(Jan. 11–Mar. 2) “30X30 – ARTCITE 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW pt 1 ”








House Sitting – Barrie Jones (2012)

Reception, Artcite 30th Anniversary celebrations and ART’S 1, 000, 050th BIRTHDAY :
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:30 PM at Artcite!

An Invitational Group show featuring works by Artcite alumni:

Jennifer Angus (Madison, WI)
IAIN BAXTER& (Windsor, ON)
Sylvie Belanger (Buffalo, NY / Toronto, ON)
Zoe Beloff (NYC, NY)
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller (Berlin, DE & Grindrod, BC)
Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge (Toronto, ON)
Michele Tarailo (Windsor, ON)
Scott Hocking (Detroit, MI)
Spring Hurlbut (Toronto, ON)
Barrie Jones (Vancouver, BC)
Istvan Kantor AKA Monty Cantsin (Toronto, ON)
Nestor Kruger (Toronto, ON)
Lisa Neighbour (Toronto, ON)
John Scott (Toronto, ON)
Rhonda Weppler (San Francisco, CA / Toronto, ON) & Trevor Mahovsky (Vancouver, BC / Toronto, ON)

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s non-profit, Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, celebrates its 30th year in the community with a world-class roster of Artcite alumni, featuring recent works from award-winning artists from Canada, the United States and Europe.

Artcite pioneered the showing of cutting-edge performance, video, installation and public art in our region, and through our member-juried selection process, has led the way in bringing the newest and best of contemporary art to local and national attention. Our anniversary group shows have been split into 2 extra big, extra long-running exhibitions. Part 1, now in the gallery highlights the works of some of our favourite alumni through the years of our programming. In September, we present pt. 2 of the 30×30 project with new works by 15 emerging artists, nominated by the artists showing in 30×30 pt.1, and our board and programming committee.

Our Flickr photo set of the show setup and gallery views
Also here









partial gallery view: L to R – Hurlbut, Neighbour, Angus, Scott

About the Artists:

Jennifer Angus (Madison, WI)
“Ascending Narrative”
mixed media

detail from Jennifer Angus’ “Ascending Narrative” (2012)

Professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. BFA – Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. MFA – School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Angus has exhibited her work in centers internationally, including: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. Her exhibition “A Terrible Beauty” at the Textile Museum of Canada was selected as “Exhibition of the Year” by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2006. More at jenniferangus.com/

IAIN BAXTER& (Windsor, ON)
” Masturbating Life Makes Art”
mixed media & neon


detail from Ian Baxter&’s “Masturbating Life Makes Art” (2005)

Recognized as Canada’s pioneering conceptual artist. For over forty years, Baxter& has continually produced works that question the role of art as commodity and as a medium for cultural commentary. Among his many innovations, Baxter& was the first artist to adopt a corporate persona: in 1966, Baxter& was co-president of the conceptual project and legally incorporated business N.E. Thing Company. NETCO’s output ranged from conceptual, satirical, vacuum-formed “still lives” to post-modern appropriations of famous artworks. His recent work includes neon signs, ‘animal preserves’, a grocery cart of ‘GMO’s’ (genetically modified organisms) and installations using obsolete technology. He has received numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004. Baxter& was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. (see more)
The Canada Council Molson Prize committee stated in 2005 that his “highly regarded conceptual installations and projects, as well as his photography, have earned him the label of ‘the Marshall McLuhan of the visual arts.” Baxter& is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
More at wiki and website

Sylvie Belanger (Buffalo, NY / Toronto, ON)
“JW_Burnt Box”
2012, stainless steel, clear acrylic, paint, LED lights

JW_BurntBox by Sylvie Belanger (2012), image courtesy of the artist

An interdisciplinary artist, using sound, video and photography in her multi-media sculptures and installations. BFA – Concordia University, Baccalauréat in Philosophy of Religion from Université de Montréal. MFA – York University. Associate Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo. Before joining SUNY Buffalo, Bélanger taught at The University of Windsor, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Toronto/Sheridan College and Concordia University. Bélanger was the recipient of the Stauffer Prize (awarded by the Canada Council) as well as numerous professional grants from The Nuala Dresher Fellowship, the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism and External Affairs, Canada. Bélanger exhibits worldwide. More here

Zoe Beloff (NYC, NY)
“The Days of the Commune”
video loop
part 1 – scenes 1–5 – 54:00 min
part 2 – scenes 6–8 – 47:00 min
part 3 – scenes 9–12 – 47:00 min

detail from Zoe Beloff’s “The Days of the Commune” (2012)

In the spring of 2012, I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform “The Days of the Commune”, a play by Bertold Brecht, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first great Occupation in modern history. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City. The installation is an environment that includes a film documenting the performances, props, costumes, posters and drawings.
— Zoe Beloff

Beloff’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings; venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has been working with the Christine Burgin Gallery on a number of artist projects that include books and prints. Beloff works with a wide range of media, including film, projection, performance, installation and drawing. She considers herself a medium; an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Each project aims to connect the present to past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways. She has been awarded fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Art at Queens College CUNY. She is currently exploring utopian ideas of social progress. Her most recent project is The Days of the Commune. More here 

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller (Berlin, DE & Grindrod, BC)
“Untitled – I can’t remember (world is turning)”
Dream Telephone series
audio loop, antique telephone
On loan from Luhring Augustine Gallery, NYC









detail from Cardiff & Miller’s “Untitled – I can’t remember (world is turning)” (2011)

Janet Cardiff and Bures Miller represented Canada the 49th Venice Biennale with Paradise Institute (2001), a 16-seat movie theatre where viewers watched a film, becoming entangled as witnesses to a possible crime played out in the real world audience and on the screen. The artists won La Biennale di Venezia Special Award at Venice, presented to Canadian artists for the first time and the Benesse Prize, recognizing artists who break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit. Cardiff and Bures Miller have had exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford (2008), the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2008) Vancouver Art Gallery (2005), Luhring Augustine, New York (2004), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2003), Art Gallery of Ontario (2002), National Gallery of Canada (2002) and Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario (2000).
More at:

Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge (Toronto, ON)
“Multiple Exposures” (project detail)
digital photographs

detail from Conde & Beveridge’s “Multiple Exposures” (2011), image courtesy of the artists

Multiple Exposures depicts the same location photographed over a 600-year period. Starting with a pre-colonial old growth forest, the eight images portray the fur trade (the near extinction of the beaver), an early sawmill (the clearing of forests), a19th century textile mill (the use of fossil fuels, in this case coal), a 1960s chemical plant (modern industrial pollution), a closed plant in the 1980s (the shift of industrial production from the minority to the majority world thus globalizing environmental impacts as well as the pollution resulting from increased transportation), a 21st century mall (consumer waste and the economy of debt) and finally an office tower (financialization and global warming).

For more than 30 years, the Toronto art duo have immersed themselves in the everyday issues and conditions of organized labour and community movements across the country. From health care to free trade to anti-globalization protests, each project is rooted in long-term research and active collaboration with individuals at the ground level. The resulting photomontages are condensed narratives built on these real-life experiences. It’s also important to note that the works are carefully constructed with the language of mass communication in mind. As Condé and Beveridge write, “it is not only important to articulate the concerns and experience of working and community life … [the work] should also be able to stand up to the sophistication of corporate culture and take into account the complexities of cultural representation.” That’s a key consideration, and by adapting the visual strategies of marketing and advertising to their work, Condé and Beveridge deliver an engaged social message with undeniably deft precision. (Queen’s University, Kingston ON)
Older works
Newer work

Michele Goulette Tarailo (Windsor, ON)
“Ocean (Dream)”
colour photograph

Michele Tarailo’s “Ocean (Dream)” (2013)

BFA; University of Windsor, MFA Cranbrook Art Academy, Michigan, PHD; Art Education from Wayne State University, MI.
Acting Director, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor. From 2004 to 2008, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Art Education, University of Windsor; faculty member since 1990; Extension Curator from 1982 to 1985 and then Education Curator of the Art Gallery of Windsor, from 1985 to 1989. Michele Goulette Tarailo’s recent works feature photographic manipulations that represent nature in a dream-like, painterly manner.
More at micheletarailo.com and here

Scott Hocking (Detroit, MI)
“Garden of the Gods”
colour photograph
Courtesy of Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Scott Hocking’s “Garden of the Gods” (2011), image courtesy of the artist

Born in Detroit in 1975, Hocking has been surveying the postindustrial landscape of Detroit for more than a decade. Hocking’s installation in the Packard Plant, Garden of the Gods (2009-2011), is among his most remarked-upon works, and it is arguably one of the most significant. Situated in a section of an upper floor where the roof has collapsed, the piece uses columns still standing amidst the rubble as pedestals upon which are perched old TV consoles retrieved from elsewhere in the building. See at website
More at scotthocking.com and website

Spring Hurlbut (Toronto, ON)
colour video loop, 19:40
On loan from Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto

detail from Spring Hurlbut’s “Airborne” (2008), image courtesy of the artist

Spring Hurlbut was born in Toronto and continues to live and work there. She attended the Ontario College of Art from 1970 to 1973 and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1973-74. Her works have been exhibited internationally in group shows and in site-specific installations in non-conventional spaces like warehouses and commercial buildings. Since 1995 Hurlbut has extended her inquiries toward other sorts of cultural symbolism. Her indoor and outdoor installations using beds (white iron bedsteads, often in large quantity) evoke cultural practices surrounding sleep and death. Spring Hurlbut has an extensive history of exhibitions in Canada, the United States and France. She has also exhibited in Germany and Brazil. See website and more here

Barrie Jones (Vancouver, BC)
“House Sitting”
colour photograph mounted to cintra

BFA; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, MFA; York University, Toronto, Photography Instructor. Dept of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Previously taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.
Jones’s photographs for the show focus on the nature of relationships between clients and employees. Throughout his practice Jones has complicated common assumptions about the identity and role of the artist-photographer by insisting that his portraits are not authored constructions but the results of negotiations with his subjects. (website)
More at http://www.barriejones.ca/

Istvan Kantor AKA Monty Cantsin (Toronto, ON)
video loop 6:30 min
“King of Disaster”
video loop 8:50 min

detail fom Istvan Kantor’s AKA Monty Cantsin “King of Disaster” (2011)

“NO MORE DEAD BORING MUSEUM ART” is an extended Neoist “plunder narrative” commenting on Istvan Kantor’s (AKA Monty Cantsin) oppositionist art philosophy and anti-institutional approach to art production. Percussion by Trevor Tureski; audio mix by M C Maguire. Still photos by Edward Gajdel. Produced by IMPLANT Media for Videodrome, Toronto.

