Collingwood’s ‘Artist in the Window’ joins forces with the Fishbowl Artist’s Studio. After 2 successful years of creating paintings in Café Chartreuse, downtown Collingwood, Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara is moving her public art studio to join well-known artist and entrepreneur, Andrew Peycha & the artists at the Fishbowl Artist’s Studio in the Village at Blue. The move will be taking place the beginning of November.
The Fishbowl was started by Andrew Peycha in the Village at Blue 4 years ago. They animated this location for 2 years and then relocated to 87 Hurontario, historically known as Maple Leaf Hall, above Clerkson’s, where they have since operated the successful public working studio.
Now a group of 5 working artists, the collective is opening a second studio at the Village as of November 2007. It is located on the east side of the Season’s Building next to Bark & Fitz. The public is invited to drop by any day, except Tuesdays, at either location and browse the beautiful artwork of the in-house artists which include Andrew Peycha’s well known abstracted geometric landscapes, Bonnie Dorgelo’s popular wire work, jewellery and paintings, Jim Stacey’s layered photographs and Sue Miller’s exploration in moody vistas. Exhibiting artists include Steve the Potter, Kevin MacLean & Bryan Wall.
Known for whimsically painting the many historic buildings and houses of Collingwood and the surrounding area, Keli-Ann will continue working with clients to create unique personal paintings, however, she will be expanding her horizons now that she is moving from 28 ft2 to the 2500 ft2 open space of the Fishbowl at Blue. Her first painting will be the 4’ x 5’ architectural rendering of the new Collingwood Public Library for Wong Gregersen Dabrus Architects Inc.
The Fishbowl in Collingwood will be holding its annual Christmas art show 08 December. The Village studio will be having an open house 17 November where children & adults are invited to come and be part of the artists’ Christmas decoration competition.
Keli-Ann would like to thank Café Chartreuse owners, Ruth and Patrick Bourachot, for supporting local art to increase cultural awareness in Collingwood. They will still carry Keli-Ann’s original pieces along with the full line of her greeting and post cards and framed prints.
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Keli-Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1994. She then received her Diploma in Interior Design & Decorating and opened the interior design firm InsideOut Designs in Halifax, NS. She has been working with art & design clients across Canada for 17 years. She moved to Stayner, ON in 2003 and opened her public studio in Café Chartreuse, Collingwood, 2 years ago. She has received numerous art show awards as well as the 2007 Robert Kemp Arts Award to start her Art Sisters program. Most recently, she won the artist’s competition to paint the architectural rendering of the new Collingwood Public Library for Wong Gregersen Dabrus Architects Inc.