“Objects from our everyday spaces relate more to us that we may acknowledge. They collect memories and traces from our past that may be easily overlooked. It may not be an integral part of a person’s history but it is composed of moments that make up a lifetime. Transforming these objects into aesthetic artworks alters their original function however the history remains. The object is no longer just an object. It is a memorial of the past. My current work is a combination of pieces that transform the perception of unwanted objects. Living in a continuous construction zone has forced me to spend time within someone else’s life while creating a new space of my own.

My sculptures and prints are collections of found unwanted materials contrasted against alternative representations of the objects themselves. The materials and subject matters vary from furniture to structural elements of the home. While many of the objects that I use are not a part of my immediate past, there is an urge to archive items that are in the process of decay. All the works are transformed through material and composition creating a monument from a pile of junk. Common materials are the found objects themselves, concrete, metal along with processes of destruction just as dust and ash. To me they become subtle, yet beautiful elements in the space quietly drawing attention as they stand in their own right, speaking for themselves.My prints are similar in aesthetic nature as the sculptural work; however they are represented as obvious artworks. They are displayed in typical manner on the wall with questioning imagery. Investigations into stains and traces of the human presence have been a common subject matter. I layer the images overtop one another either in digital form or physically with a variety of transparent papers.”

Born in Barrie, Ontario in 1989, Olga Klosowski is a graduate from Art and Art History at University of Toronto, Mississauga. She specialized in Drawing and Printmaking, with recent explorations in Sculpture. The imagery of her work focuses on objects and places of abandonment. Her depictions of the objects represent destruction with a hint of hope by not letting them be forgotten. She has exhibited her work in the Blackwood Gallery, Living Arts Gallery, and has an upcoming show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.


Heidi Artisan Schell is a Designer Maker from Ontario, currently living in Toronto. She has a range of talents across the artistic board focusing mainly in the material of hot glass (glass blowing). Heidi has always had a love for fibre and material culture; this theme is represented through her conceptual glasswork and printed art pieces. She spent 5 years obtaining her BFA between two schools, Sheridan College and the Alberta College of Art and Design. In this series of Collagraph Prints, Heidi demonstrates her creative process. She has carefully selected specific fabrics to work with and was able to capture the texture and tangible qualities of the material. The depth shown in each print truly demonstrates her unique process of printmaking.


Call for Submissions

DeFacto Gallery

2016 - 2017

Exhibition Season (September, 1 - August, 31)

Mulberry Coffeehouse

193 James Street North

Hamilton, ON L5B 4B8



Mulberry Coffeehouse invites artists to submit works for consideration for the 2016 - 2017

Exhibition Season.

The DeFacto Gallery is an ever changing facet of Mulberry Coffeehouse. Since the coffeehouse opened we have been supporting our local Hamilton artists as a place to exhibit, and sell their works. Art exhibits change monthly following the Art crawl schedule of the second Friday of every month. Artists working in all media are encouraged to submit works for consideration. Traditional and non-traditional media will be considered. Selected Artists will be given a 1 month/ 4 week exhibition slot.


•artist statement (max. 100 words)

•current CV

•10 images of current work, including a word document listing title, medium, size, date, sale value and artist’s name for each submission

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, August 1, 2016

Email submissions to: art@mulberrycofeehouse.com

Notification of Acceptance:

Artists will be notified by phone or email on/by Monday, August 15, 2016 if their submission has been accepted for an exhibition. Only those accepted will be notified. Accepted artists will receive details pertaining to the exhibition including dates, delivery of artwork, insurance and art crawl details.

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.