Category Archives: Artists

Finding Inclusivity: The Search For Belonging

I’m participating in this project by long time friend and talented artist Paula Mould
 Finding Inclusivity: The Search For Belonging
Paula says: “This project is designed to show the bigger picture. Bring women together, with their stories and say this is who we are. We’re all different. We’re all women. We all matter.”

I’ve been thinking about Finding Inclusivity …what is my story, what do I want to say?

My Story

I was raised by a strong, independent, resourceful woman who was a large influence to the person I became. As a child, I was creative, loved travel, the water and adventure. 

This is me at maybe 12 years old at the beach, always loved to be around water

I grew up in Toronto in the east end pretty close to the Beaches area. In high school I knew I wanted to be an artist. The only school I applied to was the Ontario College of Art, I got in. After graduation I led the typical starving artist lifestyle, lived in several “illegal” studios in Vancouver and then back in Toronto. I supported myself by waitressing, and other odd jobs. In Ottawa, I helped to run a couple of art galleries, there were lots of parties back then. Needing cash to travel, I auctioned off a large amount of my artwork and was able to backpack around Europe for a few months. People are always surprised when I tell them I traveled alone. In the early 90’s I lived in St Maarten, in the British Virgin Islands. I had some amazing times there and discovered my love of sailing.

Ann-Marie Cheung  – This is one of two murals I  painted on the Lady Mary – St Maarten, Caribbean 94

Having kids was never in my plans, it just kind of happened. I gave birth to my first child when I was 38 years old and then my second one 5 years later. Both healthy and wonderful! The relationship turned out to be extremely toxic so I ended it nearly 5 years ago and returned to doing things that I love like making art and sailing.

Some things I’ve done.

This is me July 2017

Ann-Marie’s happy place.

I love sailing


Miniature Show & Sale at Portside Gallery

Miniature Show & Sale – Portside Gallery, Port Stanley, ON
Opening Reception Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1-4 pm

Railway City Arts Crawl Feb. 24th & 25th St Thomas, ON

To celebrate the popular winter event of local arts and culture,
Railway City Brewery has create a limited edition Arts Crawl inspired beer pack! The specially designed bottles are set to hit retail shelves on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7pm! 
The six selected local artists chosen for the beer labels are:
-Ann Marie Cheung
-Chris Golding
-Laura Woermke
-Saffira Vandermark
-Elizabeth Kusinski
-Ben Vandevooren

Railway City Arts Crawl February 24 (6-9pm) & 25 (11am-5pm), 2017
St Thomas ON

Come and visit me at: Railway City Brewing Company 130 Edward Street, St. Thomas, ON

Also, view my artwork in the SHE exhibition at the Illumine Gallery 364 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON
Proudly raising awareness and funding for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County.

SHE at the Illumine Gallery – Opening Feb. 11th

I’m exhibiting along with other talented artists at the beautiful Illumine Gallery in St Thomas, Ontario. Opening February 11, 2017 7pm.

Many years ago, I was a gypsy soul exploring the Caribbean, traveling to Egypt, backpacking across Europe… These paintings capture my longing to be the gypsy wanderer once more; they transport me back to a delightful time before I became lost in motherhood.

Do you have a gypsy soul? Are you smitten by wanderlust?

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. “Time” for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” 
― Roman Payne

“She Survived” 12×12 acrylic on canvas © Ann-Marie Cheung
Donated to support Violence Against Women Services Elgin County

Coming up next:
February 24th (6-9pm) & 25th (11am-5pm), 2017 – RAILWAY CITY ARTS CRAWL – Railway City Brewing Company venue – A FREE winter event celebrating local arts and culture set in various venues throughout St. Thomas, ON

St. Thomas-Elgin Artists’ Guild 10th Annual Show & Sale

Just in time for Christmas, the St. Thomas-Elgin Artists’ Guild presents its 10th annual show at the CASO Railway Station in downtown St. Thomas! Original work by a diverse group of very creative local artists working in a wide variety of exciting media. Meet our artists, enjoy our tearoom featuring delicious treats, and make your art choices as you browse in this unique building. Something for everyone and admission is free.

CASO Station, 750 Talbot St, St Thomas (behind Giant Tiger)
Opening reception Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 from 6–9 with wine and beer.
Sat. Nov. 12, 10-6. Sun. Nov.13, 11-5.

Tree of Life, by Ann-Marie Cheung – Ink on archival 140lb cold press watercolour paper $60

Mermaid, by Ann-Marie Cheung – Ink on watercolour paper 5″x 7″ $60

Happy House, by Ann-Marie Cheung – Ink on watercolour paper 5″x 7″ $60

Two Fish, by Ann-Marie Cheung – Ink on watercolour paper 5″x 7″ $60

Enchanted, by Ann-Marie Cheung – Acrylic on Canvas 13″x 26″ framed $350

Come visit the 1st Toronto Art Blast!

