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Anna Sponer (Chiarelli) is a self taught Canadian artist, born and currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. Her parents, Salvatrice and Antonino Chiarelli, immigrated to Canada in the 1940’s from Racalmuto, Sicily. She is the only daughter and the youngest in a family of six children. Raised in the predominantly Italian "north end" of Hamilton, Anna’s interest in art arose from her colourful working class surroundings. She began drawing at an early age spending many hours observing and re-creating images on paper. Later in life, she visited many prominent art galleries in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy; and viewed the paintings and sculptures created by some of the world's greatest classical and contemporary artists. Her artistic proclivity was further nurtured by her fascination with impressionism.
Anna Sponer has been a member of McMaster Museum of Art, Women's Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) and Arts Hamilton visual arts committee. From 2006 to 2009 Anna has partaken in evaluating art work submitted by local artists for prospective exhibitions presented in the Arts Hamilton Gallery. She had also judged visual art for the "Street Canvas 2007-2008" contest held by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area; instructed and demonstrated her art at Mother Teresa's Elementary School in Hamilton (2005); was a nominee for the City of Hamilton's 2004 Arts Awards and actively supports various charities.
Anna's paintings - presented in The Hamilton Spectator, the Hamilton Mountain News, the Stoney Creek News and aired on CHCH-TV community events covering the 23rd International Spring Art Exhibition, organized by Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council; and shown during the Hamilton Literary Awards (2007) presented by Arts Hamilton.
*"To Dance", an oil on canvas art piece (especially created for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation) was auctioned off ($12,000) with all the proceeds going to Mac Kids. The art piece was generously donated by the buyer to Mac Kids to be permanently exhibited at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton Ontario (2008).
*"To Dance" was printed on the cover of the "Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Annual Donor Report i ~ April 2011 including a mention in the report.
*Anna's oil painting "Young Oprah
Winfrey" was published in
"Portrait of America"
*Recipient of the
YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction 2010 Award
*Anna's Artworks to be exhibited in South India - Calicut, Kerala ~ 2011
*Anna and her brother Charly
storyteller, actor, musician
are currently working on various projects
View Charly's profile blog at:
-Regina Haggo -
Art Columnist for The Hamilton Spectator
-Dan Mclean - Senior Anchor for CHCH News, Hamilton, Ontario (2008)
"The Art World" - an international discussion group
Collection of Anna's artworks on YouTube video's