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
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
Winter’s finally given up, so come on out and enjoy the sunshine as you saunter on over to the Art District Gallery in downtown St. Jacobs to see my latest work in our new exhibition! It’s on display until May 23.
Art District Gallery
1369 King St. N.
The Art District Gallery is pleased to welcome Diana Erb as our newest member with a flair for abstract expression! Don’t miss the chance to come out to our next opening reception to welcome Diana and experience the creative vibe of all of ADG’s artists!
Art makes a wonderful Easter gift too – we have a whole wall of smaller pieces that will fit into your Easter basket… and Woo Hoo!…. no calories!
I work in acrylics. Acrylics dry quickly, and this fast drying is what makes all of my transforming layers possible, because I don’t have to wait more than a few minutes for the paint to dry. Once the paint dries, I can forge ahead with another layer, without the worry of having unwanted glopping textures appear on my painting.
Blending with acrylics is challenging, precisely because the drying time for acrylics is very short. In order to blend colours smoothly, I have to work very quickly, as the key to blending is controlling the amount of paint and/or water on the paintbrush. Wiping the brush is the best way to manage the amount of paint on my brush. Did I mention I have to work very quickly? My wipe rag must be on hand at all times. There is no time to search for a misplaced wipe rag. Having a traditional wipe rag hasn’t been a reliable solution to my wiping needs, which is where my paint shirt comes in. I always know exactly where my wiping rag is, because I’m wearing it!
My paint shirt has paint wiped and smeared all over it, and it doesn’t take long for a shirt to become encrusted with my acrylic paints. If my paint shirt is relatively new from the thrift store, the shirt is also at its peak absorbency and usefulness as a wiping rag. If my paint shirt has been in use for weeks or months, a globular texture begins to develop on the shirt. Putting the shirt through the heat of a dryer cycle repeatedly allows a bead-like texture to develop as the acrylic layers on the shirt melt and meld together. A globular paint shirt is not as effective a wiping tool as a newer shirt, so eventually, the paint shirt is retired and put away, and it’s time to visit the thrift store to find a replacement.
Close-Up of Paint Texture
Close-Up of Paint Texture
Close-Up of Paint Texture
Because my wiping action is so ingrained and so automatic, I find that this wiping habit is very dangerous to my wardrobe. So, in order to not ruin my ‘nicer’ clothing, I tend to wear my paint shirts most of the time, and I go everywhere in my paint shirts. I get a lot of comments about my paint shirts, and surprisingly to me, most people think that the paint patterning on the shirt is intentional. I’ve often been told that I should sell my paint shirts because they look so colourful and cool.
Good Day at the Studio
It’s Fun to do Grass
It’s hard for me to imagine anyone wanting to wear my paint shirts, but it has also been hard for me to want to throw away these wonderfully random assemblages of texture and colour. This is what led me to preserving my paint shirts on wooden artist panels.
After the Robot
The Yellow Logic
The Brightness Lab
Much like stretching a canvas, I stretch my paint shirts over the wooden panels. Then, I position the shirt for the best composition possible, before adhering the shirt with acrylic gel and stapling the material to the backside of the panel. I give the stretched fabric a final clear coat, in order to protect the globules, and to bring out the colours to their maximum brilliance. Each shirt panel is a dynamic artifact from my process of painting, is fully unique, and is not replicable.
The Grounding Experiment
Brushing Off Doubt
For the first time, these shirt panels are for sale, and will be shown at an upcoming art event, The Ferrari 500! It’s a must-go show for art collectors is coming to the Region! The Ferrari 500 is a unique art sale featuring art from 12 of our local artists. Why is it unique? Every piece of art in the show is priced at $500.00 or UNDER, and 10% of the proceeds of all sales go to benefit Button Factory Arts.
It’s a one-day only event, and will race by like…a Ferrari…so mark your calendars: Friday, February 24 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts at 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo.
Forget all that ‘supporting the arts’ bunk.
Why should you want to collect art?
Why should you want to spend your scarce resources on mere decoration?
Consider This Scenario:
You’re single, and your job takes up 80% of your free time and you just don’t even notice your walls. Imagine that you found an eye-catching painting that spoke to you.
