Wednesday, November 11, 2015

VERA

Moving from her home in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Vera Malitskaya came to Canada three years ago, following her heart. What she found was a supportive artistic community and friends which allowed her creativity to blossom.

An artist, Vera is currently collaborating with a fellow artist on a huge canvas, a wall in the NightOwl restaurant in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood.

Having gone to university and art college in Uzbekistan, Vera felt that artists and creativity were not valued or appreciated, especially artists who are non-traditional. "There wasn't so much freedom for creating there. People we not supportive of ideas," she says of how artists are accepted.

Vera is happy, energized and filled with inspiration. Came to Canada as a live-in caregiver for a supportive family who are still close friends. Vera met her fellow artist and partner on the wall project, Amanda Maccagnan at the ETA Awards and have created a strong creative bond.

The NightOwl wall will be finished today. It is a striking piece of art and one that should be seen. The restaurant is at 647 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.


PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

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