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august art crawl

This month’s art crawl is going to be another really good one!  The ladies from the Beehive Craft Collective are putting on their 2 day craft show in the old Friendship Gift Shop (118 James St. north).  They will have some fabulous vendors.  If you want to get a little taste of what will be at the craft fair you can checkout the Beehive Craft Collective blog and their spotlight features of the vendors & their products.

Here’s a tiny sample of some of the talented crafters that will be there.

cards by Katie Muth, Summer Craft Fair, James St. North


I have unknowingly bought many, many cards by printmaker Katie Muth.  I’ve bid happy wishes with Katie’s artwork for weddings, thank yous, births and birthdays, cards all of which I’ve purchased from Mixed Media. It’ll be great to stock up on some more artful greetings for all the upcoming nuptials I will be witnessing in the next few months.

rust jars fat quarter, Bespoke Uprising, summer craft fair, James St. north

Hand drawn images, & screen printed textiles by bespoken uprising

For more images go to bespoken uprising’s blog or for some shopping check out her etsy page.


bacon egg potery, by breand and butter pottery, summer craft fair, Hamiton, James St. North


Super cute pottery from Bread & Butter Pottery.


the lasso, textiles, scarf, scout & catalogue, summer craft fair, Hamilton, James St. norht


Soft and pretty textiles and garments from Scout & Catalogue.


In addition to all this wonderful summer craftiness, Steve will have his artwork in 2 galleries for the art crawl; Align at b contemporary and Zoo at Loose Canon.  At b contemporary, pieces by Steve Newberry like the one below, as well as, artwork by Stephanie Seagram and Nicole Collins, will be exhibited.

Steve Newberry artist, b contemporary art gallery, James St. North Art Crawl, Hamilton art gallery

landscapes -belleville artist Steve Newberry

For more pictures of the gorgeous artwork at  Zoo’s opening from July’s art crawl , check out Jacqui Oakley’s blog post.


*b contemporary, 226 James St. North, Hamilton

*Loose Canon, 150 James St. North, Hamilton



Tonight’s art crawl will feature a super cool exhibit called Zoo at Loose Canon Gallery.  I’m plugging this exhibit not only because Steve has work in this show, but also because there are some sickeningly talented artists that are part of the show too.

zoo art exhibit at Loose Canon Gallery, Hamilton James north art crawl, steve newberry, jacqui oakley, jamie lawson, dushan milic, kyle reed, jen hsieh, dan brandon

Loose Canon, James north art crawl, Hamilton galleries, zoo art show,

Jacqui and Jamie hanging the signage for Zoo at Loose Canon Gallery.

Jacqui Oakley and Jamie Lawson are the curators of this show, and are also unbelievably amazing artists, whose work will be exhibited in this show.

Here’s a little sample of some of their work.

Jonah & The Whale by artist Jamie Lawson, zoo, Hamilton, James north art crawl, Loose Canon gallery

Jonah & The Whale -Jamie Lawson

Image from:

Jacqui Oakley, illustrator

woodpecker illustration -Jacqui Oakley

Image from: This link will take  you Jacqui’s website, where she details some of her processes in doing this beautiful illustration (so much work to do behind the scenes!)


*Loose Canon Gallery, 150 James St. north, Hamilton


I went to visit Steve in Windsor, where he was doing a month long artist residency through the University of Windsor.  While visiting, I stayed in Steve’s short-term living accommodations in Sandwich Town (best name for a town ever!).  It is actually a part of the city of Windsor and  boasts some of the oldest buildings in the area.  Sandwich has some big ol’ beautiful houses, and they reminded me a little of what I would imagine grand manors in New Orleans to look like. The entire area of Sandwich Town had a whole different kind of feel to it that made me feel like I was a lot further away from home than just a 3 hour train ride.

Similar to Hamilton, Windsor’s is struggling through its own post-industrial era and as a result parts of the city have most definitely seen better days.  The downtown was pretty quiet and empty, except for an unexpected mid afternoon Sikh parade that had somehow beautifully integrated Scottish bagpipes with some traditional Sikh drumming.  An all together weird and unique experience of  Windsor’s downtown.

Steve Newberry, art, studio, Windsor

Steve’s art studio space in Windsor.  Great light, and so much room!

magnolia in full bloom, Windsor

Being the most southern area of Canada, spring was about two weeks ahead over in Windsor.  Trees were in full bloom.

Ambassador Bridge, Windsor to Detroit

Story goes that a second bridge was in the works to be built right next to the existing Ambassador Bridge to accommodate for the high traffic between Windsor and Detroit.  Houses along the area where the bridge was to be built were bought up, and then everything was put on hold.  The plans for the bridge have been stalled due to some controversial opposition and a law suit against the US and Canadian government from the owner of the Ambassador Bridge; 83 year old Manuel “Matty” Maroun (or as one of our cab drivers called him Matty “Moron”).  As a result the entire street for about 5-6 blocks, where the proposed bridge was to be built has all the houses boarded right up, lowering the property value of neighbouring houses and causing a bit of a fascinating yet eerie eye-sore.  How does this kind of thing happen?

abandoned house, Indian Road, Windsor

abandoned houses, Indian Road, Windsor

We decided to check out the Art Gallery of Windsor on one of the rainier days that I was visiting.  Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of their current exhibitions.  But regardless here a few photos of some of the spaces I was allowed to photograph.

Art Gallery of Windsor, contemporary art

Art Gallery of Windsor, paper cranes, origami

doors open hamilton

We did some informal Doors Open Hamilton wandering over the weekend.  The Art Gallery of Hamilton had their annual Spring Art Sale, which nicely coincided with doors open -free admission, and we got to check out a great new exhibit.  If you have the time I recommend stopping by the AGH to observe Diane Landry‘s installation Defibrillators -beautiful light, soft sounds, and mechanical operations.

Diane Landry -Flying School, AGH

Diane Landry -Flying School 2000, photo by Mike Lalich

Diane Landry, Defibrillators, AGH

Diane Landry, Defibrillators, photo by Mike Lalich


*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton

new works, by steve newberry

Steve had his art opening yesterday at The Print Studio on James St. North.  For his latest work he has silk screened images onto plywood.  Super cool.  The show will be on until May 7th.  And he’ll be doing another group show at Loose Canon in July.

It was a really good turn out for the opening and art crawl, the street was full, and there seemed to be a constant flow of people into the gallery.  I managed to sneak away for a few minutes to take a peak at the latest gallery to open up on James; b contemporary.  It was very shiny and new and still had the smell of wood varnish from their freshly refinished wood floors.  When I have a chance I will go by and take some photos and post them.

*The Print Studio, 173 James St. North, Hamilton

where the buffalo roam

A day trip to explore Buffalo was perfect for a grey spring Sunday.  Since moving to Hamilton we’d done a lot of  talk about wanting to visit the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and on one of those dull in between winter and spring days, when it’s too cold to be outside but spring enough that you want to be somewhere besides hibernating, a short drive across the border to Buffalo to check out some contemporary art did just the trick.



*Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY

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