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THUNDER BAY, ON - February 4, 2010 - FEATURING: 
Urban Infill-Art In The Core·       “UP, UP, AND AWAY!”-Jennifer Davis-Paintings-International Artist/Minneapolis, USA;
·       "DIARIES FROM METROPOLIS"-Allison Moore & Arthur Desmarteaux-Printmaking-National Artists-Montreal, Quebec;
·       "DRAWN & STAINED"-12 Northwestern Ontario Artists-Drawing, Painting & Printmaking;
·       Also:  OPENING MUSIC BY BRAD SENNE-One of the Top 10 Indie Minneapolis Singer/Songwriters-[two 30 minute sets, starting at 7pm & at 8pm;
www.myspace.com/bradsenne], Visiting Artist Talks [starting at 7:30pm], refreshments, artists-in-attendance~all ages/by donation. 
·       EXHIBITIONS RUN UNTIL MAR. 6 [Tues-Sat/12-6pm; all ages/by donation]. 

All part of Definitely Superior Art Gallery's 4th annual "URBAN INFILL-ART IN THE CORE" 20 project series/Jan.-Apr. 2010:  presenting new multi-disciplinary contemporary works by 350+ regional/national/international artists @ 15+ empty/underutilized/active Downtown North locations ...Rediscover Your North Core Through Contemporary Art!  

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Urban Infill project #2:

UP, UP, AND AWAY!-JENNIFER DAVIS-Paintings by International Artist-Minneapolis-USA

Jennifer Davis Internationally known Minneapolis based artist / painter Jennifer Davis’s artwork comprises of portraits that have a surreal candy-land exterior full of innocent charm, which only hints at an undercurrent of darker truths. Her acrylic/graphite paintings on panel contain a mysterious yet familiar language of invented symbols that continually grows, repeats and changes. The figures in her narratives play out the delicate balance between their beastial natures and the more humane and generous qualities of their souls. Davis has shown extensively in exhibitions throughout the US and Europe-[more artist info: www.jenniferdavisart.com].

Jennifer Davis will also be in attendance and giving an Artists Talk at the opening reception, for this her premiere showing in Canada!  All part of DefSup's “Urban Infill Art in the Core” projects.  Gallery 1

Urban Infill project # 3:

DIARIES FROM METROPOLIS-ALLISON MOORE+ARTHUR DESMARTEAUX-Printmaking by National Artists-MONTREAL QUEBEC

Allison Moore & Arthur DesmarteauxNationally/Internationally known Montreal based artists / printmakers Allison Moore and Arthur Desmarteaux’s artwork complement each other in their exploration and creation, combining vivid colours, line, narratives of social and political conscience of everyday life blended with absurdity, humour, the bizarre, and surreal. Moore and Desmarteaux provide alternative storytelling and cultural observation from both ones immediate environment and popular culture creating a beautiful and fantastical art form. Both artists have been the recipient of numerous creation grants/awards/residencies and are exhibiting internationally -[more artist info: www.arthuro.ca].

Moore and Desmarteaux will also be in attendance and giving an Artists Talk at the Gala Opening Reception!  All part of DefSup's “Urban Infill Art in the Core” projects.  Gallery 2

Urban Infill project #4:

DRAWN AND STAINED-Drawing/Painting/Printmaking-13 REGIONAL ARTISTS- Northwestern Ontario

Steven SlatteryAn initiative of Definitely Superior Art Gallery to allow access by members, regional artists and collectives to develop shows and art production as well as a place to exhibit. This show entitled Drawn And Stained features 13 accomplished artists in the contemporary arts from the region working in painting, drawing and printmaking. Definitely Superior Art Gallery recognizes artistic excellence in our regional artists and their continuing research and investigation of new visual works. All part of DefSup's “Urban Infill Art in the Core” projects.  Gallery 3

Featuring: Christian Chapman, David Hotson, Stephen Slattery, Jean Marshall, Douglas Livingston, Lora Northway, Elizabeth Buset, Chris Merkley, Sarah Furlotte, Aislinn Maxwell, Kearon Roy-Taylor, Randi-Lynn Shandroski, Kamila Malek.   
 
All part of DefSup's “Urban Infill Art in the Core” projects.  Gallery 3

What is DefSup's "Urban Infill-Art in the Core" 20 project series?

Urban Infill - Art In The Core, celebrating it's 4TH year...is the next evolution of creative possibilities.  The idea is to help revitalize our downtown core by capitalizing on assets of art and culture and linking and reinforcing connections through accessible empty spaces and existing arts, commercial business / social spaces.  With vision and innovative arts and business we can fill up the empty spaces in our downtown and help to connect and create that unique niche of an urban arts and entertainment district. 

The projects comprised of multi-disciplinary and new media / multi-arts by national, international and regional artists will work to enhance our level of arts programming by involving all facets and mediums of the contemporary arts and involving innovative new media technologies. 

Premised upon the concept of creative cities partnerships we will utilize our multi-functional gallery spaces as a creative hub for generating collective / collaborative projects not only in our gallery space but in empty / underutilized / established / commercial / art spaces throughout the downtown north core of Thunder Bay.  Re-discover your North core through contemporary art! Last year had an audience of 4,500 over the duration of 20 projects.

It began... January 23, 2010... Thanks to all who supported Derelicte-2010-A Fashion Odyssey-Jan. 23rd, project #1 of DefSup's "Urban Infill-Art in the Core" series~a Fun & Fabulous DefSup/LU Radio 102.7fm fundraiser @ Black Pirates Pub~550 people attended [up 100 from last year] & LOVED...the 3 fashion shows featuring 7 local fashion houses & "wearable art" creations by 12 visual artists + 5 live bands & drag performances! 

Definitely Superior Art Gallery would like to acknowledge our generous annual operating funders and sponsors: 

Cultural Services-City of Thunder Bay, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts,

Sheldon Reproduction, LU VAN, Accounting Services,

and DefSup's "Urban Infill-Art in the Core" series sponsor: "The Waterfront District" downtown north B.I.A. 

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