(Jan.23 – Feb.07, 2009): “BROKEN PHONE”

 Collaborative mixed-media exhibition

“Broken Phone” was a collaborative, mixed-media group exhibition by first year Master of Fine Arts students.

The “Broken Phone” technique employs strategies from the childhood game of altered story telling —emphasizing how information transforms from one person to the next through verbal communication.

For this exhibition, each MFA candidate created a work which was then passed on to colleagues, so that everyone had an opportunity to respond, build-upon, manipulate, alter, etc. the object. The exhibition touched upon many contemporary artistic practices, such as artist collaborations, conceptual and process-oriented work and responses. In addition to the exhibited collaborative works, the exhibition included documentation and information to allow audience to navigate through the artist’s ideas and processes, as well as a round-table discussion of the process led by Dr. Lee Rodney and Prof. Jennifer Willet of the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Visual Arts and MFA candidate Laura Shintani.

The nature of the show is based on the gesture of contribution and rotating starting points.

On November 20th each grad student brought in a piece of work that they have newly created to act as the point of origin. Then each modified piece was passed along on a bi-weekly basis until the rotation is complete. There was no uniform order, the only rule is that we must modify each piece and document the before and after of the process. Changing the medium of the work can occur. The exchange happened each Friday at 3:00 pm before Lee’s seminar. In the case of holidays the exchange was arranged individually. A statement accompanied with each piece, and was changed to justify each modification. After 10 weeks we completed the cycle and each piece was finalized. For the exhibition each piece was accompanied by the modified documentation.


image: Broken Phone discussion, opening night

November 20th: Point of departure (1st piece made)
December 4th: 2nd rotation
December 18th: 3rd rotation
January 1st: 4th rotation
January 15th: 5th rotation
January 18th: 6th rotation
January 20th: Exhibition Installation

(Friday, Jan.17): “ARTS 1, 000, 046 BIRTHDAY”
at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. W.

Community celebration of Art and Culture.


image: Happy Birthday to Art!

Performances by Chris Mangin, Pat Petro, Teach Yourself Piano (Windsor, ON / Seoul S.Korea), Sergio Mazzotta, Justin Langlois, Tom Lucier, Susan Gold.

PLUS a big birthday cake, munchies & prizes donated by local businesses!

image: “Teach yourself Piano” plays to a packed house

“Art’s Birthday” has become an annual celebration/event for the Windsor arts community, presented with a nod to French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou (who first commemorated art’s 1,000,000 birthday on January 17, 1963).

In 2009, “Art’s 1,000, 046th Birthday” was marked by a gala celebration at Phog Lounge (a neighbourhood, art-friendly bar). Organized annually by Artcite, “Art’s Birthday” is truly a grass-roots based celebration of the arts, and is presented in cooperation with other organizations in the community such as the Arts Council Windsor & Region, CJAM 91.5 fm and Common Ground Gallery. During “Art’s 1,000,046th Birthday” celebrations, attendees participated in many Fluxus activities including: “Artist Trading Card” sessions, “Stitch’n’Bitch”, “Festival of Banality”, “Festival of Plagiarism”, exchanged Fluxus art created specifically for “Art’s Birthday” and subsequently mailed to Fluxus and Mail Art artists around Canada, the USA and Europe with the potential to create further collaboration and dialogue.

Performances included DJs Chris Mangin and Pat Petro, A Fortune Cookie performance by Broken City Lab and music by the brother – sister duo Sarah and Kevin Atkinson’s “Teach Yourself Piano”.

Event proceeds benefited the Windsor arts community. Birthday cake, balloons, noisemakers, door prizes, complimentary loot bags and Artcite pins rounded traditionally rounded out the festivities.

“Art’s Birthday” events listed on the international website:artsbirthday.net (site hosted by The Western Front Society, Vancouver, BC)

image: “Teach yourself Piano” is joined by Lonesome Lefty


(Jan.29, 7 – 9 pm): ARTCITE INC. hosts ARTIST TRADING CARD “TRADING SESSIONS” on the LAST THURSDAY of every month!

Open rendezvous for the textile savvy and artist trading card enthusiasts

images: local artist Sara Jane French shows her recent artist trading card creation; photo courtesy of Artcite inc.

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are teeny works of art (2.5″ x 3.5″) that are made specifically to trade.
There are no restrictions of medium or theme and materials can range from collage, drawing, painting, glass, ceramic, metal, fabric and melted wax to computer-generated imagery and photography, etc. ATC’s may also be 2D and 3D, unique works or a series or edition—the possibilities are endless! The creation intention behind the creations and trading of ATC’s is to present a non-commercial, non-hierarchal avenue for artistic exchange—but more importantly, ATC sessions are meant to be FUN! Cards traded one to one and people of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to participate.

