Venue:  Plate Glass Gallery / Niagara Artists Centre
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree

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An installation made of recycled mediums and organic matter in response to the current state of Planet Earth.

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An installation made of recycled mediums and organic matter in response to the current state of Planet Earth. Emma’s installation works are the explorations of methods that can be used within sustainable art making intended to push the boundaries of what can be done with “things” considered omitted, extending the life and use of human inventions with creative interventions that invite all energies to connect.

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Emma Lee Fleury is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from the Niagara Region. The concepts of her work revolve around perceptions of the earth, the sun, black holes – and beyond – the energies rendering us grounded, the environment, time in presence and in memory passing through in reactory waves of love, sound and recycled mixed-mediums. Her bands are Niagara’s Moonfox and GTA Collective Fat Moth.

VenueFestival Hub Stage
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, Ontario
PriceFree
Websitehttp://lukegillett.com/

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Projection and TV installation on the Festival Hub stage.

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Luke works in audio, video, code, still image and design manipulation for both digital and analogue.

He co-created the art based design firm The Brain Farm and has created or co-created numerous audio visual pieces including: the Trius winery ‘Tasting Stars’ experience, the barn mural at Ravine Winery, Niagara::Topography at Major’s Hill Park for Canada Day celebrations, projection for Essential Collective’s play The Valley, designed the stage and projections for Gallery Player’s show Elements, the Bridging Meaning project at Niagara Region’s head office, as well as, multiple years at In The Soil Arts Festival.

Lue has been playing more and more with media that reacts in real time to various inputs. He will be collaborating with the amazing Kristina Rolander to enhance her Festival Hub vision with audio reactive textures on a TV installation and in projections.

 

VenueMahtay Café
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of OriginToronto, ON
Price:  FREE

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A forest scape composed entirely from recycled clothing challenges viewers to reflect on wasteful habits.

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After learning that every North American discards an average of 81 lbs of textile goods every year Alex was surprised and inspired to make change. 81 Pounds gives visual representation to our wastefulness as a society. The alarming lack of transparency in the fashion industry makes it difficult to make conscious purchases. Alex’s goal is to encourage viewers to reflect on the entire lifecycle of their clothing and avoid fast fashion by seeking more sustainable alternatives.

Mahtay’s community room will be transformed entirely out of upcycled textile goods, graciously donation by our local Value Village. 81 Pounds gives new life to preloved clothing and homegoods, keeping them out of landfills.

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Alex Verkade (designer/creator) is a multidisciplinary artist from Grimsby. She is currently living in Toronto studying Fashion Techniques and Design at George Brown College. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Brock University, with a focus in Earth Sciences. Her work is fueled by the ethical issues in the fashion industry and hopes of a more sustainable future.

Venue:  Corner of St. Paul and Bond Streets
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree
Websitewww.amberleeart.com

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A video performance of the Artist spurting milk from her mouth, acting as a fountain.

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Amber Lee Williams is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in St. Catharines. Her work explores themes of identity, family relationships, birth, death, and chance. She searches for meaningful ways that different materials can work together in order to create work that is personal and relevant.

Currently she is engaged in an exploration of physical and emotional identities of motherhood, Hidden Mother Photographs, relationships within the family, etc. and this piece for In The Soil 2018 is an extension of a larger body of work. Last year, she created a photograph of herself that was inspired by Bruce Nauman’s 1967 conceptual piece; ‘Self-portrait as a Fountain’. In Nauman’s photograph he is spurting water from his mouth. Both Amber’s photograph and video performance are titled ‘Self-portrait as a Female Fountain”, and she uses milk instead of water.

Amber is currently in her 4th year of an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Past performances include ‘The Cloak of Cosmoss’, a large cloak made of moss and beeswax that she wore at ITS 2017, and the ‘Blind Contour Interactive Exhibit’ which was a part of RHIZOMES for ITS 2016. Amber’s other areas of art include analog, digital, and experimental photography, blind contour drawings, sculpture, assemblage, painting, and more.

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https://www.facebook.com/Amber-Lee-Williams-173802196016766/

VenueRise Above
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree

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Blue mixed media paintings that explore how life endures social and organic deterioration under capitalism.

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“Planned Obsolescence” is the closing feature of a four-month long, rotational exhibition at Rise Above, featuring paintings from the artists’ series “Blue Compositions”. Planned Obsolescence includes additional drawings and sculptural installations completed by the artist in the winter of 2018. Taylor has been working with painting and drawing mediums for several years and her work has been previously shown at local independent venues that foster the local art and music scene in downtown St. Catharines. The Exhibition is set to close at the end of the festival and all works are available for purchase on site.

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Taylor Telford is an emerging artist from the Niagara region, a first year visual art student, and graduate of Sociology at Brock University. Taylor is a local activist, presently working for the full protection of Thundering Waters Forest–484 acres of ecosystem rich with endangered species and Provincially Significant Wetlands here in Niagara.

