Jo Kelly


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


Jo Kelly

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As a self-taught artist, Jo Kelly has worked her way into the art community as an acrylic and gouache painter. She circulates between abstract paintings, vibrant florals, and figurative pieces, narrowing down her wide array of subject matter into this current exhibit. Though they contrast in emotion, her two series both examine the myriad of life’s moments, stemming from the memories of early adolescent girls.

Swimwear Buddiesis a spirited series that displays one side of Kelly’s work: The innocent, the youthful, and the kind. These girls are carefree. They are in the early stages of their adolescent and haven’t been faced with much of the adult world. Kelly allows us to visit these playful, bright memories of these girls past, giving us a chance to revisit some of our own.

Kelly’s Underwater series takes parts of its predecessor, but displays a different side of one’s interaction within the deep water. Here, the girls are isolated from their friends, from their surroundings, but they still seem at ease. The reflections of luminous light and iridescent colours paints these girls to be angelic. There is a level of comfort being displayed here, a sense of peace. It’s as if Kelly is painting a moment of self-reflection, allowing us to reflect on ourselves.

Her paintings draw inspiration from the following photographers:





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