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Come along as FLY buzzes around the grassy aisles of this year’s RIVERDALE ART WALK at Jimmy Simpson Park on Queen St East. This year, FLY discovered some fabulous new artists as well as saying hi to old friends whose work FLY adores.  The show runs today through tomorrow (June 2) and the weather should be lovely so FLY recommends you pop by to view all the beautiful works of art….and take your credit cards, too!!

Let’s start with WENDY CHO (pictured below) who captured FLY’s imagination with her adorable wee critters that appealed to the kids and the grown-ups who stopped by her tent. FLY flew off with 4 of her mini greeting cards that will be sent to friends or kept for personal adoration! www.onceuponadesign.caNext tent FLY visited was DEEPTI SAXENA who uses canvas, paper and other mixed media to produce stunning textured masterworks. Check out her large format paintings at Further along another aisle, FLY found TUEAI LA with her giant peonies and other colourful blooms….so gorgeous! You gotta check out her website: to run into JEFF WALKER who creates portraits of robots, real or imagined! FLY actually has one of his smaller portraits previously purchased at the Rosedale Art Fair – Jeff will be at that show next weekend so you can check out his work in person…or visit his website

FLY had a lovely chat with CAROLYN LAIDLEY (pictured below) who is the new Chair of the Artists’ Network, which hosts the exhibition each year. An accomplished artist herself, Carolyn’s tent was full of beautiful canvases…lots more for viewing on her website: SACHTER is a first-timer at this years Art Walk so FLY asked him to share his feelings about the experience…

Visit Michael’s website to see lots more samples of his photographic art

Nice to see SUE MACKAY being busy in her tent – lots of interest for her beautiful paintings… www.suemackay.comAnd then FLY flew into MORGAN JONES‘ tent where he, too, was busy chatting to potential buyers. Hope you made that sale, Morgan!
www.morganjonesart.comAnother newbie found! FLY had never seen KATHY BYRNE‘s work before but oh what a wonderful surprise awaited FLY in the tent. Just look at these gorgeous portraits of humans and flowers.
And below, Kathy shares her thought via video…

A lovely surprise to run into artist Nancy Bennett (not exhibiting this year) who was visiting contemporary abstract artist PAUL BRANDEJS (below). So many different styles, sizes, mediums…there is something for every wall! Ta-daaa! FLY found everyone’s favourite artist, ROB CROXFORD, but he was gobbling down a rushed lunch so instead of snapping a pic with his mouth full, FLY focused on his booth (below) where visitors were gobbling up his prints and originals. So much fun! Finally, FLY found an exciting photographic artist whose work reflects her love of all wee beasties…esp. chickens. JANET HOLMES proudly explained her support for rescue chickens and those who give them sanctuary away from the massive egg-laying batteries. She is also donating 100% of sales this weekend to rescue sanctuaries in Ontario so please go visit and pick up one of her pictures…they are lovely. FLY adores the proud chook with the red head shown below. For directions and more details on the weekend show, visit the official website:
Good luck to all the artists and FLY thanks you for your hospitality.



For several years, FLY has been following Kirk Sutherland‘s canvas stories painted in vibrant colours with shapes and swirls that draw the viewer in to create one’s own story and meaning.  FLY was first introduced to Kirk at Urban Gallery in downtown Toronto where he presented a solo show several years ago, and it was love at first sight! The large energetic canvases practically jumped off the walls, drawing gallery visitors in and engaging them in conversations with each other and with the artist himself.  FLY recently checked in on Kirk and asked him to share his thoughts on his work and arts in general…..

