May 4 – June 7, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: May 10, 2014, 1-5 pm, Bridgeland Market (1104 1 Ave NE)
Emma Bresola and Melissa Centofanti met recently at the City of Calgary Public Art “Artists Working in Community” course. They quickly discovered their talents to be complementary and created a team for community art projects. Bresola and Centofanti are versatile and ﬂexible artists based in Calgary, Alberta. Both artists use a variety of traditional (acrylic and watercolour painting, oils and canvas) and non traditional art materials (technology, community performance) to create their work. They both tend to work conceptually as the materials used are dictated by the idea. The ﬁrst projects they have collaborated on are accordion style artist books. There is currently a series of three 31/4 inch X 28inch books that have been created to illustrate three different forms of art. Dance Music and Theatre are illuminated through the pages of these relatively small books. This project has been named OpenBook. It is Emma and Melissa’s vision to use these books to inspire others to use their creativity in facilitated workshops in various neighbourhoods throughout Calgary.
Born and educated in Italy, Emma Bresola is a visual artist based in Calgary where in 2013 she won the CCIS New Canadian Artist Award.. Emma has worked for ﬁfteen years in Italy as a graphic designer and children books illustrator freelance. She also painted murals, utility boxes and created digital art works. Her works were exhibited in Canada and Europe. Experimenting and trying new things is part of her artistic practice. For this reason, some projects are made with the help of digital technologies and some with traditional techniques. Since 2010 Emma carried her skills into public art projects. She has just recently completed the “Artist Working in Community” course with the City of Calgary Public Art. Her purpose is bring art to the community.
Melissa Centofanti is an artist, advocate for change, and mother who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. She received her BFA in 1992 from the University of Windsor, Ontario. Since then she has experimented with various media, from ﬁlm to fabric, in order to visually express her thoughts and ideas. Melissa’s artwork is constantly pushing the boundaries of beauty, craft and high art.
In 20ll – 2012 as a member of ID Collective, Melissa was part of an artist in residence project in “CommunityWise”, then know as the Old Y. As an engaged member of her community, Melissa’s most recent projects have included a series of political forum performances using food in a blind taste testing poll, and mask making workshops with adults and children. Melissa just completed the “Artists Working in Community” course with The City of Calgary which has inspired her current direction in public art and facilitation of creative community workshops.