Experiencing Art: Shadows & Sophistication, Halloween Delights

Before we head into the full swing of holiday season, I wanted to share my art experience from the ART of Darkness & Light….



As curator of this event I can share that it was most interesting to watch how each participating artist interpreted the viewpoint of the show.

The show-concept idea was to celebrate the Halloween season with artwork that refined and revealed the infinite relationship of dark and light while highlighting visuals of ghosts, goblins and other-worldly souls.

Here is a short video of some art show/Halloween event images, hope you enjoy!

Parrticipating artists & event planning support team:

Evan MacKinnon @evanem_tattoos2die4 , Kyle Langlois @langlois_art , Edward Moffat edwardmoffat.com , Aaron McQueen @airbrushsuperstarsinc. ,Josephine Condotta josephinecondotta.ca , Cynthia Hartzenberg, Ally Adkins, Shannon Moynagh, Evan Griffiths @evangee, Erica Phillips Fifth & Park and Gord Moss gordmoss.com. Curated by yours truly, culturedcreative.ca .

I feel truly blessed to have had the pleasure of working with these talented artists, the board of directors & the event planning support team!

Be sure to check out this gem-of-a-space ….. Beaux-Arts Brampton!

#thefutureisfriendly #culturedcre8tiv #4EVER


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(¸.•´ (¸ Régan Jane ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸

Professional Bohemian @culturedcre8tiv

Experiencing Art: One Hundred Years and Four Quarters

Thanks to the world wide web, I have watched the evolution of Irish ART, come to Show via the Galway International Arts Festival held in Galway City, Ireland, every year.

I had the absolute pleasure of being able to encounter this festival of extraordinary experiences LIVE! Yes, I must admit, I packed in a whirlwind trip to the emerald isle during the summer of 2016.

Sharing with you now, is my experience of art, the visual exhibition of One Hundred Years and Four Quarters by Hughie O’Donoghue who is one of Ireland’s leading international artist that leans on his own experiences and connections to the people that he knew or knew of. In this art exhibition, a hundred years on from the events of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, the four characters O’Donoghue has evoked in these new works are; the revolutionary, the soldier, the sailor and the peasant. Illustrating their different perspectives of the events of 1916 all the while as he explores the subjective and fugitive nature of truth.

This art of visuals served my senses with stark pictures of reality during those times, a sense of compassion for what it must have truly been like to live through such revolution, a deeper thought to how this life and style impacted the culture of those days and the collective sense of identity it built for the Irish people since those years. It moved me almost as much as the Theatre Performance Art we took in while in Dublin in 2014, called “Guerrilla Warfare”, but that is another story for another blog post 😉

Here are a few visuals of this Art Exhibition, One Hundred Years and Four Quarters:


Horsepower: Traction and Revolution, Oil and transparent photographic component on tarpaulin, photographic trace. 2016.


Agamemnon, oil on canvas wood and aluminium, photographic trace. 2016.


The King’s Ships, oil on canvas, photographic trace. 2016.

–> (flush along the right of the canvas are the countries of direction for these ships.)


Blood and Steel, oil on canvas, photographic trace. 2016.


Endurance Diagram, oil on canvas, photographic trace. 2016.

To learn more about the Easter Rising for Irish Independence, click here. 


This last picture: Me, always at “peace” when experiencing art and when this picture was taken, I was on CLOUD-NINE 😉 #IrishLass #IrishGal #FeelingSoAtHome <3  Galway International Arts Festival, Galway City, Ireland, EU. #giaf2016 — it certainly was the festival of extraordinary experiences! Can’t wait to go back for 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dia dhuit,


Cultured Creative Living @culturedcre8tiv





Experiencing ART: The Singh Twins

ARTISTS Singh Twins
Photo taken by Herman Custodio {www.CustodioStudio.ca}

A special experience took place when we attended the artists’ talk at PAMA (Peel Art Gallery Museum) to hear the Singh Twins describe their work; depths of meaning brought to the surface for the audience to absorb through the senses, first via listening to the lecture, then looking at the art via the gallery; a two-fold experience much like the artists’ themselves ~

Criticised for not being different enough, for not possessing enough individualism that markedly identifies so-called “modern art”, the Singh Twins decided to challenge this western ideal of individuality by packaging their “same-ness” as the very thing, that makes them different.

The Singh Twins Contemporary Art practice offers an international appeal exploring global culture and politics in a unique, artistically detailed, very decorative way.

Diana & Marilyn
Diana & Marilyn


An International feature exhibition at PAMA, the Singh Twins ART is a beautiful highlight to help celebrate Sikh Heritage Month during April 2016. It’s not hard to tell why their paintings are award winning as they bring to life the Indian miniature tradition through their “past-modern” art practice that coveys visuals of modern day issues such as stereotypes and view-points on heritage in today’s society.

