(Jan.13 – Feb.18) “Southwestern Gothic ” Victor Romão (Windsor, ON)

Opening reception Friday January 13, 2012, 7:30 PM

Opening night reception pix on our Flickr page.

Victor Romao is a multi-disciplinary Canadian artist working and living in Windsor, Ontario. He is interested in a variety of practices which focus on drawing, sculpture, performance and print media.

“Through his monochromatic drawings, spare woodcut prints and figurative sculptures, Windsor Ontario-based artist Victor Romao investigates issues of identity in distinctive ways. His practice includes bizarre likenesses of human and animal hybrids, chronicles of the deeds of anonymous, shadowy malefactors, and images of bucolic settings permeated with disturbing feelings of the surreal, uncanny, and ferocious. The artistís influences are varied, ranging from the clean inventiveness of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, elements of baroque European sculptural and religious conventions, and Romao’s impressions of youth in rural Southwestern Ontario. Numerous images point to behaviour considered “masculine” run wild. They also explore senses of belonging to a group, and the experience of those considered outsiders, which include conflicting senses of identity faced by new Canadians, and the profiles imposed on them from without.”
— Cassandra Getty, Museum London, London ON

Romao holds a BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand. His years spent living in rural Southwestern Ontario have acted as the catalyst for his present interest in exploring the topics of fear, alterity, and male violence.

image: the safest place (2010) Victor Romão

Saturday January 21, 2012 “ARTS 1, 000, 049 BIRTHDAY” at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. West, Saturday January 21, 2012,

Art BD

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s only non-profit, Artist-run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, presents THE SHINDIG OF THE YEAR!! It’s: ART’s 1, 000, 049 BIRTHDAY at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. W. Doors @ 8:00 pm Festivities from 8:00 pm – 1:00 amBanish the January “blehs!” with an evening of ART, Fluxus fun and Festivities!

Featuring the musical stylings of Kingsville’s own WEIRDONIA

And. . .

MC/DJ Stephen Pender
Surprise performance art?
Readings by Josie Watson
International Art’s Birthday Fluxus Greetings

Our Flickr set for Arts Birthday.


AND Valuable DOOR PRIZES by the bucket load, including: gift certificates from Motor Burger, Walkermole, Dr. Disc, Taloola Cafe, Terra Cotta Gourmet Pizzeria & more …and special gifts from Denial, Phog Lounge, Downtown Market, Uncommon Market, Artcite, ACWR, Milk, Performance Ford, Jones & Co., & more!

2011 is finally over and the piles of happy holiday decorations have all been hauled back into the attic/ crawl-space/ basement — which means only ONE THING: It’s THAT time of the year again! It’s ART’S 1,000,049 birthday bash this Saturday, January 21 at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. W.

Artcite Inc., and Phog Lounge invite YOU to join the Windsor arts community in celebrating all things ART!

Join us Saturday, January 21 at Phog Lounge for live music, DJ Stephen Pender, complementary party favours,
Birthday cake–and TONS of door prizes donated by our generous friends in the Windsor business community.

Doors open at 8:00 pm. Admission is only $5; proceeds support Windsor’s arts community.

Special Art’s Birthday musical guests WEIRDONIA! Dance the night away with guest DJ/ MC Stephen Pender.

Other fun Art’s Birthday party activities include surprise performance art, door prizes, International Art’s Birthday Greetings and a BIRTHDAY CAKE for ART

Since 1990, “Art’s Birthday” has been an annual celebration for the international arts community, presented with a tip of the hat to French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou (who declared Art to be 1,000,000 years young on January 17, 1963).

For more info. about worldwide Art’s Birthday celebrations, go to: artsbirthday.net

A little help from our friends…

The Windsor Star prints a testimonial letter by Eugene McNamara, renown poet and Artcite supporter, January 28, 2012 referencing our years of service to the community: see here



image: S’n’B +ATC at LeBel February 2010

Every month Artcite presents “Stitch ’n Bitch” and “Artist Trading Cards” events in our gallery space or at select off-site locations. “Stitch ’n Bitch” events feature “how-to” and technique workshops, opportunities for collaborative creation and guest presentations on various issues relating to the feminist landscape. “Stitch ’n Bitch” is an international movement empowering and reclaiming “women’s work” but guys can show up and mend their socks too!.

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. The creative 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 are traded one-to-one and people of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to participate.