“King of Disaster”King of Disaster is part of a work-in-progress song- cycle “Songs of the AntiHero—The Lives and Crimes of Istvan Kantor”. Kantor produced this video during a residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, shortly after the volcanic eruption of Merapi mountain that destroyed most of the natural surroundings and living environments. Many people died, and thousands had to be relocated in refugee camps. Kantor’s performance as the eternal fugitive waving a red prayer-flag signaling disaster and danger is accompanied with a song that sums up the tragedy and his own artistic credo. Additional video footage was captured in Kantor’s kitchen, in Toronto. Music composition and musical arrangements by Kantor and Trevor Tureski

Hungarian born Canadian performance and video artist, industrial music and electropop singer, and founder of Neoism.
Kantor emigrated via Paris to Montreal and, in 1978 and organized a Mail Art show “The Brain in the Mail” and gathered a group of people, many of them teenagers or in their early 20s, under the moniker of Neoism. Soon afterwards, Neoism expanded into an international subcultural network that collectively used the Monty Cantsin identity. Recent work involves noise installations and performances with electrically modified file cabinets. He also founded the “Machine Sex Action Group” which realizes theatrical cyber-futuristic body performances in an S/M style. The human body in its relation to machines, explored both in its apocalyptic and subversive potentials remains a major theme of his work. His more controversial works involve vandalism and gore, painting large X’s in his own blood on the walls of modern art museums, and in doing so he has been banned from many of the world’s art galleries, a status he holds with pride. In 2004, he threw a vial of his own blood on a wall beside a sculpture of Michael Jackson by Paul McCarthy in the Hamburger, See here

Nestor Kruger (Toronto, ON)
silkscreen on burlap; seed grain

detail from Nestor Kruger’s “Untitled” (2012)
Nestor Kruger is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited painting, installations, and videos, in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. His work was recently included in a group exhibition at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto). He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Present Tense (Art Gallery of Ontario), and at Optica (Montreal). He has participated in group exhibitions at IASPIS (Stockholm), the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and MuHKA (Antwerp). He teaches Drawing and ‘Media Convergence’ at the University of Guelph. (see here and website)

Lisa Neighbour (Toronto, ON)
“Last Words – anonymous”
“Bite the Dust – Heads #11”
“Last Words – Hideyoshi”
mixed media

Lisa Neighbour’s “Last Words – anonymous”, “Bite the Dust – Heads #11”, and “Last Words – Hideyoshi” (2012)

Lisa Neighbour lives and works in Toronto. Her interests range from printmaking and mixed-media works to installation, sculpture, electricity, knots, and water dowsing. Neighbour actively exhibits with Persona Volare, a collective of Toronto-based installation and media artists. Recent exhibitions include the following: Dalgas Underground (1996) Copenhagen, Denmark; Rococo Tattoo (1997) The Power Plant in Toronto; Illuminations (2001) Saidye Bronfman Centre des Arts, Montreal; Home Show (2002) Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; Canadian Club (2005) Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; D-Lux (2006) Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto; hic (2006), Installations and Interventions at Hart House, Toronto; Night School, Hart House Nuit Blanche (2007), Toronto; Love/Hate (2007), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; I’m just going home like a shooting star (2008), Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto. (see here and lisaneighbour.com)

John Scott (Toronto, ON)
mixed media on paper
On loan from the Art Gallery of Windsor

John Scott’s “Untitled” (1995)

Born in Windsor, John Scott studied at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art, where he now devotes much of his time to teaching. He was awarded the Governor General’s Award for the Visual Arts in 2000. John Scott views himself as a political activist and blue-collar artist. His work combines counterculture aesthetics of the late 1970s and the 1980s with a sociological ideology that is wary of the consequences and human cost of a capitalist ethos and economy. Through drawings, installations and transformed objects, Scott presents an apocalyptic vision of a world ravaged by war and threatened by destruction. (see here )

Rhonda Weppler (San Francisco, CA / Toronto, ON) & Trevor Mahovsky (Vancouver, BC / Toronto, ON)
Tissue Box and Cup and Pill (pink),
Can (dented) & washer,
Brick & cup & coins, Boxes & speakers & brick”
2006-2007, wood, paint, resin

detail from Rhonda Weppler’s “Stacks; Tissue box and Cup and Pill (pink), Can (dented) & Washer, Brick & Cup & Coins, Boxes & Speakers & Brick” (2006-2007)

Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) are San Francisco- and Vancouver-based artists who have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. Exhibits include: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Musee d’art Contemporain (Montreal), Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum (Berlin), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Open Space (Victoria), Art Gallery of Windsor, Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery (Halifax), Cambridge Galleries, Kelowna Art Gallery, Wells College (Aurora, NY), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Darling Foundry (Montreal). Weppler’s work has also been exhibited at the Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena) and COCA (Seattle). Mahovsky’s work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art (New York), and he has written for catalogues and journals such as Artforum and Canadian Art.
More at http://www.rweppler.com/rwtm/

Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:30 PM at Artcite!
ART’S 1, 000, 050th BIRTHDAY
Reception for 30×30 pt1 and Artcite 30th Anniversary celebrations

Click Here for our Flickr photo set of the evening. 

Read the write-up of the festivities in The Lance.

For Artcite’s 30th year, our annual celebration of ART’s BIRTHDAY (1,000,050th !) was held in conjunction with our gala reception for 30X30/1, and our celebration of Artcite’s 30 years of service to community. The event, and the show were as always, free and open to the public.

This was a gala evening to celebrate this ambitious Invitational Group Show, toast Artcite’s 30 years of service to the community and partake in gentle revels to celebrate our annual ART’s BIRTHDAY – as this is the 1,000,050th year of Art and the 50th year such modern celebrations have been held internationally (per French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou who declared Art to be 1,000,000 years young on January 17, 1963).

The evening featured:

Performances by Allen Bukoff and Janice Putman,
Arturo Herrera and Alana Bartol, Josie Watson and Jeff Noonan, Gqaukl Kimmerly and Mark Buckner.

DJ’s Mark Buckner,
Martin “Zonk” Deck,
Matthew Hawtin,
Josh Henrich, Chris McNamara,
Stephen Pender and,
Patrick Petro.

30th anniversary greetings and testimonils and toasts from Artcite friends, alumni and supporters in attendance and sent, emailed and skyped in live.

And, our Art’s birthday tradition: A birthday cake for art; this year featuring a reproduction of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights” in yummy icing sugar and artificial colouring!

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



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: Facebook group to see what’s next!


(Mar. 8–Apr.20) “The Loss and Reclamation of Faith ” Mona Sharma (Montreal PQ)

Opening reception: Friday March 8, 2013, 7:30 PM

The show gets a small write-up in Real Detroit Magazine! See at

detail: “Bebe” Mona Sharma (2011)

Through her sculptural work, Mona Sharma confronts the human penchant for constant, unwavering, unquestioning faith, as companion, bulwark and guide through our lives.With soft and seemingly playful materials, the objects Sharma creates deal with trauma, destruction and disaster. Rather than dwelling on vast tragedies such as 9/11, we are often presented with “smaller” disasters, those that exist on a more personal scale. The murder of a family, the terrorist bombing of one passenger plane, the territorial disembarkment refusal of a boat-full of refugees, a dead bird, a grandmother’s funeral pyre.

Side by side with these human disasters we find meditations on natural disasters; the Earth breaking faith with our attempts to tame her, reminding us that we are far from being in control.

Click here to see the setup and reception for “The Loss and Reclamation of Faith ” by Mona Sharma

“I am a Montreal-based artist of Indian descent who works primarily in soft sculpture and graphic drawing, two mediums whose accessible exteriors lend well to subversive acts. As a Montrealer whose family emigrated from India in the early 80s, the duality of my cultural background has maintained as a crucial inspiration in my practice. Directly inspired by tensions induced by the diverse nature of my background, my goal through art has been to foster a more critical understanding of how we form as individuals and function as a society. I create narratives that reveal, mislead and build towards a golden moment when viewers realize their role in shaping, supporting or suppressing those around them.

The Loss and Reclamation of Faith deals with the precarious state of the Canadian identity. Through a variety of factors, including increased immigration and the advancement of communication technology, the lines that once etched out who we are have been washed away by a sea of questions regarding the value of nationalism and religion and the responsibilities of the global citizen. We live in a time when the magnitude of historical events can barely be established considering the amount of information, both relevant and frivolous, that is hurled at us every moment. In reflection, we often experience doubt over what can be included in our own histories. My goal with this series is to create an accessible and contemplative environment in which viewers can meditate on their role against an increasingly complex and volatile backdrop. I do this by constructing narratives based on news bulletins and historical facts which I felt were pertinent to all Canadians, as well as personal narratives which lend intimacy to the work. More specifically, I highlight scenarios that questioned popular assumptions about Canadian culture, like its openness towards multiculturalism or its supreme oneness with nature. Through hanging, wall and floor elements, it is my intent to create environments reminiscent of dreamscapes, where events decades in the past can coexist with those plucked from current headlines, where viewers can feel as though they have been given a kind of permission to engage with the events represented in a way that would otherwise be denied to them.”
— Mona Sharma


(Apr.16) 7:00 PM “SPRING 2013 Semi -Annual General Meeting “

SAGM spring 2013

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 (2-7 positions to be filled: the Artcite Board is comprised of between 9-14 members), and 2013-14 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 2013 marks the start of Artcite’s 31st 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 31st?). This is also your opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s goals for the next 31 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 gallery. Participate.

We look forward to hearing from you real SOON.


(Apr.26 – May.25) “MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2013” A Festival of International Workers’ Solidarity, Social Justice and Community Cultural Projects

Reception Friday May 3, 2013, 7:30 PM

mayday march

For MayWorks 2013, Windsor Ontario’s labour and arts communities join with other cities across Canada to present our fourth 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.

The MayWorks Windsor committee is now meeting regularly to plan activities and events. If you are interested in participating, visit the Facebook page

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.26 – May.25) “PRECARIAT” – A group exhibition for MayWorks Windsor 2013
Organized by the MayWorks Windsor 2013 Committee.

Reception Friday May 3, 2013, 7:30 PM

precariat frnt invite

“COLLECTIVE LATHER”, a video installation by Nadia Ionta (Montreal PQ)
“META-ETCETERA HOVERCRAFT 1.0”, a mixed media installation by Sasha Opeiko and Megan Press (Windsor ON)
“WORKSPACE”, a mixed media installation by Urban Fieldworkers aka: Teresa Carlesimo (Windsor, ON) and Michael DiRisio (Amherstburg ON)

For MayWorks 2013, Windsor Ontario’s labour and arts communities join with other cities across Canada to present our third annual MayWorks festival in Windsor, celebrating Labour, Arts and Community. 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.