1) Produce your own cards: any media, any theme!
2) Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 x 89mm). ATCs generally should easily fit in the plastic sheets designed for hockey/baseball cards.
3) Identify your ATC w/ your signature, date, edition number (if necessary) on back of the card.
4) TRADE at Artcite Inc. Trading Sessions held on the LAST THURSDAY of every month

Artcite Inc. is holding monthly “Trading Sessions” (LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH) in the gallery.
Whatever your age or art background, you are invited to attend the Trading Sessions (observe for the first time if you like, but we guarantee you will be making your own cards soon after!) We may hold trading sessions in alternate locations from time to time —contact us for more info or stay tuned to our website for details!

The original concept was developed by Swiss artist M.Vanci Stirnemann, who wanted to make a catalogue to document his activities with other artists. Because the cost of printing a catalogue in hockey-card format was prohibitive, he decided, in 1996, to produce 1,200 cards by hand. This led to the first exhibition of Artist Trading Cards in April 1997. During the show, visitors were encouraged to produce their own cards to trade with Stirnemann and others at the closing reception. From that first auspicious event, a Trading Session has taken place at INK.art&text on the last Saturday of every month. Canadian artist Don Mabie (a.k.a. Chuck Stake) was in Zurich, Switzerland to experience the first Artist Trading Card Session in 1997. He brought the idea back to Canada and on September 27, 1997, the first trading session took place in Canada at Calgary’s The New Gallery. Through the magic of email, ATC groups are now routinely trading around the world! Now it’s YOUR turn…

Since the moment we saw The New Gallery’s handsome ATC card packages, we’ve been interested in the idea of Artcite Inc.-hosted ATC trading sessions… more recently, Susan Gold & A.G. Smith (local artists, activists and active Mail art artists and organizers) and Allen Bukoff (Fluxus Midwest) have assisted Artcite Inc. in distributing Artcite’s 25th Anniversary “25 Years to Life” call for submissions that reached Mail art artists across the world with much success! Artcite Inc. received two ATCs by Chuck Stake—as well as ATCs from many of his international “trading partners” that was recently on display as part of the “25 Years to Life” at Artcite Inc. from May 25 – June 23, 2007.

Special thanks to The New Gallery (Calgary, AB) and Artist Trading Cards: a collaborative cultural performance websites for information for distribution.


(Feb.12):“AN EVENING OF DEGENERATE ART” With Erica Stevens Anne Beer, Stephen Pender, Louis Capri, Karl Jargons, and friends

 Literature readings, musical performances in cooperation with the The Book Room, University of Windsor Humanities Research Group

“An Evening of Degenerate Art” was conceived by The Book Room’s Anne Beer and Literary Arts Windsor and featured 45 minutes of music banned by the Nazis in the 1930s played by professional musicians (Brecht, Weill).

Also featured were readings by Erica Stevens Anne Beer, Stephen Pender, Louis Cabri, Karl Jirgens and others, which acquainted us with work banned and/or burned by the Nazis.

The evening was to highlight the upcoming Freedom to Read week in Canada; (see www.freedomtoread.ca)

Presented Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 8pm in Mackenzie Hall, Windsor.


 Six 6 minute presentations

image: Pecha Kucha at Artcite

Pecha Kucha (or talk20, as it is known in the U.S.) is a public lecture format conceived in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham.

The format is simple; each presenter shows twenty slides; each slide remains on screen for twenty seconds (thus, each presenter speaks for six minutes and forty seconds total). For Windsor’s first Pecha Kucha evening, six presenters spoke about what they love about Windsor, what they hate, their perspective on the challenges currently faced by our community, how to fix them:

MITA WILLIAMS (Leddy Library, University of Windsor): “The City as Playground”
JUSTIN LANGLOIS (MFA Candidate in Visual Arts, University of Windsor): “How to Fix the City: Social Practice in Windsor”
PINA and ADRIANO CIOTOLI (co-owners, WindsorEats.com): “Eat Your City”
ANDREW FOOT (InternationalMetropolis.com): “Architectural Desecration”
TOM LUCIER (owner, Phog Lounge): “No More Bemoaning: Growing Windsor’s Creative Class”
ROD STRICKLAND (Professor, University of Windsor School of Visual Arts): “Open Corridor”.



Artcite’s contribution to this year’s Labour Arts Festival is the exhibit “THE HIVE DRESS (la Robe-ruche)” see below,  the associated artist’s talk and themed participatory events.

