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Three square feet of Swizzle Studio at Small Feats

Swizzle Studio is taking part in the Niagara Artists Centre’s annual fundraising art sale, Small Feats.

Christine has continued with the “Niagara Peninsula icons doing battle” theme she started at last year’s Small Feats with the Brock Monument battling a giant robot. TKO! Skylon vs. CN Tower shows the pugnacious Niagara Falls attraction pummeling its overgrown cousin.

TKO! Skylon vs. CN Tower, by Chrstine Cosby, fabric on panel, 12"x12"
TKO! Skylon vs. CN Tower, by Christine Cosby, fabric on panel, 12″x12″

I have painted a pair of taxidermy hedgehog-like animals on panel. These are based on photographs I took at old European zoological museums in 2009.

Museo di Zoologia, Bologna, by Rob Elliott, 12"x12", acrylic on panel
Museo di Zoologia, Bologna, by Rob Elliott, 12″x12″, acrylic on panel
Horniman Museum, London, by Rob Elliott, 12"x12", acrylic on panel
Horniman Museum, London, by Rob Elliott, 12″x12″, acrylic on panel

Small Feats features over 150 pieces, with the proceeds split between NAC and the artists. Much more than a regular exhibit, Small Feats is an exciting event with smartly-attired volunteers (myself included!) ringing in the sales and catering from St. Catharines’ dining institution The Office.

Every piece is $200, every piece is one square foot in size. Note that buying or upgrading your NAC membership will give you first crack at the art.

Preview the work here:

Small Feats
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St Catharines, ON
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Doors at 8 p.m.
Preview at 7:30 p.m. for NAC Members at the Supporter, Patron, and Champion levels.
$5 admission, refundable with art purchase.

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Taxidermy on panel

taxidermy in progress

This week, I’m finishing two pieces for Niagara Artists Centre’s annual fundraiser, Small Feats. Based on photos I took in dusty old museums in Europe, these paintings on panel will depict some of the strangest, scruffiest taxidermy you have ever seen.

Small Feats features over 150 works of art by members, all 12″x12″ and all $200.

Small Feats will be held Saturday 6 April 2013 at NAC, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Doors at 8pm
Preview at 7:30pm for NAC Supporters, Patrons, Benefactors and Champions (buy or upgrade your membership here)
$5 admission refundable with purchase of artwork

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Swizzle Studio at Small Feats

Christine Cosby (Swizzle Studio textile division) stitched this epic battle for the Niagara Artists Centre’s Small Feats fundraiser. Brock’em Sock’em 2012 depicts the Brock Monument (a Niagara landmark celebrating the War of 1812 general) battling a giant robot. The robot seems to be getting the upper hand, but as any historian knows, Brock’s laser beam eyes always won the day.

I contributed the gouache drawing below, The Thin Blue Chorus Line. The drawing picks up on the riot-as-spectacle theme I explored in my 2011 STRUTT costumes, Bright Riot.

Small Feats features 150 original works of art, all one foot square, all selling for $200. This Saturday (April 14), elegantly-dressed NAC volunteers will assist the crowds with their purchases. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a preview for supporting and sustaining members at 7:30 p.m.

Preview the show here:

NAC is located at 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario