When I’m not making art, I play accordion with a bunch of pals. The group is the most eclectic cover band you’ve ever heard, doing everything from bluegrass and murder ballads to sweet pop hits and forgotten new wave gems. Other “E” words to describe us include “energetic” and “enthusiastic”.
If you are in Toronto next Saturday, check out or band, the Sore Boozers, in front of Palmerston Market at 6 p.m. for 45 minutes of entertainment. The market is on the corner of Palmerston and Barton.
Our show is a small part of a great festival called Open Tuning. A do-it-yourself event, Open Tuning features 130 bands playing on porches, in parks, in garages and anywhere else you can think of.
For a full program, check out: https://opentuningfestival.wordpress.com/
Last month, fellow artist and friend Melanie MacDonald and I exhibited some large paintings in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at the Niagara Artists Centre.
The recently renovated exhibition space was treat to show at, with crisp white walls and a new lighting set up.
The paintings paired up nicely together, with lots of interplay between themes and colour palette. It also was the first time I’ve shown all three of my “1970s” paintings in one space.
Here are photos of the show (click to view large):
Rob Elliott & Melanie MacDonald
28 April – May 16 2017
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St.Paul Street
Uakari, acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″ Rob Elliott 2013
Hoolock, acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″ Rob Elliott 2013
The two remaining large Monkey Modern paintings will be sold at next weekend’s Small Feats fundraiser. Hoolock and White Uakari will sell for $800 each, with the proceeds being split between the Niagara Artists Centre and the artist.
Small Feats is NAC’s spring coming out party, an art sale like no other. Small Feats features over 150 pieces 12″x12″ artworks selling for $200 each. The proceeds are split between NAC and the artists. Art lovers stream through the doors and smartly-attired volunteers (myself and Christine included!) ring in the sales.
New to the event this year are Tiny Feats @ $100 (less than a square foot) and Big Feats @ $800 (way bigger than a square foot)!
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St Catharines, ON
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Doors at 8 p.m.
Preview at 7:40 p.m. for NAC Members at the Supporter, Patron, and Champion levels.