Innisfil artist Maria Kelebeev has been busy working on her upcoming art show in Barrie next month.
The show will run from Sept. 8-15 at the SpareRoom Gallery and artist studios, located downtown at 12 Lakeshore Mews.
The gallery will be staged like a historic artist studio with a fireplace, rug, easels and work-in-progress pieces and art supplies.
"Almost an immersive experience of what it might have been like to be a practicing artist in the 19th century or so," says Kelebeev, who is hoping to also have live music and a pianist play throughout the weekend part of the show.
Kelebeev has also prepared leather sketchbooks and homemade watercolours that may have been used at the time also available for sale. The show welcomes viewers to sit down, sketch, and feel like they are part of the story.
"As for the subject of the work, there will be works from my past, portraits of artists I admire and even musicians as they have shaped my art practice," she explains. "I wanted to build up a feeling that by being in this space, this make-believe historic studio, you can get a sense of my artistic influences and motivational and feel like you are in a story book."
She says she wants the show to inspire creators of all ages "to see that an art practice is never linear and straightforward but always rooted in history and experience."
She wants to encourage others to be part of her artistic journey and her part of others.
For more information, visit her website here.