Admission is only:
$5 adults; children 10 years and under admitted free (limit 4 children
free per each paid adult admission.
available @ door day of event, or in advance at Artcite Inc., 109
University Ave. W., Windsor or call: 519-977-6564. Doors
NOTE: BYO chair,
blanket, bug spray, etc. (Please! No BYO beverages! No coolers, alcohol
or glass bottles allowed on festival site).
Just what IS the FAHRENHEIT Festival of Fire!??
It's a family-friendly, truly "spectacular" spectacle--and
Canada’s first Fire sculpting festival.
So what IS Fire Sculpture?
"Fire sculpture" harnesses the beauty of fire as a creative,
performative act: the beauty of "Fire Sculpture" is not limited
to the creation of a beautiful object (what is traditionally considered
the "art"), but is rather focused on how each unique sculpture
Skilled fire artists are able to use a minimum of means to control
and shape the fire, to choke oxygen in order to control tempo and pace,
and to manipulate the burning pattern so that the fire sculpture doesn't
resemble, or burn, like a bonfire. The big art "burn" is
fleeting, kinetic and encompasses a singular moment that can never
be precisely restaged.
The lasting value of the unique art form of “Fire Sculpture” is
literally created before--and in--the spectator's eyes: the final "art
work" is only completed when the sculptures are finally torched
and witnessed by the crowd.
Flashes of brilliance by Christina Kallery,
Metro Times, 10/1/2003
Credit: Gligor Stefanov, 2005 Fahrenheit Festival
The 2008 Fahrenheit Fest opens this year with fiery performances and
feats of daring by members of Detroit’s acclaimed FIRE
The BIG ART BURN of 12+ Fire Sculptures will
feature works by artists from Windsor and Essex county—and
from across Canada:
Denis Bolohan (Cookstown),Patricia Leguen (Saskatoon),Pat Conrad (Harrow),Steve
Daigle (Windsor),Vin Halford (Windsor),Tonya Hart (Toronto),Ed Janzen
(Kingsville),Suzanne Konyha (Windsor),Matthew Romain (Windsor),Erma Roung
(Harrow),Ken Roung (Harrow),A.G. Smith (Windsor),Gligor Stefanov (Windsor),Rod
Strickland (Windsor),Wayne Tousignant (Amherstburg).
The 2008 Fahrenheit Fest also features the following public, FREE
WED. Sept 24, 7:00 pm
Fred Israel Auditorium,
Windsor Public Library Main Branch
by guest artist Sophia Isajiw (Los Angeles and Toronto, ON)
history, ritual and unique collaborative communities behind contemporary
Fire Art Festivals, including the wildly popular Burning Man Fest
THURS. Sept 25, 7:00 pm
Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre, 121 University W.
on Ephemeral Art and special construction techniques of Fire,
Ice and Sand Sculpture by guest 2008 Fahrenheit sculptor Patricia
from Sainte-Nazaire, France, now resident in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
FRI. Sept. 26, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Artists will be on-site creating and installing
their sculptures; the
public is invited to drop in to watch--and learn more--about the
construction process. (Anyone interested in learning more about fire
sculpting by assisting our visiting artists are invited to call Artcite
SAT. Sept 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm:
Founding Fahrenheit organizer and visiting artist Denis
ON), will lead an informal, on-site, process-oriented workshop
explaining the process of “Fire Sculpting” from creation to immolation,
with a focus on fire safety.
For more info about this, or any Artcite activity, contact:
Christine Burchnall, Artcite Admin Coordinator or
Leesa Bringas, Artcite Artistic Coordinator @ 519-977-6564
The 6th annual "Fahrenheit Festival" is a special fundraising
venture of Artcite
Inc., and is made possible with the generous assistance of the Ontario
Trillium Foundation and the Town of LaSalle’s Department of Recreation
and Leisure Services. Many thanks for their generous support! Artcite
also acknowledges the additional support of its members and volunteers
and the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor.
2008 Fahrenheit Fest Visiting Artists’ bios:
Sophia Isajiw was born in 1964 in New York City. She has lived and
worked variously in Toronto, where she studied fine art at the University
of Toronto from 1983 to 1988, during which she founded the student-run
gallery, A Collective Stroke; Los Angeles, studying print media at
the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia from 1990 to 1992
where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree; Windsor, Boston,
Siena (Italy), Saskatoon, Banff for seven years where, between 1993
and 1997 she was the Assistant to the Director of the Visual Arts
Residency Programs at the Banff Centre. Also during her Banff stay
Sophia founded the Velvet Antler Studio for Print Media and developed
a print publishing program called Velvet Antler Editions. Her work
was included in the 1998-99 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.
She received the 1998 Award of Excellence in the Arts Honourable
Mention from the Government of Canada's Canadian Artists and Producers
Professional Relations Tribunal, an award that commemorates the 50th
Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was
also artist-in-residence at the Rosenberg Studio in New Mexico and
Open Studio in Toronto. Her work can be found in public collections
such as the Canada Council Art Bank, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian
Rockies, the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Civilization,
as well as many private and corporate collections in Canada, the
United States and Europe.
-- The Centre for Contemporary
Canadian Art, The Canadian Art Database
Originally from Saint-Nazaire, France, Patricia Leguen has competed
at over one hundred national and international snow, ice, sand, and
fire sculpture competitions and festivals since 1991(in Canada, Norway,
Italy, Russia, the United States, Greenland, the United Kingdom,
China, Japan, France, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, and Mexico).
Patricia studied Fine Arts at the at the École des Beaux-Arts,
in Nantes, France and at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon,
and holds several other University degrees, including a Masters of
Arts degree in English. She is a government accredited conference
interpreter and a certified translator.
The only Canadian woman competing at the international level in snow,
ice, sand, and fire sculpture competitions, Ms. Leguen has won numerous
international prizes for her ephemeral works, including:
- January 1995, Public choice and Second Place at the International
Snow Sculpture Competition in San Vigilio, Italy
- February 1996,
Third Place at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Moscow,
- March 1996, Silver Medal at the World Ice Carving Championships
in Fairbanks, Alaska, multi-block classic, 20 tons of ice
1997, Special Jury Prize, International Snow Sculpture Competition,
- January 1999, Third Place at the International
Snow Sculpture Competition in Harbin, China
- March 2000, Artist
Choice Award and Bronze Medal, Abstract Category, at the World Ice
Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, Multi-Block Classic, 20 tons
- July 2000, only Canadian invited at the first International
Sand Sculpture Festival in the UK, in Glasgow, Scotland.
2000, Award for Best Architecture and Second Public Choice at the
World Sand Sculpture Championships in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada
2001, Second Place at the 28th International Snow Sculpture Festival
in Sapporo, Japan
- August 2001, International Fire Sculpture
Festival in Fécamp,
- January 2002, Second Place at the International Ice
Carving Competition, in Harbin, China
- January 2003, Second
Place at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Harbin,
2008, Third Place at the International Snow Sculpture Competition
in Harbin, China