What (or who) first inspired you to take up a career in art?  For me it was never a matter of being inspired nor have I ever considered what I do as a career. Everyone comes here with a life purpose; some may never know what that purpose is and others do. I recall from an early age I inherently followed what was naturally instinctive to me. I was inventing, creating and building things almost unconsciously. There wasn’t a logical reason, it was simply a process and something I had to do.  Making art is an extension of who I am, call it a mission from my higher self.Where did you study or are you predominantly self-taught?  I graduated from OCADU from The Faculty of Experimental Arts where I studied for 4 years intensely. I was there during what could be defined as the Golden Age of OCAD. Between 1987 to 1991, I studied under some of Canada’s masters: trailblazers like Graham Coughtry, Gordon Rayner, Paul Sloggett, Dan Solomon, Jim Tiley and Robert Hedrick. I was also honoured to spend two years studying colour with Francois Thepot who gained an international reputation as an artist, designer and color theorist. In my opinion he was cut from the same cloth as Joseph Albers. Through his guidance I quickly realized that there are no limits to the element of colour.You have such a vibrant & colourful palette – are there certain colours that “speak” to you or guide you across the canvas?  I tend to paint with chords, not notes. My old professor Paul Sloggett coined that phrase. What I mean is there are so many hues within each colour.  Every colour, shade, tint and tone has its own identity. Every colour has a unique chromatic DNA. The process of working with colour is more aligned to the synergy one may have in a romantic interaction. In reality every color has purpose and meaning and each one holds equal importance, whether subtle and introverted or extroverted and intense.  You experience synesthesia which enables you to use all your senses when tackling a painting – can you explain what that’s all about?  Having synesthesia is a neurodivergent reality So my brain does not function like a neuro-typical brain does. As far as creating and painting is concerned, I find myself in a balanced position between the conscious plane of existence and the more ethereal. My creative process is partially choreographed and deliberately linked with a need to surrender control to spontaneity, intuitiveness. It’s much like a merging of classical compositional practice with the unconscious realities of serendipity and the unknown. My paintings dwell in the realm of the unseen and metaphysical where innovation and ingenuity are paramount. With this being said I purposely seek to feel a degree of discomfort for the purposes of not becoming predictable.Obviously, Covid shut down in-person gallery exhibition opportunities – how did that affect your working habits?  Covid didn’t really affect me directly because I’m an introvert and I generally spend long periods of time away from people. It didn’t really matter to me, in fact, I was quite comfortable the whole time. Shutdowns probably helped to eliminate any distraction which may have existed, hypothetically speaking. I work and live alone in a quiet space where originality exists as well as my enormous need for independence. I do have a lot of empathy for the many galleries and businesses that didn’t survive the lockdowns.2023 resulted in several high-profile shows for you, what gallery events are planned for Kirk Sutherland this year?  I’m anticipating a few shows in Toronto this year. I will also potentially be collaborating in a couple of projects which, at this point, are only in the conceptual stage of development. I have great gratitude for whatever is made available to me.

Any advice for emerging artists looking for career inspiration?  My greatest advice is to educate yourself and become a student of art history. There is no such thing as pure creativity, everything has an origin and we must be influenced. It is also vitally important to observe the world and be true to yourself, because there are only two genres of art – honest and dishonest. Also be willing to experiment and take risks. For true art is not meant to be decoratively precious, but instead it’s an extension of who we authentically are within. Lastly, believe in yourself and overcome the challenge of self-doubt, because art making is a purely solitary act. Only create art that you want to see!

If you would like to learn more about Kirk Sutherland, visit his website at:  And follow him on IG & Fcbk (linked via his website)


The National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, ACT) is presenting the first survey exhibition of acclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour, which charts the artist’s career, revealing the power of his painting and the potency of his words.

Renowned for producing paintings laden with dry wit, Namatjira has established himself in the past decade as a celebrated portraitist and a satirical chronicler of Australian identity. His paintings offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective.Showcasing Namatjira’s burgeoning artistic practice, this major exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper and moving image from public and private collections nationwide. The exhibition will also feature a selection of watercolours from the national collection by the artist’s great-grandfather and critically acclaimed Western Arranda artist, Albert Namatjira.

Read all about the show and the artist here:

As a little girl, FLY loved Vincent’s great grandfather Albert’s iconic Australian paintings of desert landscapes featuring stunning gumtrees (below)…. …..and now, Vincent is winning major national art prizes (The Archibald) and securing his own place in Australian art history. He was the winner of the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize, the first Indigenous artist to win the Archibald Prize in 2020, and in the same year was recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in honour of his contribution to Indigenous visual arts.His work reflects a definite political point of view and features many pop-culture personalities and provocative images. If you’re Down Under in the next few months, FLY recommends you drop in to the National Gallery of Australia and visit Vincent’s paintings to learn more about the cultural issues still boiling under in Australia, and enjoy his colourful, brilliant images.