2013 will mark our fourth 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.

For full, and most up-to-date listing of 2013 events visit our MayWorks section of our website.

In the tough economic climate of 2013, the reality of budget cuts, job insecurity and diminished employment rights has been captured in a new socioeconomic term: the precariat.

The precariat (a blend of precarious and proletariat) describes a social class of people whose lives are ‘precarious’ because their employment situation provides them with very little or no financial stability.
A related neologism, precarity, describes ‘a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare’. Precarity is most commonly associated with workers who compete for low-paid, short-term contract retail and service jobs.

Enver Villamizar gives the keynote speech for the Precariat/ MayWorks Windsor 2013 reception (9:06) Also at 

Our Flickr set of setup and reception for PRECARIAT

“COLLECTIVE LATHER”, a video installation by Nadia Ionta (Montreal PQ)

Collective Lather (2013) is Nadia Ionta’s latest from a series of performative works in India. The mixed media installation includes a video and tied bundles of clothing arranged on the floor. The video documents the artist learning and engaging in a collective washing routine with local village men in India; the everyday reality of low wage workers. The early morning domestic activity of washing the clothing higher caste clients, as well as the clothing of their wives, children, neighbors, friends, and elderly mothers and fathers is a laborious repetitive task. The artist’s presence in the daily work takes the position of a worker-helper without stipend.

detail from “collective lather” (2013)

The tied bundles are the cast-off clothes and other fabrics of the unknown. They reinforce the endless domestic work and as an art object the bundles become symbolic of the body in daily life; of sleeping, childbearing, suffering, and dying – the “second skin” of the adults and children they once belonged to. The installation reveals itself as a compassionate homage to communal and domestic work, which is a central element of everyday life whereby the secular (low wage worker) and the spiritual self (humanness) are inseparable.

Nadia Ionta’s artistic practice draws from cultural rituals and spiritual quests that are fundamental to the human condition even as they face the pressures of significant global change. She creates the interconnectedness between her body and psychological world to materialize everyday gestures through the lens of performative work. The durational, solitary, and collective performances in her recent works transform into a poetic language that blurs the boundaries between the notion of faith and self-creation; between the transcendental and psychological; between life and visual. These recent projects form a new and significant meaning to a wider Western audience while addressing the question of how we may come to re-vitalize and restore humanism and the spiritual self. Nadia Ionta holds a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada).

“META-ETCETERA HOVERCRAFT 1.0”, a mixed media installation by Sasha Opeiko and Megan Press (Windsor ON)

Meta-Etcetera Hovercraft 1.0 is a makeshift collaborative project between Sasha Opeiko and Megan Press. It is a precariously built mobile construction, made entirely from found, repurposed, manufactured objects. The title is suggestive of mid-change (Meta-), excess and continuity (Etcetera), and the condition of being ungrounded in space by mechanical means (Hovercraft). The project explores how the consumerist production of things defines materials as temporary and disposable, implying that the labour-time invested in making is likewise provisional and transitory.

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detail from “Meta-Etcetera Hovercraft 1.0”

Meta-Etcetera Hovercraft 1.0 is a makeshift collaborative project between emerging Windsor artists Sasha Opeiko and Megan Press. A mobile construction/ bricolage, made entirely from found, repurposed, manufactured objects, the title is suggestive of mid-change (Meta-), excess and continuity (Etcetera), and the condition of being “ungrounded in space” by mechanical means (Hovercraft). The project explores how the consumerist production of things defines materials as temporary and disposable, implying that the labour-time invested in making is likewise provisional and transitory.

The structure consists of materials from a variety of sources: cheap household products, packaging, portable furniture, fencing that is erected temporarily around construction sites, unwanted stuff left on the side of the road, short-lived holiday ornaments, etcetera. The structure itself is temporary. After the exhibition, it will be disassembled back into modules, its identity again scattered in different directions and again redefined. The project alludes to the vulnerability of proletarian models of manufacture and how they can be easily hybridized into models of precarity. A hovercraft is associated with futuristic utopian ideals – more efficient mobility for more efficient societies, hybridization, control in defying gravity – but it is here paradoxically presented as a dystopian caricature that is clumsy and difficult to handle.

The piece is a metaphor for unsustainability, the massive autonomy of material culture, and the fears associated with this lack of control. The viewer is bodily confronted with the “atrocity of stuff”, and is invited to maneuver the Meta-Etcetera Hovercraft 1.0 in the gallery space.

Watch our time-lapse video of the making of the “Meta-Etcetera Hovercraft 1.0” (:45)

Windsor artist Sasha Opeiko holds an MFA in Visual arts from the University of Victoria (2012) and a BFA (Honours) in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor. Megan Press holds an MFA in Visual arts from the University of Victoria (2011) and a BFA (Honors with distinction, 2009) from the University of Western Ontario.

“WORKSPACE”, a mixed media installation by Urban Fieldworkers aka: Teresa Carlesimo (Windsor, ON) and Michael DiRisio (Amherstburg ON)

Installation detail: Workspace by Urban Fieldworkers

“Domestic labour, arts labour and the work that goes on in small, independent shops is often precarious and unrecognized. As a cause of the independent status of these forms of labour there are fewer opportunities for forming unions and collective action, and thus the precarity and invisibility tend to go unaddressed. This workspace attempts to illuminate certain aspects of these forms of labour. The worker appears to have just stepped out, with tools for sewing, canning and the repair of old electronics strewn throughout the work environment. Bringing to light these often overlooked tasks, we are interested in asking who is recognized within the labour movement, what work is considered “work” and how we can make visible this precarious labour. ”
— Teresa Carlesimo & Michael DiRisio, 2013

Watch our time-lapse video of the making of “Workspace” (1:04)

Teresa Carlesimo is currently an MFA Candidate at York University in Toronto. Working in sculpture-based installation, she explores contemporary social issues such as gentrification, urbanization and the built environment. She has exhibited across Canada and currently has work traveling with the International Sculpture Centre.

Michael DiRisio is a writer and visual artist. His writing has been published in Public Journal, Esse and C Magazine, and he has exhibited most recently at Artspeak Gallery in Windsor and Eyelevel Artist Run Centre in Halifax, with works in media ranging from drawing, video and installation to the more event based social practice. He is currently an MFA Candidate at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.

“Precariat” is open for viewing from Friday April 26, through May 25, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays or by appointment.

May 29, 2013 7:00 pm
“2+2”, Readings by poets Len Gasparini, Michael Mirolla, Lisa Pike & Karen Ouelette.

7 pm at Artcite Inc., 109 University W.

This is the LAST event in the MayWorks Windsor 2013 Calender – Congratulations to All
MayWorks Windsor participants and supporters!


Lisa Pike talks with CBC Windsor’ s Bob Steel about mayworks Windsor 2013, May 29, 2013 (8.55)

See pictures of the event on our Flickr set! 

Len Gasparini is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, five short-story collections, including The Snows of Yesteryear (Guernica, 2011), two children’s books, a work of non-fiction, and a one-act play. In 1990, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. In 2010, he won the NOW Open Poetry Stage event. Born and raised in Windsor, Ont., he now lives in Toronto. His book of poetry and lyrical prose, Mirror Image, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions.

Lisa Pike was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Re: Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation (Black Moss), ditch, the poetry that matters, CV2, The Writer’s Block, The New Quarterly, and Whisky Sour City. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Policeman’s Alley (Cranberry Tree Press, 2012). Her first novel, My Grandmother’s Pill, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She lives in Toronto, and is at work on a second novel. Born in Italy, and arriving in Canada at the age of five,

Michael Mirolla calls himself a Montreal–Toronto corridor writer (because he spends so much time travelling between the two cities). An accomplished novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, Michael Mirolla’s publications include: a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; two novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner) and The Facility, which features, among other things, a series of cloned Mussolinis; three short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated in Italian as La logica formale delle emozioni), Hothouse Loves & Other Tales and The Giulio Metaphysics III; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances – Distanze Interstellari, and The House on 14th Avenue. A new collection of short stories, Lessons In Relationship Dyads, is scheduled for publication in 2016 with Red Hen Press in the U.S. Mirolla is also Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at the nonprofit press Guernica Editions in Toronto.

The poetry of Windsor native Karen P. Ouellette is influenced by her work with the disabled and by years of ballet studies. As a member of The League of Canadian Poets and Literary Arts Windsor, Karen has read her poems at the Wayzgoose readings, on CBC Radio, and at various schools and other venues throughout Ontario and Michigan. Some of her poetry is published in Kaleidoscope, Windsor Review, Quills Magazine, The Saving Bannister (HM) 2008, 2010, The CV2 2 – Day Poetry Contest (H.M.) 2010, and by Black Moss Press, Leaf Press and Cranberry Tree Press. Karen is one of the “five poets” presented in A Thousand Yellow Leaves (Cranberry Tree Press, 2004) and Tongues of Whitewashed Stone (Cranberry Tree Press, 2008.) Her poem “Falling” is featured in The Globe & Mail BLOG “In Other Words” by Judith Fitzgerald (2010.)


(Jun. 7 – Aug. 3) “WAYS OF LIVING” by STEPHEN G.A. MUELLER (London ON)
Solo show, mixed media installation and live durational performance
Reception Friday June 7, 2013, 7:30 PM

“WAYS OF LIVING” serves as the anchor show for Artcite’s Summer Art Fest 2013

Click here to read the AKIMBO REVIEW

Ways of Living:

1. Starting Over
2. Still Believing

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detail: video still from Starting Over

Starting Over is a physical and digital record of a solitary durational performance that took place in Windsor, Ontario over an uninterrupted 55-hour, 16-minute and 39-second span of time (Friday, June 17, 2011 10:34:34 EDT – Sunday, June 19, 2011 17:51:13 EDT). During that period, Mueller manually extracted every beard hair from his face, one hair at a time, using a pair of surgical tweezers. Each hair was then placed directly into a specimen jar. Immediately following, two photographs were taken remotely: one of the front of his head and one of the back. The actual time length of the overall process determined the duration of the performance. The resulting sets of photographs were stitched together to produce time-lapse digital video loops, for projection onto two translucent suspended screens, eternally gazing at one another. The isopropanol-filled specimen jar stands between them, housed securely in a minimal white museum case.

Just as clothing and other quotidian objects become encrusted in memories of the places they’ve been worn, the events they’ve been a part of, or the people who have come into contact with them, human hair becomes a cemetery, filled with the living gravestones of our past relationships and experiences. However, unlike an old and tattered pair of shoes, which can be easily removed and placed on the top shelf of a dark closet for future reminiscence or disposal, hair stays with us. Dyed, cut, or shaven, the roots remain hidden beneath our skin, sheltered by their follicles. Therefore, it is only through their meticulous and complete removal that one may physically extricate oneself from the past and begin anew.

