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The Shadowood Collective-Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream | The ARTS Project | Tuesday, 06. February 2018

The Shadowood Collective presents:

'Betwixt and Between the Monsters We Dream'
February 6th – 17th, 2018

Opening Night Event:
Tuesday February 6th, 2018 7pm. – 10 pm
Tickets can be purchased online:
or at The ARTS Project’s box office: 203 Dundas St. London, Ontario (519-642-2767)

Every year, in the deadest part of winter, The Shadowood Collective crawls out of the shadows and presents a stunning collection of dark art. Fine artists, filmmakers, fashion designers and musicians come together to haunt an opening soiree like no other! We are proud to present our 8th show in The Shadowood Collective series: 'Betwixt and Between the Monsters We Dream'. Featuring a live performance by Sedative on opening night.

Artists Included:
Allen Williams:
Troy Brooks:
Martin Mercer:
Anita Kuntz:
Juliana Kolesova:
Gary Pullin:
Anthony Veilleux:
Richard A. Kirk:
Chris Elliott
Justin Erickson:
Ryan Price
Vincent Marcone:
Sarah Legault:
Mark Thibideau:
Paige Reynolds:
Nidia Martinez:
Jeremy Hobbs
FN Vegas:
Neal Auch:
Sara Deck:
Steven Restagno:
Melissa Panth
Owen MacKinder

Tickets: $13 in Advance, $15 at the Door, or $20 for VIP

VIP tickets include a new, limited edition glow-in-the-dark pin and a poster. Order your advanced VIP ticket now before they’re gone. Only 100 available.