So you took down that old poster, and hung the painting there instead. So now, every morning as you’re dashing out the door, you catch a glimpse of the colors and forms in the painting. When you’re on your way to work, you see something that reminds you of the painting. When you come home, you may see something in the painting that helps you see the solution to a problem that you’ve been trying to solve. Weeks later, when you least expect it, you see something totally different in the painting that you really never noticed before. So you start wondering about the artist’s intent for the painting. And then you remember that the artist lives in town, and is always posting about this show or that show, and you could easily show up at a show just to ask the artist some questions. After all, talking about art is one of the things that artists like to do most. Whether the artist shrugs or launches a dissertation on the meaning of the piece, your thoughts will be enriched, because your imagination will be challenged! And then you’ll see more of the artist’s work, and you’ll realize you may have a connection to these pieces too! You turn around and are struck by the absolute truth and beauty of another painting.
You think about buying it, but your funds are too low, so you don’t. But the idea of the painting is knocking around in your brain, becoming almost as important as the painting already on your wall, because it is inspiring emotions and thoughts. It’s even altering the way you see the painting on your wall. In fact, every life event somehow gets recorded in the painting on the wall, because it will be with you, as a silent steady companion, as your life changes and unfolds.
Later, the very same artist posts a picture of a painting that’s very reminiscent of the painting you didn’t buy, but it’s even more evocative, so you arrange to purchase the piece with a payment plan. It takes a few months, but finally, you bring the new painting home, and hang it in a place of honor, over the sofa. The two paintings instantly connect, and your environment begins to transform into a very personal, reflective space, inspiring you in different ways. Home. Home is where the art is.
You’re starting a family. There’s a toddler in the house, and a baby on the way. As a baby shower gift, that artsy friend gave you a very colorful whimsical painting for the nursery.
The painting is quietly with you as you comfort and nurture your child. You always hope your child will grow to have as much lively fun as the images in the painting. The painting fascinates the children. As they grow up, they ask about the painting, and you’re able to share all kinds of ideas about what the painting means.
The artist’s new painting manages to find it way into your social media feed, and you realize it is the perfect companion piece for that first whimsical painting. So you buy it, and hang it with the other painting. Suddenly, the stories you were telling about the first painting evolve to include the new painting. So much imagination and so many giggles! The art becomes a part of the fabric of the family, and always serves as a conversation starter, and a reminder of happy times. Family. Art serves as a type of glue that helps to strengthen family relationships.
And Another Scenario:
A family is going through troubled times, which is causing a family member unfathomable grief. Sometimes there are no words that are adequate for expressing that which cannot be said. This is a key specialty of art. A painting has the ability to soothe by acknowledging pain, embracing the darkness, and by offering hope, all at the same time.
A painting was found with graceful somber notes, and some small, but significant brighter notes, and it seemed, though somber, to have an overall positive vibe. This painting was hung at the kitchen table. The painting helped to pave the way for family members to be able to talk about profound sadness, maintaining the faith that hearts will eventually heal, and that life continues. It became a powerful symbol of the family’s strength through adversity.
Months later, a very similar, but brighter painting came along, and was hung in the dining room, and as the grief slowly subsided, the collection of paintings became livelier, almost documenting and honouring a journey through grief. Mourning. Art can serve to aid in the ability to recover emotionally.
You’ve come through a struggle. The illness has lifted, the ex left town, the long awaited job is finally a reality. It’s time to embrace a new life with perhaps a bit of frivolity. As you forge a healthy new life of positivity, you find art that embraces positivity!
It just feels good to look at it. This is exactly what you need to inspire creativity and happy thoughts. You hang the painting in the living room, but then the bedroom seems stark.
So you find another painting for the bedroom, and eventually, every room has a bright reminder for positivity! Positivity. Happiness. Harmony. Art can serve to enhance a brighter attitude.
Home. Family. Mourning. Harmony.
There are countless other ways that art plays a supporting role as it sees you through your life’s journey.
Art provides a gateway towards understanding, empathy, and pure joy.
Collecting art is an investment in you, your family, and the betterment of living!
Not to mention supporting your local artists…. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Are You Ready?
If you’re ready to consider starting, or enhancing your art collection, there’s a great opportunity coming to Waterloo Region:
The Ferrari 500 features affordable excellence in art.
Every piece is priced at $500.00 or UNDER.
Hope to see you there!
