The City of Niagara Falls is proud to host the 9th annual Niagara Falls Night(s) of Art-Queen Street Edition! This year things will need to be a bit different, including the location. We are very excited to be partnering with the Queen Street BIA to bring art to the Queen Street Promenade (St Lawrence to Chrysler). The event will run for four days and features large scale street, window and video installations. Taking a hiatus from performances and vendors for 2020, just come and enjoy some amazing art on an urban streetscape while supporting local Queens Street businesses.
All the installations will be available to be seen starting on Thursday at 5pm and be there until Sunday at 9pm. One video installation will only be available from 6pm - 11pm each night.
Note for performance artists and artists/artisans looking to sell their work unfortunately due to the constraints of social distancing and the very different nature of this year’s event, we are unable to accept applications for performance artists and artists/artisans looking to sell their artwork.
Many of us, regardless of age, colour, creed, or class, have over the past few months had to reevaluate their perception of fun. Maybe finding new fun in old ways, or having fun with something new. This installation hopes to lend a new perspective of letters we've all experienced in two dimensions as graffiti throughout our visual domain. Taking letters off the wall or out of the screen opens up opportunities for a more interactive experience, in a less conventional way. It is our lighthearted contribution to alternative thought during a heavy time.
Justus Duntsch is an interdisciplinary artist producing and presenting various creative projects in and around the Niagara Region; individually as well as through his small cultural enterprise, Juice Willis Entertainment. @justuseoghainduntsch www.juicewillisentertainment.com
Enzo is an established artist mainly working between Niagara and Toronto, consistently producing visual excitement through his exploration of light, form, and colour. @juice_willis.ent
Niche makes up one half of the local duo, Niagara Murals. Solo and in collaboration, this soulmate team, Niche + Frenly, have carved out a significant place in the local mural scene over recent years. @niagaramural
This larger than life faucet uses colour, size, perceived motion and the illusion of depth to change the frequency of an every day object into something playful, interactive, fun and surprising when placed in an urban environment. The faucet serves as a reminder that the ordinary can be extraordinary with a tweak of frequency.
Originally from Mexico, Manuel Trujillo is a three-dimensional artist residing in Niagara Falls.
Passionate for detailed shapes and the use of colour, he is now flirting with the mechanics of movement. “I want to gift my sculptures with the illusion of being alive, creating a memorable interaction with the viewer.”
This recycled/eco art installation is a representation of nesting as a result of naturally seeking habitat and a place to call home in lieu of all-encompassing isolation and loneliness culminating in forms of hives. The hive shape is an ode to the importance of awareness for the diminishing bee population in all of Northern America due to climate change and the use of harmful pesticides. The idea of togetherness represents the strength of community here in Niagara and beyond. The plants signify the influence of bringing gardening and biodiversity into urban landscapes. The use of recycled materials and garbage collected from the shores of Lake Ontario is an attempt to use non-biodegradables in efforts to reuse and raise awareness of the ongoing pollution and destruction of Earth as well as opening the human experience and stream of consciousness to creative ways of innovation. This project comes with the opportunity for a multitude of perceptions through audience interactions and imagination, the conceptualization of what nesting means to me is just one version of interpretation.
Emma Lee Fleury is a multidisciplinary artist/musician from Niagara, Canada. Her artworks, installations, and musical collaborations have ventured through an array of venues and festivals in Niagara, historic venues of Toronto/The GTA, and West/Northwest of Canada. The concepts of her work revolve around perceptions of the earth, the universe and the abyss in reciprocal motion with energies that render one grounded, the environment, time in presence and in memory, passing through the human vessel in waves of love and mixed mediums. Her creations bloom and morph into recycled sculpture, earth art, set design/installation, paintings, music, sounds, words and more.
Strange Rhythms is a visual representation of a secretive habit I’ve carried on for years. Partially influenced by my background in theatre, making faces in the mirror has become a weekly ritual for me that is often brought on by various triggers such as procrastination, waking up in the morning, relieving stress, or just a pure impulse to be silly. These facial dance moves are part of my daily reminder to not take life or myself too seriously. Please enjoy my performance and feel free to laugh at my expense. If you’re feeling brave enough, I welcome you to take part in the dance.