For more information about our artists please go here:
  • Today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist is: Richard A. Kirk! Richard's ability to build complex worlds on a single sheet of paper using silverpoint or ink is something to be seen in person. You may have seen some of his works before in books by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville. It's always a pleasure to include Richard in our Shadowood Collective shows. Richard A. Kirk (London, ON) Website: http://www.richardakirk.com "Richard exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others. Richard's work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard's work. Richard is the author of the novels, THE LOST MACHINE (Radiolaria Studios, 2010), and NECESSARY MONSTERS (Resurrection House, Arche Press, 2017), and a forthcoming short story collection (2018)."
  • Heads up: Each VIP ticket comes with a numbered limited edition 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream' pin that glows in the dark AND a show poster that was designed by Vincent Marcone aka My Pet Skeleton. They are running out fast! Tickets can be purchased online through EventBrite: https://goo.gl/R5cBb2 or at The ARTS Project’s box office: 203 Dundas St. London, Ontario (519-642-2767)
  • Today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist is: Justin Erickson! Justin has been showcasing with The Shadowood Collective since 2006! During this time, we have watched Justin conquer his field, from being the Art Director of Rue Morgue Magazine, to working as a freelance illustration/graphic designer for an impressive client list. Some notable clients including: Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Marvel, Mondo, Waxwork Records. To date Justin has won up to an impressive 14 Clio Awards for his design work. Attached is a sneak peek of Justin’s new series - inspired by Canadian ghost stories, that we will have on display as part of “Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream”. Title: 'Signal Hill' Justin Erickson (Toronto,ON) Website: http://www.justin-erickson.com "Justin graduated from Sheridan College’s prestigious Interpretive Illustration program in 2004. Working first as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Justin gained valuable experience in the industry which landed him a job at Rue Morgue Magazine as graphic designer creating gruesome graphics in 2007. It was at Rue Morgue that Justin’s love and interest in entertainment design flourished inspiring him to co- found Phantom City Creative in 2010. At the beginning of 2012 Justin was promoted to Art Director of Rue Morgue Magazine. In addition to Phantom City and Rue Morgue, Justin works as a freelance illustration/graphic designer, puts together art shows and has been featured in numerous publication across the globe. In 2012 Justin received two silver Key Art Awards for his poster for The Cabin in the Woods created for Mondo/Lionsgate Films in the categories of Best Illustration and Best Festival One sheet. "
  • With less than 50 pins left and tickets selling quickly, it is time to pre-purchase tickets to The Shadowood Show: Betwixt & Between to get your claws on one of these sinisterly strigine companions. Who will watch out for monsters day and night wherever they are adorned. Also, they glow in the dark! Get 'em here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shadowood-collective-presents-betwixt-and-between-the-monsters-we-dream-tickets-41889640041
  • Today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist is: Anita Kunz! We have happily been showcasing Anita's creations in our Shadowood Collective shows for quite a few years now. Her unique illustration work is highly recognizable. You may have seen some of her work in Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ… and the list goes on. The image attached: "Vampire" - Original Acrylic Painting, will be on display at the upcoming Shadowood Collective show: "Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream" which opens in 1 week - February 6th, 2018! Tickets are limited for the opening reception. You can get them at The Arts Project box office (519) 642-2767, or online through EventBrite HERE: https://goo.gl/R5cBb2 Anita Kunz OC, DFA, RCA (Toronto, ON) Website: http://www.anitakunz.com "Canadian by birth, Anita Kunz has lived in London, New York and Toronto, and has been widely published in countries including Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England. Her work has been seen in Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. Articles about her work have appeared in Graphis and Novumgebrauchsgrafik magazines (Switzerland), Communication Arts and Step by Step magazine (USA), Idea, Illustration and Creation magazines (Japan), Applied Arts (Canada), Nuvo (Canada) and The Design Journal (Korea). From 1988 to 1990 she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll end paper. She has produced cover art for many publications including Rolling Stone Magazine, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers. Anita frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington DC. Her summer workshops have been conducted at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota Florida, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University. She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy. Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the McCord Museum in Montreal, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. In 1987 she showed a collection of her works at Canada House in Trafalgar Square London. In 1997 she had a one woman show at the Foreign Press office in New York City, in 1998 she had a solo show at the Creation Gallery in Tokyo, and the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in the fall of 2000. She has also had solo shows at the Govinda Gallery in Washington DC and more recently at the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. In 2000 she was invited to speak as one of The New Yorker magazine cover artists at the annual New Yorker Festival in New York and in 2001 and again in 2004, she was invited to speak at ideaCity, a think tank of luminaries from the fields of medicine, politics, science and the arts in Toronto. In spring of 2007 Anita gave a presentation about her New Yorker covers at the prestigious TED conference in Monterey California. From 2000 to 2003 she served on the Board of Directors of the Illustration conference. In 2004 she served as chair for the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration annual exhibit and she has most recently served as chair of the Museum Committee there. In 1997 she received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and in 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Applied Arts magazine in Toronto. Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper. She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario college of Art and Design in Toronto and a second from MassArt College of Art and Design in Boston. She has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor, and recently received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal of Honor. She will be inducted in the Museum of American Illustration Hall of Fame in New York in 2017."
