Gerri Ann Siwek
Gerri Ann Siwek is a visual artist and arts educator living and creating in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“I entwine nature and art in my collections and imagery, inspired by curiosity and the wonder that surrounds me. In my art making I observe, collect and record what is both visible and invisible. I combine the explained with the unexplained and the natural with the supernatural. Working with paint, collage, encaustic and installation, I continually explore the diversity of both the natural and supernatural worlds.
“I teach with patience and humor and believe in the importance of nurturing the creative soul that everyone possesses. I teach drawing, acrylic and encaustic painting classes in Regina, and throughout Saskatchewan. I have also taught workshops in Toronto, Ontario, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Verona, Italy. As a visual artist, I have exhibited and presented artist talks throughout Saskatchewan, in Edmonton, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec, Houston, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dearborn, Michigan.”
Gerri was born in 1951 in Hamilton, Ontario. She studied drawing, painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the Art Students League of New York.
In 1980 she moved to Regina, Saskatchewan and began creating and exhibiting art while also working as a graphic artist and as an arts educator. She studied Adult Education at the University of Regina. As a visual artist, she creates in various media: drawing, painting, collage, assemblage and installation. She works in series exploring various themes and has created room and window installations of her multi-media artworks. Gerri Ann has received numerous grants and awards and her imaginative and often humorous works of art are included in private, civic and provincial collections.