The Labour Arts Festival was developed by the Labour Studies program at the University of Windsor and brings together local cultural organizations, community groups, unions and educators in a month-long series of events designed to focus public awareness on the reciprocity of cultural and industrial production.

Throughout the month of February and the beginning of March, the festival includes lectures and symposia, film screenings, readings, workshops, exhibitions, musical performances, plays and other events.

Artcite has participated in the previous seven editions of the Labour Arts Festival

(Thurs., Feb.26, 2:30 pm): HELOISE AUDY GUEST ARTIST LECTURE at the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts.

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(Feb.27 – Apr.18):“THE HIVE DRESS (la Robe-ruche)” , by Heloise Audy and Julie Faubert (Montreal QC)

Reception on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm; artist in attendance multi-media installation

images: Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women (W5) visit the hive dress at Artcite

“La robe-ruche” (The Hive-Dress) is a collaborative installation by Héloïse Audy and Julie Faubert that incorporates into its penetrable structure 1000 “pensées-plumes” collected from Montréal garment-district seamstresses over a one-year period.

For close to a year, Audy and Faubert collected over 1000 ‘thoughts’ from seamstresses in Montréal’s garment district. Inscribed onto thin strips of paper (by the seamstresses themselves), these thoughts were then sewn onto an “infinite red ribbon” made from cut, dyed and ironed scraps of fabric collected in those same factories. In the gallery space, this ribbon is woven into a large, “walk-in” sculpture that is suspended from the ceiling. The resulting conic structure of “Hive-Dress” suggests both a uniquely penetrable bee-hive (with its clear reference to the exclusively female work force of the bee colony) and the “quietness and security that one would feel under a gigantic mother’s skirt.”

The 1000 intimate reflections of the seamstresses (“Il fait chaud!”, “Today my independes day of Pakistan”, “io penso a mia mama e mio papa”, “Morin i mojk puno pozdrava od mana”, “Je mangez du poulé”, “I have to learn to make a bow” and “God help me, god help me, god help…”) are a complex mixture of the poetic and banal: at once heartfelt, commonplace and disturbing, the product of a (culturally and historically) diverse community of labourers that can be “nurturing and supportive as well as hierarchical and exclusionary”.

In addition to their painstaking collection of the 1000 written texts, the artists also interviewed some of the women on a more personal level, asking them to speak, in their own languages, about their work and the different thoughts that run through their minds while their body is physically constrained, for hours, in the performance of thousands of repetitive gestures. The recorded interviews are incorporated into the installation as hushed, multilingual voices whispering from tiny holes in the gallery walls.

Pat Jefflyn profiles The Hive Dress on CBC Windsor news Mar.06, 6pm, 2:23 or click here to watch directly on Youtube

In “The Hive-Dress (La Robe-ruche)”, Audy and Faubert present an elegant, complex and multi-layered expression that bears poetic witness to the day-to-day reality of the diverse community of immigrant workers – a reality that is, for the most part, invisible to the rest of us.

“The Hive-Dress (La Robe-ruche)” by Heloise Audy and Julie Faubert is organized by Artcite Inc. and presented in cooperation with the 2009 Windsor Labour Arts Festival (sponsored by the Labour Studies Program of the University of Windsor and endorsed by the Windsor & District Labour Council), the Windsor Workers’ Action Centre and International Women’s Day (celebrated annually on March 8).


(Mar.05):“STITCH’N’BITCH + ATC” at the Windsor Labour Arts Festival”

 Guest lecture and open rendezvous for the textile savvy and artist trading card enthusiasts

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image: Tracy Isaacs at WWAC

Presented as part of the annual Labour Arts Festival in association with the University of Windsor Labour Studies Program, University of Windsor School of Visual Arts and the University of Windsor Department of English.

This special edition of SnB was presented as part of the Windsor Labour Arts Festival and was held in conjunction with the lecture “KNITTING AS POLITICALLY SUBVERSIVE” by Tracy Isaacs, head of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Department, University of Western Ontario, on the historical/political importance and politically subversive aspects of this often unrecognized aspect of women’s work and cultural expression.



Symposium on urban issues

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images: panel discussion and presentation at “Urban Mediations”

The Symposium was held at Artcite to bring together artists, researchers and graduate students from the University of Windsor, York University and Ryerson University. All participants had a specific focus on the cultural spaces, visual fabric and mediated character of cities and are concerned with research methods that cross the humanities and fine arts. Participants were invited to present a short research or position paper on their own work or related project, as a means to raise questions and open a focused discussion around mediated aspects, objects and perceptions of urban life.