Vincent Namatjira
Australia in colour – 2 Mar – 21 Jul 2024


A couple of years ago, FLY read on one of her Australian fine arts Facebook groups about a stunning new exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda, FLY’s old home town in Western Australia. The show featured the most spectacular gumtree blossoms painted on over-sized canvases and they were jaw-droppingly beautiful. The artist was STACY GARDOLL and FLY knew she had found her “spirit artist”. When FLY went home in 2022, it was just prior to learning about the gallery otherwise a personal visit would have happened but at least FLY can share Stacy’s story and her art, which is available for international shipping should you also be wowed by the large originals or prints. Stacy kindly responded to FLY’s interview request and she shared insights into her work and her life and career inspirations….Stacy, what first motivated you to pick up a paintbrush and start creating?  I’ve been painting in different forms since high school, and it was there that I first started. As a student, I went on a week-long art camp to Rottnest (a beautiful little island off the WA coast famous for its quokkas), which was organized by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, where we rode our bikes and stopped to paint what we saw. It really changed the way I saw landscapes, and I mixed colours. It was also the first time I’d spent time with other like-minded people who loved art as much as I did! You have such a bold and distinctive style – did this come naturally or were you inspired by other artists?  The boldness probably comes from my years working as a theatre set designer and painter. It was an aspect of the designing process which I particularly enjoyed, and over time my designs took on a very painterly aesthetic.  As for the painting style itself, it evolved over time. Theatre scenery is obviously seen from a distance, under stage lighting, so painted elements need to be very textured and high-contrast in order to not look washed out or flat. This has definitely informed the way that I paint now – I much prefer high-contrast, saturated colours. This way I can paint what I see, but heighten different elements to highlight and set the botanicals apart from the background. Combined with the large scale of most of my work, it can also give a sense of drama. (below, Stacy with her Cinderella village scenery) Your botanical “portraits” are spectacular – have flowers always appealed to you as subjects for your canvases? Your landscapes are also vibrant and full of energy – which do you prefer?  At the moment, I’m loving botanicals, but I’m certainly not locked in to any genre. I used to paint botanicals in my teens, and have always loved painting and drawing. I remember painting some close-up botanicals way back then, but thinking they weren’t possibly going to lead anywhere. Funny how life turns out!

I will always love landscapes though, and still look at the world through “frames”, much like photographers must do. It’s a way of seeing which is always with you, once you learn it. I grew up in Lesmurdie back in the 60s & 70s, on the crest of a hill overlooking the city of Perth. Back then it was considered “the bush” and our ½ acre block was full of wild flowers and tall trees. Are you lucky to live surrounded by gumtrees and wild indigenous plants or do you contend with close neighbours and “artificial” gardens?  That would have been amazing growing up in such an untamed environment – I would have loved that! I grew up in Swanbourne, so was always drawn to the coast, and particularly loved being near the water. The beach still feels like “coming home” to some degree.
Where we’re living now is considered the foothills- so we really have the best of the bush at our doorstep, whilst also being close to the city when we want to be. We have a regular block, which I’m in the process of replanting with lots of Australian natives – I’m really looking forward to being able to paint WA native species from my own backyard.

Can Canadian or US art lovers purchase your work and have shipped over? (obviously purchaser would pay for shipping).  Absolutely – original paintings can be sent framed or unframed, and paper or canvas prints can easily be sent in a tube. Do you have any upcoming shows and if so, where and when?  Yes, I’m having my very own Open Studio next month, on April 28th, which is really exciting.  I participate in the Mundaring Hills Open Studios event every October, so I know what to expect, but it is really great to be having my own Open Studio event. It’s a wonderful way for visitors to view my art, and talk to me in my relaxed home environment. It’s a lovely chance to talk about the process and to show people my workspace, as well as the finished pieces.
I’m also participating in a group exhibition in September, which will be at the Moores Building, in Fremantle. There are 9 botanical and still life artists involved, including myself- and we all have thoroughly different styles and approaches. It will be called “Perfectly Still.”Stacy, thank you so much for chatting with FLY and I can assure you, FLY will be a fan for life!  Some of your work shows the giant dinosaur-like cranes in Fremantle – something FLY witnessed herself and had one of those ooo-aaah moments driving by. Love these pieces…
If you want to learn more about this talented Aussie artist, please visit Stacy’s website and follow her on Instagram.    IG: @stacygardollart


FLY is thrilled to celebrate the upcoming opening of JACKALOPE GALLERY at 1558 Queen St East, Toronto, by artists GAIL WILLIAMS and TRACY DAVIES (pictured below) this Saturday 5-9pm.When Covid struck Toronto, we lost so many indie art galleries due to enforced isolation and closures. Now, as art lovers are craving their gallery fix, Gail and Tracy bring us a brand new space located in the east end of downtown Toronto. FLY recently spoke with Gail who shared her thoughts….