In Starting Over, the past and the future are forced to confront one another in an endless loop of self-dissection, with the seemingly futile belief that, through repetition of a cathartic act, fear and regret may prove themselves tangible and, thus, more easily defined, organized and conceivably overcome. Yet, in truth, it is the conception, execution and successful achievement of the formidable goal itself, which serves as an architect of self-confidence and, consequently, a suppressor of the greater, more encompassing unconscious terrors of perceived human failure and encroaching quiescence.

Click here to see our Flickr set of the opening night reception.

Still Believing is a live durational performance that will take place at Artcite Incorporated in Windsor, Ontario, from June 7, 2013 to August 3, 2013. The duration of the performance will be determined by Artcite’s current gallery operating hours (four days per week; five hours per day) and will thus be divided into equal time-lengths over thirty-four days, for approximately one hundred and seventy total hours.

A plain, rectangular white table will be placed in the center of one side of the gallery floor. Two matching chairs will stand at opposing ends of the table, facing one another. Balanced precariously on its side on one of the chairs, seemingly magically, will stand a well-used, medium-size dining table, upon which will likewise be perched its own four matching well-used wooden chairs, linked and stacked, one on top of the next. Shrouded in opaque white sheets, Mueller will sit motionless in the second chair for the duration of the exhibition—a ghostly, persistent presence in silent, focused dialogue with a displaced group of memory-laden objects from his familial past.

With Still Believing, Mueller endeavours not only to conjure and reconfigure, through appropriations of both form and metaphor, past artistic and pop cultural works, such as Marina Abramovic’s relational The Artist is Present (2010), the several incarnations of Abramovic and Ulay’s Nightsea Crossing (1981-87), Antonius Block’s futile chess match with Death in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957), and numerous examples of paranormal furniture-stacking and manipulation in films like Tobe Hooper’s classic, Poltergeist (1982), or the more recent Paranormal Activity franchise (2007-present), but through these reconfigurations, to poetically and poignantly confront his own personal, stubborn wraiths of longing, disappointment, failure and regret, inviting viewers to draw emotional and objective comparisons to their own lives and find purpose in desperate hopefulness.


A native of Windsor, Stephen George Alexander Mueller lives and works in London, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor (2004) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Calgary (2006). He is currently a project-based PhD student in Art and Visual Culture at The University of Western Ontario. His performance work has been exhibited across Canada, with upcoming exhibitions programmed for 2013-14 in Calgary, AB (UAS Satellite Gallery), St. John, NB (Third Space Gallery), Edmonton, AB (Latitude 53) and Victoria, BC (Open Space), among others. Website

Summer 2013 through 2015
Curated and organized by Dan (D3N!@L) Bombardier (Windsor ON)

Click to read The Windsor Star’s coverage of the project.
Click to read TheMetroPlex coverage.
…and more coverage from the Street Art press

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The test wall for the street art project – looks impressive!

F4AW (Free For All Walls) is a large-scale public mural project that will commence during the summer of 2013 in Windsor, Ontario.

Omen 514 / Denial – Free For All Walls Project. Also at

Click to see our Flickr set of Nychos painting! 

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s artist-run center and gallery for the contemporay arts will host a project curated and organized by local entrepenuer/artist Daniel (D3N!@L) Bombardier to feature, fifteen street-art murals that will be created in Windsor’s downtown core (and surrounding areas).

Dynamic murals will replace dull walls that were subject to vandalism (or ‘tagging’), neglect or disrepair. Works will be completed in high traffic, high visibility areas to be experienced by the largest audience possible. Each work will be geographically dependent, reflecting the individual site and a specific community. These works created by internationally recognized street-art muralists will serve as positive gestures to the community, bringing long lasting character, energy and beauty to the city, and placing Windsor on the forefront of the international street-art movement.

F4AW Lead Artists so far:

NYCHOS – Austria –  Tentative paint date: June 22, 2013
BASK – Florida, USA –  Tentative paint date: July 16, 2013 ( site: Alley North of Maiden Lane btw Pelissier and Ouelette)
SIZEO & GLOBE – Tentative paint date: July 11, 2013
Ben Frost – Australia –  Tentative paint date: August 1, 2013
XRAY – Montreal –  Tentative paint date: July 15, 2013
ELICSER – Toronto – Tentative paint date: August 15, 2013
DENIAL – Windsor/Detroit
HIGH5 – Toronto
ABOVE – USA –  Tentative paint date: October 15, 2013
OMEN – Montreal –  Tentative paint date: August 9, 2013
David Ross (PERSUE) & Nykolai Burke (NEKOES) – San Diego – Tentative paint date: October 1, 2013
NOSEGO – Philadelphia, USA
KWEST – Toronto ON
GAIA – Baltimore, MD/ Brooklyn, NY. USA
CZRRZR – Stone Park Il, USA
SPUD – New York USA
LABRONA – Montreal PQ

Newest roster of confirmed artists updates HERE

Call for participation – Yes, you can still be a part of F4AW!

Interested in being a part of this project? Great! Applications are open to everyone, but we’re specifically looking for artists with experience in alternative forms of public art. Applications are not limited to individuals, groups or collectives are encouraged.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate experience working on large scale, outdoor pieces.

VISIT: website for more information!

Presented by ARTCITE INC.; D3N!@L; I Was Here and Twentieth Century Design Co. with generous project support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


(July.19 – Aug.3) “ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST 2013”
Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor!

Listen to CBC’s Mike Evans talk about some of the things you can see at Artcite’s Summer Art Fest 2013

ARTCITE’S “SUMMER ART FEST” Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor!

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s only non-profit, artist-run centre for the Contemporary Arts, presents its 6th annual ARTCITE’S SUMMER ART FEST (previously Visual Fringe) featuring the works from Windsor-Essex, Detroit area and U.S. artists in downtown galleries, businesses and storefronts from July 19 – August 3, 2013.

Setup up for Summer Art Fest, our Flickr set can also be seen clicking here.

For the sixth year , Artcite will bring area artists to businesses and storefronts in Downtown Windsor. We take in the works and place them into Downtown Windsor businesses in preparation for opening day on Friday, July 19. Visitors were encouraged to drop by Artcite Inc, 109 University Ave West for a map/ brochure of events and participating venues, and keep their eyes peeled for works popping up in windows and on the walls of their favorite downtown businesses.

The following Saturday, July 27 the public was invited to assemble at Artcite for our FREE Summer Art Fest 2013 walking Tours at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. During the tours they can see all the works in Summer Art Fest and talk with participating Artists! Please note that our Children’s workshops were rescheduled for later in the month of August to coincide with the Downtown Windsor business Association’s Balloonapalooza.

Summer Art Fest Artists:

Donna Akrey, Christian Aldo, Ashleigh Arca, Bask, Jeff Bassett, Vaughn Bénéteau, Nicole Beno, Brianna Benore, Jackie Black, Daniel Bombardier aka D3N!@L, Lisa Bonnici, Marla Botterill, Dylan Brecka, Collette Broeders, Broken City Lab, Christine Burchnall, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Nicolas de Cosson, Adrian Deva, Mike DiFazio, Michael DiRisio, Marilyn Dolle, Terry Dolle, Vasilica Dumitriu, Susan Duxter, Murad Erzinclioglu, Fatima Fakih & April Morris, Shelley Faoro, Joan Farago, Rain Farooqi, Greg Fedall, Karen Ferencik, Larry Ferris, Ben Frost, Sean F’n Gammon, Stephen Gibb, Gilbert Gilbert, Bill Grant, Alma Hadzalic, G Hawk, Megan Heeres, Melise Hill, Nicole Hutchinson, Paul Jacobs, Aaron James, Ed Janzen, Vince Kalinowski, Qpaukl a. Kimmerly, Tamara l. Kimmerly, Neda Laketic, Tim Laskey, Blaine Lavigne, Brandon Lemire, Audio Lodge – Troy Ouellette & Kevin Curtis-Norcross, Liz Lojewski, Jessica Lukas, Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald, Matt Maenpaa, Sue Marentette, Conan Masterson, Greg Maxwell, Sergio Mazzotta, Karen McConnell, Vicki McKay, Les Menard, Mr., April Morris, Jim Mroczkowski, Stephen G.A. Mueller, Veronica Murawski, Victoria Murawski, Calum Noade, Mary-Jane Nohra, Nychos, Lindsey O’Neil, Tania Palcong, Water Petrichyn, Jon Pickell, John Pike, Brian Pitman, Allen Plant, Debbie Powell, Tim Power, Jude Quick, Anna Rencz, Rosina Riccardo, Tatjana Ristic, Korinne Robertson, Lynda Ruddock-Rousseau, Peter Samoray, John Sauve, Dennis Schwartzentruber, Nadia Silvestri, Donnita Simpson, Graeme Skelton, Jordan Smith, Cerah Steele, Adele Steinberg, Maicee Swift, Heather Teahan, Irina Teske, Shannon Thompson, Lindsay Whalen, Carol Anne Winters, Holly Wolter, Owen Eric Wood, Stellas Works, Alba Zagorcani

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Our Summer Art Fest 2013 BROCHURE page, listing the artists and their work’s locations.
click the image for your own printable pdf

Our Summer Art Fest 2013 MAP click the image for your own printable pdf

Participating Venues and supporters:

Artcite Inc
Artcite Free for All Walls project
Arts Council Windsor & Region – Artspeak gallery
One Ten Park: A Working Space
307 Ouellette Ave Satellite Gallery (Mikhail Holdings)
62 University Ave. W (Franco Funaro ex-fur shop)
The Book Mark /Silk Road Express
Broken City Lab Civic Space
Coffee Exchange
Common Ground

Frenchy’s Poutinery
Green Bean (Downtown, in the Windsor Star Complex)
Havanna Smoke Shop & Convenience Store
Lefty’s Underground
Milk Coffee Bar
Phog Lounge
rEvolutionary Gallery & Studio (kingsville)
Rogue’s Gallery & Comics
Squirrel Cage
Terra Cotta
Vibe Tattoo Studio
Villain’s Beastro
Visions of Canada Gallery
Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Old Printshop – 301 Pelissier)
Windsor Public Library (Main Branch)
Windsor Workers Action Centre


Our SAF 2013 off-site gallery at 307 Ouellette Ave, (next to Starbucks) is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays)

Summer Art Fest 2013 is proud to host the launch of the Windsor component of John Sauve’s michigan-based “Man In The City
public art project. Since 2008, Sauve has placed silhouettes and staues of his iconic orange anonymous suited man on rooftops and building around South Eastern Michigan, Detroit, New York City and now Windsor.

