Hurry to catch Puppet-A-Go-Go

Puppet-A-Go-Go logo by Rob Elliott-Swizzle Studio

There’s still a couple of days to see the amazing Puppet-A-Go-Go inaugural show, featuring animal marionettes, a puppet version of the entire Friday The 13th slasher movies series, and a demolition derby puppet theatre you can drive yourself.

Puppet-A-Go-Go with marionettes by Clelia and Alexa. (Left to right) Christine Cosby, Clelia Scala, Alexa Fraser, Trisha Lavoie.

Puppet-A-Go-Go with marionettes by Clelia and Alexa. (Left to right) Christine Cosby, Clelia Scala, Alexa Fraser, Trisha Lavoie.

Crash Car Derby puppet show by Christine Cosby.

Crash Car Derby puppet show by Christine Cosby.

Friday The 13th puppet show. 10 minute video performance by Trisha Lavoie.

Friday The 13th puppet show. 10 minute video performance by Trisha Lavoie.

Of course, there’s also the Wall of 1000 Finger Puppets!

A portion of the Wall of 1000 Finger Puppets.

A portion of the Wall of 1000 Finger Puppets.

 

Puppet A Go Go Art Show dates: April 23 through May 6

Show location: Niagara Artists Centre – 354 St. Paul St., St. Catharines

Show features installations and pieces by Puppet-A-Go-Go artists:

Clelia Scala, Alexa Fraser, Christine Cosby, and Trisha Lavoie

Plus the wall of 1000 Finger Puppets from contributors far and wide

Niagara Artists Centre gallery hours
Wednesday to Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 12noon – 4pm
or often by chance
Phone 905 641 0331

Two disagreeable pigeons

Maud, 12"x12", acrylic on canvas, 2016. Rob Elliott

Maud, 12″x12″, acrylic on canvas, 2016. Rob Elliott

Claud, 12"x12", acrylic on canvas, 2016. Rob Elliott

Claud, 12″x12″, acrylic on canvas, 2016. Rob Elliott

I did these two pigeon paintings for this year’s Small Feats fundraiser for the Niagara Artists Centre. They are inspired by my favourite Patricia Highsmith short story, “Two Disagreeable Pigeons”. It’s a bit like a children’s story, but the beastly nature of the birds occassionally disrupts the reader from a whimsical the day in the life of the two avian Londoners.

“They lived in Trafalgar Square, two pigeons which for convenience shall be called Maud and Claud, though they didn’t give each other names. They were simply mates, for two of three years now, loyal in a way, though at the bottom of their little pigeon hearts they detested each other.”

Small Feats is at NAC  this Saturday, April 9 and features over 200 original paintings for sale at $200.

Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catherines, ON

Doors at 8PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM
More info: http://nac.org/what-have-you/small-feats-2016/

Finger puppet how-to sheets

What do kids love most? Sugar and power struggles. But you can try keeping them distracted with arts and crafts on this frigid Family Day long weekend.

The organizers at Puppet-A-Go-Go asked me to make them some handouts for the finger puppet workshops they are hosting. Here are six one pagers (in easy to download PDF format) for every age and skill level.

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