The Black Lantern Experience: Where Rails and Water Meet

The Black Lantern Experience is an art show featuring the creative work of a group of independent artists based in Welland, but not limited to the confines of its borders. This city collectively unites a group of artists putting forth an effort to create cultural change through artistic influence on our community by working in a variety of alternative artistic forms, mediums, and subjects. We seek to encourage one another in our artistic pursuits, and establish a place for ourselves within the local arts community.

Due to the response from the first show in July, we are presenting another art show featuring the artwork of local independent artists. Our show’s title, “Where Rails and Water Meet”, reflect a theme of the representations, visualizations, reflections, idealizations, and opinions of our city.


Collage art by James Takeo

This art show will feature the work of the following artists:

T. Lee Kindy

Lee is a local photographer and artist doing photography for over 30 years, but only doing digital photography for the last 3. Lee loves all styles of photography, but his passion lies in the field of conceptual photography, where he can pull something from his imagination and bring it to life. Lee gets his images from film and his imagination and likes to push the boundaries. Never one to turn down a photograph challenge, he has been working on combining different photographic and digital medium.Lee is also doing a pet project called Zombie Pinup, where beautiful women are turned into deadly zombies.

Dave Bags

Born and raised in Niagara, Dave has always been involved with the photographic arts. Learning to process and print his own photographs was just the beginning. Spanning almost 3 decades with a camera, Dave has photographed everything from people, bands, places, bugs, and even abandoned buildings. Only recently starting to show his work in public exhibits, he has already received accolades and started to sell prints and take on custom work for clients. To see more of his work visit

Chris Lagesten

Chris has been a urban artist in the underground art scene for 20 years. From street level art and hanging out in train yards, to being apart of the team that helped build one of Canada’s top hip hop/graffiti festivals, Chris has had his hands in all of it. Chris is on the executive board for ArtFest Welland and has been the driving force in bringing urban art to the mainstream public eye. Chris is also founder and editor-in-chief of Always Fresh Magazine, an online magazine and blog about all things related to urban art and culture. Last year, Chris won the City Of Welland Arts & Culture Award for Visual and Media Art.

Michael Swords

Bad boy heavy metal vocalist Michael has been tinkering in the garage since boyhood. Turning anything he could get his hands on into a piece of art, making almost anything into a canvas. “As a voice to the voiceless…one must dedicate all their time into presentation.” This time, it’s from the hands. This junk yard freak-of-nature wants to make it all look different. Nothing can be normal,abstract from extract,junk and hot rod art, comin’ at ya….

Domenico Agostino

Born in Italy, Dominic has a blue-collar background and uses photography as a base for creating, original, outsider art in various mediums (photography; poetry; music; graffiti; poster & t-shirt art; watercolours; pastels; pen & ink; coloured pencil; charcoal and wood carving). His industrially inspired images fuse to various themes to provoke ideas. Green by nature, he rescues unwanted items and transforms them into unusual works of wisdom. Poetry and chaos share the brightest light from the darkest spaces, revealing colourful white noise amidst black rainbows. Domenic was a videographer in WNED’s “Our Town: Welland” featuring Welland fight clubs, a founding member of Niagara Blues & Jazz Society, Co-chair in Welland’s 150th Anniversary Youth Committee, Welland Rose Festival – Juried Art Show Chair, and currently, ArtFest Welland – Co-founder and chairperson.

Shane Horwat

Shane is an amazing freehand tattoo artist, preferring to take on darker subject matters, but is also very adept at colourful pieces of art. Shane has been tattooing in Niagara for several years, but is now turning his attention to other artistic mediums, and decided to make Welland the place where he can work on such creative projects. Shane has also donated his a time and talents to such charities as Epilepsy Niagara, and Autism Ontario.

James Takeo

Born in Japan, James has been a tattoo artist for a number of years, both here in Niagara as well as in western Canada. With an art school background, James has been a screen printer for many years also, and spends much time drawing and painting, writing poetry, and is also a lover of local history, which is the subject of many of his blogs. Recently, James decided to create his own private art studio for all his creative projects in Welland, and is encouraging more “local art on local walls” by offering his own space for this art show for the evening.

We will also feature some work from some new and up-and-coming visual artists:

Craig HotRod

Born and raised in Welland, Craig does black-and-white photography of still life subjects such as vechiles and buildings from interesting angles and perspectives. With a half-decade of photography under his belt, Craig is expanding his horizons and beginning to exhibit his work, showcasing odd and edgy images, reflecting the style he uses.

Roxanne Nero

Born and raised in Welland, Roxanne has just recently found a passion for photography, not just for photos of family and friends but for Urban photography and the history behind the abandoned buildings she visits.

Atom J Dellow

Born in Welland, but raised on the internet, Atom is a digital artist, not only copying reality, but altering it and shaping his own. His recent art portrays how Welland stands up to a broader scope of things, and how it can be communicated through digital medium.

The Black Lantern Experience will be held on the evening of Saturday, August 17th, starting at 8PM.

The location of the show is at 75 West Main Street in Welland.


Photo by T.Lee Kindy

Due to the nature and subject matter used in some of the artwork on display, this will be a 19+ show. Viewer discretion is advised.

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