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OpenART Studios

the creative life of Maria A. Parrella-ilaria

OpenART Studios is part 'art-therapy-studio-on-the-go' and a contemporary fine art space. While OpenART Studios is my home studio and not open to the public, I do offer fee-for-service art therapy/art education sessions for a number of local agencies and post-secondary institutions. I have a BFA & Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Concordia University, MTL. and am an AOCA in Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD U).  For a list of services and fees, contact me at the following:  openartstudios (at )hotmail (dot) com 

All fine art and jewellery works created at OpenART Studios are sold under the name OpenART Designs and are created by myself. These works are for sale at various venues in & around town and soon will be available through my shop OpenARTDesigns at See below for a current list of sales events & exhibitions.  Thanks for stopping by...hope to see you soon!

All content, videos, photographs, design works are Copyright © 2010-present Maria Parrella-ilaria/OpenArt Studios/OpenART Designs.  All rights reserved.

OpenART Designs Jewellery: 


Mixed Media/Photographic Works:



Wednesday May 6 & 13, 2015: Creating Mandalas using acrylics and colour theory at the Art Gallery of Algoma, SSM. 6-9pm

Thursday June 18, 2015: Spring into Encaustics at the Steelton Senior's Centre, SSM. 1:30-4:30pm.


OpenART Designs can be found at these Annual Events:

3rd Sunday in July: Arts at the Dock, Hilton Beach Marina, St. Joseph's Island

2nd Saturday in August: Art on the Bay, grounds of the Voyageur Cookhouse, Batchewana Bay

2nd Weekend in November: Bushplane Museum's Christmas Gift Show


Past Shows/Exhibits:

Sept. 24/14: Culture Week Artist Showcase at the Art Gallery of Algoma

Sept. 27/14: ETSY Made in Canada, Pop-up Market, Mill Market, Sault Ste. Marie

Oct. 1-31/14: Camera Craft Gallery, Queen E at East, (My) Hidden Nature 2--'Nestled (in my mother's garden)'.

Nov. 8/14: Christmas Gift Show at The Bushplane Museum, SSM, ON

Nov. 22/14: 10-4pm Artists w/out Borders Art Fair (fundraiser for Sault College Edu-service missions), Essar Hall, Sault College, Northern Ave.

Dec. 3/14 - Jan. 31/15: Cafe Natura, Elgin St., new pics for show and sale 

Dec. 5/14: OpenART Designs at Shabby Motley, Queen St. E, SSM--for the month of December, a small selection of OpenARTDesigns jewellery can be found at Shabby Motley.

Dec. 7/14: Sunday Workshop Series--Fibre Art Jewellery making at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 2-4pm.

June 13/15: Saultlicious--The Grand Bazaar at the Machine Shop, Mill Square, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

July 19/15: Arts at the Dock, Hilton Beach Marina, St. Joseph's Island, ON

Sept.19/15: Sylvan Circle Tour, Elks Hall, 96 Church St., Echo Bay, ON 

Sept. 26/15: ETSY Made in Canada Pop Up Market, Ermatinger Clergue Historic Site, Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON 

Nov. 7 & 8/15: Bushplane Museum's Christmas Gift Show, Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Nov. 28/15: ARCH Fundraiser at Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Dec 12/15: Arts Council Art and Craft Fair, Superior Heights, Sault Ste. Marie, ON