Themes related to a broadly defined concept of the city as medium, media and urban place, urban media networks, time and mediation, media arts and the city, as well as related theoretical and methodological issues. Also considered were alternative modes of disseminating research in virtual archives, curated exhibitions, as well as different kinds of urban interventions.

The symposium featured a keynote address by Dr. Justin Read (Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY at Buffalo).

Dr. Justin Read (Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY at Buffalo,
Dr. Michael Darroch, Communication Studies, University of Windsor,
Dr. Karen Engle, Sociology, University of Windsor,
Noel Harding, Independent Artist / Visual Arts + Green Corridor Project, University of Windsor,
Dr. Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, York University,
Justin Langlois, Broken City Lab + Green Corridor Project, University of Windsor,
Professor Kim Nelson, Communication Studies, University of Windsor,
Dr. Michael Prokopow, Independent Curator / Communication + Design, Ryerson University,
Dr. Lee Rodney, Visual Arts, University of Windsor,
Professor Rod Strickland, Visual Arts + Green Corridor Project, University of Windsor.
Department of Communication Studies, University of Windsor;
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Windsor;
Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, York University;
Research Leadership Chair in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Windsor;
Visible City Project + Archive, York University (visiblecity.ca);
Future Cinema Project, York University (futurecinema.ca);
LOT: Experiments in Urban Research, Toronto (l-o-t.ca);
University of Windsor School of Visual Arts, Green Corridor Project;
University of Windsor (greencorridor.ca); Humanities Research Group,
University of Windsor (uwindsor.ca/hrg); Broken City Lab, Windsor (brokencitylab.org)


(May 08 –Jun.13):“AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS etc.” by Phil Delisle “SIGNS OF CULTURE: Canadian Contemporary Surrogates” by Adam Matak

Opening Reception: Saturday, Jun.30, 7:30 pm ) with artists

Two-person show, paintings and drawings

There are similarities that run through both Delisle and Matak’s aesthetic and cultural positioning of the artist and as educators of contemporary art and customs.

This two-person painting exhibition will provide opportunities for the public to experience new developments in contemporary Canadian painting as well as an “inside view” of contemporary art and cultural practices.

Philip Delisle explores the role of the artist, activities that he engages in as an artist and his daily process of art making. His series of conceptual paintings utilize and borrow from the highly graphic art style and design of instructional manuals.

In Adam Matak’s salon-style painting installation “Signs of Culture: Canadian Contemporary Surrogates”, the artist creates new meaning through depictions of Canadian contemporary sculpture through “ghosting” its original imagery.

(Victoria Day weekend in May):“WALK FOR A CREATIVE CITY”

 Community celebration of Art and Culture.


images: Walk for a Creative City

Artcite co-sponsored the first “Walk for a Creative City” on Victoria Day 2008, to provide a fun, free family friendly event that celebrated and promoted the arts (and local arts organizations) to the Public.

The 2009 walk was well attended and enjoyed favourable media coverage despite being eclipsed by labour demonstrations that occurred at the end of the march.



Participant groups included the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Common Ground Gallery, the Arts Council Windsor and Region, Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, Windsor Feminist Theatre, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Endowment for the Arts.


(Jun.26 – Jul.25): “VERY SMALL ARRAY” by Sylvia Matas (Winnipeg, MB) and “FAMILIAR TERRITORY: EXCERPTS” by Lois Schklar (Toronto, ON)
Two-person show, mixed media installations

image: detail from: “FAMILIAR TERRITORY: EXCERPTS” by Lois Schklar

Lois Schklar’s installations map a personal geographic location charting directions taken or not taken and connecting the past to the present. Graphite traces this journey while text records the relationship to theobjects, a visual testimony to the power of memory. The drawings are ephemeral casting shadows both real and illusory as they shift on the walls. Each drawing installation builds on the ideas of the preceding installations.

“Recently I have been working with “excerpts” from larger installations. By isolating elements of the original installation, I emphasize the minimal use of materials. I am interested in finding the essence of a place through this reduction.” —Lois Schklar.

Sylvia Matas’ recent work reveals her curiosity with perception, time and cycles through an exploration of the natural world, cosmology and theoretical physics.

