“Shirley Elias is on Fire”
Colouring in the linesEntrepreneurial local painters aim for commercial acceptance, buck stereotype of starving artist
By: Morley Walker for the Winnipeg Free PressPhoto by Phil Hossack Winnipeg Free Press
Passion for music inspires bold visual work
By Janice Ryan, Edmonton Journal – October 30, 2009
VISUAL ARTS PREVIEW
St. Albert Gazette, Saturday, October 24, 2009
When you hear the title of the new show at Art Beat Gallery, two ideas should immediately come to mind: it involves two people and they make some beautiful music together.
The Edmonton Journal
Most people are lucky if they have one artistic skill, and luckier still if they’re able to pursue it professionally. Shirley Elias has been lucky a few times over: her first success was as a concert pianist, and now she has found another calling as a painter. She had always dabbled in the visual arts, but until about a decade ago it took a back seat to her music. But then she started receiving commissions for her work — more than 60 — and things took off from there.
If Frank Zappa was a mother of invention, then Shirley Elias is the mistress of self-reinvention.
The Winnipeg performer and arts administrator has tried on many hats in the course of her creative life.