Featured Artists

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Art In Uncertain Times

Many performances, show and gigs have been cancelled and artists of all mediums are faced with loss of creative momentum and connection to their colleagues and community. Here is what some local artists are doing at home these days. 

Ellie Duke

Twenty-one year-old Ellie Duke has not stopped painting since the start of Covid-19 and returning home after completing her first year at Sheridan College for Technical Production. “Having to physically distance as a result of Covid-19 has actually helped me and my creative process.  Since being home, I have found that I am a lot more resourceful when it comes to my artistic supplies.” For example, Ellie has started making cardboard “life size” cut outs of some of her favourite cartoon characters by repurposing cardboard and paint that has been laying around the house for years. “It’s really amazing because these cut outs have sold to a lot of my friends even before I have had the chance to list them for sale on my website...I can’t keep up!” 

A self-taught artist, Ellie is also a drummer. “I get a lot of inspiration from old movies, television shows and music. If I am not painting, I am drumming. So I have a very unique advantage where my music and art mesh together and can feed off of each other, creatively.” 

I just found that being home is an amazing opportunity for me and my growth as an artist and musician. These two outlets have helped me stay focused and have helped me to continue to pump out art daily.

Website: www.elliedukeart.com
Instagram: @elliedukedrums ”

QCT presents Teddy Bear Theatre

Rochelle Reynolds, M.A., B.F.A

Primarily known for her work as Founder and Artistic Director of Quarter Century Theatre (QCT), Rochelle has been channeling her efforts into film-based storytelling projects in response to self-isolation and social distancing. This has led to Teddy Bear Theatre; a series she is developing to provide educational entertainment for children. Teddy Bear Theatre is designed to teach children (and often adults as well) about the importance of friendship, kindness, compassion, and authenticity. What makes Teddy Bear Theatre Still from Teddy Bear Theatre videospecial is that while it is designed to teach children, it is also teaching Rochelle a brand new skill set. While she has been involved in film and television for many years as an actor and screenwriter, Rochelle has never before been a filmmaker, and this project provides practical, hands-on experience in film, photography, and post-production. With every episode, she is learning new techniques, encountering new challenges, and setting new benchmarks. To view Teddy Bear Theatre go to https://www.qctheatre.ca/virtual-offerings


framed watercolour by Sue A. MillerSue A. Miller

Like many other artists, Sue was preparing for an upcoming show when Covid-19 emergency measures were implemented. “With all that being stalled, I’ve been feeling quite directionless...like the rest of a lot of artists I imagine,” says Sue. As a result, she has been experimenting with “warm-up” paintings in acrylic ink on yupo paper, a recyclable, waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper. “The pieces are a reflection of feeling directionless, and the outcome is often chaotic and busy but the process is cathartic, it pushes me to focus and simplify the composition.” 



The Matthew and Richard Jazz Duo

The Matthew and Richard Jazz Duo

Matthew and Richard Notarfonzo are a father and son jazz duo who have been creating themed music videos at home as a way of continuing to share their music to the community during these challenging times.  View their tenor sax and jazz guitar musings:




Dean Hollin at the microphoneDean Hollin

Since September 2019, Dean Hollin has been offering a weekly broadcast called  "Radio Limelite - All Things Great American Songbook" “It’s a chance for me to share with you my personal collection of songs from the Great American Songbook as well as various tidbits of knowledge and storytelling behind the music.”  Dean is in the process of making available via his website, all of his past episodes. The show airs Saturday mornings from 8 to 9 am on Jewel 99.3 FM.