Artcite’s first monthly ATC event was launched in Spring 2007, with a generous gift of several ATC’s by Vancouver artist Chuck Stake, for Artcite’s “25 Years to Life” anniversary art exhibition and festivities. The local component of ATC production and trading has proven to be a success and the gallery has seen a diverse and increased interest with each trading session.

“Stitch ’n Bitch” and “Artist Trading Card” sessions are usually held on the last Thursday of every month.

Stitch’n Bitch” and Artist Trading Cards at Artcite now has a Facebook Group! visit to see what’s next!


(Feb.24 – Apr.7) “NEW WORKS ” Emily Hermant (Chicago IL. USA / Montréal PQ)

Opening reception Friday February 24, 2012, 7:30 PM

Image: detail, What position.. .Emily Hermant

WEB INTERVIEW: Lisette Leboeuf nous présente une entrevue avec l’artiste Emily Hermant, présente sa première exposition à la Galerie Artcite au centre-ville de Windsor. Radio-Canada, Matins Sans Frontireres March 14, 2012 (en Francais 6:53)

Read impressions of the show by members of our Critical Writing group at here

“The new sculptural works in the installation are made of interconnected, hand-bent, hardwood planks whose curves and twists create a swirling, energetic, spatial drawing.  By rendering solid hardwood pliable and then bending it in unusual ways, I treat the wood as three-dimensional thread. The unexpected tension of the shaped wood and the configurations and treatment of these forms present the viewer with contradictions:  on the one hand, between material and form, and on the other hand, between the made and the process of making.” – Emily Hermant

Ms. Hermant’s work is presented in conjunction with the 2012 International Woman’s Day celebrations, held annually on March 8.
Setup and opening night on our 2012 flickr page:

Emily Hermant received her BFA With Distinction in Studio Arts and Religion from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada in 2004, and completed her MFA as a Trustee Scholar from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, where her work was supported by a research grant from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).  She has exhibited widely in museums, galleries, and festivals in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe, including the FAB Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University (2011), Articule Artist-run Center for Contemporary Art in Montréal, QC (2010), Hyde Park Art Center (2010), Merchandise Mart (2010), and DOVA Gallery at the University of Chicago (2010) in Chicago, IL, The Triennale di Milano Museum in Milan, Italy (2009), the Biennale Internationale du Lin in Québec (2009), and at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York (2007-8).  Her work has been reviewed in Espace Sculpture, Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, American Craft Magazine, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, among others.  Hermant has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT (2010) and at Studio XX Media Arts Center in Montréal, QC (2004-5), and has been the recipient of grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (2007, 2009).  Hermant has upcoming solo exhibitions at The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE, and at the Durand Art Institute at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL (all 2012).  Hermant is currently based in Richmond, VA where she is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (2011-12). See also here.


( Apr.7) 7:00PM, Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. West
A Performance and Fundraiser for Artcite featuring: Unquiet Dead (Windsor ON) w/ Schomberg Fair (Toronto ON) and Pat Robitaille (Windsor)


Tom Lucier and Phog lounge brings these three great acts to the Capitol theatre, for a fun evening of live music, in support of Artcite.

More about the bands at:

(Apr.16) 7:00PM, Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. West

A Performance and Fundraiser for Artcite featuring: Said The Whale (Vancouver, BC) w/ Chains of Love (Vancouver, BC) and Boker The Horse (Windsor)


Once again, Tom Lucier and Phog lounge brings three great acts to the Capitol theatre, for a fun evening of live music, in support of Artcite.

More about the bands at:


(Apr.20 – May.26)”MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2012” A Festival of International Workers’ Solidarity, Social Justice and Community Cultural Projects


For MayWorks 2012, Windsor Ontario’s labour and arts communities join with other cities across Canada to present our third annual labour-focused cultural MayWorks festival in Windsor. Artists, workers, and students have met over many months to organize a collection of exhibitions, projects, events, a rally and a parade, to celebrate our creativity as a community, our dedication to the values of workers’ solidarity, social justice and human rights.

The various activities will highlight our support for our city and our history of solidarity, concern for social justice and our tradition of labour arts. 2012 will mark our third annual MayWorks celebrations and follows in the ten year tradition of past Artcite/ University of Windsor Labour Studies program Labour Arts Festivals that took place during February from 2002 on.

Visit our MayWorks Windsor site for a full listing of the full month of MayWorks Windsor 2012 events!

and the Facebook Group and Facebook page (friend to get notices)


 (Apr.20 – May.26, 2012) “OCCUPY THIS!” A group exhibition for MayWorks Windsor 2012

Featuring the “OCCUPY WINDSOR DOCUMENTATION PROJECT” by Alana Bartol (Windsor ON); Collette Broeders (LaSalle ON); and “BREAK ROOM” by go home collective: Teresa Carlesimo (Windsor, ON) and Michael DiRisio (Amherstburg ON) and Special book launch for “Informal Gathering of Heart” a commemorative book of the Occupy Windsor experience by K. Whitehead, Doug MacLellan, and Paul Chislett – see here

Organized by the MayWorks Windsor 2012 Committee



Read HG Watson’s coverage of the show in The Lance at here.

Artcite collaborates with the MayWorks Windsor committee to develop a new and relevant activist themed exhibition for each MayWorks Windsor celebration, highlighting issues of labour and the Arts. Our 2012 exhibit features the Windsor ON collective go home’s installation “Break Room”; the “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project” and video histories of “Occupy Windsor” participants.

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detail from the Occupy Windsor Documentation Project

With the permission, support and participation of Occupy Windsor, Collette Broeders and Alana Bartol present “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project”, a multi-media installation that includes various artifacts from the Occupy Windsor camp, mixed-media drawings, video and sound. The exhibit examines the oral stories collected from the camp as well as the unique methods of communication used by Occupy Windsor and Occupy movements worldwide. Though this exploration, Bartol and Broeders evoke the power of nonverbal systems of communication that resonate within resistance groups as well as members of the wider community.

The show also features the booklet: “Informal Gathering of Heart”, with photos and text commemorating the OCCUPY WINDSOR winter 2011 camp by Paul Chislet, Doug MacLellan and K. Whitehead. see here.

“As more people in this region lose jobs and politicians answer with austerity, the Occupy movement taught us that it is possible for people to come together, live and work for the mutual benefit of all in the spirit of cooperation. Occupy Windsor stands as an example of not only resistance but of workable alternatives.” -Paul Chislett (Occupy Windsor)

See the website. Also Windsor photographer Douglas Maclellan’s opening reception photos
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Concept drawing from go home‘s “Break Room”

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Installation view of go home‘s “Break Room”

Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio (go home collective), presents their installation; “Break Room” – a typical workspace break room, constructed within the gallery: a room that is completely furnished and appears to be a fully functional break room, but without a door or entry way. Without an entrance the room will be physically unreachable, but visible through plexiglass windows We have created a break room as a place that exists only in the context of wage labour, yet is not a place of labour. Instead, it is a place for the time spent between labouring. It’s a non-place. A place that is often cold and inhospitable. A place that rarely offers the respite that is promised by a “break”. As well, by transforming a section of the gallery space into a break room, we are effectively transforming the surrounding area into a workspace.
See also the artists’ site here.

Watch our time-lapse video of building “Break Room” at Artcite (April 17- May 2) also at here.


(May. 25)  at 12 PM “MANO/RAMO Media Arts Advocacy Action Session”


Join us May 25th at noon for an important community consultation on media arts sector priorities and needs with MANO/RAMO The Media Arts Network of Ontario/Réseau des arts mediatiques de l’Ontario. (MANO/RAMO) is a provincial arts service organization that provides communication, advocacy, networking and educational opportunities to Ontario-based independent media arts organizations and collectives (production centres, distributors, festivals and exhibitors in film, video and new media.)

Presented in cooperation with Artcite Inc. and the Media City Film Festival


(May.27)  at 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM “Artcite Submission Review Meeting “


Ever wonder how all that ART finally ends up in YOUR gallery? Do you have GREAT PROGRAM IDEAS for special curated exhibitions, theme shows, member exchanges, special projects & events (etc.)? Wanna learn useful ’inside hints’ about how to submit proposals to galleries (like Artcite)? Want to see what OTHER emerging and established Canadian and U.S. artists are up to? Are you willing to give up a few hours the next sunny Sunday to sit in the dark with your fellow Artciteurs? We invite YOU*—all Artcite Inc. Voting Artist members—to take part in the next SUBMISSIONS REVIEW MEETING of Artcite’s PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE.

NOTE WELL: We have a large number of submissions this time, please see note the following about the preview forum!

This is YOUR opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s upcoming year of innovative & challenging contemporary arts programming (for 2013–2014—our 31st Anniversary year (whew)! A secure on-line forum is available for advance viewing of all submissions. Please please email for login instructions. (*If you have submitted a proposal for our Oct 2011 & March 2012 deadlines, we respectfully ask that you absent yourself from this meeting.)

WHERE: Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. W.

WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 2012 Meeting begins 12:00 Noon SHARP! End time? 5pm-ish…

RSVP: Please RSVP: (519) 977-6564 or email < info@artcite.ca >

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to VOTE on submissions review programming decisions, please expect to stay for the meeting duration. All members welcome to attend; unfortunately, only paid-up Voting Members may vote on final programming decisions (Honorary members may not vote). Generous donations of meeting refreshments and assorted goodies welcome (and encouraged)! We’ll provide the buckets o’ caffeine, juices and bad-for-you sugarladen carbohydrates & salty snax™®.ia.)


(May. 29) at 7:00 pm (sharp!) “Artcite’s spring 2012 Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting”

NOTE NEW DAY – SAGM moved from original date so as not to conflict with May 23 media City screenings


Artcite’s Board of Directors is elected from the membership. This board relies on the Artcite membership—YOU—for input in the areas of policy-making, planning, the formation of programming and administrative committees, etc.

Elections to the Board of Directors will take place (0–4 positions to be filled – the Artcite Board is comprised of between 9–14 members), and 2012–13 committees (programming, reception, installation, Org Dev, etc.) will be formed from the membership (no need for alarm—you won’t be shanghaied into serving on a committee unless you’re interested!).

Voting members must be in good standing to register their vote. Non-voting (and prospective) members are welcome!

Please attend this important meeting and learn more about YOUR GALLERY’S past and future (May 2012 marks the start of Artcite’s 30th Anniversary Year!!!). C’mon out and reminisce about our illustrious past…c’mon out and help to plot our glorious future (how the heck ARE we celebrating our 30th?).

This is also your opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s goals for the next 30 years! Interested in learning more? www.artcite.ca Whaddya think? HOW can we serve YOU better? Give us your ideas. How can you can serve your gallery better? C’mon out, and we’ll count the ways… (with profuse thanks in advance). Or—just c’mon out and meet your fellow Artciteurs…

More info? Comments? Talk @ us @ (519) 977-6564 or e-us @ info@artcite.ca. Thanks, yous. Remember: ‘You’ are the “Artist ” in “Artist -run”. Artcite is your galery . Participate . We loo k forward to hearing from you real soon.


(June.22 – Aug.18) “CREATIVE DESTRUCTION”, Dan (D3N!@L) Bombardier (Windsor ON)
Solo show; painting, video and mixed media installation 
“CREATIVE DESTRUCTION” is the anchor show for our SUMMER ART FEST, located in stores and storefronts around downtown Windsor: July 20 through August 4! (see next entry)

Video of the making of Creative Destruction from D3N!@L on Vimeo (7:20)
Also at: http://vimeo.com/44567072
Please note we have diasabled the live cam video feed of the gallery, as the colour rendition on the camera is skewed towards the IR, and gives a poor impression of the bright colours on the the gallery walls. .

bombardier front

spray with these

tape it up
Prep the gallery and get ready to spray it !

CTV Windsor News profiles Dan as he sprays Artcite’s wall for the show.
Also at Youtube.

The Windsor Star’s Youtube Clip of Dan painting, Also at here.

Read Stephen Hargreaves’s coverage of the show in The Lance at here.

Windsor’s own Dan Bombardier (AKA D3N!@L) will be paint bombing the walls of our gallery, filming the process and then exhibiting the work and video of the process through August, along with select D3N!@L Objects D’art. This is a one of a kind show, and a great kick off for Artcite’s summer 2012 programs, including Artcite’s Summer Art Fringe 2012 to take place during the second half of July (see below)

DENIAL, or “D3N!@L” is a Canadian graffiti and mixed-media artist. His moniker is a phonetic mix-up representing his first name, and by definition, pokes fun at modern advertising, politics, and media messages that society is often “in denial” about. DENIAL is known for his prolific guerrilla-marketing campaigns, which take public aim at ideas involving social-justice, pop-culture, mass-media, and “New World Order” conspiracy theories. With over 500,000 of his adhesive logos displayed in public places around the world, the DENIAL PROJECT has become a conceptual piece of marketing absurdism. DENIAL intends to challenge traditional ideas about graffiti and public art, as well as the excessive corporate use of public space.

On Street Art:
Street art is a transient form of expression with a generally short life span. Frustrated by this, DENIAL began to bridge his street art ideas, into tangible works, that galleries and collectors could procure, avoiding the expiration date that they would otherwise be subject to. DENIAL has drawn from his background in graffiti, graphic-design, and traditional sign manufacturing, to develop his own style of vivid mixed-media paintings. Often depicting pin-up models, over-sized signage, and over-sized magazine and newspaper covers, DENIAL laces his work with cryptic, abstract, and urban themes.

Recent commissions include custom pieces for clients in Toronto’s distillery District, CBC Canada, MTV USA, Montreal’s exclusive Colart Collection, Social Restolounge in Calgary, and for Toronto based Lori Morris Design Inc. at Pearson International Airport.

Bombardier back


(July.20 – Aug.4) some exhibits continue to August 18 “ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2012”

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Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor!

DOWNLOAD our Summer Art Fest MAP BROCHURE ( low-res web version 2.6M )


The guided tours are done, but you can still follow our map brochure and enjoy all the work on a self-guided walk. And check out our gallery affiliate shows at Broken City Lab, One Ten Park, Artspeak Gallery, SB Contemporary Gallery, Common Ground, and also the Art Gallery of Windsor – which is hosting two video installations in their windows for Summer Art Fest 2012.

Our Summer Art Fest 2012 Tour and Setup pictures are on Flick

Our off-site gallery at 360 Victoria was open and staffed Wed-Fri 4:00-6:00 PM and Saturday 1:00 – 5:00.


July 26 Summer Art Fest Stitch ‘N’ Bitch / ATC session at Ten Thousand Villages
Thursday July 26 6:30, 624 Chilver Road Unit 102

Free a event – All Welcome!

July 28 Summer Art Fest Walking Tour – 15 downtown venues! 60+ artists!
Meet @ Artcite @ 1:00 & 4:00 pm sharp
(Tour happens rain or shine-all welcome! a free event)

Summer Art Fest Childrens Workshops – a new activity with different artists every hour, from 12-5 pm – a free event
Suzanne Konyha (paper Batik prints)
Matthew Romain (make an 1812 finger puppet)
Nik Steel & Greta Pepper (accordion books, exquisite corpse collages)
Aileen Ward (painting)

Summer Art Fest performances/art actions

Kewy Gammie – “Typewritten Thesis”
360 Victoria: 11:45 am-5 pm – a free event

Collette Broeders – “Sychronicity No. 3” -Performative Drawing
One Ten Park, 110 Park, 12:30-4:30 pm – a free event

Excerpt from Performative drawings by Collette Broeders “Synchronicity No. 4″(4 Hours 2 minutes total time)

See also see the website and here.
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Our poster for Summer Art Fest!

Participating Artists Included:

Hiba Abdallah; Kacie Auffret;
Joshua Babcock; Susan Dupont Baptista; Alana Bartol; Nicole Beno;
Denis Bester; Dan Bombardier; Steve Boni;

Lisa Koski Bonnici;

Collette Broeders; Christine Burchnal; Jelie Butler; Elaine Carr; Michael Califano; Judy Chappus; Bryce Clark;

Nicolas de Cosson;

Rashmi Dadwal; Adrian Deva;

Vasilica Dumitriu; Susan Duxter;

Kevin Echlin; Yara El Safi;

Joan Farago;
Rain Farooqi;

Larry Farris; Justin Faubert; Lisa Pike Fiorindi; Kewy Gammie; Nora Franko; Amy Friend; Sean ! Gammon;

Natalie Gaudet;

Judith Gauthier; Gladys Gerrior;

Michelle Goulet; Jon Hanlan; David Hanna;

Glen Hawkes; Arturo Herrera; Claudiu Herta;

Sara Howie; Nicole Hutchinson; Dennis Hunkler;

Paul Jacobs; Ed Janzen;

Bashar Jirjees; M. Kawenowski; Christine Keech; Pat Kelly;
Andrew Laitinen; Kenneth LaButte;

Justin Langlois; Blaine Lavigne;
Samantha Lefort; Liz Lowjewski; Jessica Lukas;

Elliot Lyanga; Elizabeth Gaye Macdonald; Sergio Mazzotta;

Charles Meanwell; Gustave Morin; Tony Mosna; Jim Mroczkowski; Veronica Murawski; Cristina Naccarato; Mary Jane Nohra;

Sasha Opeiko;

Karen P. Ouellette; Tania Palcong;

Christine J Palmer;

Walter Petrichyn; Frank Piccolo;

Jon Pickell;

Allen Plant;
David Provost; Thomas Provost;
Rosina Riccardo;

Sarah M. Robbins;

Korinne Robertson; Tracey Rogers; Katherine Roth; Danielle Sabelli; Kim Sabelli; Peter Samoray; Becky SansNom; Merry Ellen Scully; Donita Simpson;

Natalie Sinn;

Graeme Skelton;

Adelle Steinberg; Michelle Soulliere; H. Teahan; Irena Teske; Colleen Thompson; John Vacratsis; Nicolette Westfall;

Ryanne Westlake;

Sean Westlake; Carol Anne Winters; Holly Wolter; Alba Zagorcani; Mark Zelmer and apologies if we missed your name – check the brochure too!

Participating Retailers:

Bookmark/Silk Road Express
Booster Juice
Coffee Exchange
The Dugout
Frenchy’s Poutinery
Lefty’s on the O
Luna’s Trattoria
Phog Lounge
Rogue’s Gallery
Starbucks Coffee
Terra Cotta
Teh Thousand Villages
Villain’s Beastro
Milk Coffee Bar
Windsor Workers’ Action Centre
Windsor Public Library (Central)
484 Pelissier Street
Visions of Canada
Canada Gift Shop

Associated galleries:

Broken City Lab
one ten park
Artspeak Gallery
SB Contemporary Gallery
Common Ground
Art Gallery of Windsor

SAF2012 back web

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist-run Centre for the Contemporary Arts was pleased to present SUMMER ART FEST 2012. Following in the footsteps of four previous Visual Fringe presentations for the Windsor International Fringe Festival, SUMMER ART FEST 2012, invited artists to team up with downtown Windsor businesses and/or were placed in vacant storefront spaces and associated galleries to showcase their art works/site installations during this exciting, FUN summer festival.

Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor! Artcite Inc., Windsor’s only non-profit, artist-run centre for the Contemporary Arts, presents its 5th annual ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2012 (previously Visaul Fringe) featuring the works of over 115 Windsor-Essex, Detroit area and U.S. artists in over 28 downtown galleries, businesses and storefronts from July 20 – August 4, 2012.

ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2012 is an open, unjuried and curated off-site exhibition; mixed media site installations, interventions and performances Exciting and cutting edge contemporary art by local and international artists coming to a downtown storefront near YOU!

For the last 4 years, with the generous project support of downtown Windsor landlords, business owners and the City of Windsor, Artcite placed a variety of art in a wide range of storefront, in-store and available-for-rent retail spaces. Artists from Windsor and surrounding areas,  including the Detroit area, exhibited their artwork in non-traditional, storefront venues.   ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2012 is located in sites throughout downtown Windsor! Admission is free. Programs include storefront exhibits, mini galleries, performances, children’s workshops (free!) and a (free!) walking tour. The ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2012 provides an excellent opportunity for the folks in Downtown Windsor and visitors to see new works by numerous emerging and established artists in an accessible, fun (non-gallery) setting.

Many thanks to our business partners, associated galleries and , as well, to: the City of Windsor Cultural Affairs Office, Romeo DeCaro, the Yu & family at The Silk Road Express, Curry Repro/ Graphics —and our participating artists!

For a look at last year’s Visual Fringe activities visit our website.



(Sept. 7 – Oct. 13) “INLAND EMPIRES”, Mike Marcon (Windsor ON) Solo show; sculpture and mixed media installation

Opening reception: Friday September 7, 2012, 7:30 PM


Mike Marcon presents mixed-media installations involving themes related to Canadian identity to coincide with the ongoing War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations. Marcon’s work explores the notion of the wilderness as a privileged space, a “kind of masculine homeland within the greater framework of the nation state”.

Found objects, images and sculpture act as a catalyst for the displacement of symbols and myths that continue to inform our “official” national identity. The juxtaposition of objects and images create a labyrinthine experience and stimulates critical reflection while situating these myths within the viewers’ personal narratives.

Setup and opening reception pix from our 2012 Flickr page:

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XEAYZ.COM short web news clip on “Inland Empires “

Listen to Paul Chislet interview Artcite’s Gallery Coordinator Bernard Helling about the show and upcomming events
on CJAM’s THE SHAKEUP, September 28 2012, 4:25 (playback requires Flash)

Gallery Coordinator Bernard Helling full interview about the show, Culture Days events and upcoming events at Artcite, on CJAM’s “The Shakeup” with Paul Chislet can be found here

Read HG Watson’s coverage of the show in The Lance at here.


(Sept. 18 – 20) at the University of Windsor “Artcite information table at University of Windsor’s Club Days”

September 18-20 were Club Days at the University of Windsor, held at the CAW center. Artcite board members manned an information table for the students to learn about Artcite programming and activities

our table
See also the website.

