Painter Andrew Stelmack returns to artistic roots at Riverdale Art Walk

News Jun 02, 2016 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Canadian abstract/contemporary visual artist Andrew Stelmack credits the success of his career in art to his debut 10 years ago at the Riverdale Art Walk (RAW).

Stelmack, a former Beach resident who has lived in Regent Park near Dundas and Parliament streets for the last three years, said he couldn’t be more grateful the organizers of the popular art crawl, which is taking place this weekend, gave him an opportunity to showcase and sell his work in June 2006.

“That whole experience was my spring board and it gave me the confidence to try new things. The Riverdale Art Walk was a chance to put myself out there and get real feedback from the public,” said Stelmack, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who has called Toronto home since 1991.

“That first year, I sold everything. It was ridiculous and I was dumbfounded.”

Stelmack, who has participated in the RAW six times, has gone on to take part in numerous art shows and exhibits. His pieces are regularly on display at Toronto’s St. Germain and PI Creative galleries as well as at galleries in Oakville, Prince Edward County ,and Ottawa. Stelmack has also recently been working on setting up gallery spaces in the lobby of two condos in Liberty Village. He hopes to bring the concept to the city’s east end.

Prior to becoming a successful visual artist, Stelmack worked as a theatre, film, and TV actor.

After four years of performing in the Toronto production of The Lion King, Stelmack said he was burned out and in need of an extended break to recharge. On a whim, he decided to try his hand at visual arts.

“It was totally random. I literally had never picked up a paint brush,” said Stelmack, whose pieces are now found in scores of private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States.

“I seemed to have a good eye for colour and people often asked for my advice when painting their homes.”

His gamble paid off as scores of people took to his colourful, abstract works.

“I like to use really bold, strong colours,” he said, about how he tries to create pieces that convey calm within the chaos.

“The more you look at my pieces, the more you’re drawn into them.”

Stelmack said a good friend suggested he apply to take part in the Riverdale Art Walk and the rest, as they say, is history.

He still does some acting roles but they’re becoming fewer and far between.

“I do less and less acting now. The visual art has now sort of taken over my life.” Stelmack said.

“I feel so blessed because the first half of my life was so passionate. Now I have an equal passion for the second half. Life is just so full but it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t take that risk.”

This weekend, Stelmack will once again be showcasing and selling his pieces in the 18th annual edition of the Riverdale Art Walk.

The popular two-day fine art exhibition, which will feature more than 180 established and emerging artists exhibiting painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, drawing and sculpture, takes place Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in retail spaces on Queen Street East and at Leslieville’s Jimmie Simpson Park.

For more information, visit www.artistsnetwork.ca

Painter Andrew Stelmack returns to artistic roots at Riverdale Art Walk

News Jun 02, 2016 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Canadian abstract/contemporary visual artist Andrew Stelmack credits the success of his career in art to his debut 10 years ago at the Riverdale Art Walk (RAW).

Stelmack, a former Beach resident who has lived in Regent Park near Dundas and Parliament streets for the last three years, said he couldn’t be more grateful the organizers of the popular art crawl, which is taking place this weekend, gave him an opportunity to showcase and sell his work in June 2006.

“That whole experience was my spring board and it gave me the confidence to try new things. The Riverdale Art Walk was a chance to put myself out there and get real feedback from the public,” said Stelmack, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who has called Toronto home since 1991.

“That first year, I sold everything. It was ridiculous and I was dumbfounded.”

Stelmack, who has participated in the RAW six times, has gone on to take part in numerous art shows and exhibits. His pieces are regularly on display at Toronto’s St. Germain and PI Creative galleries as well as at galleries in Oakville, Prince Edward County ,and Ottawa. Stelmack has also recently been working on setting up gallery spaces in the lobby of two condos in Liberty Village. He hopes to bring the concept to the city’s east end.

Prior to becoming a successful visual artist, Stelmack worked as a theatre, film, and TV actor.

After four years of performing in the Toronto production of The Lion King, Stelmack said he was burned out and in need of an extended break to recharge. On a whim, he decided to try his hand at visual arts.

“It was totally random. I literally had never picked up a paint brush,” said Stelmack, whose pieces are now found in scores of private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States.

“I seemed to have a good eye for colour and people often asked for my advice when painting their homes.”

His gamble paid off as scores of people took to his colourful, abstract works.

“I like to use really bold, strong colours,” he said, about how he tries to create pieces that convey calm within the chaos.

“The more you look at my pieces, the more you’re drawn into them.”

Stelmack said a good friend suggested he apply to take part in the Riverdale Art Walk and the rest, as they say, is history.

He still does some acting roles but they’re becoming fewer and far between.

“I do less and less acting now. The visual art has now sort of taken over my life.” Stelmack said.

“I feel so blessed because the first half of my life was so passionate. Now I have an equal passion for the second half. Life is just so full but it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t take that risk.”

This weekend, Stelmack will once again be showcasing and selling his pieces in the 18th annual edition of the Riverdale Art Walk.

The popular two-day fine art exhibition, which will feature more than 180 established and emerging artists exhibiting painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, drawing and sculpture, takes place Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in retail spaces on Queen Street East and at Leslieville’s Jimmie Simpson Park.

For more information, visit www.artistsnetwork.ca

Painter Andrew Stelmack returns to artistic roots at Riverdale Art Walk

News Jun 02, 2016 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Canadian abstract/contemporary visual artist Andrew Stelmack credits the success of his career in art to his debut 10 years ago at the Riverdale Art Walk (RAW).

Stelmack, a former Beach resident who has lived in Regent Park near Dundas and Parliament streets for the last three years, said he couldn’t be more grateful the organizers of the popular art crawl, which is taking place this weekend, gave him an opportunity to showcase and sell his work in June 2006.

“That whole experience was my spring board and it gave me the confidence to try new things. The Riverdale Art Walk was a chance to put myself out there and get real feedback from the public,” said Stelmack, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who has called Toronto home since 1991.

“That first year, I sold everything. It was ridiculous and I was dumbfounded.”

Stelmack, who has participated in the RAW six times, has gone on to take part in numerous art shows and exhibits. His pieces are regularly on display at Toronto’s St. Germain and PI Creative galleries as well as at galleries in Oakville, Prince Edward County ,and Ottawa. Stelmack has also recently been working on setting up gallery spaces in the lobby of two condos in Liberty Village. He hopes to bring the concept to the city’s east end.

Prior to becoming a successful visual artist, Stelmack worked as a theatre, film, and TV actor.

After four years of performing in the Toronto production of The Lion King, Stelmack said he was burned out and in need of an extended break to recharge. On a whim, he decided to try his hand at visual arts.

“It was totally random. I literally had never picked up a paint brush,” said Stelmack, whose pieces are now found in scores of private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States.

“I seemed to have a good eye for colour and people often asked for my advice when painting their homes.”

His gamble paid off as scores of people took to his colourful, abstract works.

“I like to use really bold, strong colours,” he said, about how he tries to create pieces that convey calm within the chaos.

“The more you look at my pieces, the more you’re drawn into them.”

Stelmack said a good friend suggested he apply to take part in the Riverdale Art Walk and the rest, as they say, is history.

He still does some acting roles but they’re becoming fewer and far between.

“I do less and less acting now. The visual art has now sort of taken over my life.” Stelmack said.

“I feel so blessed because the first half of my life was so passionate. Now I have an equal passion for the second half. Life is just so full but it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t take that risk.”

This weekend, Stelmack will once again be showcasing and selling his pieces in the 18th annual edition of the Riverdale Art Walk.

The popular two-day fine art exhibition, which will feature more than 180 established and emerging artists exhibiting painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, drawing and sculpture, takes place Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in retail spaces on Queen Street East and at Leslieville’s Jimmie Simpson Park.

For more information, visit www.artistsnetwork.ca