Official Website and Blog of Julia Finucane

PLEASE NOTE: Julia is redoing her online web store for 2015. For shopping & Readings, please visit her Etsy & Ebay shops.

Welcome to the site of Fantasy Artist, Writer, and Intuitive Julia Finucane. Explore her enchanting art of fantasy, fairytales, fairies and fae, mermaids and goddess sisters. Get lost in the world of magick, spirituality, and Tarot. Learn Irish & Italian folklore and traditions. "Enjoy & Follow Me"!
To view Julia's Artwork, Prints, & Crafts in person, visit 464 Gallery and Impact Gallery in Buffalo, NY.

January 27, 2015

Love, Light, and Magick - Shop Opened in Buffalo NY

A new store has opened up here in Buffalo. Love, Light, & Magick is the cities newest Witchery Gift shop and the owner is Kurtlyn Cunningham. The location is also in a great area, on Hertel Ave, in my old neighborhood of North Buffalo. The shop not only has spiritual goodies, but local artwork as well, including mine. (I have art prints, sweet grass bundles, & handmade bath salts available there).

I first learned about the shop opening from my mom and sister, which is just a walk away for them. They both said that it was well worth the visit with reasonable prices and a very nice owner. I decided to email the owner and see if she was excepting submission from local artists and crafters. She said, "Yes" and that she would love to meet.

Long story short... the shop has a great feel, Kurtlyn is absolutely nice and has a good vision for the shop, and the prices are very reasonable. So if you are in the Buffalo area or visiting anytime soon, take some time out and check out Love, Light, & Magick. 

Love Light & Magick | 1374 Hertel Avenue | Buffalo NY | 716-262-0724 | facebook

January 21, 2015

Resume, Art Show, & Festivals for Julia Finucane


Gallery Representation:
464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gallery Member & Artist
Impact Artist Gallery, Buffalo NY. Gallery Member, Artist & Worker
Member of ELAB: Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo

Education:
State University College at Buffalo State, New York
Bachelor of Science in Art Education (Fine Arts and Design), December 2005
-GPA: 3.42/4.0; Dean’s List
State University College at Buffalo State, New York
Masters of Science in Educational Computing (Computer and Web site Design), August 2008
-GPA: 3.87/4.0; Dean’s List
Certification:
New York State Certification in Art Education (Birth - Grade 12), 2007 - present

Exhibitions:
2014
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. 10x10 for $20 Fundraiser, Art Exhibit & Fundraiser, January 23
Wine on Third, Niagara Falls NY. Impact Exhibit at Wine on 3rd, Art Exhibit, January 22
464 Gallery, Buffalo NY. Gifted, Holiday Art Exhibit, December 5-24
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Light up the Season, Art Exhibit & Holiday Show, Nov 19 - Dec 19
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. MUSE, Art Exhibit (Juried) , September 26
464 Gallery, Buffalo NY. Member Show, Art Exhibit, September 12
Impact Gallery Temporary Anex, Niagara Falls NY. Fourth Friday in the FallsArt Exhibit & Fundraiser, August 22
Urban Roots Garden Center, Buffalo NY. Oasis Garden Walk Show, Art Exhibit, July 26
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Empower Members Show, Art Exhibit, July 9 - August 29
City of Night @ Silo City, Buffalo, NY. 3rd Annual City Of Night, Celebration of Buffalo, June 27-28
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Fine Art, Health and Healing, Art Exhibit & Fair, April 30 - June 28
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Diverse Dimentional Paper & Sculpture, Art Exhibit (Juried), March 5 - April 25
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Lucky Charms. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) Feb
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, On Enchanted Wings. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) Jan

