The Downtown Windsor BIA is thrilled to announce a number of art projects that comprise Phase I of their long-awaited Art Alley.
Exciting new works encompass significant art installations in the core, including graffiti art and a magnificent lampshade art installation. These pieces are developed by some of the region’s finest artists and brought to the community by the Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association, the Downtown Windsor BIA, the Downtown Districting Committee, the City of Windsor, and partner contractors.
The Lampshade Installation project is set to transform the alleyway into an attractive, safe, functional public space, which will increase the footprint of programmable and accessible spaces at the Pelissier Street Parking Garage and the abutting alleyway.
Each of the lampshade artists are renowned in their own right.
Talysha Bujold-Abu is an illustrator and researcher, holding a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor.
Julie Hall is an artist and horticulturist who hails from Windsor-Essex.
Kiki Symoné, originally a chalk pastel portraitist with a specialty in urban expression, has been honing her skills as a digital artist for the past several years.
Tony Castro, who goes by the name YNOT, is a mixed media artist based in Windsor, Ontario.
Ostoro Petahtegoose is Nishinaabe of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with European descent currently living in Windsor, Ontario.
A special highlight is the work of local graffiti artist, DERKZ.
Born David Derkatz, DERKZ’s contribution to the Canadian art world has been paintings of considerable size, murals that have illuminated urban Canadian streets and alleyways.