Northern Ontario Artist Featured In Venice, Italy

rtist Alana Pierini, of Iroquois Falls, opened her show ëVenezia Di Notteí in Venice, Italy on Friday April 21. Pictured is Artist Pierini and the staff of the Kokonton Gallery in Venice, from L-R are: Sachi Satomi, Junko Hoshino, Gallery Director Atsuko Suehiro, Artist Alana Pierini, Giulia DallíAcqua and Arisa Jozaki.
rtist Alana Pierini, of Iroquois Falls, opened her show ëVenezia Di Notteí in Venice, Italy on Friday April 21. Pictured is Artist Pierini and the staff of the Kokonton Gallery in Venice, from L-R are: Sachi Satomi, Junko Hoshino, Gallery Director Atsuko Suehiro, Artist Alana Pierini, Giulia DallíAcqua and Arisa Jozaki.

rtist Alana Pierini, of Iroquois Falls, opened her show ëVenezia Di Notteí in Venice, Italy on Friday April 21. Pictured is Artist Pierini and the staff of the Kokonton Gallery in Venice, from L-R are: Sachi Satomi, Junko Hoshino, Gallery Director Atsuko Suehiro, Artist Alana Pierini, Giulia DallíAcqua and Arisa Jozaki.
Artist Alana Pierini, of Iroquois Falls, opened her show Venezia Di Notte in Venice, Italy on Friday April 21. Pictured is Artist Pierini and the staff of the Kokonton Gallery in Venice, from L-R are: Sachi Satomi, Junko Hoshino, Gallery Director Atsuko Suehiro, Artist Alana Pierini, Giulia DallíAcqua and Arisa Jozaki.

by Xavier Kataquapit

Artist Alana Pierini of Iroquois Falls is showing her most recent exhibition titled Venezia Di Notte at the Kokonton Gallery in Venice, Italy from April 21 to May 9, 2017.

The production, which features 24 polaroid concept works of art, was inspired by Pieriniís love of the city of Venice and her passion in working with this unique and nostalgic photographic visual medium.

“I find it exciting and rewarding to present this fine Canadian artist in Kokonton Gallery here in historic Venice. Her love of our city and passion for art based on so many years of experience in many mediums provides us with a wonderful exhibition,” explained Atsuko Suehiro, Director of the gallery.

The show which took Pierini several years to develop provides an insiders glimpse of Venice at night with the artful touch of brush strokes. For over 50 years she has worked in oil, pen and ink, installations and illustration and often with an interest in the magic of shadows.

“I am very happy with this show in Venice. It is a thrill to be here in one of the major art centres of the world. Venezia Di Notte is about the magic of Venice in the still of the night. These images have allowed me the opportunity to bring this wonderful historic city to life in shadows and light,” commented Pierini.

To see her work online go to Youtube and search for Alana Pierini.

This is her second exhibition in Venice with the first titled ëBarche di Veneziaí held in May 2015. According to Pierini, her two showings in Venice culminates decades of work as an artist in studying, teaching and directing the Emma Ciotti Gallery in Iroquois Falls. Through the Emma Ciotti Gallery she managed to introduce Northern Ontario to many of Canadaís foremost artists. Pierini started her career by teaching art in Thunder Bay.

“I am so grateful for all of the support I receive at home throughout Northern Ontario and to all those who travelled from Canada and Europe to see my work. I am humbled by this experience in the midst of so many famous artists that have graced Venice,” said Pierini.

She will also be producing exhibitions of her most recent work ëInstant Gratificationí at the Kirkland Lake Museum of Northern History at the Harry Oakes Chateau from June 8 to July 9 with an opening on June 10. The show will also run at the Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre in September 2018.

Alana Pierini, an artist from Iroquois Falls held a show opening in Venice, Italy on the historic Via Garibaldi in the city centre on April 21, 2017. Her art exhibition will be hosted at the Kokonton Gallery from April 21 to May 9.
Alana Pierini, an artist from Iroquois Falls held a show opening in Venice, Italy on the historic Via Garibaldi in the city centre on April 21, 2017. Her art exhibition will be hosted at the Kokonton Gallery from April 21 to May 9.

All photos by Xavier Kataquapit

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