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John Sauve’s “Man In The City” metal silhouettes come to Windsor as part of Summer Art Fest 2013

See Also:
John Sauve’s project page on Facebook. More at and here.

Saturday, July 27: Summer Art Fest Walking Tours – Meet @ Artcite @ 1:00 & 4:00 pm sharp (Tour happens rain or shine-all welcome! a free event)

Click to see the Flickr set of our walking tours. 











Saturday afternoon, downtown Windsor at two locations, during Balloonapalooza

childrens workshops

ARTCITE’s FREE workshops for children will take place
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH between 12-5PM at 2 downtown Windsor locations:

109 University Ave, Windsor
4 workshops

Maiden Lane, Downtown Windsor
2 Workshops

LEARN …to make your own corn tortillas!
PAINT …your own polymer clay bookmark!
MAKE …a garden of flowers out of yarn!

Our Flickr set of the workshops, also available here: 

Scheduled Workshops:

NEDA LAKETIC: Handpainted Bookmarks 12:00-1:00PM Artcite
MATTHEW ROMAIN: Puppet Making 12:00-1:00PM Alley Art

SUZANNE KONYHA: DIY Butterflies & Birds 1:00-2:00PM Artcite
JOLIE INTHAVONG: Crochet flowers 1:00-2:00PM Alley Art

SUZANNE KONYHA: DIY Butterflies & Birds 1:00-2:00PM Artcite

ARTURO HERRERA: Tortilla Workshop 3:00-4:00PM Artcite

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(Sept.13 – Nov.16) “30X30 – ARTCITE 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW pt 2 ”
An invitational group show featuring works by emerging artists nominated by Artcite alumni and members.

A short clip of Artistic Coordinator Bernard Helling promoting the show and Nov1 performance, on CBC mornings, Nov 1, 2013

Featuring works by:

Daniel Bernyk (Windsor ON)
Broken City Lab (Windsor ON)
Michael Paul Britto (Bronx, NY, USA)
Katyuska Doleatto (Toronto ON)
Hans Gindlesberger (Blacksburg, VA, USA)
Arturo Herrera (Windsor ON)
Adriane Little (Kalamazoo MI, USA)
Ella Dawn McGeough (Toronto ON)
Susy Oliveira (Toronto ON)
David Poolman (Toronto ON)
Maayke Schurer (Ottawa ON)
Andrea Slavik / Alicia Chester (Windsor ON, Rochester, NY, USA)
Owen Eric Wood (Windsor ON)
Nicole June Wurstner (Buffalo NY, USA)
Jade Yumang (Vancouver BC, Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Our Flickr set of the 30×30 Part 2 reception.
Artcite Inc., Windsor’s non-profit, Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, celebrated its 30th year in the community with a world-class roster of Artcite alumni, featuring recent works from award-winning artists from Canada, the United States and Europe. Artcite pioneered the showing of cutting-edge performance, video, installation and public art in our region, and through our member-juried selection process, has led the way in bringing the newest and best of contemporary art to local and national attention.

Artcite Admininistrative Coordinator Christine Burchnall led the students of Académie Ste Cécile International School through the exhibits at our 30×30 part2 show, Nov 2, 2013. Also at our Flickr

Our anniversary group shows have been split into 2 extra big, extra long-running exhibitions. Part 1, highlighted the works of some of our favourite alumni through the years of our programming. In September, we present pt. 2 of the 30×30 project with new works by 15 emerging artists, nominated by the artists showing in 30×30 pt.1, and our board and programming committee.

Daniel Bernyk (Windsor ON)

Press  C-Print on Aluminum 23” x 26” (2013)

Press -Dan Bernyk

Physically and spatially compressed; indeterminate in scale, depth, focus – this enigma erodes while somehow (strangely) fusing with the surrounding inky, milky, blackened ‘ness’. Through its undulating surfaces and atmospheric haze, it appears to be located in some kind of ‘illusionistic’ space. Its essence, however, is found in its ability to situate itself within the weighty grasp of a very real (albeit abstract) contemplative and imaginative sculptural space. A parallel can be drawn between the image and the manner in which skin and ink ‘fuse’ together (how skin accepts the ink and vice versa) – simultaneously in and through the body.

Dan Bernyk is a sculptor from LaSalle, Ontario.  He completed a BFA at the University of Windsor, ON and earned his MFA at the University of Victoria, BC.  He has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Windsor and Artcite INC. (Windsor, ON), the Thames Art Gallery and the Woodstock Museum (ON), La Maison de la Culture de Gatineau (QU), Deluge Contemporary and Xchanges Gallery (Victoria, BC), as well as Fifth Third Bank (Grand Rapids, MI). Bernyk creates sculpture in order to facilitate a raw and wild exchange for the viewer – reminiscent of encountering a deer in the forest. In his work, he considers: presence / proximity, intuition / doubt, tension / materiality in relation to specific spaces.

Broken City Lab (Windsor ON)

Broken City Lab Campaigns, poster work, dimensions variable (2010-2013)

Detail from Broken City Lab Poster Campaigns

Broken City Lab is an artist-led interdisciplinary collective and non-profit organization working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, education, and creative practice leading towards civic change. Our projects, events, workshops, installations, and interventions offer an injection of disruptive creativity into a situation, surface, place, or community. These projects aim to connect various disciplines through research and social practice, generating works and interventionist tactics that adjust, critique, annotate, and re-imagine the cities that we encounter.

Much of our activity has been focused on Windsor, Ontario, a once-collapsing, now gradually stabilizing post-industrial city at the edge of Canada. We believe that Windsor provides an exemplary vantage point from which to consider the role of artists in challenged communities, but we have also worked on various interventions, installations, and other creative endeavors in cities across Canada. Our work has been created across media – from temporary interventions to large-scale community events and from gallery exhibitions to various workshops and publications – but we also often take on the role of organizing and facilitating the activity of other artists and creative practitioners through residencies, conferences, and writing projects. We aim to creatively respond to the issues we directly experience in a community, while also negotiating the ways in which other community members experience the same issues, differently. See more at website.

Michael Paul Britto (Bronx, NY, USA)

Verbal Assault, Digital Video, Single Channel, Running Time: 4:10 (2011)

Still from the video Verbal Assault

“Verbal” aggression has been determined to be more damaging than “Physical” aggression. There are many sources to blame for verbal aggression. These include human nature, ethics, victimization, abnormal psychology, and the mass media. In the video “Verbal Assault“ The roles of father and son are setup side by side to show how a son’s words, and level of aggression, can mirror that of his father’s. Even though the father seems to care for his son, the way he conveys his feelings is more detrimental than helpful. Through overlapping dialogue, you get a sense of the common fears society has placed on both the father and the son. For the viewer, processing the dialogue is as challenging as the father and sons relationship.

Much of my work is about being a person of color in America, and the misconceptions and assumptions that go along with that. My art allows me to make people more politically and culturally aware, by using the customary as metaphor. By manipulating popular culture, I can illicit a wide range of feelings causing the viewer to rethink many of mass media’s depictions of people of color. My goal is to use my art to give voice to marginalized communities and foster a better understanding in mainstream society.


Katyuska Doleatto (Toronto ON)

Decomposition series: quinacridone violet, chromium oxide green, naphthol red, cadmium yellow chromogenic prints, 19.5″ x 19.52″ (2009) .

Decomposition series – cadmium yellow
I was born in Torino and at the age of seventeen I moved to Rome, where I taught English and studied theatre for four years. It is within this Felliniesque setting that I was exposed to the nuances of theatricality and the process of storytelling. I have a compulsion to collect things that are chosen for their evocative properties. I use the constructed image to create narratives that oscillate between notions of the abject and the beautiful; between the real and the seemingly impossible. I am interested in the concepts of dualism and illusion, and I am intrigued by the idea of life as a by-product of decay. See more

Hans Gindlesberger (Blacksburg, VA, USA)

Selections from I’m in the Wrong Film series, archival inkjet prints, 40″x 22″ (2011-2012)

Untitled (monument)

I’m in the Wrong Film is a consideration of our troubled relationship to the places we belong. The title of the series is a colloquialism used to indicate a speaker’s disorientation in regard to physical surroundings that have taken on a disconcerting, fictitious quality. In this series of staged and performative photographs, the experience of individual dislocation the phrase describes is applied more broadly to articulate the collective loss of identity that permeates the rural and post-industrial landscape of America.

Hans Gindlesberger’s practice examines how contemporary society constructs and represents our concepts of place. His projects span photography, video, and installation and have been exhibited widely in exhibitions, festivals, and screenings, including; Galleri Image (Aarhus, Denmark), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Jen Bekman Projects (New York), Voies Off Photography Festival (Arles, France), and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Albuquerque), among many others. He is the recipient of national and international awards and grants, including a 2008 Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and is a 2011 recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fellowship. He earned his MFA in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Digital Imaging at the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts. See more

Arturo Herrera (Windsor ON)

Chile Picante; and food props, mixed media, dimensions variable (2013)

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detail: chilipicante series, Arturo Herrera, 2012-13

Hot Pepper
– In Latin-American culture there are various types of foods that symbolize sexual organs which that are considered to be enhancers for sexual activity; chile peppers being foremost amongst them. The Chile Picante, featured in the series of aliments props is a hybrid form in which the chile has been modified with a valve to regulate the intensity of heat. The spikes seen at the end of the pepper are the back end of the seeds steams that are inside of the pepper, as to demonstrate what happens if the intensity of the chile has been turned to a level where it is too hot.

Maizito-Gold – Corn Nut is a food prop that speaks of our high intake of corn, our insatiable appetite for corn based products, and the value of corn to our economy.

Semilla de Mango Chupada – Sucked Mango Seed is an oversized mango seed that looks at food portioning, the amount of food we eat in every meal, how our culture is being shaped by calories and how the food is presented succulently. Size does matter, and this mango seed has been sucked free from the mango flesh.

Arturo Herrera is an artist working with notions of identity, migration, and food. Herrera’s most recent project includes Daily Bread, with the participation of artist Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge to work along side migrant workers in Leamington, Ontario. A community art project in the Summer 2013. Arturo Herrera’s most recently performance titled: The Tortilla Workshop was presented at VideoFag in Kensington Market in Toronto and at Broken City Lab in Windsor. A piece that speaks of male roles and food as a binding form in society. Herrera’s work has been shown in festivals across North America; theSHOW.13 at the Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario 2013, at STRUTT in St Catharines 2012, at the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2012, CONTACT Photography 2011, Winnetka Chicago Modernism Show, 2005. Arturo Herrera was born in Honduras, Central America and he has lived in the United States and Canada, he currently lives in Windsor, Ontario. Herrera has received a BFA from the University of Windsor, 2012. And a Photography degree from the New York School of Photography in 2006.See more

Adriane Little (Kalamazoo MI, USA)

Resuscitation #5 and Resuscitation #14 LightJet photo print on plexiglas 24″ x 36″, (2011)

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Resuscitation #5

Resuscitation by definition is to revive or be revived from an unconsciousness or apparent death. This project is about re-marking the landscape in ways that are inescapable in the present, while drawing attention to the location of each billboard that I have isolated within each photograph. In this way, each site has been marked by the photograph as a public space of loss and mourning or a site of trauma. By photographing mainly where I live and then when I travel, eventually this will create a trail of mourning. During the process of collecting images for this project, I found that I have documented billboards that no longer exist. Call Home Mothers Dead is both literal and metaphor. The dandelion is used to carve an entry point into these experiences and for a symbol of persistence. Call Home Mothers Dead is an impetus for continual renewal and the reality that beauty can grow and exist with little attention. Call Home Mothers Dead searches for a relationship to the matrilineal ghost. It is a void that is simultaneously overfull and almost empty.

Adriane Little’s studio practice originates from an investigation of ritual and trauma through the presence and absence of the maternal body. Her artwork has exhibited widely in both exhibitions and video screenings. Her work has been widely exhibited and screened at numerous festivals including; Real Art Ways (Hartford CT), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo NY), Lost Coast Culture Machine (Ft Bragg CA), The Institute of Culture (Trbovlje Slovenia), Hammes Gallery at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame IN), Peak Gallery (Toronto ON), Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo NY), The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (Somerville MA), Dawson City International Film Festival (Yukon), Three Rivers Film Festival (Pittsburgh PA), Rockport Film and Video Festival (Rockport TX) and the Leeds International Film Festival (Leeds UK), among many others.  She is an Assistant Professor of Photography & Intermedia in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. More at website.

Ella Dawn McGeough (Toronto ON)

The Twins (Lefty), acrylic medium, glitter, spray paint, 96″ x 28″ (2013)

Detail from The Twins, Lefty

Existing somewhere between paint and sculpture, The Twins series have been caught mid pose—static and frozen in time—their physicality acts as a manifestation of their poeisis.

Ella Dawn McGeough (b. 1982, Vancouver, Canada) received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2013 and her BFA from the University of British Columbia in 2007. Nationally, her work has been exhibited in numerous art venues including G Gallery, Olga Korper Gallery, Xpace Cultural Centre, Richmond Art Gallery and Parker Branch. Internationally, she has exhibited in Finland and China. Along with artists Colin Miner and Liza Eurich she recently launched an online Contemporary Art journal entitled, Moire. McGeough currently lives and works in Toronto. See more

Susy Oliveira (Toronto ON)

The Girl and the Bear, chromira prints on archival card and foamcore, 108″ x 108″ x 22″ (2008)

Installation view: The Girl and the Bear

My sculptures are made to appear as a virtual models. Photographic prints are mapped onto a faceted under-structure producing an image/object similar to the low-resolution graphics of virtual reality. The faceted nature of this work appears to make use of computer rendering, like a 3-D model that has been covered in a “skin”. I am interested in our relationship with nature in a highly mediated world and examine our preoccupation with replacing nature with fabrications while delving into ideas of digital and technological reproduction. The Girl and the Bear attempts to question these notions through the examination of pleasure and the total acceptance of nature.

Susy Oliveira lives and works in Toronto. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; the Hole, New York; the Khyber, Halifax and PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg. She is the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. More at website.

David Poolman (Toronto ON)

Armour, Lost Wax Aluminum Casting, 12″ (2013)

Amour 2013

David Poolman depicts the generic–baseballs, cinder blocks, hot dogs, empty buckets and figures that one might see standing on a street corner waiting for a bus. Everything seems out of context, overlapping, bundled, and balanced precariously as if trying to maintain equilibrium. The tangled, odd circumstances combined with a certain familiarity incites intrigue, and it all seems to make sense for a while within that space. But, these intricate scenarios are frozen moments, emblematic of the uneasiness that forced intimacy brings, and situations where a step in any direction would prove fatal, upsetting the fine balance that they must maintain to simply exist.

David Poolman was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario. He is an MFA graduate from the University of Windsor, and a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Working in drawing, video, print media, and installation, Poolman has exhibited in art galleries and screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Poolman currently lives in Toronto and is a professor of Drawing at Sheridan Institute and Visual Arts Editor of The Rusty Toque. His video work is distributed through VTape and Ouat Media in Toronto. See more

Maayke Schurer (Ottawa ON)

Crow Beach (2010) and Ducks Marsh (2009) digital video

Still from the video Crow Beach

I spend my time experimenting to create real-time magic realism. Nothing is digitally created or altered. All works are hand-made in miniature with various techniques ranging from filming under water to the use of reflection. The primary motivation behind this approach is two-fold. First: a deep concern for the environment and a belief that our impact will not truly change without genuine heartfelt appreciation, as opposed to feelings of guilt and blame. Second: A theory that viewers afford greater value to that which has been preprocessed by another human being than truth alone. Hence, while the works are firmly rooted in the here and now, scenes are constructed from memory and the imagination. In this way, these works are highly dramatized nature documentaries.

Maayke Schurer holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, as well as a BSc (hons) in Biology and a BFA (hons) Fine Art from Queen’s University, Kingston, On, Canada


Andrea Slavik / Alicia Chester (Windsor ON, Rochester, NY, USA)

Pryings, from the Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank Series, digital video (2012)

Slavik Chester
Still from the video Pryings

Vito Acconci’s canonical early video work engages hierarchical power struggles, sexuality, violence, control, and resistance. Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank is a collaborative project by Alicia Chester and Andrea Slavik to remake every video by Vito Acconci in the collection of the Video Data Bank, but with women and an HDSLR camera. These seem to be simple enough parameters to explore the intersections of performance and video and to ask: what does it mean to change the gender dynamic and remake Acconci’s work forty years later? We are producing videos not with actors or people acting simply as standins for Acconci but with mostly female artists whose work resonates with the specific videos we match with them. Using Acconci’s original performances as scripts and working within the parameters we set, they are free to interpret Acconci’s performances as they wish. Some stray far from the original works, although the seeds remain recognizable. The results are collaborative performances created for video in which highly personal aspects of each person’s work and personality are tangibly present.

Andrea Slavik is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and co-founder of the Momentum Film and Video Collective. Her work seeks to deconstruct popular narrative practices and forms of representation active in our visual environment. Through juxtaposition, adaptation and appropriation of these visual texts and strategies, she hopes to bring to light intentional and unintended ideological structures at work in the visual culture of everyday late-capitalism in its most ubiquitous, often humorous forms.

Alicia Chester is an artist, writer, curator, educator, and PhD student in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She works in lensbased media and installation and is interested in building creative communities through collaboration. Her work has been exhibited in such venues as the Chicago Cultural Center; MDW Fair (Chicago, IL); the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI); Paragraph Gallery (Kansas City, MO); and the Koehnline Museum of Art (Des Plaines, IL). In 2012, she completed an ACRE artist residency in Wisconsin and co-curated Peripheral Views: States of America at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), where she held the Collections Research Fellowship (2011–2012). Alicia was a coeditor and contributing author for the anthology Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012) and is a staff writer for the online publication ArtSlant.

Andrea and Alicia met while completing their Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Owen Eric Wood (Windsor ON)

Mirror, digital video loop, (2013)

Still from the video Mirror

Using video rather than still photography, the artist makes a self-portrait that is constantly in flux. The super-imposed imagery created through a multi-stage projection process adds to the expression of the self as an ephemeral existence by facilitating a distortion of the original image content. Instead of recording the details of artist’s physical body or social identity, Mirror captures the essence of his being, thus questioning the value we place on our sense of permanence or certainly in terms of who we are.

Owen Eric Wood (b. Toronto, Canada) has established a signature style through his video portraits.  Challenging concepts of identity where individuals must constantly reinvent or appropriate their own image, the artist presents contemporary social issues in the context of personal narratives and existential themes. His award-winning videos have shown at more than 100 exhibitions and festivals in 30 countries. Wood holds a B.F.A. in studio art from Concordia University (Montreal), a B.A.A. in journalism from Ryerson University (Toronto), and an M.F.A. from the University of Windsor. See more

Nicole June Wurstner (Buffalo NY, USA)

Four untitled works from the Fragments series, Inkjet photo prints, 19″ x 24″ (2012)

untitled from the Fragments series

In my most recent work, I build on this interest in identity, while exploring the vulnerability of memory. It reflects upon romantic loss in which the memory of a lover degrades and alters with time. The title Fragments refers to a term used by Roland Barthes in his book A Lover’s Discourse to describe “fragments” or thought processes a lover speaks to oneself during the course of a relationship when alone.

To achieve this work I use a wet plate collodion process first introduced in the eighteen-fifties in which glass or metal plates are coated with collodion (a mixture of USP Collodion, Alcohol, Ether, Cadmium Bromide, Ammonium Bromide, and Ammonium Iodide) and made light sensitive with a bath of silver nitrate. The treated plates are loaded directly into an 8” x 10” format bellows camera, requiring exposures of around forty-five seconds in length. After the plates are exposed they are moved to the developer, all while they are still wet. Due to these long exposures I have begun using other people as the subjects of my work. The images are further manipulated by spraying the collodion onto the plate with assorted plant misters and spray perfume bottles, controlling lighting during the exposure, and developing the plates unevenly. The images that appear seem to emerge out of clusters of particles. The inconvenience, frustration, and uncertainty of this process injects a performative element into the work. The resulting images are scanned and blown up as large format digital prints that reveal nuances of the images that are not easily visible in the original plates.

These Fragments often appear nearly unrecognizable with a sense of incompleteness and deterioration, evoking the recollection of unattained desire. The figures seem transformed as if by emotional conflict and the passing of time. See more

Jade Yumang (Vancouver BC, Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Handmade poly-organza costume for performance at SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival 2013.
Supernova Drawings
, Twelve ink on Dura-Lar drawings, 12” x 9”, sketches for costume concept for SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival (2013)

Supernova Drawings #9

The drawings are possible designs for a performance, Shut Up and Smile, and the costume is the realized version of one of the drawings that was worn and performed specifically for the SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival 2013 in Rosslyn, VA. This work is a continuation of a series of smile performances that I started in 2011 in combination with a series, called Queer Monsters, where I create elaborate sculptures, costumes, or installations to frame and visually complicate queer folklore. For Supernova, I interacted with a video projection of my smile by nailing the costume that I was wearing into the projected drywall, eventually destroying the wall and detaching myself from the costume and the image. The smile represents this push on universality in mainstream queer politics and the endurance and the breaking down of the smile through performance is a form of critique. I employ laborious techniques as a way to exorcise form. Through exhaustive repetitions – in creating the costume, holding the smile, and nailing – I want to push the limits of the body and what I extend is a physical residue of queer form.

