For our NAC Member of the Moment series, we asked Niagara Artists Centre members about art in Niagara and the number one reason to join the NAC. In this interview, artist, actress, and musician Emily Andrews tells us about one of her favourite Niagara artists, a memorable Small Feats moment, and about getting involved in the Niagara art community.
Head to the NAC on Saturday, August 9 for the opening reception of Emily’s show, Not All There, in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery. The reception starts at 7p.m. Not All There will be on display until Friday, August 22.
Emily Andrews is a multi-media artist, actress, and musician from Niagara Falls whose artistic endeavours include painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. She creates in the forms of both abstraction and surrealism and much of her work deals in the theme of the human mind, representing dreams and daydreams. Her social conscience informs her work, as does her personal madness, all lending to reflections of a world that is in upheaval but when all is settled, still hopeful. She seeks to make a positive impact on the world with her creations. Emily is a graduate of Brock University with a B.A. in Visual Arts. You can find out more about Emily and her work on her website, www.emilyandrews.ca, and on Facebook.
When did you become a NAC member and why?
I became a NAC member this past April because I was submitting for the Small Feats show and after realizing all of the opportunities the NAC has to offer, I thought I should get a membership. I also knew a few other artists who are NAC members and I thought it would be a good way to further involve myself in the Niagara art community.
Are you an artist, an art appreciator or both?
I’m definitely an artist but I’m also an art appreciator. I love creating art and I love getting to experience what other people are creating.
What’s the best things about being an artist in Niagara?
The best thing about being an artist in Niagara is how supportive this community has been. Everyone here works together and supports one another, and I think that’s a really important thing for an artist to have.
Name a Niagara artist whose work knocks your socks off.
One of my favourite artists from this area is my good friend, Sarah Beattie. I met her at Brock while we were both in the visual arts program and she’s ridiculously amazing. She’s a hyper realistic painter and every time I see her work, it blows my mind. I highly recommend checking out her stuff.
Tell us about a memorable NAC experience.
My most memorable NAC experience was probably when I went to the Small Feats show this year and found out that my painting was the first one of the night to sell.
What’s the number one reason to become a NAC member?
The number one reason to become a NAC member is becoming part of a great art community that offers lots of great opportunities.
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