imagine, you come out to our event in the energizing space of Communitech’s Area 151 Hub, make some new friends with artists, fall in love with a painting, and by purchasing it, you strengthen a worthy community organization (The Working Centre), and bring some visual joy to your home – very lucky indeed!!!
Where: Communitech, 151 Charles St. W, Kitchener
When: Friday, October 13, 2017, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
The Second Ferrari 500 Exhibition (Mach 2!) is at hand! We had an amazing debut show at Button Factory Arts in February, and remain grateful for all the folks that came out and helped make the show such a success! In this second rendition, to be held at Communitech on October’s Friday the 13th, we’ll have even more artists, more art, and even more fun…
The Mission of The Ferrari 500 – Moving Art!
The first purpose is to benefit our local art lovers, allowing fine local art to be found and purchased at easily affordable prices.
The second purpose is to benefit local non-profits and/or charities by selling art, and donating a percentage of funds from the sales of art to a local non-profit or charitable foundation.
For this rendition of The Ferrari 500, 10% of all sales will be donated to The Working Centre in Kitchener.
And the last, but not least, purpose of the F500 is to benefit local artists by providing an exciting venue to sell fine art.
For the 2nd rendition of the Ferrari 500, we have chosen The Working Centre in Kitchener to be the beneficiary our donations. We in the Waterloo Region are so fortunate to have a facility where “people have access to tools to create their own work combined with continuous ways of learning and co-operating.”
In Ken Westhues book The Working Centre, Experiment in Social Change, he describes the centre in this way. “Two decades later, it has survived as an independent instrument of self-help community development, and has woven itself into the fabric of Kitchener-Waterloo. It has also achieved a certain maturity, coherence and confidence in its approach to work and unemployment and in its conception of itself.”
Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. “We support companies at all stages of growth and development—from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players”… and local artists too!!! We are very grateful to Communitech for allowing us to use the space in their Hub.
Venue: Communitech, 151 Charles St. W, Kitchener
Date: Friday, October 13, 2017, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
In this second rendition of the Ferrari 500, these 17 amazing artists will take the starting gate:
Clear your Friday evenings this fall! I’m so pleased to announce that I will be presenting a new mini-lecture series at Homer Watson House and Gallery!
This is an in-depth lecture mini-series (3 two-hour sessions) suitable for both beginners and intermediate level artists. The traditional elements and principles of design will be explored and re-evaluated from the perspective of the viewer. The eye-opening presentations will be augmented with interactive activities and simple exercises for the participants. As well, there will be plenty of question and answer time.
With a design-based vocabulary, participants will test their critical thinking skills in a special critique exercise during the last session. Participants will evaluate paintings (paintings for critique will be provided), and determine the reasons for each painting’s strengths and weaknesses.
Self-guided exercises for independent study that focus on basic composition concepts will also be provided online and will be available for download in a PDF format.
Whether you’re at the early stages of considering concepts of composition, or perhaps could benefit from a review, come out and enjoy this informal discussion concentrating on composition. Refreshments will be provided.
This is going to be, perhaps, the most special exhibition put on by The Art District Gallery to date. We’ll be celebrating our 2-year anniversary by hosting a retrospective of our works shown at The ADG thus far. This means we’ll be showing so many paintings that our only choice will be to display them ‘salon’ style… floor to ceiling art!
And we’re so happy to welcome our newest member, Maria Holland!
Come out Thursday for the art, and enjoy some festive cupcakes and live music!