This morning I got the exciting news that I’ve been chosen as one of the artists for Rachel Notley’s 12th annual Art from the Unknown Art art exhibit in Edmonton. I’m very excited for this awesome opportunity ❤
It’s going to be a busy month since I also have a solo exhibit at the Fort Saskatchewan City hall art Nook at the start of October and now this at the end of the month but I love it. More opportunities to share my creative voice with others.
Keep checking back for more upcoming events and exhibits.
Behind the Brush
…it’s been awhile since I’ve said hello and introduced myself to all my new followers.
So here’s a little bit about me and my art.
I’m Amanda Milke, I live in Fort Saskatchewan just outside of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I’m originally from #Moncton NB so I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the best of Canada it’s oceans and it’s mountains and they both have my heart.
I’m a self taught artist and have been painting and creating since 1995 probably earlier. Originally I focused on acrylic abstract/impressionist portraits and then gradually started exploring different mediums while we were living and teaching English in Japan.
Gradually over time, my style evolved into mixed media. I kept my love for acrylic’s bright bold colors and paired them with acrylic mediums and found elements for texture. My creative inspiration comes from my faith. I am a follower of Jesus, I like to say a practicing Christian because everyday is a work in progress.
I love using my mixed media elements with my faith theme because it reminds me that we aren’t one dimensional beings. Each and everyone of us is multifaceted and can be seen from different angles. I love using broken and found objects and recreating them into art because it reminds me of redemption. No matter how broken or lost we are we can be transformed into a work of art. And lastly I use bright colors and reflective rhinestones in my work to symbolize the joy, light and hope we have. Too often art focuses on the dark and hopelessness of life and I just want to spread some love, light and hope around with my paintbrush 🖌❤
Well the weekend for the Night of Artists has come and gone for another year and it was a lovely experience.
Not only did I get a chance to sell and discuss art outside of the Fort, but I got to meet and chat with fellow creatives and start a few friendships.
Here are a few pictures of the weekend! If anything catches your eye shoot me a message to purchase. I offer free delivery of large pieces in the Edmonton and surrounding area.
I can hardly contain my excited and yes also my stress level haha.
THIS weekend is the Night of Artists big festival. I am so excited and honored to be included along with so many amazing and renowned local artists. It’s going to be great.
If you don’t have plans Friday evening then come take in the opening Gala. You’ll enjoy, live music, tons of art, an art auction and so much more if you don’t have tickets yet you’ll definitely want to pop over to grab a pair. They are almost sold out.
Saturday and Sunday is the ArtWalk which is free entry or by donation and you’ll get to leisurely take in all the wonderful, stupendous and awe inspiring creations of over 60 local artists. Make sure to stop by my booth to say hello and peruse my latest mixed media paintings and pieces.
Hope to see you all out and about this weekend for what is sure to be an amazing time.