Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting “Saturate the City: a live expression through photography and paint,” coinciding with Nuit Blanche on Oct. 1. The exhibit, a live-painting project by Waterloo startup Jess & Mel, takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Laurier Toronto on the main floor of the Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West.
Jess & Mel was founded and is run by artists Jessica Kalman and Melissa Falconer. Kalman is a professional photographer based in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and Falconer is a professional self-taught visual artist specializing in portraiture and pop art. Combining the art of painting and photography, Jess & Mel create unique and contrasting mixed media pieces by painting directly onto photo canvases.
Throughout the evening, Falconer will be live painting on a large photo canvas of the Toronto skyline. She will be accompanied by a video of Kalman taking and editing the photo that is being painted and discussing the process. The piece should take five to seven hours to complete.