Painting by Ricki Oltean
|As a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a busy world, Pelee Island provides artists of all kinds the opportunity to be inspired, stimulated, and engaged. From the breathtaking scenery to the quiet vistas, Pelee Island offers both spectacular scenery and peace of mind away from the bustle of city life. |
From painters to poets, authors, wood workers, and photographers, nature and community are viewed through a multitude of lenses. Pelee Island welcomes and encourages artists of all kinds to explore the Island and bring their own interpretation of the Island to life.
Check out local artists like Ricki Oltean and Mary Celestino at Artworks. All of Mary Celetino's artwork is available through Art Rental & Sales at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Ricki Oltean's works can also be viewed and bought at Conorlee's Bakery.
Poem by Ricki Oltean
I'm not riding in taxis, streetcars, buses or trains.
But maybe flying here to there
over cracked ice split open by freighters.
sluggish they move.
And paint still stains my neck and wrists.
Fog rolling in and over the island to make for a white backdrop to dream up any horizon besides water and the distant speckles of the, “best place to live in Canada”. And the landscape I imagine is the one that is revealed when the fog lifts and the humm of the Cesna roars overhead. They are coming or going, bringing or taking and the island is lighter than before.
Profile of Artist Ricki Oltean
I was drawn here like so many, captured and remain on this Island for moments like these. For the silence that is broken by my daughter’s laughter, for the peace that remains just beyond the forgiving shore, for the flavour he brings to this life and our table. Here, I started as artist and have grown to become mother, partner, baker, business woman and friend.