2013
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Druids & Dryads. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) Dec
464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gifted. Holiday Market Show (Juried), December 6 - 24
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Holiday Market, Fourth Friday & Open Studios, November 22 - December 21
464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Monsters 3.0. Halloween Show (Juried), October 25 - November 6
Iprintfromhome Celebration, Gallery show (Juried) & Open House, Kenmore NY, Celebrate Iprintfromhome, September 11
City of Night @ Silo City, Buffalo, NY. 2nd Annual City Of Night, Celebration of Buffalo, August 17
464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Surge. 5th Annual Members Show, August 3-14
Rediscover Blackrock Association -  Buffalo, NY. Discover Amherst Street Festival. Gallery Artist at 464 Gallery, June 15
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Beltane Beauties. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) April
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Trinkets & Toadstools. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) February
2012
Fencon - Crowne Plaza North Dallas/Galleria, Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas. Fencon IX. Convention, September 21 - 23
Convergence - Double Tree Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Convergence 2012. Convention, July 5 - 8
CONduit - Downtown Radisson, Salt Lake City, Utah. CONduit 22: Time Lords of CONduit. Convention, May 25 - 27
Balticon - Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD. Balticon 46. Convention, May 25 - 28
Eeriecon - Days Inn at the Falls, Niagara Falls, NY. Eeriecon 14. Convention, April 29 - 27
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Enchanted Awakening. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) December
Art School Grad Team, Silent Reflection. (http://artschoolgrad.blogspot.com/2012/02/silent-reflection-februarys-asg-exhibit.html) February
Art School Grad Team, Love. (http://artschoolgrad.blogspot.com/2012/01/love-januarys-virtual-gallery.html) January
2011
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, On Winters Glistening Wings. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) December
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Midnight Dark and Dreary. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) October
Artwanted, Haunted House. (http://www.ArtWanted.com/Browse/HauntedHouse) September 30 - October 31
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Sirens Song. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) August
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Return to Renaissance. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) June
Fantasy Artists of Etsy, Fairies, Elves, Pixies, Oh My. (http://faeteam.blogspot.com/p/exhibition.html) April
2010
Faeries and Enchantment online gallery, Solstice and Yule Faerie Art. (www.faemagazine.com) December
Campos Photography Center, Buffalo, NY. Unveiling the Winning Images. Group show (Juried), December 1 - January 21
Artwanted, Haunted House. (http://www.ArtWanted.com/Browse/HauntedHouse) September 30 - October 31
Buffalo Indie Market, Buffalo, NY. BIM's Buffalo Loves Handmade Artist Market (Juried). February 6
2009
Artwanted, Haunted House. (http://www.ArtWanted.com/Browse/HauntedHouse) September 30 - October 31
2008
Cosmopolitan Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Hells Commissary Halloween Show (Juried)October 31 - December, Group Show
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Upton Fine Arts Show. Spring, Group Show
2007
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Upton Fine Arts Graduates Show. Spring, Group Show
2005
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Upton Fine Arts Show. Spring, Group Show
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Upton Art Education Show. Spring, Group Show
2004
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Upton Design Show. Fall, Group Show
1998
Barnes and Noble Book Store, Buffalo, New York. Barnes and Noble Student Photgraphy Art Show. Spring, Group Show (Juried)

Awards and Contest Wins:
2013
Iprintfromhome (Compos Group), Buffalo, New York. iPrintfromHome Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Contest. Winner
2011
Art School Grad, http://artschoolgrad.blogspot.com. Line and Lyric Contest. April - May, Winner
2010
Iprintfromhome (Compos Group), Buffalo, New York. iPrintfromHome Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Contest. September - October, Winner: 1 of the 8 winners
2005
State University College at Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York. Outstanding Service Learning Award. Spring, Award
2004
State University College at Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York. Caccamo Art Education Award. Fall, Honorable Mention

Festival & Gallery Show Appearances:
2014
Veterans Art Festival & Car Show @ Niawanda Park, City of Tonawanda. American Legion Art & Car show, August 31
City of Night @ Silo City, Buffalo, NY. 3rd Annual City Of Night, Celebration of Buffalo, June 27-28
Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY. Fine Art, Health and Healing, Art Exhibit & Fair, April 30 - June 28
2013
Buffalo Womens Gifts Show in Asbury Hall at Babeville (Juried), Buffalo NY, Vendor Table. November 16
Veterans Art Festival & Car Show @ Niawanda Park, City of Tonawanda, NY, Vendor Booth. September 2
Steampunk Festival @ Lenard Oaks Estate Winery, Medina NY, Art Show Artist. August 31
City of Night @ Silo City, Buffalo, NY. Celebration of Buffalo, Art Show Artist. August 17
464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Surge - 5th Annual Members Show, Art Show Artist. August 3-14 
Art Sale & Yard Sale @ The Fisher Estate, City of Tonawanda, NY. Vendor Booth. July 22
TechNoir & FTMP Present The Alternative Garage Sale, Buffalo, NY. Vendor table. July 14
Discover Amherst Street Festival, Buffalo, NY. Vendor Booth. June 15
2012
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. May
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. July
2011
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts Table. August
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. April
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. March
2010
Campos Photography Center, Buffalo, NY. Art Show Artist (Juried). December 1
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. June
New York City Art Vendor, New York, NY. Fine Arts table. March
Buffalo Indie Market, Buffalo, NY. Indie Festival Table. February 6
2008
Cosmopolitan Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Halloween Art Show artist, October 31
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Group show artist, Spring
2007
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Group show artist, Spring
2005
Elmwood Art Festival, Buffalo, NY. Festival Artist: Face Painter, August
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Group show artist, Spring
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Group show artist, Spring
2004
Upton Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Group show artist, Fall