  • Today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist: We are excited to include the whimsical mind of Juliana Kolesova, in our upcoming show 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream'! 12 more days until the show opens! Juliana Kolesova - (Toronto, ON) Website: https://julianakolesovaart.crevado.com "Born and raised in Russia, Juliana received a Master’s degree in fine art from the Moscow School of Applied Arts, where she also studied World History of Art and Costumes. After graduating she began her career as a painter and her pieces were displayed and sold in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. After relocating to Toronto, she began a new career as an artist and illustrator. Juliana's artistic abilities have been recognized through numerous national and international awards for illustrations and photography. Through her personal work, she seeks to create enchanting, curious and captivating art, which stems from a certain emotional, historical or cultural approach. She seeks to balance real life with spiritualism, the elegance of classical art with modern vision. She likes to experiment and play with elements melting on into another. She is always being influenced by her environment. She loves Toronto — the city of diversity where you can find pieces of nearly any culture, and from this, she gets inspired. Juliana feels there are few places in this world that so beautifully merge various ethnic traditions and backgrounds, along with this constant wave of new and contemporary elements. She doesn't believe art is often intentional. She feels it is not bound to be any one thing, nor should it be described any one way. Her art, while having a certain idea behind it, is free to be interpreted on a very individual basis and does not necessarily fall under a specific description, nor is it destined to be any one genre of art. Juliana believes that above all else, art needs to come from a place of honesty — it needs to be the most raw expression of self. And then of course, three other things make good art: technical skill, knowledge and its meaning."
  • Today's Shadowood Collective Artist Feature was a staple artist from Dollirium Art Doll Emporium. We bring you the wonderfully zany sculpting hands of Melissa Panth! "Melissa Panth is a mixed media Canadian artist. Panth's work has a recurring anthropomorphic theme, heavily influenced by her childhood. Panth was raised on a hobby farm, helping to care for many species of animals, as well as many acres of untamed woodlands. Inspired greatly by Beatrix Potter, Grimm fairy tales, and Jim Henson, Panth brings her youthful utopian fancies of the royal courts of talking animals and magical creatures into the dystopian present of adulthood."
  • The Shadowood Collective Presents: 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream' opens in 2 weeks - February 6th 2018 7pm-10pm.
  • I'm happy to announce, that today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist is the uber talented contemporary surrealist painter, Troy Brooks! The Shadowood Collective Presents: 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream' opens on February 6th 2018. Tickets for the opening reception are limited! Get them while you can here: https://goo.gl/cBmu5E Troy Brooks (Toronto, ON) Website: http://www.troybrooks.com "B. 1972 in Ontario, Canada. Brooks first learned to draw by sketching the work of the great classic Hollywood photographers George Hurrell, Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Ruth Harriet Louise and Clarence Sinclair Bull. The dramatic lighting and enigmatic pansexuality of those images are sunbaked into the visual themes of Brooks' work. His disproportioned vixens and viragos with their burning interior dialogue are widely recognized on the contemporary art scene and have been shown on three continents."
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  • Today's Shadowood Collective Featured Artist has illustrated concept art for 'Star Trek: Beyond', 'Pacific Rim', has won an honours award with Spectrum Fantastic Art (and the list goes on…). We are proud to include Allen Williams, in our fantastic line-up of artists for our upcoming show: 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream'. Which opens February 6th, 2018 7pm-10pm. Allen Williams (Gulf Coast, USA) Website: http://www.allenwilliamsstudio.com "Born in Tennessee in 1965 Allen grew up living all over the United States in his early formative years. While traveling with his parents for work, his only constant companions were comics, paper, pencil and his unlimited imagination. Books and movies drove his creativity further and soon he realized whole worlds were open to him on the empty pages of a sketchbook. Allen began his professional career while he was still in fine art school and finally decided to step full time into art as a career in 1992. Since the start of his professional career his client list has grown from game companies to book publishers and beyond. He began working with CCG companies in the early 90’s as he continued to polish his skills in figurative representation within his personal work. As his collectors and client list grew so did his style and skill throughout the years. His main focus is now on his personal work but also includes concept work for films and television. Some noted clients are Sideshow Collectibles, Tor Books, Paramount Pictures, Fox Film Production, Guillermo Del Toro, Lionsgate Films, Legendary Pictures, Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Allen has won honors with the Art Renewal Center, the Chesley Awards and Spectrum Fantastic Art. His works show in galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Allen’s influences range from the classical figurative work of John William Waterhouse and Norman Rockwell to the highly imaginative art of Zdzisław Beksiński and HR Giger. He lives with his wife and 2 children and their dog on the Gulf Coast."
  • It is time to start introducing some of our artists from our upcoming show: The Shadowood Collective presents: 'Betwixt & Between the Monsters We Dream'. We are proud to introduce the multi-talented, Martin Mercer Martin Mercer: https://www.martinmercer.com/ "Martin entered the film industry as a young special effects trainee on Jim Henson's Labyrinth in UK. Whilst working on Little Shop of Horrors and Indiana Jones 3, he demonstrated an aptitude for modeling and finishing work. The prosthetic and creature field beckoned soon after with work at then top UK Make-Up FX company Image Animation, based at Pinewood Studios. Martin later relocated to Los Angeles to assist in setting up a US division of the company. In further pursuing his passion to the art, Martin had the opportunity to collaborate with Clive Barker on storyboarding his film Lord of Illusions. As of today, Martin continues to contribute to cinematic storytelling and visual design worldwide for some of the top directors, writers and studios in the film/tv industry. RECENT FILM CREDITS: Annabelle 2 Power Rangers ******* Squad Paranormal Activity 5 Entourage 300: Rise of an Empire The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Project Almanac I, Frankenstein Iron Man 3 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Alex Cross Tomorrow, When the War Began Predators G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" ​​
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