Kareem Ferreira

Artist Statement

My painting is intended to capture mood while evoking similar feelings to the expressions being depicted. This intention of capturing and bringing out these feelings and ideas in others has materialized into an interesting body of figurative art. I find myself breaking down expression into individual modules of the human form. By focusing on individual parts of the face and body and experimenting with the tactile nature of paint application, I am capable of dissecting the translations of this message. I am also exploring the space in which my portraits are formed and placed. Experimenting with the different grounds allows me to focus on environment and enhance the experience of my work. My portraits are chosen from images I see in my life whether it be from social media or personal pictures I have taken. These pictures connect with me either physically or emotionally in some way. The process I take to make my work is important; methodical, repetitive and exploratory.

Kareem Ferreira is a practicing visual artist and designer. His hometown is Westdale, Hamilton Ontario. He received an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from McMaster University. You can follow him on Instagram @reemsauce94. 

Tom Hilborn – Totalism: The Integration of Everything Imaginable


Artist Statement

Back in the 1970s, Tom got a few clues about drawing exercise from Bert Kloezeman and Herb Ariss at Bealart in London, Ontario. With extensive drawing exercise comes a motivational potential (like charging a battery). One is thereby more inspired during sessions of liberated creativity. “I realize this approach isn’t for everyone, but it’s essential for us grinders,” Tom says. Some images in this showing are borrowed from Italian High Renaissance and some from the early Memphis rock ’n’ roll scene because of the polarized manner in which they allude to the world. The advent of the Renaissance has the discovery of the spherical nature of the planet factored in, while the global escalation of rock ’n’ roll is anchored in the outcome of the world wars. This is a long-running theme of Tom’s. The more immediate goal of this exhibit is in using natural forces like compression, expansion and gravity to suggest that the heart be empowered, and love be brought into balance with the rampages of the intellect.

A resident of Dundas for the past decade, Tom Hilborn has exhibited in the Hamilton areas and at many solo and group showings throughout southern Ontario.

March Art Crawl: Tamara Thompson & Carolyne Topdjian

Spring is in the air and these collections exude rich biological and pastoral imagery. We hope you'll include us in your James St N art crawl outing.

Carolyne Topdjian
“In my recent collection of paintings, Bio-scapes, I explore how living, organic forms intersect across time and space. I am interested in an existential theory that everything is connected; modes and manifestations of consciousness are malleable, interrupted and reworked with matter. Through spontaneous and deliberate methods of paint application, I seek to render realities that are layered—dreamlike, alternate or abstract. Likewise, my paintings interweave elements of nature with bird, animal and insect bodies in order to create both microscopic and macroscopic patterns of greater cosmos, from fossils and DNA to clouds and constellations.” –Carolyne Topdjian
Artist Bio:
Carolyne Topdjian is an artist, writer and educator whose work explores existential issues of aesthetics, consciousness and identity. She studied painting and drawing at York University. Her art is featured in private collections in Canada and abroad. Currently, Topdjian is creating a series of paintings that represent fusions of dream, memory and object.

Tamara Thompson
A Series of Loops
Artist Statement
Tamara’s practice demonstrates an interest in the moment of translation from film imagery into painting. Through a time-based process, she reworks film sources that engage ideas of horror and the experience of anxiety into a painting schematic. More specifically, Tamara uses GIFS of people experiencing extreme emotion from film references in order to concentrate on a moment of crisis. In this particular series of paintings, the landscapes displayed in the GIFS provide an ungoverned space for the crisis to occur and thus facilitate a mediated reaction between horror and meditation. Layers of oil glazes are key in capturing the repeated attempts to mimic the movement of the jittering, anxious figures. As a result, gestures are slowed down, fragmented and yet monumentalized. Overall, a conversation between realism and abstraction as well as anxiety and calm reflection transpires.
Artist Bio
Tamara Thompson is a recent Drawing and Painting graduate from OCAD University. Tamara has exhibited work both in Toronto and Mississauga, and continues to experiment with in order to expand her practice beyond traditional means of painting.

Alecia Korkowski – Freedom States

Alecia Korkowski

Freedom States

Artist Statement

The concept of freedom interests me. Freedom within society and within oneself. I find art, in any form, facilitates freedom. If we are open to it, art has the potential to release us from societal structures, cultural norms, and ingrained patterns of thinking. And so these works I’ve created are my expressions of freedom, as a release of self and soul, in a non-traditional medium, without any guidelines or historical “method.” My general process starts with photographing food colouring in various vases filled with water. Either letting the water become still or using turbulence, the colour dyes spread throughout their fluid medium, taking on the basis of the shape I use. I then edit the photographed image using photo-editing software and alter shape, removing and adding portions as I please, and perhaps altering the colours slightly. Using a paint brush tool, I then play with the lines in the piece adding more movement. If it were to fall into a category, “Digital Painting” would be the most accurate one. Music heavily guides my process as it transports me to a state of focus, helping me to delve into creation, it’s own dimension. I work on a piece until I feel it contains equal elements of reality and imagination.

Artist Bio

My artist background contains experimenting with drawing, painting, music, dance, and photography. My life background contains experimenting with relationships, education, consumerism, office work, field work, introversion, spirituality, openness, and independence.