So many indie galleries closed down due to Covid – what prompted you and Tracy to open a gallery now?  It was serendipity really – I met Tracy at a Cornwall gallery and we got talking about a collaboration and decided to look for a gallery space in Toronto. We found the right with a wonderful landlord who bought into the concept of an art gallery and work studio. My studio is actually there, too, so I have a lovely creative space in which to work.You offer wall space to other artists – how do you plan to promote their works as well as your own?  Both Tracy and I are very savvy with social media and have created an Instagram account for Jackalope and will be launching our Facebook one, too. We’re thrilled to celebrate other artists via regular postings, show announcements and a monthly newsletter.You put out a call for artists and ended up with numerous submissions – what was your curatorial process to select the artists for your first show?  We first decided upon a theme for our debut show and that was “courage” so we reviewed all the submissions to find art pieces that reflect boldness and uniqueness. We also made sure that the individual artists had active websites and social media accounts themselves to enable us all to cross-promote and support each other.

How many shows do you plan to present over the coming months?  We’re planning a period of 4 weeks for our curated shows – this enables artists to invite their family, friends and followers down to see their work hanging on our walls. We’re also presenting artist workshops and other special events as we move forward through our first year….it’s all so exciting. And we already have 500 online followers with 200 people signing up for our monthly newsletter.

GOOD LUCK to Gail and Tracy, and if you want to keep up with news from the gallery, check out the website and social media….
Instagram: @thejackalopegallery  or the artists themselves:  @gailwilliamsartist  @tracydaviesart the meantime, FLY will be buzzing around the gallery on Saturday to report on the launch. Check back with us for the big blog.


FLY RECOMMENDS…..Formerly the Lions Club Art Awards, this year, the City of Kalamunda, located in the hills overlooking the city of Perth, Western Australia, is putting together their inaugural art awards. ZigZag Gallery hosts this open exhibition showcasing artworks by established and emerging artists. The Art Awards is an exciting new opportunity to explore the many flourishing artistic practices and stories of the City of Kalamunda and Perth surrounds. Exhibition opens Saturday March 16.

Featuring works from Adrianna Wasinska-Fabian, Allison Snell, Andrew Taylor, Anne Bennett, Anne Farrell, Anne O’Leary, Ashleigh Whyte, Barbara Gell, Basil Antonas, Carrol Dunford, Cath Inman, Charlene Blumenfeld, Christine Oxberry, Clara Cook, Cole Baxter, Colin Jefferson, Colin Smith, Corinne Lorraine, Craig McKeough, David Lazaro, Dot Ulijn-Blaszczak, Emma Lashmar, Esti Nagy, Gabrielle Bruce, Geofrey Fooks, Gordon Mitchell, Ian Moss, Isabel Stuart, Janine Judge, Jessica Fisher, Jo-Anne Maire, Johanna Zeelenberg, Karen Price, Karin Hotchkin, Kathleen Szalay Mulholland, Lia Simmonds, Lurlene Murray, Marika Oost, Mary-Jane Malet, Mavis Paskulich, Merribeth Ainsworth, Merry Robertson, Michelle Fleur Knowles, Mikaela Castledine, Mike Leadabrand, Moira Court, Natasha Adamson, Neil Douglas Elliott, Neil Gray, Olaf Rosentreter, Paul Johnson, Paul Moro, Petra Smeets, Pip Milton, Renee Rose, Robyn Beardsell, Rodney Blumenfeld, Ronald J Bailey, Sandie Schroder, Shanti Gelmi, Shirley Spencer, Stephen Castledine, Steven Bentley, Sue Bass, Sue Doorey, Tammi de Rooy, Tom Hogg, Trent Budding, Una Bell, Vic Bullo, William Ferrier, Zali Morgan, and Zofia Paluszak.For more information about the Zig Zag Gallery visit – gallery thanks event sponsors @whiteroomframing and the Lions Club of Kalamunda.

The Zig Zag Gallery is located on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar land. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.


FLY has visited Gallery 1313 (located at 1313 Queen St West just a few blocks past Dufferin) many times and loves buzzing around their different showrooms, admiring contemporary multi-disciplinary art at it’s best.