“I’m curious about the things that are not normally perceivable or visible and the idea that multiple levels of reality are co-existing. We are aware of things that are beyond our perception such as the activities of quantum particles and the existence of distant and massive stars and galaxies. I want to find a way to experience on a more personal level these phenomena that appear unreal or magical.” — Sylvia Matas.

image: detail from “VERY SMALL ARRAY” by Sylvia Matas


(Jul.17 – 31): “VISUAL FRINGE” Presented in partnership with the “Windsor International Fringe Festival”

Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor! Featuring over 50 artists!
 Open, unjuried and curated off-site exhibition; mixed media site installations, interventions and performances

For the second year, Artcite, Windsor’s artist-run center for the contemporary arts was proud to host the Visual Arts component of the 2009 Fringe Festival: Artcite continued its partnership with Windsor’s International Fringe Festival and Actors Theatre of Windsor, to present “Visual Fringe” off-site exhibitions and programs in participating businesses and vacant storefronts /buildings in and around downtown Windsor. 52 artists from Windsor and surrounding areas, including Detroit MI, exhibited their art works in non-traditional venues.

In partnership with downtown merchants and venue sponsors, we installed a wide variety of contemporary works in a wide range of storefront, in-store and available-for-rent retail spaces.

Admission was free.

Programs included a storefront exhibits, mini galleries, performances, interventions and a walking tour. The Visual Fringe provides an excellent opportunity for Fringe Festival visitors and the general public to see new works by numerous emerging and established artists in an accessible, fun (non-gallery) setting.

images: (l): “Landscape 2 ”, video installation, 2009 by Sylvie Belanger, 328 Pelissier; special thanks to the Windsor Workers Action Centre. (r) Detail from “Street Dreams”, mixed media installation by Joshua Babcock, Daniel Bombardier, Jason Deary, Michelle Soulliere and Steven Surlin, at 410 Pelissier St., (under the City of Windsor parking garage); special thanks to: the City of Windsor.

images: 422 Pelissier St.

special thanks to: the City of Windsor.

Visual Fringe 2009 Artists:

Nasseme Albonaimi, Dan Bernyk, Sylvie Bélanger, Joe Bérubé, Marcy Boles, Daniel Bombardier, Leesa Bringas, Paul Breschuk, Mark Buckner, Allen Bukoff, Michael Califano, Tena Campbell, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Dianne Clinton, Jeff Crouch, Jason Deary, Michelle Dobrin, Nicole Drouillard, Jolie Inthavong, Dennis , Michael Jones, Laslo Klausnitz, Liana LeDuca, Elizabeth McLachlan, Ines Mijhali, Stephen G. A. Mueller, Jennifer Murray, Luisa Napoli, Helen Normandeau, Daniel , O’Connor, Sasha Opeiko, George Palmer, Allen G. Plant, Shane Potvin, Janice , Putman, Monica Radulescu, Taylor Sheppard, Michelle Soulliere, Sonja Srdanov, Nikolas Steel, Stephen Surlin, Denis Tereault, Sandi Wheaton and Nicolette Westfall.

VISUAL FRINGE Collaborations & Collectives:
Daniel Bombardier, Jason Deary, Stephen Surlin and Michelle Soulliere, Broken City Lab,
Allen Bukoff & Janice Putman, Luisa Napoli & Ines Mijhali, Merged Minds (Nicolette Westfall & Jeff Crouch).

Visual fringe 2009 Partners & Supporters:

Theatre of Windsor; Windsor Busker Festival, Chalk & Chocolate Festival; Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association; Media City; Sanctuary Tattoos; Rogues Gallery Comics; Vermouth; Black Kettle Bistro; The City of Windsor Cultural Affairs Office; Romeo DiCaro; Milk Coffee Bar; Phog Lounge; Printhouse Graphic Design, Printing & Art Studio; Starbuck’s; Terra Cotta Gourmet Pizzeria; Windsor Workers’ Action Centre; The Yu Family at the Silk Road Express; David Lester/ Baker Investments.

Events included:

Walking Tours, Performances (Broken city Labs, Leesa Bringas), Interventions (Nicole Drouillard),

images: Leesa Bringas braids Grass as part of Visual fringe. right: yarn-bombed meter by Nicole Drouillard

(Jul.25, at 2-3pm and 4-5pm):“VISUAL FRINGE” Walking Tour  (w/ Luisa Napoli and Leesa Bringas)

Walking tours

image: “A Child’s Toychest”, 3D photo Installation, 2009, by Nikolas Steel at 110 Park Street West; special thanks to Romeo DiCaro.

An Afternoon stroll of the “Visual Fringe” off-site exhibitions in Windsor’s downtown core:
Luisa Napoli, Visual Fringe Outreach Coordinator and Leesa Bringas lead a tour starting from Artcite Inc. at 2:00 pm and again at 4pm to visit various storefront installations and gallery spaces then to various locations on: Ouellette Ave., University Ave. E., University Ave. W., Pelissier St. and so on.

The tour made short stops at each exhibit and provide information on the works.

The tours were a great opportunity to experience art works by artists in the community at unconventional locations!


