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Unique art at The ARTS Project

Looking for a unique Christmas gift?

Start with local artists.

The ARTS Project is featuring some of the region’s most exciting and eclectic artists in a show titled “CRAFTED.”

“Crafted” features a wide range of handmade wares from 12 artists across London and area.

I dropped by the show and took a few shots to share with you.

Don’t miss my story about the vernissage with photos of the artists.

Jessie Gussack
Textile artist Jessie Gussack creates spectacular pillows and quilts.

Jessie’s appreciation of art was inspired by her parents, who were both artists. Jessie’s quilts have been sold worldwide, from New York City and the Dominican Republic to Vancouver, B.C. and California.

Jessie lives in London with her husband and two children.
jerseylovey.com

Jessie Gussack, The arts project, London on, crafted,

Angie Quick
Angie is an artist in residence at The ARTS Project, where she has had three solo shows. Born in Calgary, Angie moved to Ontario in 2007. In 2010, Angie studied glass at the Haliburton School of Arts, Fleming College.

Angie creates large oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, and painted vessels. A central subject in her art is religiosity and ecstasy.
angievquick.com

Angie quick, The arts project, London on, crafted

angie quick

Nic DeGroot
Nic likes to explore what the materials do naturally; when paint scumbles over a broken surface, how unmixed colours blend in the eye, or the way different viscosities of paint flow and scrape over gesso.

After ten years of full-time work as a graphic designer in Toronto’s fashion industry, Nic was seeking a change. He now lives with his partner Jen in Wortley Village, where he paints, performs and teaches.

Nic is an occasional instructor at “Possibilities in Paint,” where he works with promising artists with disabilities.
nicdegrootart.com

Nic  degroot, The arts project, London on, crafted

Nic  degroot, The arts project, London on, crafted

Sarah Legault
Sarah specializes in illustration, animation (stop-motion and 2D,) doll making, painting, as well as curating large multi-media shows.

Sarah’s short film “Dear Love” won the Best Animated Short award at the 2014 Toronto Indie Film Festival.

As well as directing films, Sarah has won 10 awards for her unique custom motorcycle paint work.
sarahlegault.com

Sarah Legault, The arts project, London on, crafted

Sarah Legault, The arts project, London on, crafted

Sarah Legault, The arts project, London on, crafted

Kristi Ann Holt
Kristi studied floral design at Seneca College and received the People’s Choice Award at Canada Blooms for her work “Framing Tulips.”

Kristi received her first puppets, Kermit and Grover, as Christmas gifts in her youth.

She cites Jim Henson as an inspiration, and like Henson’s early work, Kristi’s puppets project a simple innocence and joy.
anarkiti.com

Kristi ann holt, The arts project, London on, crafted

Kristi ann holt, The arts project, London on, crafted

Gabrielle Nowicki
Gabrielle was born in Enfield, UK, and raised in London, Ontario. She earned her BFA at Western University.

Her approach is decidedly low-tech, making things that are reminiscent of something you swear you might have seen many years ago.
At last year’s “CRAFTED” show, Gabrielle’s toys sold out within the first few days.
gabriellenowicki.com

Gabrielle Nowicki,  The arts project, London on, crafted

Gabrielle Nowicki,  The arts project, London on, crafted

Gabrielle Nowicki,  The arts project, London on, crafted

The ARTS Project is open Tuesday to Saturday, from noon until 5:00
203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario
519.642.2767

Now that you’ve read this much, don’t miss my story about the vernissage with photos of the artists.
By Keith Tomasek
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