2022 THEME CHALLENGE WINNERS
'Beauty in Niagara' is the 2022 Theme Challenge for the 35th Mother's Day weekend Pelham Art Festival and for Pelham Art Festival Online
Visitors to the 35th Pelham Art Festival were treated to artwork specially created for this year's Theme Challenge, 'Beauty in Niagara'.
As part of their collection, artists were invited to create one artwork to celebrate Beauty in Niagara representing a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region and visitors to the Festival voted for their favourite Theme Challenge artwork.
Theme Challenge Winner at the 35th Pelham Art Festival
Beauty in Niagara - Raccoon by artist Robert VandenDool
More than capturing a moment, Robert aims to tell the story of his subjects by translating images with acrylic paint.
"My focus is on the beauty of all animals, ultimately helping those most endangered. My process involves photographing subjects at their most revealing and using these as references to portray them from the inside out. Every painting poses its challenges, such as introducing new painting techniques, or the subjects themselves. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a painting can speak them".
Visitors to Pelham Art Festival Online are being treated to artwork specially created for this year's Theme Challenge, 'Beauty in Niagara' featured in a special Online Curated Collection.
As part of their collection, artists were invited to create one artwork to celebrate Beauty in Niagara representing a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region curated by art historian, Sonya Marie de Lazzer.
Theme Challenge Winner at the Online Festival
Beauty in Niagara – Of Time, Nests and Things That Grew by artist Francie McGlynn
In her art, Francie has been exploring what it means to be over seventy in a society that doesn't often value the voices of its elders nor admire the beauty of their faces.
"With what that means in mind, I constructed this assemblage of found-in-Niagara objects all of which are long past the time when they had a biological job to do in the Niagara ecosystem. And yet if we observe them and wonder at the intricacies in their construction we start to see and respect the beauty and wisdom in all stages of life".