Publications:
2013
Iprintfromhome (Compos Group), "Paper Sampler & Calibration Kit Contest", September 2013- 2014
City of Night at Silo City, Magazine & Catalogue, Event edition
Artvoice - Buffalo, NY arts & culture paper, "City of Night", August edition
Artvoice.com, "City of Night", August online edition
2012
Julia's First Art Book, "Fantasy & Fairy Tales: The Art of Julia Finucane", Lulu Publications, published February, First Edition
Artwanted.com, "Artwanted 2012 art calendar", Holly Berry Birds on February 8,
2011
Iprintfromhome (Compos Group), "Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Contest", October 2010-2011
Megan's Creative Blog, "Fridays Featured Seller" (http://megansbeadeddesigns.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/fantasy-art-for-fridays-featured-seller/) November, 25
Allison Weeks Thomas "Artist du Jour"(http://allisonweeksthomas.com/?p=1121) May
Art School Grad, "APRIL's Line and Lyric WINNER IS... Julia Finucane" (http://artschoolgrad.blogspot.com/2011/05/aprils-line-and-lyric-winner-is-julia.html)
April - May
Silja Erg Art blog, "Featured Artist of the Day: Julia Finucane" (www.5erg.com) March 30
2010
FAE – Faeries and Enchantment online gallery, "Solstice and Yule Faerie Art Gallery" (www.faemagazine.com) December
Pink Noise Art Zine #4, "Spotlight on Julia Finucane", pp. 42-45, September
Iprintfromhome (Compos Group), "Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Contest", October 2010-2011
Pink Noise Art Zine #3, "Artist Images: Julia Finucane", pp. 34-35, August
Pink Noise Art online Website, "Featured Fine Artist: Julia Finucane" (pinknoise.katierobinson.co.nz) June
Iprintfromhome Artist Interviews, "What, How & Why - A Closer Look: Julia Finucane" (www.iprintfromhome.com) March
Buffalo Rising, "BIM's Buffalo Loves Handmade Artist Market", February 5
2009
Needles and Jewels, "Featured Etsian: Julia Finucane" (needlesandjewels.blogspot.com) November
Artwanted, "Haunted House" (http://www.ArtWanted.com/Browse/HauntedHouse) September 30 - October 31
Doodle Page, "Featured Fine Artist: Julia Finucane" (showinoff.blogspot.com) April

Lectures, Teaching, Spiritual & Art Spotlight Events:
2013
Missjuliaart Youtube Channel, Video Creation, Spiritual / Reading & Art advice series. January - present
2012
Missjuliaart Youtube Channel, Video Creation, Spiritual / Reading & Art advice series. January - December
2010
Pink Noise, Art Zine, Artist Interview & spolight series. September
Iprintfromhome Printing Company: The Compos Group, Art Kit Gallery Show Event. October
2009
Needles & Jewels, Online publication, Artist Interview & spotlight. November
2005
Buffalo Public School #56, Buffalo, NY. Middle School Art Teacher. October - December
Buffalo Public School #64, Buffalo, NY. Pre K & Kindergarten Art Teacher. October - December
Forest Elementary School, Williamsville, NY. Elementary Art Teacher. September - October
Buffalo Public School #74, Buffalo, NY. Elementary Art Teacher. Spring
Aspire WNY Children's Center, Cheektowaga, NY. Special needs Teachers Aid. Spring
Westside Community Center, Buffalo, NY. Art Teacher & counselor. Spring
2001
Audubon Senior Services, Williamsville, NY. Senior citizen arts & crafts aid.
1997 - 2000
North Buffalo Community Center, Buffalo NY. Summer counselor: Arts & Crafts room. July - August

January 20, 2015

Bio and About Julia Finucane


Julia Finucane has been interested in the Fantasy world since she was a young child. Her first memories are of her sitting on her fathers lap, while he read books of Fairy Tales and Irish folklore. She believed in these whimsical storybook characters and hoped that the magic of them could come true. Today Julia knows that fantasy & magic do exist, as long as you believe.
Art Representation at 464 Gallery Impact Artist Gallery
~ Buy the Book:
Julia published her art book Fantasy & Fairy Tales: The Art of Julia Finucane in February of 2012.

Julia has been creating art since she was a little girl living in the snowy city of Buffalo, New York. Painting Victorian styled 'Big Eye Girls' which resemble porcelain dolls, along with fairy Goddesses, underwater mermaids, and whimsical birds, Julia creates her own little fantasy world.