Come visit me along with other talented artists at the 1st Toronto Art Blast!

Artisans at Work ~ AAWGallery 2071 Danforth at Woodbine Subway Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 2016 11am – 6pm

Light Refreshments & Live Painting Demos


What is the Toronto Art Blast?
The Toronto Art Blast is the city of Toronto’s first-ever city-wide open studio event. The event kicks off with a festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition and is follow by three weekends of self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout the city of Toronto. The event is free for the public to enjoy and artists pay a registration fee to participate. Printed guidebooks and online artist directories guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the city where the participating artists show. During the event, there are street signs directing the public to artist locations. The event is a great opportunity for artists and art collectors to connect one-on-one with one another in interesting and inspiring environments. Artist venues can range from home studios, outdoor venues, gallery settings, co-op spaces, cafés, restaurants, garages, back yards and other alternative exhibition spaces. Many artists serve refreshments, some give live demonstrations and some may even have live music.

London Children’s Museum Brush Off May 18th, 2016

I’m excited to be participating in the Brush Off to help support the London Children’s Museum!

16 artists will test their skills through a painting competition. Guests cast votes determining who is crowned the night’s champion.

The Brush Off 2016
1 night. 16 artists. 4 rounds of competition. 43 original works. 

The Brush Off is a unique fundraising event featuring a live painting competition, great food and live and silent auctions. Sixteen artists will test their skills through 4 rounds of painting competition. Guests vote to determine who makes it through each round and is ultimately the night’s champion. Original works of art will be created at The Brush Off and guests have an opportunity to take a painting home by placing a winning bid, all while supporting the Children’s Museum.

Right now, 1 in every 5 children in London is living in poverty.  The schools these children attend are unable to provide experiences to enrich the education and lives of their students because of cost and access barriers.  With your support of The Brush Off, the Children’s Museum will be able to offer a subsidy to help with field trip costs including bus transportation to and from the Children’s Museum and pizza lunch, often a luxury for the children.

Read the article in Our London featuring artist Shane Wilcox.

Toronto Art Blast – Call for Artists

Registration Deadline is April 1st!

Artists and artisans, at any level in their art careers, working in any visual medium are welcome to participate in this first-ever, city-wide annual open studio event in Toronto. Whether you are an emerging, mid-career or established artist, you are encouraged to participate in this exciting event. This is a non-juried event giving all artists and artisans an opportunity to connect directly with art-lovers and art collectors every year.

• Gain exposure to the art-loving and art-buying public.

• Enjoy 100% of the direct sales of your artwork to the public.

• Get listed and gain exposure on our website in the online artist directory as well as in 3,000 printed guidebooks prior to and during the event.

• Show a few pieces of your work to the public at the Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition (optional). Each artist is allocated a small space, enough room for an easel or podium or two and a portfolio.

• Exposure for you and your art at the Opening Reception and Preview Exhibition as well as your weekend venue.

• Getting or keeping your name and artwork “out there” is a critical part of being or becoming a successful professional artist.

• Opportunity to build your email/mailing lists.

TAB gives you the opportunity and inspiration to create new work every year and to show and sell directly to the public annually.

• Be a part of the larger art community in Toronto and meet other artists.

Register HERE

  • I’ll be participating
    Weekend 1: East of Yonge Street (July 16 & 17, 2016)

    Artisans at Work AAWGallery
    2071 Danforth at Woodbine Subway

Railway City Arts Crawl 2016 St Thomas ON

This years Arts Crawl was absolutely fantastic! I had such wonderful responses from all those who attended.

“A big thank-you to Railway City Tourism, the hosts, sponsors and especially to the artists who took part in the 2016 Railway City Arts Crawl sharing their work and creative spirits. The third annual event was bigger and better than ever! Along the “Crawl” on Friday and Saturday, we discovered artists who showcased an amazing range of unique work, but who also offer inspiration in countless other ways …” Read More

Railway City Arts Crawl 2016

A big thank-you to Railway City Tourism, the hosts, sponsors and especially to the artists who took part in the 2016 Railway City Arts Crawl sharing their work and creative spirits. The third annual event was bigger and better than ever! Along the "Crawl" on Friday and Saturday, we discovered artists who showcased an amazing range of unique work, but who also offer inspiration in countless other ways … video below contains a few scenes and just some of the sixty-some artists who participated. You can find information on all of them on the Railway City Arts Crawl website #ArtsCrawl2016

Posted by Relish Elgin on Sunday, February 28, 2016