The series being shown is a work in progress that looks into the practice of cycling in Toronto. I am interested in people who use the bike as their primary mode of transportation and all the struggles that are faced when navigating through Toronto – a city not known for its receptiveness to bike lanes or the ideology of “sharing the road.” I have been alternating between taking photographs while on my own bike, documenting the fast-paced element that is involved when cycling through Toronto and walking through the streets to catch other cyclists as they make their way to one destination or another. My hope with this project is to create a record of cyclists within Toronto and to communicate both the joys and the perils of navigating these streets. The challenges involved with cycling in Toronto have made me a more confident cyclist as well as provided me with an active and cost effective mode of transportation. As homage to cyclists and bikes themselves, this ongoing series reflects a celebratory attitude towards how it feels to ride in an urban environment. All these images were taken in B&W 35mm, printed on 16 x 20 fibre paper in the darkroom, and finally placed within a custom window mat all made by the artist herself. Fehn Foss is a young artist/photographer working out of Toronto, ON and studying at Ryerson University's Image Arts program. Working mainly in analogue photography, Fehn enjoys bringing new light to strange and banal subject matter, twisting its meaning and context or simply showing it with an unobtrusive eye. She draws inspiration from urban situations and the odd compositions that are encountered in our daily life. An avid people watcher as well, the cosmopolitan city of Toronto draws Fehn's eye, but more importantly, the industrial aesthetic of her home town of Hamilton, ON has a huge effect on what she photographs. Mainly working in 120mm and 4x5, Fehn is searching for more opportunities to further increase the tactile process of her work and head towards a completely analogue outcome. In the past, Fehn has experimented with the salted paper print process invented in the 1830s and hopes to continue working with this as well as other historical processes.


My photographic practice is concerned with the ambiguity contained within natural and artificial environments. Throughout my practice I have been interested in the psychological quality contained by interior spaces and outdoor locations. In my work I blur the lines between staged situations and actual scenarios in order to pursue the idea of the unexplained within the existing method of image- making. In my practice I present an otherworldly condition and strive to suspend the belief of the viewers. Peter Michael Wilson was born and raised in Hamilton. He is self-taught in analog photography and its' various processes. Photography has been his preferred artstic medium, as it enables him to capture the endless subject matter that presents itself on a daily basis, and the infinite possibilities of creating pre-visualized scenes.

Shopping on James North this Holiday Season

We are excited to be bringing in home brewing accessories just in time for the holidays, so far we have the Aeropress in stock and we'll soon have Chemex, Hario grinders and pour over kits, and filters for all these items. While you're in the neighbourhood, we hope you'll come in for a coffee, stay for lunch, and check out some of our lovely neighbours for some gift ideas.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Mulberry!

Mixed Media

For the budding artists in your life, Dave has loads of amazing books, art supplies, posters, home scents, cards and Hamilton paraphernalia - including the Jelly Bros. map prints which are an easy go-to gift every Hamiltionian will appreciate. They also have art magazines for a great stocking stuffer. Mixed Media's Instagram

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White Elephant

Featuring Canadian made clothing, jewellery, knitwear, cards, and more, you can probably find something for everyone on your list at this lovely shop, they also have a location in Westdale with even more to choose from. White Elephant's Instagram

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Store on James carries an amazing selection of beautiful pottery and ceramics, along with a well curated used books section, and the Jelly Bros. poster prints. A cozy ceramic mug is a perfect holiday treat.

Store's Instagram


AGH Design Annex

The Design Annex has an amazing range and selection from holiday scented candles, to art and design coffee table books, felted animal ornaments, housewares, even an adorable shoe shine kit.

Art Gallery of Hamilton Shops on Instagram

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Pretty Grit

Pretty Grit has amazing and hilarious housewares, like this pizza slice ornament and a set of "Sawlt & Peppah" shakers. They carry the Campy range of candles in a handful of housewarming scents, throw pillows, kitchen accessories and some felted holiday animals for home decor.

Pretty Grit's Instagram

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Hand Knit Yarn Studio

A shop that specializes in local, independent, and eco-friendly yarn, Hand Knit has a warm staff who are super knowledgeable and love to help. They offer classes in weaving, spinning, felting, and host knitting nights. HandKnit on Instagram

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Project Fleece has a pop-up shop in back of Hand Knit, featuring Peruvian Knitting made by a women's collective, these knitting needles are actually bicycle spokes!


O's Clothes

For the sharply dressed hip men (and womyn) in your life, O's Clothes has classic and modern styles and popular brands such as No Fun, Brixton, and Levi's. Oliver carries wallets, coats, watches, and even some beautiful throw blankets tucked in the very back of the shop.

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Chaises Musicales

Specializing in vintage Scandinavian Teak furniture, Jeremiah's inventory is constantly in flux, and he's always finding creative new ways of arranging his shop, like chairs hanging from the ceiling! He's got loads of hand picked films, records, books, vintage stereo equipment, and smaller housewares. He's also a great conversationalist and worth a visit.

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Angela DeMontigny has established herself as a pioneer in the aboriginal fashion industry and designs original, custom apparel & accessories for men & women in the finest leathers, suede's, shearling & fur. She carries a new line of soy candles, leather handbags, artwork, Pendleton throw blankets, and jewellery. Her window displays are always beautiful and her shop is a joy to visit.

DeMontigny's Instagram page  MulbSHOP-29



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