Established in 1998, Gallery 1313 is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run centre located in the Parkdale neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. The gallery exhibits local, national and international contemporary art offering four unique exhibition spaces that house over 70 exhibitions and many cultural events each year. Gallery 1313 supports emerging artists with professional development and career building opportunities, offers members a welcoming space to connect with colleagues, develop their practice, and contribute to the operations of the gallery, and engages the public with contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events through community outreach.

Gallery 1313 maintains accessibility to exhibition opportunities for artists at any stage in their career and working in any media or discipline including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance. The space is particularly suited to emerging artists and artist groups looking to gain exhibition experience and host their own exhibitions, and offers professional exhibition mentorship and support including promotion and installation assistance. Starting the new year off with a couple of amazing shows, Gallery 1313 is a must-visit venue for art lovers and artists. FLY recently spoke with Executive Director and curator Phil Anderson…

Have gallery visitors started to come back in full force now that Covid appears to be in our rearview mirrors?  Visitors to the gallery welcome the opportunity to engage with art in a gallery setting after being confined to their digital screens during Covid. People are thrilled to be able to talk with artists about their art process and artists are excited to have receptions where they can mingle with visitors and other artists…the social interaction they missed during lockdown & isolation. Art also has become a welcome distraction to the weary news of war, climate change and a sagging economy. Occasionally art addresses those important issues and helps contribute to healthy dialogue about issues of the day.

What does 2024 hold for Gallery 1313 shows and artists – any unique shows or guest artists we can look forward to viewing?  We have over 70 exhibitions a year so there is usually some work that visitors are attracted to and can identify with. We have 3 exhibition spaces plus a window gallery so a visitor may come for one specific exhibition and gets to see other shows. We’re somewhat unpredictable if you just happen to pop in, an endearing feature for some.Here are just a few of the upcoming shows…..

VASA presents BY A THREAD, a group exhibition
January 31- February 11.  Reception Feb. 8th 6:30pm
The Visual Arts Student Association (VASA) at York University is a student-run organization that represents the interests of visual arts students. They organize events, workshops, and exhibitions to promote the work of visual arts students and provide opportunities for students to connect with each other and the wider community. Artists include Andrew Atanasoff, Anoushak Anvar McCall, Angelina Cascio, Aman Gebrekidan, Brian Ginther, Chloe Acosta, Colin Arthurs, Danielle Alexander, Emily Horton, Grace Dixon, Hall Skelton-Dyck, Joely Sosnovich-Raphael, Kayla Cowan, Kile Brindley-Reid, Lishya Liu, Malika Sharma,Marissa Watson, Mihn Phuong Le, Nathan Dennis,Nadia Feller, Olivia LaFoy, Olivia Martin,Robyn Percy, Sara Bursey, Sam McLeish, Shin Tousi, Sonia Esmaeillou, Summer Ansari, Tamara Madramuthu and Vanessa Akinwumi.
ART & MUSIC by Sanghoon Kang presented by Cell Gallery & Gallery 1313
January 31 – February 11. Reception Feb.8th 6:30pm
My art practice is inspired by Goethe’s words, “…architecture is frozen music” and my aim is to demonstrate my belief that architecture must evolve into something that, with its form, satisfies a spiritual thinking and into an artistic as well as cultural container – embracing human life.
Music notes move and I want to capture their sounds and movements onto canvas, frozen in a free form. They are created by the communication between all kinds of musical instruments, and they are related to each other within the fundamental principle of music from which would be formed various ‘imageries of music’.
Using geometry, I try to draw them up as if I complete architectural plans, provided that the establishment of architectural concepts could share common ideas with the composition of music, and at the same time, wishing that those who love music and art have all sorts of beautiful imagination.
Sanghoon KangProcess Gallery: The Parkdale International Art Fair (continuing)
More artists exhibit their works in this curated exhibition of curated contemporary art. Participating artists include David McKevy, Kristen Stephen, Elaine Lauzon, Diane Sullivan, Patrick Stieber and others.

Gallery Hours: Wed- Sat 1-5pm and Sundays 1-4pm 

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Thanks, Phil, FLY will see you soon….


FLY was saddened to learn of the impending closure of one of Toronto’s finest indie art galleries, BLUE CROW GALLERY,  that is, until the announcement came that they had secured a new location in the same neighbourhood, and the move and re-opening will take place in the spring…yaaay!! FLY reached out to gallery owner, JODI WHEELER, and asked her to fill us in on the exciting new adventures for her gallery….