Emily Andrews is a multi-media artist, actress, and musician from Niagara Falls, Ontario. She works in a variety of media, including oil painting, collage, installation art, and sculpture. A true surrealist at heart, her work is often inspired by science, nature, history, and her own strange dreams. To see more work by Emily Andrews, visit www.emilyandrews.ca
Each painted window area shows a different thing people might be drawn to in order to find colour or add colour to their surroundings, including fashion, nature, art materials, decorations, and even food. Like a bright sunset at the end of a dull routine day, colour enriches our lives in unexpected ways. The images are customized and fitted to each location within the greater design in consideration or collaboration with the other installation artists, creating an impactful, vibrant atmosphere. To emphasize chaos and explosion, I painted the effect of faux broken glass to create the feel of objects bursting right through the windows.
Melani Pyke paints custom temporary window installations for 50+ locations every year throughout Niagara and the GTA. she lives in Crystal Beach and is known for public wall and window murals, but has also been reaching people worldwide for over 25 years with her oil and acrylic paintings on canvas. Although recognized by international art curators and collected throughout North America, Europe and Asia, she continues to play an active role in the local community by leading art classes for all ages and painting live at events.
The Niagara Artists Company is putting on films in front of City Hall on the nights of September 17, 18 & 19. Check out the installations and then check out the cinema. A great night out. Bring a blank or chair. This is a ticketed event.
Thu 17 Sept
USA, 1930. DIrected by Victor Heerman. 97 min. 14A
Fri 18 Sept
DISAPPEARANCE ON CLIFTON HILL
Canada, 2019. Directed by Albert Shin. 100 min. 14A
Sat 19 Sept
BLOODY NOSE EMPTY POCKETS
USA, 2020. Directed by Bill Ross, Turner Ross. 99 min. NR
Check out the NAC website for tickets and more details.
Organized by the Queen Street BIA which is 8 artists on September 18th starting at 5pm as they create an original art piece on beautifully stunning pinewood lawn chairs. The 8 artists will then be going into an online competition where the picture of the chair with most engagement on social media will win a $150 cash prize! Come catch the live painting, enjoy some live music and relax in the brand new Queen St. Promenade! Please note that this event is FREE to attend and that all stage 3 protocols will be implemented.
4681 Queen Street
This 1250 sq feet gallery features art from some of Canada’s award winning, leading artists known locally, nationally & internationally.
Open Thursday & Friday 12 – 6pm and Saturday 11 – 5pm
4333 Queen Street
The Hub is Niagara’s newest contemporary art gallery, showcasing unique work by established and emerging Niagara artists and artisans. Our collection includes original paintings, glass, sculpture, jewelry, and more. It is constantly evolving with new and featured artists each month. All visitors are welcome, whether searching for that special piece of original artwork, or interested in seeing what local artists are creating today.
Featured artists, September, 2020
Thursday, Sept. 17 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 18 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 19 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Birgie and friends, Gift Shop, Gallery Studio
4343 Queen St., Niagara Falls, ON.
*Home of Albirg creations & *Birgie Original Paintings
*Reflections of Ontario cards & trivets
*Birgie Hand painted Acrylic Tiles * Niagara Match It Card Game
*Custom Orders-Looking Back Designs, Pet Portraits, Books
*Pressed Flower Art & Cards * Paper Weights.
*Large assortment of Greeting and Gift cards
*Creative Fun Art Window Demos * many other unique items
Open Daily Monday- Saturday 10 am -2 pm or by appointment
Private Workshops – by appointment only call 905-646-0230
Visit the Shop : Contact [email protected]
OPEN the 17th, 18th and 19th until 9pm.
4345 Queen Street
THIRD SPACE CAFÉ is a social enterprise, serving ethically-sourced and locally-produced coffee and tea-based beverages, food, and handmade goods & artwork. We prioritize social change and compassion above profits and strive to provide a community space that is welcoming for all.
4317 Queen Street
And don't forget Camp Cataract - is it a bar? Is it an art installation? Is it a store? It is a little bit of each and so much more.
Questions? Send us an email at [email protected]
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