Here are a few visuals I sourced from the public domain:

Entwined 2010 Museum of London

Entwined, 2010.

The beast of revelation ..
The Beast of Revelation


















The Singh Twins have exhibited in some of Britain’s most prestigious art venues, completed numerous public commissions and are very well-known for their visual art yet, they also include illustration, writing and film-making to their body of work!  If you haven’t already…GO, check out these modern day originals 😉

Learn more:  The Singh Twins at PAMA

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(¸.•´ (¸ Régan Jane ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸


Experiencing ART: Blue Period (Ode to Joy)

While taking in this art exhibit, a video installation played that song on repeat, the homage to Charles Schulz; to me, it sounded like something that would play in a funeral parlour. It did not sound bad, it sounded lonely and full of longing.

Artist Simon Hughes work is explicitly precise with hard edges and strong design elements yet the his concepts are full of abstraction. Upon viewing some of his paintings a person can see the images, upon closer inspection, a person can find innuendos lurking.

Simon Huges A

Simon Huges B

Plague Tree, Acrylic and collage on plywood panel, 40 x 40 inches


Simon Huges C

Simon Huges D

Exploded Museum, Acrylic and Collage on Linen over Plywood panel, 80 x 60 inches.


Then, there is his incorporation of colour tints and hues, when paired with his signature style elements, the art work transcends the “stillness” of it’s image to permeate a temperature that, if you stare too long at this art, you begin to think, you can feel it!

Simon Huges F

Cold Theory; acrylic latex, alkyd and Roll-a-tex on birch plywood panel


Simon Huges Ex2

Installation View (above)

This Blue Period Art Exhibition was really an “(Ode to Joy)”, infused through out the gallery were sounds that longed for joy and imagery that joyfully impacted the eyes both from afar and up-close, even when just sitting near it, a person could certainly want to ‘coast’ into places where joy might be found, in the warmth of the mind’s eye.

Learn more: Simon Hughes, Division Gallery Toronto





Experiencing Art: Focused Moments

131-Rachel Feinstein-WICKER QUEEN 1998


WICKER QUEEN 1998 – Mixed media

The Artist, Rachel Feinstein, statement about this piece: I have always been moved by melancholy, nostalgia for childhood, and the decay of time. Wicker Queen was the first time I conjured up these feelings of weakness and sadness by using the formal image of collapsing sculpture. Before that piece I would try to create a realistic image of a woman and her tears, for example. Now I felt an excitement and freedom through being able to say what I want to say but through the form only. Wicker Queen said it all but was still quite mysterious since it was not “realistic”. There was such an amazing liberation in the actual making of the form too, since it involved throwing stuff together in any which way it landed. The whole thing couldn’t be planned and that “of the moment” quality is what made the piece have more meaning than anything else I had made before.

How this ART impacted me:

Oh! the pain of real change!!!

My image has shaken itself down to the core,

this shape that exists, has got to go…

It’s a bore!

What is the new norm for my future form?

I look daily and keep busy developing a better size.

My confidence is preparing to marry with a deeper pleasure with-in,

through my commitment of everyday effort…

I am liberated from the pain of change and see exactly what I want,

arriving on the outside of me.

Experiencing Art: The Struggle

75-Vija Celmins- ENVELOPE 1964

ENVELOPE 1964 – oil on canvas

The Artist, Vija Celmins, statement on this piece: This small painting of a letter was done in 1963-64 when I was backing away from the large, gestural-inspired paintings I had been struggling with as a student. It is one of many paintings I did of objects in my studio that focused more on looking and less on what I knew. It became a new beginning for me.

How this ART impacted me:

I could see my intuition arriving here

it has torn through the paper and floated in the air.

why do I focus on what lays ripped here

why do I know that shadow that lingers there

how do I get past the perfectionist Virgo that blocks the gate

how do I bring forward ALL Libra, 5th house energy rate

I need to let go, of all that I know

Looking longer at what flows in front of me

My intuition feels; the channel changing.

Experiencing Art: Clear Points of Departure

139-Tom Friedman-UNTITLED 1990

UNTITLED 1990 – Jigsaw puzzel

The Artist, Tom Friedman, statement about this piece: This piece gave me a clear point of departure conceptually – putting something together (SOLVING), and at the same time, taking it apart; circular logic.

How this ART impacted me:

I see my life before me and my mind is stretched far and wide.

The eclipse season of 2015 has started and it seeks to find what was left behind.

Parts of me not fully expressed,

swimming beneath the surface and refuse to rest!

Breaking open now,

all the pieces out,

soon to begin the process of departure,

from parts of living, that are all worn out!