Current Exhibit

EMERGING ARTIST’S EXHIBITIONS

Kerr Street Café aims to provide exceptional food and service to our esteemed guests. All of our products are locally sourced and aim to minimize our carbon footprint by utilizing biodegradable packaging, proper recycling, and composting. Additionally, Kerr Street Café would be honoured to host local artists to be exhibited on our wall spaces. We wish to provide a platform for artists in the Oakville (and surrounding) area to share their artwork in an accessible institution. We understand that as emerging artists, it can be difficult to obtain gallery exposure for your work to be seen and, preferably, bought. This is why Kerr Street Café is accepting free art submissions to be displayed within the Café and we will not be collecting any commission from your work. We believe that the artists should retain all of the profits.

The application for exhibiting can be found at the bottom of this page.

Curator: Colt Nicastro

CURRENT EXHIBIT

KERR STREET CAFE STAFF SHOW

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 Join us this month for a special group exhibition - an Emerging Artist Exhibit for the staff of Kerr Street Cafe. This mutlidiscplinary show covers a wide variety of art forms all created by the hands of the very people providing you with your dining experience today. Please take some time to read over each artists unique artist statement to gather a further understanding of their artistic practice as well as a means to get to know them better,

Artist Statements

 Tyler Kissack 

For the last ten years Kissack has been working within the culinary arts – two and a half of those years spent here within the café. Amidst his culinary practice, Kissack recently graduated from a one-year fine arts fundamentals program, initiating his fine art career. Paired with his love for medieval fantasy literature and entertain, Kissack began creating fantasy creatures through the means of a digital medium. His artwork provides him with another avenue of creative storytelling. Kissack is also currently taking commissions for those wishing to explore their fictional sides.  

@kickass_sketch

Sydney Charelson 

Charelson recently graduated from Sheridan College where her studies and exploration of acrylic, oil, and digital painting has begun. Charelson has taken a unique departure from the traditional and contemporary use of these paintings as she works entirely with her fingers. This technique of hers first began as a simple stress reliver through her college education but now is used as a means to break through any creative block Charelson is up against. The technique is not only freeing for Charelson but it allows her to provide more emotion to the medium by mixing with her hands rather than on a pallet.

@squidneysketches

Mari Vero

With a distinct illustrative style, Vero has started to encapsulate the feeling of childhood comforts. While thinking about the work Vero has created, a specific comfort came to mind for her:

‘That warmth and tenderness of waking up on a Saturday morning to simply eat breakfast and lay about.”

While looking over Vero’s work, one will note that the entire page is not illustrated. To this point, Vero is only depicting things that are important – similar to a memory. Specific moments that really matter in the memory are illustrated while the background filters into blank space. 

 @sewersoda

Andrea Monzon 

Monzon is a Mexican Canadian artist who uses her artwork to bring both her passion for art and food into one realm. From Spanish street painters to her family’s personal collection of art, Monzon was consistently immersed into a creative world while her desire to pursue the culinary arts also grew. In 2015, Monzon attended Culinary school while dabbing in the arts during her free time. After years of practice, her miniature watercolours were sought out by foodies and art lovers alike. Monzon continues to create these miniature watercolour paintings and is open for commissions.

 @andrea_monzoni

Debbie Woolley

For several years now Woolley has been relentlessly involved with woodworking. Starting with cheeseboards, Woolley has now started turning her walnut tree cookies into multipurposed vessels. Salt and Pepper Shakers, Candles, flower vases, or other circular based objects can find solitude within the hand carved vessels Woolley has crafted. 

With a variety of shapes and sizes, Woolley takes the precious time to sand her works from an 80 to 400 grit. After creating the right texture and number of sockets, she uses food safe oil for a final sealing coat.

If you’d like to contact Woolley for any additional works you can request her contact information from Café Management

Alex Flye 

Not only is Flye one of the participating artists in this exhibit but she is also the Co-Founder of Kerr Street Café and Flye Catering. Flye’s passion lies in the hospitality business, but in the past she could be found working on personal drawings of portraits, body gestures, or watercolors. 

With some education in Art History, coupled with the scenic nature of her short lived time spent in France, Flye was immersed in an art scene that kept her inspired and creative. Though the fine arts are not a part of Flye’s life now, she hopes to find the time again to revisit that part of her life. 

Sasha Darton 

With inspiration drawn from Yousuf Karsh and Diane Arbus, Darton has pursed his interest of photography by capturing a multitude of different scenes and experiences. Though his work does not reflect the same ideals as Karsh and Arbus, Darton uses their success and work as a means to stay inspired. He doesn’t try to mimic the work of another artist as he’d rather work to be different and unique. 

Colt Nicastro 

Not only the Curator of this exhibit, Nicastro is also a multidisciplinary artist himself with a focus in silkscreen print making. Out of This World is a vibrant study on the marvel and the sublime forms and energies that exist beyond the world we live in today. With this piece as the core of the series, Colt hopes to explore the various forms of life – whether they are in the stages too early or too late to sustain flora, fauna, or micro-bacteria habitats – that are consistently expanding the infinite bounds of the universe. 

@coltnicastro

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