Jodi, Blue Crow is in the middle of a big move to a new location. What caused this move?  Sadly, we are having to move after our current landlord told us they would be raising our rent nearly double the rent we were paying and it was just not going to be feasible. We tried to negotiate and they were not willing to budge. Our options became move or close. We were lucky to find another storefront close by that would work for our gallery staying in the neighbourhood. This was vital for our art school and clients. Blue Crow has been a leading light in Toronto’s indie gallery scene for seven going on eight years – how was the gallery received by artists and art lovers when you opened?  I’ve been working in Toronto with artists and in galleries for 24 years now so when I started I had lots of artist friends in the community who were extremely supportive and eager to work with me here at Blue Crow. Since opening, the gallery has been lucky to get to work with so many amazing Canadian artists.  I think the artist community was excited to have a new gallery in the city carrying fun contemporary and emerging work in a space that was very inviting.  Our clients love being able to come and shop for local art and crafts at affordable prices. The east end community has loved having Blue Crow in the area and it has been a wonderful addition to Gerrard St.

And how has the gallery grown over the years with artist support, classes on offer, in-home consultations, special events, etc.? Blue Crow has become “a community” and not just a set of walls on which to hang art, hasn’t it?   We’ve grown so much, and the following for our gallery always fills my heart and surprises me how much we are loved by this city and beyond.  What started out as a dream has been brought to reality and wow it has been a ride.  Our art school started out small and now has full classes every day of the week.  Our adult workshops have been a big draw for fellow artists and creatives as well as others just looking to enjoy a fun afternoon creating in the studio.  Even our summer camps have really grown over the years and are now such a special part of our studio program.  The art events we host are always well attended and lots of fun.  Before Covid, these parties were booming and I’m sure with time this will grow again too.  The joy of our gallery really does go beyond just the gorgeous art on our walls. We will try to find our footing in the new smaller space and bring a new energy to our gallery, and I’m sure it will be wonderful in a whole new way.  This community has been so wonderful and their kindness and support has been overwhelming since announcing the move.Your new gallery is pretty close by so thankfully you’ll remain in the neighbourhood – can you share where the new location is, and will you still offer all the classes and workshops?  Yes, of course – 1330 Gerrard St E will be our new location.  We will be setting up there and fixing the space before we fully move over in April.  We’ll still have all the wonderful classes, camps and workshops to offer in the new location.  Registration for our summer art camps is on line now.  It will be different, as change always is, but it will still be filled with the amazing art, talent and our awesome team that you have come to know and we will just bring all that joy into the new gallery.

Are you looking to increase the number of artists you showcase, and if so, how do artists submit their work for consideration?  It will take us some time to find out how we fit things into the new gallery the way we like and then we will open back up to new artists.  We’re going to expand our online platform, too, with more work on our website once we have the new location.  Our gallery accepts artist applications for review through our website.  At this time, we are busy moving and won’t be reviewing any new work until after the summer.  This year, sadly, we will not be hosting our annual summer group show that features 107 Canadian artists each year.  We’ll try to host it next year once we’re settled in, so keep following for that news in future. (Pictured below, the fabulous Blue Crow team….)Thanks everyone for all of your love and support and we hope you will fly down the street in the spring and check out the new nest…I mean gallery :>) Jodi Wheeler, Blue Crow Gallery

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So, Jodi, good luck with the move and the grand opening on Gerrard in April. FLY will be there to report on all the festivities!


