About The Artist

Artist

Bio-Rhiannon Barry

Rhiannon is a self-taught visual artist born on

August 10th, 1982, in St. Catharines, Ontario. She spent a large majority of

her childhood and teen years on the North Shore of Lake Superior, living on an

island across from the small village of Rossport and also moving to the large

city of Thunder Bay. Now living in Niagara, Ontario, she creates whimsical

acrylic paintings and favours dream-like nature and water scenes, drawing from dreams

and the Northern scenery of her youth. Rhiannon

finds solace and comfort through art expression during many of life’s

challenges and engages in creative exploration as a form of self-care. She

develops programs and activities that provide the opportunity for others to

improve their overall wellness through arts participation.

It all began for Rhiannon

with some natural artistic talent and a sale of four paintings in 2008. Since then, her talent, reputation, and

networks within the arts and culture community have grown. Her pieces recently

showed in the 2020 & 2021 City of St. Catharine’s Mayors Annual Juried Art

Exhibits. 2020’s theme was Truth and Reconciliation. In solidarity with

indigenous cultures, she created a piece featuring hope for the future. For the

2021 theme of Resilience, they created an abstract self-portrait speaking to the

challenges which Creatives endured during the social lockdowns. Rhiannon has

also had pieces in exhibits in Hamilton and Niagara Falls. You can currently

find several of her pieces hanging in The Hub Art Gallery on Queen Street in

Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Rhiannon is currently pursuing professional

development courses in psychology counselling and business development. She

hopes to one day become a certified art therapist and practice full-time and

run wellness retreats on a grander scale. She has been working for and

volunteering in the social services industry in Niagara for many years and is

currently self-employed. She provides calming and conscious overnight and day

wellness retreats and group sessions. She also shares online artist studio

immersion videos and tutorials and mindfulness art-based group activities. You

can listen to her hosting a podcast titled ‘Creative Conversations: A Living

Library of Resiliency.’

With over ten years of experience developing and

implementing arts-based and therapeutic rec programming in both the arts and

social services fields and a corresponding 16-year career in hospitality and

special events, the idea to create ‘Be Whimsi Art Loft’ as its own unique

identity was formed. After participating

in the Niagara Falls Piano Project, #nfplayplayplay, in 2018, a fire was lit

for participating in public art projects. The idea that people wanted the c

togetherness that creative projects provided inspired new art projects and a

global audience. In 2019, participating in the Next Niagara GNCC’s ‘Priceless

Art Auction’ and winning the art battle offered growth in recognition as a

professional Artist. In 2020, The Secret Garden Doors project, in collaboration

with Links for Greener Learning, involved applying her skills as an artist and

in social services through grant writing, painting, artist recruitment, and

coordination while creating a community garden large-scale art installation.

She has also held Board and committee positions with the Carmel Fine Arts and

Music Festival, the City of St.Catharines Cultural Advisory and Culture

Planning committees, and The Niagara Foster Festival.

Employed as a social

worker for community not-for-profit charitable organizations for 10.5

years, Rhiannon has held several

postings, including Volunteer Coordinator, Book Keeper, Grant Writer, Intake

Worker, Community Connections Worker, and Community Outreach Coordination. Over

and above those duties, she always had a passion for arts involvement, so she

took on the added responsibilities of creating and developing several arts

projects for these community organizations. These included facilitating social

and therapeutic paint classes, spearheading the 150 Mosaic Mural Project for

St.Catharines, running youth group crafting workshops, nurturing and developing

a 5-week creative program and organizing

a full day art retreat for seniors,

developing and facilitating a children’s art and recreation after-school

program for four years. She had also participated independently in ‘Ontario

Culture Days’ as an activity leader in 2017, 2018, 2019, in 2021, participated in

the ‘In The Soil Arts Festival,’ in 2018 and 2019, in the ‘Niagara Falls

Writers Festival’ in 2018, in the ‘Carmel Fine Arts and Music Festival’ as the

kids’ zone chair and facilitator in 2017 and 2018, and in 2018 the ‘Niagara

Parks Rooted in the Garden’ as a workshop facilitator.

In 2020, Art By Rhiannon

Barry became Be Whimsi Art Loft, and with it came a more focused approach to

developing a small business. With the social restrictions of Covid-19, the

company evolved into a variety of creative therapeutic offerings. Once the

restrictions were lifted, the St.Catharines Cultural Investment Program

invested in the program ‘Gentle Painting.’ The success of that program spurred

the development of an online arts-based therapeutic wellness curriculum and

in-person Art and Wellness retreats. Using expressive arts as a tool when words

aren’t enough, Rhiannon offers retreats in the Niagara Region and North Central

Ontario at participating venues. Learn more about her upcoming events and

activities at:

Webpage: www.bewimsiartoft.ca

Email:

artbyrhiannonbarry@gmail.com

FB

Page: Be Whimsi Art

Loft:

https://www.facebook.com/bewhimsi/

FB:

Creative Wellness Haven:

https://it-it.facebook.com/groups/406326984457748/

FB Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/403290106358914?__tn__=CH-R

Instagram:

Rhiannon Barry Art: https://www.instagram.com/rhiannonbarryart/?hl=en

Podcast:

Creative Conversations-A Living Library of Resiliency: Found anywhere most

podcasts are found, including YouTube and Spotify

YouTube

Be Wimsi Art Loft:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdHWy-gELdBcai9AMZVYPFw

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