Emma Fleury -Assistant
Rose McCormick – Assistant

 

VenueMahtay Café
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree
Websitewww.sheldonrooney.com

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Love for the region’s music scene and album cover art merges in these fake record tributes.

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Sheldon Rooney is a St. Catharines based visual artist. Working in the medium of hand crippling, sight destroying ink and pastel illustration alongside the carcinogen producing, carpel tunnel getting medium of woodburning. He has survived these fields through 15 years of solo and group shows. If his 2017 show Nuts II:A New Bag at the Niagara Artists Centre couldn’t kill him nothing will. His latest arthritic dance with the devil will be part of yes! The 2018 In the Soil festival! At Mahtay Cafe! His cramped claw of a right hand has pumped out 12 local favorite band dedications in fake album cover form!

This show saved my life!” -Steve Z, 2007
“Workin’ harder than the backbeat in Black Oak!” -Steve R, 2009
“Absolute masterpieces!” -Loralie B, 2010
“Boom!” -Natasha P, 2011
“Wham!” -Annie W, 2011
“Amazing!” -Marinko, 2017

 

Venue:  Warehouse Concert Hall
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  Free
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/q.oberlein/

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A glimpse into a world made of soft and tender beings.

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Quinn will create a world entirely made of plush hand-sewn and painted beings/creatures that float within the spirit of life that manifest in all things (the earth, water, fire, air, ether, etc.)

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Quinn Oberlein is a multi-media artist from St. Catharines. In 2016 she became more involved in making art, creating lots of paintings and drawings. In the summer of 2017 she displayed 3 pieces at the Niagara Livestock Festival and currently have paintings up at Fine Grind, Bella’s Noellas Pizza and the Vegan Hippie Chick. Near the end of 2017 she become immersed in sewing. Quinn’s installation is meant to be a reflection of her reality and experience in life.

Venue:  Festival Hub – Interactive Village
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations, Interactive + Workshops
City of Origin:  Brampton
Price:  FREE

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Working with the local community, Nicole and participants we will create a sculpture that takes mud as its medium.

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YOU are invited to bring a sample of mud from a location along the lake that is meaningful to you. The mud will then be place in clear prisms, along with nutrients that encourage microbial growth. Once exposed to light, the microbial life naturally present in the mud will begin to flourish, becoming visible in the form of brightly coloured marbling. Each sculpture will grow differently, featuring different tones, depending on the location along the lake it was collected from. These meaningful pieces of soil will come together to form a continuously growing and shifting representation of the lake and our relationship with it. The cumulative sculptures will be displayed together and allowed to grow throughout the festival.

Nicole Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her PhD in Visual Art at York University. In her practice she asks: What happens when we acknowledge, through an embodied experience, our connection to a world teeming with life both around and inside us? Nicole has exhibited across Canada in Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, and Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at the Coalesce Bio Art Lab at the University at Buffalo.

Venue:  Around Town
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin: St. Catharines
Price:  Free

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The common thread is art, the common thread is community, the common thread is love.

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Lisa is a fibre artist obsessed with colour and texture. She started spinning art yarn in 2009 and what followed is a love affair with dyeing, spinning, felting and pushing the boundaries of peoples perceptions of what yarn is and what it should be and where it lives in the art world. She’s Taken part in previous In The Soil’s, which has led her to discover a passion for large scale installation art. She’s participated in Strutt Wearable Art Show, Small Feats, Yarnival and many local fairs and festivals. Lisa’s work has been featured in “Spinning and Dyeing Yarn: The home spinners guide to creating traditional art yarns” by Ashley Martineau.

Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Price:  Free
Website: https://www.kristinarolander.com/video-recaps

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A custom stage design uniting art, audience, and performer in an immersive environment.

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For the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival, Kristina was selected to create an immersive, outdoor stage design for The Creek upon which Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron Dessner (The National), and Francis and the Lights all performed. In 2018, she was commissioned to create the stage design for Andrea Gibson’s Hey Galaxy international tour. Other notable collaborations include backdrops for Little Scream, Shannon and the Clams, Ric Wilson, and WebsterX.

To be an installation artist is to be an architect of temporary space. A stage design, like installation art, is not merely a setting or backdrop, but a context to be aligned with content, an immersive world to be experienced for a limited time under a specific circumstance. It is in that space, where perception is held and magic is conjured. It is in that space, between the two worlds, where Kristina’s vision comes to life.

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Kristina Rolander (stage designer) is an American installation artist, creating large-scale paintings and immersive environments, often collaborating with musicians on custom visuals for live performance. With diorama-inspired structures, hanging elements, and handpainted backdrops, she transforms ordinary space by uniting art, audience, and performer in a singular, transcendent experience.

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