Jade Yumang focuses on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. His solo exhibitions include Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2009); Plank Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Fuchs Project, Brooklyn, NY (2013); The Kitchen, New York, NY (2012); and Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, NY (2012). Selected performances include SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival, Rosslyn, VA (2013); Art In Odd Places, New York, NY (2013); Ideas City, The New Museum, New York, NY (2013); Glasshouse, Brooklyn, NY (2012). He was awarded the Fire Island Artist Residency (2012); Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artists-In-Residence Program (2012), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship Fund (2012). Yumang received his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design with Departmental Honors in 2012 and BFA Honours in University of British Columbia as the top graduate in 2008. He was born in Quezon City, Philippines, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, immigrated to Vancouver, BC, Canada, and presently lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA. He is currently doing a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space and prepping for a solo and performance in 2014 at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY. See more


(Sept. 28) 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Rain date Sunday September 29, 2013
at the LaSalle Vollmer Culture and Recreation Center

Link for directions

Link to our Facebook page for Fahrenheit

Link to our main Artcite page

Link to Fahrenheit 2013 event page

We want YOUR pictures of the September 28, 2013 Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture. Bring in a disk with a good range of useable pictures from the event (sorry, a few “personal” pics or a flickr link is ineligible) and we will use them, credit you and give you a one-year complementary Artcite membership.

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Hot off the presses: Our Fahrenheit 2013 Flickr set. Contains many dupes, so bear with us as our staff adds more and edits it up right! Or browse it on Flickr 

Owen Wolter and Windsorite.ca have a great Flickr set of the burn! Also here

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s only non-profit, Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, and the LaSalle KinClub proudly present our:


10 big bold fire sculptures, chosen by our guest jury:
Zeke Moores and Rod Strickland, Professors of Sculpture, University of Windsor School for Arts & Creative Innovation (SACI)

Dennis Bolohan (Cookstown, ON) – “Fire Eater “

Steve Daigle & Matthew Romain (Windsor, ON) – “Sun Rise”

Steve Daigle – (Windsor, ON) – “Monarch”

Dave Hanna (Windsor, ON) – “Nuclear Roulette”

qpaukl a. kimmerly and rEvolution gallery (Kingsville, ON) – “Keyhole”/ “Lucky”

Neda Laketic (Windsor, ON) – “Windmill”

Susan Qu, Ruby Kingsbury, Leah Chang (Toronto, ON) – “Know Your Exits”

Nadia and Richard Trudel (Montreal, PQ) – “Second Sky”

David Yu (Toronto, ON) – “Burning of the Vanities – A Ritual Release”

Prof. Rod Strickland’s Sculpture Fundamentals Class, with student artists: Leticia Ahmadi, Briana Benore, Chantelle Bosmier, Jenara Bravo, Maria DiRisio, Hannah Gerrish, Chelsea Greenwell, Michael MacMaster, Amy Rae, Chloe Scarborough, Jennifer Ymana:

“Seraphim”, featuring musical performances by Erin Armstrong and Anthony Giglio, U of W School of Music (performing the aria from the opera Samson and Delilah, by Camille Saint-Saëns).

CTV Windsor News previews the Festival also at here

Read the Mediaplex preview article.

It’s the spectacular return to the Town of LaSallle’s Vollmer Recreation Center Parkland Amphitheatre for a grand evening of FIERY FAMILY FUN.

After a year off, and substantial Festival site improvements by the Town of LaSalle, we are BACK,, and in partnership with the LaSalle KinClub, atthe newly-landscaped Town of LaSalle’s Vollmer Complex Park Amphitheatre.

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SATURDAY, September 28, 2013, 6 – 9:30 pm
at the LaSalle Vollmer Culture and Recreation Center Park Amphitheatre
2121 Laurier Parkway, LaSalle (off Malden Rd.)

Fahrenheit 2013 Event details:
* 6 pm – Fahrenheit Fest site gates open
* 6 – 7:45 pm – 99.1 FM / Jump Kat Jump DJ Slim Gene spins fine Rockabilly tunes
– face painting & other kid fun activities
– hot food & beverage concessions available on Fest site (avail during entire event)
* 7:45 – 8:30 pm – pre-burn entertainment w/ firey feats of daring! A Fun, NEW show & performers this year!
* 8:30 – 9:30 pm BIG ART BURN of 12 specially-commissioned fire sculptures made on-site by Canadian artists!

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The 2013 Fahrenheit Festival is a joint fundraising project organized and presented by Artcite inc. and the LaSalle KinClub. Event proceeds benefit Artcite Inc. and the LaSalle KinClub’s charitable activities. Artcite Inc. Registered Charitable No. 12002 9517 RR 0001

It’s a family-friendly, truly “spectacular” spectacle–and Canada’s first Fire sculpting festival.

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What is Fire Sculpture?

“Fire sculpture” harnesses the primal power of fire as a creative, performative act. The beauty of this powerful art form 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 tempo, pace and burning pattern of the fire, so that the sculpture doesn’t resemble, or burn, like a bonfire. The public, night-time spectacle of the Fahrenheit “burn” is fleeting, kinetic and encompasses a singular moment that cannot be restaged.

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.

“What excites me about Fahrenheit is the challenge of working with primitive materials to make spectacular art that is just ‘here for the moment.’ It’s fascinating to just let the elements work with the materials, and see the expected and unexpected things that happen in each sculpture.”
— Ed Janzen, 2008 Fahrenheit Festival participating artist.

Since 2008, this popular, public fundraising event has been held on open parklands at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Centre in the Town of LaSalle, Ontario (a bedroom community 10 minutes from Windsor and Detroit, MI), and has attracted enthusiastic, all-ages audiences of 2200+ from across Southeastern Ontario and Michigan.

In 2002 Artcite hosted the inaugural “Fahrenheit”. Our 2011 festival was attended by over 1800 guests, even after the threat of a rain-out!. 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 the Vollmer Culture & Recreation Complex.

For 2013, Fahrenheit returned after a hiatus to a significantly improved outdoor venue at the Vollmer Complex’s Ampitheatre, where a crowd of over 2,000 enjoyed an evening of family fun, culminating in the lighting of the fire sculptures..

The FAHRENHEIT FESTIVAL OF FIRE SCULPTURE is presented in co-operation with the LaSalle Kin Club and Control.Burn Collective; a group of artists interested in employing fire in the creation of ephemeral works of art, and is co-sponsored by the Town of LaSalle Culture & Recreation Department. 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.

Video clips of the 2013 burn, posted on Youtube by Penguin Man.

A series of short clips by Youtube member Ihaveteeth:

Burning Stars see here

Spinning Fire see here

Windmill Burning see here

‘Art in Public Spaces’ Class Burn see here

Burning Seraphim Burn and Collapse see here

Burning Wind/water mill see here

Visit website for a history of the Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture.

See our 2011 Archive here

Visit Flickr to see pictures from our 2009 Festival.

See highlights of the 2008 Fahrenheit Festival on Youtube

Images from our 2009 Fahrenheit Festival on Flickr – account can
also be viewed HERE

See highlights of the 2009 Fahrenheit Festival on Youtube
Past Fahrenheit Festivals on our web pages:




http://www.artcite.ca/history/2006.html#fahrenheit2006 and http://www.artcite.ca/fahrenheit/2006/index.html


http://www.artcite.ca/history/2004.html#fahrenheit2004 and http://www.artcite.ca/fahrenheit/2004/index.html



Artists wishing to propose a work for inclusion in our next event should address correspondance through Artcite to the Control.Burn Collective – a semi-autonomous subcommittee of Artcite’s programming committee.


(Nov.1) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm “LINGUISTICA”An evening of language-based performance

Featuring performance pieces by Collette Broeders, Karl Jirgens & Theatre Arachnid.
Co-moderated by Susan Gold Smith and Karl Jirgens, presented as part of BookFest Windsor 2013


An evening of language-based performance with introductory talk by Susan Gold Smith on book arts, text-images and intermedia. Featuring performance pieces by Collette Broeders, Karl Jirgens & Theatre Arachnid. Co-moderated by Susan Gold Smith and Karl Jirgens.

Theatre Arachnid includes: Karl Jirgens; Hanan Hazime; Lydia Friesen; Shawna Partridge; Cindy Chen; Brittni Carey; Aaron Daigle and Nicholas Jirgens

Our Flickr set of the evening, also at:


(Nov. 12) 7:00 pm (sharp!)
Artcite’s Fall 2013 Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting @ Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. W., Windsor, ON

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 (4-9 positions to be filled: the Artcite Board is comprised of between 9–14 members), and 2013–14 committees (programming, installation, Org Development, 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 (did you know that May 2014 marks Artcite’s 32nd Anniversary?!?).

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 35th?!?). This is also your opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s goals for the next 3 decades!

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 look forward to hearing from you real son. Visit us: 109 University Ave. W. Windsor


Gala opening for artists, guests and patrons: Friday, November 29, 7:00 pm

November 14 – Nov 23 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.


The air is brisk, the leaves are turning colour which means one thing– it’s time to get your DOIN’ THE LOUVRE art-making hats on! Very little time remains before the DTL entry deadline on Saturday November 23, 2013!!!! We therefore cordially invite YOU to participate in Artcite’s

Artcite’s 32nd annual
Holiday FUN(d)raising(R)(TM) exhibition runs
November 29 – December 24, 2013

Gala Reception Friday November 29, 7:00 pm

November 14 – Nov 23 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Please note that DTL entries will be accepted from
November 14 – Nov 23 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

…so get your work in EARLY,
Our walls fill up fast!
(But not TOO EARLY.. we have a nice big show in the gallery, space is at a premium, and we need to get the inventory control forms ready, so nothing please, until November 14!)

Open to Windsor and Detroit/ South Eastern Michigan area artists (if you live outside of the area, but want to be part of DTL, please call–we would love to be able to include works by our out-of-town members and friends!)

DTL is open and free to all up-to-date Artcite members, so we know you will want to renew your memberships. If you really don’t want to be a member, you can simply pay the $15 admin fee (per you, not per work), which helps cover the inventory control costs. But since the student/ unemployed/ retired membership is $20 and the regular membership is $25, why not splurge!

All art must be priced at $99.99 or LESS, and less sells better.

For this special event, Artcite takes a %30 commission on the sale price.

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”, pottery, accessories, xmas ornaments, etc.) will be exhibited to a limit of 10 items per artist.

A maximum of 10 works per artist will be accepted.

We are also looking for a few (max 5) select, high value ($500 – $5,000) donated art works
for our annual RAFFLE WALL. We take these as donations and provide a tax receipt. See further down, after the volunteer call section.

Combined dimensions of each work should not exceed 24 “+ 24 ” (or 48″ running, two sides -eg: one side at 14″, the other side at 34″ works too.). If you really want bigger, you must pre-clear the work with us, and it will be mounted very high on the gallery walls.

3-D works must fit within a 24″ cube.

PLEASE RESPECT the size restrictions!!!!

With over 1000 items last year, hanging space was mighty tight!!

MULTIPLES: 10 identical and identically priced works can count as ONE work.
This works best for very low-priced works, e.g. xmas cards, CD’d, pins, etc.
Be advised that only ONE of these might be displayed at a time. However, a group of items, (say tshirts for example) with different designs and prices count as separate items.

Looks different and/ or has a different price = separate item.
Looks the same, has the same price = multiple item
, counts as one entry.

SMALL JEWELRY: Please affix small items of jewelry to a display panel where possible.
Black velvet over foam board, in a frame works well. Sew or clip the works securely.
A moderately sized display case is always appreciated.

2-D artworks do not have to be framed, but they MUST be ready for hanging.

(Hint: “less” usually equals more likely sales = MORE $$$ for you–and for Artcite!!)

For this special fundraising event only, Artcite’s commission is 30% for artworks sold.

All entries must be clearly identified with
* artist’s name, title, and medium.
We have a handy label form you can download, print, fill out and affix to your work HERE SOON!


TO SAVE TIME when you drop-off your work, you can download our handy

Works accepted will be insured by Artcite during the exhibition ONLY.
Due to restrictions of storage space, Artcite cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to unsold works not picked up by Friday, Dec 31, 2010.

Ultra Secret DTL Insider Tips!

The following are all based on common sense and a bit of empathy: Would you be happy to buy the work, give it as a gift, or receive it, is a good guide. Beyond that, can it easily be hung with other works, and is it suitable for a holiday show and sale? What follows are warnings about things that have not been so well thought out from past years.

10 nice unframed prints in clear plastic sleeves or solid inexpensive frames for 24.99 each might do better than one of the same print in a $50 frame form Michael’s, which you have to sell for $99, to get your $69 back.

Please ensure that works do not have “old” price tags on them, especially if the price is different than what you are listing it for in our sale. Same with inventory numbers. Check your work!

Please ensure your work and your framing is well-made. This means if you’re using used/ thrift store frames, make sure that they will not fall apart when hung. Hot glue is NOT RELIABLE. Don’t go there! Work that falls apart takes out other people’s work on the way down. This is not good. We will not be responsible for such works and might seek compensation from you for the work your work took out on the way down. Most likely, we will just refuse to accept it.

If you are using dollar store frames, please make sure that they are WIRED for hanging. This means hook eyes on each side of the back and wire between, that does NOT extend past the top of the frame when hung. No fishing line and duct tape please (yup, some folks tried it in previous years)

Small prints etc can be in a plastic sleeve or wrap, backed on card stock and we will use binder clips to hang them. We have plenty of binder clips.

Please note that we CANNOT easily hang dollar store portrait frames with the fold-out leg in back. (those ‘family photo’ frames that you prop up on your table, mantle piece, etc.) In many cases, we have to try to remove the cardboard ‘props’ from the back of these portrait frames and try to keep the metal/ plastic edges from falling apart. Chose your frames carefully. Test them before bringing them in.

Glass/ Plexi clip frames with teeny tiny holes on one clip at the top are not easy to hang. If the clip comes lose, down comes the piece. Run wire between the side clip and test it, please!

Work that threatens to fall apart and crash down on other folk’s works, and disappoints those who buy it and/or receive it as a gift should not be entered, and if it poses an obvious damage hazard, will be summarily rejected.

Similarly, poorly fixed chalk/ pastel and wet oil paint works (yup, has happened) will be rejected.

Your homework from Drawing / Litho class 101, torn off a 20″x30″newsprint pad and dropped off at Artcite is not really a great gift idea.

Please ensure that small work/ jewelry, etc is mounted securely (sewing works well) to a well-made, not too big and not too clunky display panel. We don’t want the work to walk out the door. Wall displays that take up too much room will be refused.

A large tangle of necklaces, different names, prices, materials etc is not one multiple entry, and will eat an hour of inventory entry time for our volunteers, while folks pile up behind you, waiting to get their work in.

Please note that due to the large number of entries, Artcite staff and volunteers will be the final arbiters of the acceptance and placement of artworks; we try to ensure that *everyone’s* work looks great in this HUGE group show!

As always, let common sense and empathy be your guide, and remember: our hanging crew LOVES easily hung art!

Questions? Please call or fax us at:
(519) 977-6564 or e-mail us at: info@artcite.ca

Hey!! Artcite members and friends! Are YOU available to help w/ DTL INSTALLATION or w/ holiday decorating (afternoon and evening shifts available)?

Have wacky, weirdo or vintage toys, books or Xmas decorations that you’d be willing to donate or lend (for a tax receipt)
for our always-fabulous Xmas window displays?

Give us a call!

We are also looking for a few (max 5) select, high value ($500 – $5,000) donated art works for our annual RAFFLE WALL. We prefer that the artist is the donor. We take these as donations and provide a tax receipt. Do you think you have something in your portfolio that would be suitable?Give us a call!

Please feel free to pass our DTL call on/ distribute to–any–and all–interested artists!


(Dec. 1)
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.

2013 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
Citizens Environment Alliance
Cranberry Tree Press
English Department, University of Windsor
Free 4 All Walls Mural Project
Literary Arts Windsor
Media City
Nobel Peace Project
SB Contemporary
School of Creative Arts and Innovation (School of Visual Arts)
One Fell Swoop Productions
one ten park : a working space
Rampike Magazine
U of W Visual Arts Student Society
Windsor Artists for Social Justice
Windsor Community Museum
Windsor Endowment for the Arts
Windsor Feminist Theatre
Windsor Pride
Windsor Printmakers Forum
Windsor Workers Action Center
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 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on December 1 at the Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, Ontario All are welcome!


(Nov. 29 – Dec. 24)
32nd ANNUAL DOIN’ THE LOUVRE Holiday FUN(d)raising®™ Exhibition
Gala opening for artists, guests and patrons: Friday, November 29, 7:00 pm

Show & sale runs from Friday November 29 – Tuesday December 24, 2013

Special Christmas shopping hours: Tues – Sat, 12:00 noon – 6 pm –

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Havn’t I seen her somewhere? The face is familiar…

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 members (and many non-members); as a rule, all work is priced under $99.99!

The show profiled by Murad Erzinclioglu Also at here

Our Flickr set of opening night at DTL 2012.

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s non-profit, Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, is pleased to present “Doin’ the Louvre”: Artcite’s 32nd 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! Shopping for unique X-mas items has never been so easy! Our biggest-ever DTL, in 2012, featured more than 1000+ artworks (!) by over 100 Windsor & Detroit area artists, and, as always, many pieces were created specifically for this special fundraising exhibit by Artcite artist-members old and new… This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Time-lapse video of our 2013 DTL setup and opening reception. How does one hang a show with so much art?
With plenty of help from our members, friends and volunteers! Thanks and congratulations to everyone!
Also at here.

Featuring works by:

Rashmi Dadwal & Family; Susan Gold; Jeff Bassett; Dan Bombardier; Mark Buckner; Jean Bull; Judy Chappus & Chappus-Sikich family ; Dan Deingler; Michelle Dobrin; David Hanna; Rene Helling-Laur; Gerry Kaiser; Greg Maxwell; Sergio Mazzotta; Tony Mosna; Sasha Opeiko; Anna Rencz; Veronica & Victoria Murawski; Victor Romao; Samantha Therrien; Wayne Tousignant; Theresa Tremblay; Carol Anne Winters; Holly Wolter; Lisa (Koski) Bonnici; Michelle Chappus; Joe and Paulette De Angelis; Jolanta De France; Judy DePassio; Michelle Emery; Dante Fanelli; Sheila Forde Geoff Hayes; Josie Hazen; Marty Hunt; Neda Laketic Soc; Blaine Lavigne; Lori Lorimer; Suzanne Marentette; Carole McNeely; Jim Mrockowski; Harmony Pillon; Chad Riley ; Alice Salem ; Adele Steinberg; Maryanne Van Watteghem; Sandi Wheaton; Elaine Woods; Maureen Serre; Roberta Sansolita; Stephen Drouin; Margaret Guillet; Jamie Baxter; Eric Naylor; Diane Laplante ; Juliana Schewe ; Martina Obersat; Vicki Mckay; Lizzie Love; Cole Fortier; Sofie Stoyshin; Nora Franko; Test dude N=New C=corect R=renew A=admin; Ashley Pekarski; Ed & Ruth Janzen; Megan Carol; Katya Kovalenko; Laurie Smith; Erika Duchene; Nadia Silvestri; Owen Eric Wood; Sanja Frkovic and Martin Stevens.

Can’t decide from all of the choices? Want something really special and expensive for that special someone? As in past years, we are also offering our gallery visitors the chance to win original artworks by distinguished Windsor artists! A $2 ticket may win you an artwork valued over $500! As always, the DTL raffle wall will be located on the back East wall.

This year’s raffle wall featured works by::

Joe Dengelis
Daniel Dingler
Jozie Hazen
Sandi Wheaton

And, as in previous years, our DTL holiday window display was presented to brighten your downtown shopping stroll.

HOW TO DO THE LOUVRE: All the art on the walls and shelves has tiny control numbers affixed at the bottom right hand corners. We have a good supply of “DTL Price Lists” by the door. Grab one, look up the number and see the artist, title and the price. Opening night might be too crowded to get a big work down from the walls, but a deposit will “red dot” it and reserve it for you to pick up soon after. See something you want that is already sold? Let us know and we’ll call the artist to see if they have more, or similar.

But wait, there’s more! As always we will be featuring our amazing vintage toy and assorted xmas doo-dads display in Artcite’s gallery windows, to brighten up the downtown street scene! This year’s decorators were Sasha Opeiko, Dennis Hunkler and Martin Stevens


See our FLICKR slide show of setup and Opening night Gala for DTL 2012!

Here is a spot from Tom Lucier’s DWBIA blog reporting on our 2010 sale:

Embedded video from Youtube courtesy of Tom Lucier/ DWBIA