(July.30, 6:00 – 9:00 pm):Artcite Inc. presents “STITCH’N’BITCH” session in  conjunction with the “Visual Fringe” at Artcite 109 University Ave. West.

Open rendezvous for the textile savvy and artist trading card enthusiasts

“Stitch’n’Bitch” is a name used by knitting groups that meet on a weekly or monthly basis at locations throughout the world.

This use of the term originates as early as the Second World War.” Artcite Inc. holds monthly “SnB” events (the LAST THURSDAY of every month) at Artcite Inc., the U of Windsor School of Visual Arts (LeBel bldg.), and other locations

—please visit our website, email or phone us for updates. Interested in assisting? Call Artcite Inc. 519.977.6564 or email:

For more info. on “SnB” events worldwide, visit: www.stitchnbitch.org

Check out some of the “SnB” participants’ websites: Jodi Green.ca and Kelly Ridley’s blog “She Who Measures”

Read the article ” Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Not Your Grandma’s Knitting” by Kate Hargreaves in The Lance (University of Windsor).


(Sept.11– Oct.10):“WHAT’S UP THERE ANYHOW?” by Marcia Huyer (Toronto, ON)”

Solo show; mixed media installation


Take meters of gray silk fabric and build a monument to modernism in its twilight age. Add air and see if they can still stand on their own.

Marcia Huyer has taken some of the great skyscrapers of the western modernist architectural canon and re-imagined them as scale model inflatables — much like the novelty jack-o-lanterns and snowmen found on suburban lawns during the holidays. In the gallery, the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, the Petronas Twin Towers and friends puff up, sway, droop and bend; playful, funny, and a bit sad. The symbolism was overt and amusing, but never heavy handed.

Marcia Huyer’s Windsor exhibition at Artcite was her first appearance at a Windsor gallery.


Location: at the Town of LaSalle’s Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex 2121 Laurier Parkway in the Town of LaSalle, Ontario (off Malden Rd.)

An evening of fire sculpture and performances

Watch our 2011 promo video, featuring footage from our 2009 Festival:

Or watch it here on Youtube:

Presented by Artcite Inc., Windsor’s artist-run centre for the contemporary arts, the 2009 Fahrenheit Festival was a family-friendly, truly “spectacular” spectacle in the great outdoors –and still is Canada’s first Fire sculpting festival.

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Featuring works by:
Denis Bolohan (Cookstown, ON)
Pat Conrad (Harrow, ON)
Steve Daigle (Windsor, ON)
Ruth Janzen (Kingsville, ON)
Bryan Lane (Trenton, ON)
AG Smith (Windsor, ON)
Gligor Stefanov (Windsor, ON)
Stephen Surlin (Windsor, ON)

and a U of W School of Visual Arts student team under the guidance of Rod Strickland:
Jeff Bassett
Jessica Cote
Billie McLaughlin
Dong-Kyoon Nam
Christina Pugliese
Camilo Quevedo Figueroa
Jonathon Ryan
Mike Ngo

Opening and closing performances and feats of daring by Detroit’s acclaimed Bacchanal Productions fire performance troupe,

Click here to view our Fahrenheit Festival Fickr account

“Fire sculpture” harnesses the beauty of fire as a creative, performative act: the beauty of “Fire Sculpture” is not limited to the creation of a beautiful object (what is traditionally considered the “art”), but is rather focused on how each unique sculpture burns. Skilled fire artists are able to use a minimum of means to control and shape the fire, to choke oxygen in order to control tempo and pace, and to manipulate the burning pattern so that the fire sculpture doesn’t resemble, or burn, like a bonfire. The big art “burn” is fleeting, kinetic and encompasses a singular moment that can never be precisely restaged.

The lasting value of the unique art form of “Fire Sculpture” is literally created before–and in–the spectator’s eyes:
the final “art work” is only completed when the sculptures are finally torched and witnessed by the crowd.

images: All images J. Langlois and Leesa Bringas

Presented in co-operation with the Control.Burn Collective, a group of artists interested in employing fire in the creation of ephemeral works of art, and co-sponsored by the Town of LaSalle Culture & Recreation, the LaSalle Fire Department and CJAM 91.FM.

In 2001 Artcite first held the “Autumnal Equinox & Bucolic BBQ Bacchanal”, which featured the (sanctioned) burning
of four artist-made 20-foot high wood sculptures before a small crowd. In 2002 Artcite hosted the inaugural “Fahrenheit”,
North America’s first Fire Festival. Our 2009 festival was attended by over 2,000 guests. Since 2006, Artcite Inc. and the Control.Burn Collective have held the Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture in partnership with the Town of LaSalle at the Vollmer recreation Complex.