The themes that are dominant in Julia's artwork are whimsy based and combine reality and the fantasy world. She gets her inspiration and ideas from her childhood and from popular fairy tales. Working with many mediums, acrylic paints and colored graphite are her favorite and are dominant in her pieces. Julia also uses a lot of metaphoric symbols and colors to show emotion and to portray the stories she tells.

"I have had a love for fantasy, fairy tales, and cute little girly dolls since I was young. I can remember reading Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and the Brothers Grimm with my father. I still love this fantasy world and try to represent it in each each piece of art. All my pieces have stories behind them, but I encourage everyone to interpret their own stories."

Julia not only is a fantasy artist, but she is an intuitive Tarot Reader as well. As an artist, Julia was drawn to the beautiful images that were found in the Tarot cards. Each card and deck is different piece of artwork and you never know what will appear. Asking for guidance during every reading, she will always have a candle lit and a crystal or two next to her. Believing in the power of intuition, spirit, and the energy that is in all of us, Julia encourages everyone to be open to their own intuition. She views every reading as a conversation among the client, spirit (God, passed loved ones, spirit guides, angels, and spirit self), and herself.

The first time Julia saw the magick of Tarot, was while traveling to New Orleans with her family at a young age. Her love of the the whimsy grew, with her yearly visits to to this city. Here was where she became interested in Tarot and the spirit world. Always believing in the help of loved ones past, these visits strengthend her beliefs. Maybe it was the culture or the beauty of the French Quarter, but New Orleans always had and still has a sense of pure fantasy and magick.

Julia's first traditional reading was done in this special city, on the cobble walkway of Jackson Square. With art and music all around, Julia sat in wonder as the lady read her. Following every word, she was amazed at how intuitive and comforting the reading was. This day strengthened her belief in this culture. 


Always having a love of different cultures and spiritual paths, Julia tries to incorporate her spirituality into her everyday life. Being raised Irish Catholic in an Italian home, she has a strong connection to the spirit world, the saints, and family tradition. She was always taught of the afterlife, and looks to passed loved ones and family for help and guidance.

While at college, she studied the many world religions including Eastern and Western religions, Pagan beliefs, Witchcraft, Spirtualism, and the beliefs of the Roman and Greek Empires. This is also where she started studying Tarot indepth. All these factors and teachings have influence and still influence Julia's everyday life and beliefs. 

Julia puts her heart, energy, intuition, and soul into every thing she does and every item she creates. If it's a painting, a trinket box, a rag doll, herb mixtures, or ritual oil.. each ingredient, material, or recipe is created by Julia. 

Education:
Julia received her bachelor's in Art Education, and her certification to teach. She received her masters in computer design and fine arts. Taking as many Design, Fine Art, & World Religion classes that she could; this is what shaped and gave her the knowledge to create everything she creates.

Julia not only took formal training in Art & Spirituality, she continues to reseach and study as much as possiple to gain even more knowledge. She has been studying Tarot for some time now and is constantly finding something new in the cards. Learning is a never ending process with Tarot and with life. Julia is a researcher at heart and is always looking, listening, and searching.

Home Life:
Julia grew up and studied in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. When graduated, she moved to New York City, where she expanded her love of art & culture. Here she learned to "sell art on the streets" and the ins and outs of being an artist in NYC as well as the business of it all. She exlpored the many world cultures as they became mixed in a big American city. Developing her spirituality even deaper, Julia found happiness walking Central Park, eating different cuisines, and falling in love with the city. After 8 years, Julia moved back to Buffalo and started a new chapter in her life. Buying an old house with much history, next to a 1800's cemetary, she still has her hands full. It is a full renovation house and after 2 years of still "fixing things up," it is exciting to see the house become her own (and her husbands of course).

Julia is happily married to her highschool sweetheart, Christopher. They share their home with two black kitties Penelope & Fiona, two rescue Rottie's (Penny and her daughter Lizzy), and the spirits of animals past. Puppy, their beloved dog for 10 years, still comes around and makes herself known. Her nails can be heard on the wooden floor, following them throughout the house. Although Julia has only seen her spirit three times, both Chris and Julia can feel and sense her.
~ Below are Julia's beloved animals. Some who are with us in Spirit.

*Puppy is still with us in spirit.
*Thelma and Louis are sisters. May they always be together.
*Smokie & Zoey are Julia's parents cats. Both healthy beauties.

Additional Information and Links:
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/missjuliaart where she shares videos on spiritual techniques, Tarot, her artwork, and her pets.

Below are some interviews that have been done on Julia. Click the links below to view each interview.