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Eric Allen Montgomery is a mixed media artist and arts promoter, creating professionally since 1981. Born in Toronto, and raised in the Niagara region, he spent 17 years in British Columbia running a glass sandblasting studio creating decorative work and custom recognition awards for international clientele, as well as overseeing 2 small galleries.
He returned to his home province of Ontario in 2007, and in July 2008 he moved to Guelph where he spent his first 4 years exhibiting his assemblages and photo-based work at the Guelph Farmers Market.
In 2013 he was honoured to win Best in Show at Guelph’s Art on the Street and in 2014 was chosen by the Guelph Downtown Business Assoc and Guelph Arts Council as one of the Quebec St Banner Artists.
As ACE (Art Craft Excellence) creative services he is available as an independent curator, selecting and hanging personal and corporate art collections, as well as assisting artists with studio work, marketing, and gallery and exhibition assistance.
From 2016 to 2020 he was the curator of the rotating ART@ebar art displays at the eBar in Guelph (closed due to Covid) and remains curator of the ongoing 'Celebration of the Seasons' exhibitions in the Bookshelf Cinema Greenroom lounge. From 2002 to 2015 he was the creator and organizer of the ACE (Art Craft Excellence) show & sale.
2017 saw him joining both the annual West Hamilton Artists Tour and the Guelph Studio Tour.
“I tell stories, both real and imagined, with STUFF.
I utilize a wide variety of found, altered, and created objects and materials, often set against my own photographs of “found textures”.
I create works to celebrate events, interpret themes, or simply to enjoy combining these elements abstractly.
I feel that my diverse technical background (graphic artist, jeweller, glass artist, gallery curator), and my inherent eye for colour, texture, balance, and spatial geometry are well used in this marriage of materials.
Form and Function combine with Reality and Myth, linking the technical expertise of a Craftsperson, the aesthetic and philosophical explorations of an Artist, and the wit and whimsy of a Story Teller.”
Commissions welcome – let me tell YOUR Stories!