Friday September 28, 2012 at THE LOOP , 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM “SHIRK, a DJ Night benefit for Artcite”


with DJs Sthephen Pender, Martin (Zonk) Deck, Matthew Hawtin and special guests This Friday, 28 September, in the midst of Windsor’s Culture Days events, the Loop on Chatham Street is hosting a fundraiser for Artcite, an event that kicks off our 30th anniversary celebrations.

Dj-s, included Martin ‘Zonk’ Deck, Sabrina Medynski , and Stephen Pender,

DJ Pender at Shirk
Dj Stephen Pender mixes it up

The suggested donation was $4 at the door, which is deposited straight into Artcite’s coffers, and garners you a night of dub, techno, soul, Detroit funk, all good things.

More info at the Facebook event page.


(Sept.30) Artcite information table at Ford City Arts & Heritage Fest

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The Artcite information table at the Ford City Arts & Heritage Fest 2012

Artcite display at the Ford City Arts & Heritage Fest 2012, September 30 2012 11am-4pm 1078 Drouillard Road Artcite members were on hand as The Historic Ford City Neighbourhood in Windsor invited the public for an afternoon of art and cultural offerings. Businesses and historic buildings opened their doors and a variety of entertainments and events were available.

More info at here and Facebook.


(Oct.19 – Nov.17) “A is for…” Amin Rehman (Lahore, Pakistan & Toronto ON) Solo show, mixed media installation with painting, Presented in conjunction with BookFest Windsor 2012 – October 25-27, 2012 Opening reception: Friday October 19, 2012, 7:30 PM


Amin Rehman’s text-based installations explore neo-colonialism and the way in which language is used to further political and militaristic goals, while questioning narratives of individual identity and culture. Alternating between oil/ encaustic and digitally generated vinyl and neon signs, Rehman uses short, quixotic texts to evoke both current global realities and his own experience living in Pakistan and Canada.

Listen to Paul Chislet interview Amin Rehman about his show on CJAM’s THE SHAKEUP,

October 19 2012, 1:22 (playback requires Flash)

Amin’s full interview about his work at Artcite, on CJAM’s “The Shakeup” with Paul Chislet can be found here.

Flickr slide-show of setup and reception for Amin Rehman’s A IS FOR…
Also at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artcite2012/sets/72157631897283530/

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Students from Académie Ste. Cécile International School visit the exhibition

Presented in conjunction with BookFest Windsor 2012. An exhibition catalogue, with critical essays by James Patten and Jamelie Hassan will be produced in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario’s McIntosh Gallery.


 (Oct. 25) from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Artcite “WORD to IMAGE” A panel discussion on the arts and poetics of the word as materiality


Dr. Karl E. Jirgens (Windsor ON)
Dennis Michael Jones (Plymouth MI USA)
Amin Rehman (Lahore, Pakistan & Toronto ON)

Panel Moderator: Susan Gold (Windsor ON)

A reception with refreshments followed, featuring the performance “Headlines” by Slow News

Word to Image panel discussion and performance picture on our Flick – also at:

Watch the entire (!) evening of panel presentations, discussions and the performance by Slow News (1:43.00)
Also on Youtube at: http://youtu.be/W90zYsAvGXc 
Attendance was free and open to the public

Presented by Artcite as part of BookFest Windsor 2012

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installation view: Dennis Michael Jones: “sometimes I wonder what you’d say if I let you speak” (2009)

Karl Jirgens See Saw 2009

Amin Rehman Final Hours


(December.1)  DAY WITHOUT ART


World AIDS Day & International DAY WITHOUT ART

This annual art vigil is honored by members of the arts and creative community.

Activities/ commemorations include: gallery closings; shroudings of public art; special art exhibitions; distribution of commemorative pins, handbills & posters;  candlelight vigils; information campaigns; and charitable contributions.

2012 Windsor Day Without Art Collective:

AIDS Committee of Windsor
Artcite Inc.
Arts Council Windsor & Region
Art Gallery of Windsor
Book Room New and Used Books
Broken City Lab
Common Ground Art Gallery
Leyla’s Art Studio
Literary Arts Windsor
Media City
Metropolitan Community Church of Windsor
Nobel Peace Project
one ten park : a working space
Rampike Magazine
U of W English Department,
U of W Music Student Society
U of W School of Creative Arts and Innovation
U of W School of Dramatic Arts
U of W SODA / School of Dramatic Arts Student Society
U of W Visual Arts Student Society
Virginianne Atelier
Windsor Artists for Social Justice
Windsor Community Museum
Windsor Endowment for the Arts
Windsor Feminist Theatre
Windsor Pride
Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Please join the Windsor DWA Collective and the AIDS Committee of Windsor in celebrating the lives of our beloved friends and colleagues at a joint World AIDS Day / Day Without Art Candlelight Vigil at 6:30 pm on December 1 at the Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, Ontario