As my paintings continue to get painted, and new concepts are becoming expressed, I’m always thinking about ways to sell paintings, in order to make way for even more paintings with more experimentation and more expression…
So, I had the idea of a show where all of the art was very affordable, which to me, means that each painting would be priced at $500.00 – or under! And then the ideas exploded from there…
From the beginning, I knew that I’d like to have an invitational type of show, where artists that I personally know, and whose work I deeply respect, could come together to put on an event, because together, we are an amazing group of artists. 🙂 And together, we’ll be able to accomplish much more than we could individually. I am truly honoured to have so many of my friends and local artists agree to be a part of this show!
The idea for the name, well, at first, it was just a giggle…
But, to my surprise, it seemed to have staying power! Well… why not? Why not capitalize on having a very recognizable last name, that also is synonymous with the highest quality and undeniable aesthetics? It also makes sense, because all of the artists involved are top-notch (Ferrari quality!) local artists – and – a big part of the point of the show is to move art!
But Wait! There’s More!
I very much wanted to have a percentage of the proceeds go towards our local community. So, an important component of the Ferrari 500 is to help out a local nonprofit or charitable foundation by means of donating 10% of all sales to the community organization.
My vision for the Ferrari 500 is that it becomes a series of pop-up style shows, recurring 2 to 4 times a year, with changing venues, and changing community beneficiaries. Happily, my idea is beginning to transform into a reality. The Ferrari 500 Debut Exhibition is at hand!
The venue and the community nonprofit are one in the same, our own local arts hub, Button Factory Arts. We in the Waterloo Region are so fortunate to have a facility where arts programming can happen, art classes can be taken, and art of all types, and artists from all levels of experience, are nurtured and appreciated. Sadly, due to unexpected structural renovations last fall, Button Factory Arts had to be closed, and therefore, lost a month’s worth of revenue from events and classes. So the proceeds raised by the Ferrari 500 will help towards restoring funds for operations and events. Yay!
Venue: Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
In the first rendition of the Ferrari 500, these 12 artists will take the starting gate:
The holidays have come and gone. It’s the dead of winter. In Canada. So why not focus on refreshing your home, cottage, or office space with a new splash of colour and lively expression? The prices will be, by design, low enough, and the atmosphere will be charged with artistic creativity. Come out and meet and support your local artists, see and support your local arts hub, enjoy some tasty nibbles and drinks, and find some unexpected treasures to cherish for years to come…
The images below represent paintings that are currently on display at the Art District Gallery in St. Jacobs (1369 King. St., N.) www.ArtDistrictGallery.org At the recent opening reception at ADG, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my interpretations of the meanings inherent in the paintings, which I had never put into words previously. Now that I have, I figured that it’s time to share!
Abstract paintings are my favourite! Often, in my abstract work, the forms evolve into what I call “shape characters”. In my mind, these forms represent subconscious thoughts. My mission in art is to create paintings that add positivity to any environment, thus, these shape characters all have the common goal of co-existing in harmony.
In Renaissansical Generation Jam, the forms are congregating in order to share ideas to solve a problem. All are attentive, giving full mindfulness as each idea is presented and explored. Some of the ideas are red, indicating that the ideas have matured. One idea is green, and still is being developed and nurtured. Only one idea is considered by the group at a time.
In The Learning Curves, there are two classes of forms, the larger verticals, and the smaller squiggly reds. All forms are working in harmony to reach a common destination, and the relationship between the verticals and the reds is symbiotic and flourishing.
In Happy Huddle, all of the forms are yellow. Only five of the forms have some red individuality rings, because the forms know and love each other so well, that they can perceive and appreciate each other’s uniqueness. And all the happy goodness bubbles up and collects above them and spreads the love to all.
In Happosition Harmony, the forms represent two opposing factions that are coming together to resolve their differences. There is some tension in the situation, but overriding that tension is calmness, and the ability to understand the opposition’s point of view.
In Relearning Gravitational Resistance, the forms have created a sort of floating nursery, because sometimes we all need to remember how to let go, relax, and just float. The beginners are in the safe floating tubs at the bottom of the picture plane, and the more advanced are floating higher, with some nurturing assistance. Ahhhh…
For more information on these paintings, please see my Available Pure Abstracts page!
These five pieces will be on display at Art District Gallery until March 22nd, 2017.