FLY is happy to advise that long-time friend, PHILIP CAIRNS (actor, writer, artist, poet….) is presenting a special solo show, Sunsets, of his iPhone photography of…yes, sunsets in Toronto. Hosted at Show Gallery, 978 Queen West, east of Ossington, the show runs now thru this Sunday, 1 to 6 pm. Also open late tonight (Friday) and Saturday 7 to 9 pm.  The beautiful photos make perfect gifts as well as additions to your own art collection, and all are very affordable. FLY got a chance to ask Philip (pictured below) a few questions about his show…..
Congratulations on your solo show- what inspired you to present an exhibition of your photography?  I started taking photos with my IPhone about 7 years ago. I go down to Lake Ontario quite a bit, on the boardwalk west of Ontario Place. The sunsets, there, are fantastic. I began posting them on Facebook and Instagram. People really loved them and encouraged me to have a show of my work and put out a coffee table book. I helped Helen Posno hang her solo show at Show Gallery earlier this year and met the curator, Lev. He offered me a show. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to show my photos. I have taken so many pics of sunsets, by the lake and from my living room window, so I’ve mostly concentrated on this show of sunsets and sunrises. I can see the sunrise from my kitchen window, although the recent building of 2 condos has obscured the sunrise, a little bit.What do you find so attractive and inspiring about sunsets?  I’m very much a night person so sunset means the beginning of the night. Also, they are very beautiful. Some of the sunsets by the lake are spectacular. To me, the night is the time of creativity, when it is quiet. Sunsets are the beginning of magic time. All the noise and rushing around of the day has ended and I can go into “the zone” to create. I paint, draw and write, mostly at night. Sunrise means the beginning of construction noise, traffic, phones ringing, emails to answer, tasks to do, errands to run etc. But, many times, sunrise is the end of my day. That’s when I go to bed. So sunsets are beginnings rather than an ending.You also paint and sketch using multiple media and styles- do you prefer the “instamatic” sense of photography or do you like working on a particular picture over days, weeks, months?   The iPhone camera makes things look even better than they are in real life. I do like the fact that a photo takes a few seconds: look, point the camera, make sure the horizon line is not crooked them click. Instant beauty.  Sometimes, I’ll work on a small drawing for years. I may put 4 on the easel and work on them for 4 years. 15 minutes, here, 2 hours there. The colours become very rich. I don’t really sketch. I only draw using coloured pencils. Sometimes coloured chalk and oil pastels.

Do you intend to continue taking photos for future shows?  Yes, definitely. I deliberately kept the photos small for this show so they would be affordable. I don’t take as many photos as I used to, mostly because of iPhone storage issues. But the results are often so beautiful when I do take photos that I certainly will continue to take photos. I also like to take night shots of the city. They look very eerie and intriguing.  For the past 6 months, I’ve been consumed with a short film I wrote and directed. There were a lot of issues getting it done, some postponements, then I got Covid and was barely healthy enough when the shoot actually happened. So I haven’t been taking a lot of photos or painting or drawing. Right now, it’s in the editing stage. I can’t wait to have it finished. I have some great footage with a dream cast. But I think about the film, often, about what takes to use, how to cut it etc. And it’s only a little over 20 minutes long.So you only have a few more days to check out Philip’s beautiful photos – drop by SHOW GALLERY located at 978 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto. And you can follow Philip on Fcbk at:


FLY was recently browsing her social media and discovered a wonderful new online gallery, Vessels and Sticks, dedicated to contemporary ceramic art and artists, both local and int’l. FLY reached out to gallery director/curator Jennifer Kerbel Poirier and arranged today’s in-person viewing of her current exhibition hosted at The Lobby, 1120 Yonge St (just N of Roxborough).  This spacious gallery space also provides context and develops a narrative about the works that facilitate a strong sense of connection. It is for these reasons that Vessels and Sticks are so excited to partner with The Lobby by Heaps Estrin to be able to offer this experience.  A selection of ceramic art by International and Canadian artists are included in this physical exhibition and all works included in the in-person gallery will also be offered on the V&S virtual gallery.
V&S seeks to be a destination and community for anyone interested in discovering ceramic artworks that are both contemporary in design and conceptual approach. The e-gallery provides relevant context about these works and make them available for purchase in one easily accessible, online destination. Each artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity denoting details of the artwork’s originality and value. They partner with talented ceramic artists worldwide who may be located in your own community, where you travel, or in places with which you may have a personal connection. Each artist provides a distinct point of view while sharing a common passion for the medium of ceramics. Approaching their practices with verve, individuality, and creativity, Jennifer is thrilled to share the artists’ work and stories. Here’s Jennifer to tell you more….

This current in-person show welcomes visitors on these following hours:
Monday 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 10am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 7pm
Friday 10am – 7pm
10am – 6pm
11am – 5pm
…and you can find directions and details on their website:

It was such a pleasure chatting with Jennifer and learning about her online services for both contemporary ceramics artists and buyers. She makes it easy for artists/potters to promote and sell their art (with a modest, artist-friendly commission) so FLY encourages artists to reach out to her and learn just how simple it is to participate in this unique gallery service.
You can follow V&S on Fcbk and Instagram @vesselsandsticks