All are welcome! Free admission—refreshments available


(Nov. 30 – Dec.22, 2012) 31st ANNUAL DOIN’ THE LOUVRE Holiday FUN(d)raising®™ Exhibition


Show & sale runs from Friday November 30 – Saturday December 22, 2012 Special Christmas shopping hours: Tues – Sat, 12:00 noon – 6 pm – closed SUNDAYS + MONDAYS+ MORNINGS)

DTL 2012

Watch the Dec 19 CTV News coverage of Doin the Louvre 2012.
Also at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HVb4V7ODZo&feature=youtu.be

See our Flickr set of setup and the opening night gala reception!
Also at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artcite_dtl_2012/sets/72157632844143687/

Artcite’s annual Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition and sale which takes place every December! 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. It features 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 dxmembers (and many non-members); as a rule, all work is priced under $99.99!

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s non-profit, Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, once again was pleased to present “Doin’ the Louvre”: Artcite’s 31st annual Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition and sale.

“Give the gift they will enjoy for years to come: give the gift of ART!” (Or-at our crazy prices–add to your OWN fine art collection!)

ORIGINAL ART–paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media, sculpture–and artist-made gift items (xmas ornaments, books, toys, cards, ‘art wear’, jewellery, etc.) created by established and emerging Windsor and Detroit area artists will all be exhibited “salon style” (floor to 18′ ceiling, ala “The Louvre”), with all work priced for Christmas giving!

BIG sale prices for these one-of-a-kind art pieces start at 99¢(!) — and NOTHING is priced over $99.99!

Once again, shopping for unique X-mas items was never so easy!

This year featured more than 1000+ artworks (!) by 104 Windsor & Detroit area artists, and, as always, many pieces were created specifically for this special fundraising exhibit by Artcite artist-members old and new…

Participating artists included:

Lupita Amaya; Jeff Bassett; Corey Boon; Jean Bull; Sherry Campeau; Judy Chappus; Amedee  Chappus Sikich; Ian Coffin; Viva Dadwal; Parvati Dadwal; Rashmi Dadwal; Steve  Daigle; Stephen Daiglo; Jolanta De France; Paulette DeAngelis; Joe DeAngelis; Chloe Deroy; Michael Di Risio; Amanda Dunning; Jon Edwards; Michelle Emery; Dante Fanelli; Shane Fawler; Sheila Forde; Nora Franko; Kevyn  Gammie; Laura Gould; David  Hanna; Kristin Hartford; Andrew Helbich; Renee Helling-Laur; Arturo  Herrera; Johnny Hil; Julie Homenuik; Karl Jirgens; Gerry & Melissa Kaiser; Zoe & Tamara Kimmerly;  Isis & Gqaukl Kimmerly; Katherine Klinck; Vince Allen Kogut; Albin Kristy; Kenneth  LaButte; Neda Laketic; Diane Laplante; John Larsh; Jaron  Loban; Elizabeth Goye MacDonald; Sue  Marentette; Elizabeth  Matlack; Linda Monin; Jim Mroczkowski; Veronica  Murawski; Sasha Opeiko; Jodi Green & Peter Zimmerman; Walter Petrichyn; Harmony Pillon; Reannon Price; Esther  Rabinovitch; Linda Renaud Fisher; Kelly Reyes; Chad Riley; Alice Salem; Danuta Siniarska; A.G Smith; Sharon Smith; Adele Steinberg; Samantha Therrien; Wayne Tousignant; Elaine Weeks; Carol Anne Winters and the Sikich Family … And a few more latecomers!!!

Bonus! As in past years, we also offered our gallery visitors the chance to win original artworks donated by distinguished Windsor artists IAIN BAXTER&, Douglas Bedard, Leesa Bringas, Stephen Gibb,
Matthew Hawtin and Barbara Murawski.

A $2 ticket won 5 lucky folks artwork valued at $500-$2000!
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Here is a spot from Tom Lucier’s DWBIA blog reporting on our 2010 sale:


Embedded video from Youtube courtesy of Tom Lucier/ DWBIA

Our history archive of last year’s DTL http://www.artcite.ca/history/2011.html#dtl2011

The amazing 2011 setup and timelapse video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdszm2uvMY
How to hang a show with 1000+ works of art!