See more pictures from our members and friends HERE

See more pictures from Artcite’s main Flickr account HERE

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The 7th annual “Fahrenheit Festival” is a special project of Artcite Inc., and is made possible with the generous assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Town of LaSalle’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Many thanks for their generous support!

Artcite also acknowledges the additional support of its members and volunteers and the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor.



(Oct.02 -04): “FAMFEST WINDSOR”  All-ages Art, Music and Poetry evenings at Artcite

Spoken word and poetry readings


As part of the fall 2009 FAMFEST (Filmmakers Artists and Musicians Festival), Artcite hosted 2 nights of Art, Music and Spoken Word performances, featuring DJ Josef Petrous, Patrick Szanjar , Enola Cola and Stone Piper.

Famfest is supported by Artcite, Broken City Lab; Chinosos / Oishii / The Room restaurant(s); D3N!@L; Empire Lounge; Media City; Milk Coffee Bar; Rogues Gallery Comics; The Loop Building; The Phog Lounge; Vermouth; WAMM Magazine; Windsor Workers Action Center.


(Oct.16 –Nov. 14): “ON THE SCALE OF HISTORY” Susana Reisman “DAGBOK” Aubrey Reeves

In partnership with Bookfest 2009 Artcite presented a two-person exhibit featuring works on the theme of “Reading of the Text”.

image: gallery view: “On the scale of History”

Susana Reisman’s “On the scale of History” presented selected canonical texts on the history of photography (Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Volker Kahmen’s Art History of Photography and Susan Sontag’s On Photography) re photographed and treated sculpturally to engage viewers in a dialogue about the process of reading history.

image: detail from “Dagbok”

Aubrey Reeves’ “Dagbok” (The Diary) was inspired by (and based on) the real-life experiences of Petter Moen, a Norwegian newspaper journalist and patriot who recorded his experiences during eight months of captivity in a Nazi prison. Without access to pen or paper, Moen painstakingly recorded his observations on life, war, love and his troubled faith by pricking pinhole letters onto coarse lavatory paper (Moen only had use of a single tack removed from the black-out curtain over his cell window). To interpret and convey Moen’s painful story, Reeves recreated the prisoner’s meticulous texts (excerpted from his diary, as translated into English) with pin-hole text onto two 45” x 72” translucent paper screens, which, when installed in the gallery and lit with Reeve’s projected, b&w video imagery (alluding to both Moen’s solitary confinement and his internal struggles) makes visible Moen’s poignant, secret diary.


(Nov.04 -07): “BOOKFEST WINDSOR”
Author readings, interviews, exhibitions and signings with workshops

images: left; Lonesome Lefty plays Bookfest, right; Eugene McNamara reads

The annual BookFestWindsor (formerly the Windsor Festival of the Book) celebrates all facets of the book, combining author readings, interviews and signings with workshops on book arts, book collecting and publishing —as well as lectures on various aspects of book history and production.

The festival is a celebration of the book in all forms, from the art of book binding to the joy of reading and the freedom of expression. As the only Canadian literary festival within a four-hour radius, the festival presents authors and book artists in a unique and accessible way for the Windsor community.

Authors are attracted to this event because of our reputation for great hospitality and organization.

BookFestWindsor is fast becoming a major event on the book tour circuit. BookFestWindsor is unique in its focus on the book as an object. There are distinct sections at the festival dedicated to different aspects of the book. The format includes three different sessions, an ongoing poetry café, a special session on book arts, in addition to the readings and interviews from different Canadian authors.

Artcite hosted exhibitions at Artcite as part of BookFest Windsor 2009.

See preceding “Dagbok” and “On the Scale of History” entries



Art action/commemoration.

Artcite Inc participates in a day of mourning each Dec 1;


This annual art vigil is honored by members of the art community and various social service agencies.

Activities/strategies undertaken to acknowledge this international day of mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis have involved symbolic exhibition closings and the shrouding of public artwork, as well as the “blacking out” of websites in more recent years…

Declaration of loss…
Today we stand together.
Today we stand in silence.
Today we mourn the loss of painters, photographers, dancers, printers, actors, filmmakers, singers, choreographers, poets, sculptors, musicians, designers…all the artists who have died of AIDS.
Today we collectively grieve the loss of future work from recognized artists, as well as the absence of countless artists yet to be.
Today we declare our loss.

