April 23, 2008

House of Art opens in Niagara Falls

John Robbins reports in the Welland Tribune that there's a new gallery in Niagara Falls. "It's not much larger than a press-box eatery - a small, almost unnoticeable Queen Street store front, with a plain sign affixed above the front window that says House of Art. But step inside and there's a whole new world to discover - one where spirits and fairies come to life. A place where mystical visions are recorded in minute detail on canvas and paper and building materials. A friendly, earthy space where contemplating the deeper meaning of life is encouraged. 'It's about soul searching,' says artist Rick Jacksties, motioning toward a collection of his paintings and drawings hanging on the brightly painted walls. Jacksties' House of Art gallery is the latest addition to the growing Queen Street arts scene. The official opening took place Saturday evening. Jacksties, who also goes by the name Shamandala, has been working for about a month-and-a-half to get things ready for his public debut while juggling a couple of day jobs. Among the several dozen works displayed inside the gallery is one that's particularly eye catching. It's an image of the head and shoulders of a man with a real video monitor implanted into the the back half of the skull. " Read more.

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