December 1 is a Day Without Art, an international day of observance which focuses attention on the profound impact of AIDS has had on artists and the world arts community. Since 1990, each year an increasing number of galleries, theatres, artist groups and individuals have participated in a vast array of commemorative events. Day Without Art celebrates the lives of colleagues and friends while mourning their loss in our creative communities. World AIDS Day / Day Without Art Activities/commemorations include: gallery closings; shrouding of public art; special art exhibitions; distribution of commemorative pins and handbills; candle light vigils; announcements on CJAM 91.5 fm.

AIDS Committee Windsor
Artcite Inc.
Arts Council – Windsor & Region
BookFest Windsor
Citizens for the Capitol Theatre
CJAM 91.5 fm
Common Ground Gallery
House of Toast Film & Video Collective
Media City International Festival of Experimental Film & Video Art
Mackenzie Hall
MJM Entertainment Productions
Odette Sculpture Park – Cultural Affairs Office
University of Windsor – Out on Campus
U of W – School of Dramatic Arts
U of W – English Language & Creative Writing
U of W – School of Visual Arts
U of W – Visual Arts Society
University Players
Walkerville Collegiate High School
Windsor’s Community Museum
Windsor Feminist Theatre
Windsor International Film Festival
Windsor Public Library
Windsor Printmakers Forum



Gala opening reception on Friday, December 4, 7:30 pm

Artcite’s annual members’ holiday fundraising show and sale.

DTL 2009 featured 92 artists submitting over 600 works for sale and donations to be raffled off by 5 prominent area artists.

This annual event is not only important to Artcite as a fundraiser but is also an opportunity for many artists (some of whom have never previously shown their work) to exhibit and sell their works (paintings, drawings, prints, photographs (or a combination of these media), small scale 3-D works and artist made gift items (books, toys, cards, ‘art wear’, accessories, etc.).

As always DTL featured an immense amount of artworks (!) by over many artists from the area, and-as always, many pieces are created specifically for this special exhibit by old and new Artcite members (and many non-members); As a rule, all work is priced under $99.99

DTL 2009 participants included:

(All artists Windsor, ON & Essex county unless otherwise noted):
Carol Anne Winters, Michelle Chappus, Vincent Franzoi, Helen Normandeau, Melissa Rae Windover, Susan Duxter, Kristin Hartford, Shawana Munro, Mark Sikich, Gloria Gellner, Bob Monks, Evelyn McLean, Holly Wolter, Chad Riley, Sandi Wheaton, Mark Sikich, John Steel, Olga Dermenji, Pearl Roberts, Daniel Bombardier, Sarah Whittal, Neda Laketic-Soc, Susan Gold, Ed Janzen, Jeet Aulakh, Jagraj Aulakh, Jagsir Aulakh, Timpy Aulakh, Michelle Dobrin, Sophie Stoyshin, Vanessa Hughes, Jean Bull, Scott Gregory, Leeanna Laliberte, Carley Comartin, Pat St. Louis, Julie Homenuik, Marty Hunt, Anthony DiFazio, Elaine Chauvin, Steven Chauvin, Patrick Stevens, Joe DeAngelis, Nuha Elalem, Alyssa Carter, Alex Jonson, Michael Calcara, Sasha Opeiko, Lynda Ruddock-Rousseau, Milica Yaksich, Joe Berube, Sergio Mazzotta, Beth Dubeault, Paula’s Gallery, Mary Atkinson, Allen Bukoff (Detroit MI), Reg Tucker, Jeanette N. Marshall, Douglas Bedard, Peter Olsen, Debbie Dunlop, Lori Lorimer, Gladys Gerrior, Samantha Therrien, Norm Grondin, Elizabeth Lojewski, Maggie Lynch, Kelly Reyes, Nicolette Westfall, Jodi Green, Katie Romain, Kelly Smith, Kyle Paul Ouellette, Monica Radulescu, Denis Tetreault, David Hanna, Mary McNamara, Monica Dumitrescu, Rebecca Draisey, Trevor Malcolm, Jason Deary, Michele Emery, Laura Gould, Steven Chauvin, Rashmi Dadwal, Amy Friend, Steph Copeland, Juliana Schewe, Renee Helling-Laur and Linda Renaud, Laszlo Klausnitz, Suzanne Konyha, Gari Bernardi, Michael Colero and and Christine Burchnall.

See our Flickr set for DTL 2009

Raffle Wall and Door Prizes:

Windsor artists Iain Baxter&, Zeke Moores, Joe DeAngelis, Sandi Wheaton and Rebecca Draisey, donated artworks for our 14th DTL art-raffle. Susan Duxter donated the “dutch auction” candy house display to Artcite, and we instituted door prizes for purchases over $20, with swag gifted to us by Eugene McNamara and Lynda Ruddock-Rousseau!

Thanks to all for another GREAT Doin the Louvre season!