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TORONTO’S GALLERY 1313 CELEBRATES NEW YEAR WITH NOT-TO-BE-MISSED SHOWS

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 

Follow the gallery on social media: www.instagram.com/gallery1313/  or visit the website:  www.gallery1313.org

Thanks, Phil, FLY will see you soon….

TORONTO’S BLUE CROW GALLERY ON THE MOVE TO A BRAND NEW SPACE IN APRIL

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

Lean more about the gallery and its artists: https://www.bluecrowgallery.com/
And follow Jodi and the team on social media: https://www.instagram.com/bluecrowgallery

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!

MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST PHILIP CAIRNS PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW IN TORONTO

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: https://www.facebook.com/philip.cairns.16

MEET JENNIFER KERBEL POIRIER, DIRECTOR OF VESSELS & STICKS, VIRTUAL CERAMICS GALLERY

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
Wednesday 
10am – 6pm
Thursday 
10am – 7pm
Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 
10am – 6pm
Sunday 
11am – 5pm
…and you can find directions and details on their website:  https://vesselsandsticks.com/

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 

 

ART TORONTO WELCOMES OVER 100 NATIONAL & INT’L GALLERIES, INSTALLATIONS, PROJECT SPACES, and more!

FLY was thrilled to be invited to the “media day” preview of this year’s ART TORONTO art fair and it was exciting to meet new artists and galleries as wellas lots of favourites like the McMichael Gallery which was front and centre at the top of the escalator. FLY was fortunate to view their current Tom Thomson exhibition and they were busy promoting their upcoming show…. https://mcmichael.com/
Just around the corner from McMichael was Montreal’s www.Blouin-division.com featuring the stunning “bead” works of Renne Condo. FLY then discovered a new gallery along Dundas West (website coming) Zaal Art Gallery and the charming booth hosts welcomed questions about the art, esp. the 3rd image below – what do you see? The artist has actually painted his face mid-shaving – it’s a foamy portrait.

FLY was welcomed into the booth of Halifax-based IOTA Gallery and the lovely ladies representing Nova Scotia artists were happy to share news of their gallery and works on display.

And IOTA’s artist Carrie Allison creates unique and intriguing soft sculptures such as these, below….Next door FLY found this small booth packed with lots of art books. Aperture is based in New York City and run by a very knowledgeable Richard Gregg. http://www.aperture.org
FLY was looking for BC-based Jean Paul Langlois (FLY has one of his stunning prints on her wall) and found 2 of his paintings represented by The New Other Gallery – it was a stunning booth with a couple of secret nooks containing other fabulous works, including the large blue and gold work by Jaspal Birdi. Definitely recommend checking out: wearethenewother.com
So many cool booths, however, only a few of the artists and gallery directors/curators were on-site for this media day event. Sadly, FLY could not interview anyone else but took a lot of photos for you.

FLY always looks forward to Sandra Ainsley‘s big exhibition booth – she represents many superstars of the art glass world including Dale Chihuly of whom FLY is such a fan. This year’s booth did not disappoint! Bravo, Sandra.  https://sandraainsleygallery.com/

Thank you to the Art Toronto show producers and good luck to all the galleries working hard to promote Canadian and international artists. The show opens tomorrow, Friday Oct. 27 and runs throughout the weekend. Check out times and details: https://arttoronto.ca/

HISTORIC MCMICHAEL ART GALLERY SHOWCASES THE FINEST CANADIAN PAINTINGS + SCULPTURES

FLY was thrilled to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, an hour north of Toronto [www.mcmichael.com] capturing some of the stunning Tom Thomson paintings from their current special exhibition “North Star”….as well as the colourful works of legendary Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau (below)The McMichael sits in beautiful woodlands filled with giant bronze sculptures (below)…so join FLY as she buzzes around the gallery…Upon entering the spectacular building, FLY headed towards the various galleries leading up to the Tom Thomson exhibit with all manner of surprises around each corner. FLY loved this handsome fella…FLY’s favourite Group of Seven artist is Lawren Harris and it’s easy to see why. Here’s the big man himself – so many small paintings by Tom Thomson, exhibited effectively in seasonal galleries… In one room, there was a screen set up showing a brief video explaining the curatorial process of putting such a show together, sharing insights into Thomson’s work…comfortable seating that you can turn towards the picture windows…just look at that view outside… Then on to the Norval Morrisseau “salon” the interior of which looks and feels like a log cabin in the woods.
At one end of the large gallery are floor to ceiling windows, the other end you’ll find 2 totem poles…wow! Now let’s head out into the grounds for some “forest bathing” and see what’s hidden in the trees….Ivan Eyre‘s giant bronzes But the trees themselves were works of art and FLY was honoured to buzz along the trails….
Not many people realize that a number of the Group of Seven artists are actually buried on site – here are their humble headstones marking the graves…. FLY flew across the little bridge from the cemetery and back inside to recover from the humidity and heat….her wings were getting a little tired and needed a rest and a cuppa tea in the café where she was waited upon by charming staff.There are so many calm and quiet places to sit and relax in the McMichael…look at the beautiful view from this log benchSo thank you to the staff and management of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection – your knowledgeable docents are welcoming and FLY enjoyed chatting with them and learning so much about the history of Canadian art. Again, here’s the website that gives you directions and info on current and upcoming exhibitions.  www.mcmichael.com  You can follow the gallery on multiple social media platforms, too.

 

LENA SHUGAR OPENS SOLO SHOW AT WOMEN’S ART SOC. IN TORONTO

FLY was thrilled to attend Saturday’s opening of LENA SHUGAR‘s solo show “Moonstruck” at the Women’s Art Association gallery at 23 Prince Arthur Ave in Toronto – runs until Sat. July 15th. So many beautiful paintings priced for collectors of all means. FLY just missed out on buying a small canvas as another fan beat her to it!! Here’s Lena to tell you all about her show…

FLY was indeed moonstruck by all the mysterious and exciting artworks featuring the moon, as well as other contemporary abstract works Lena brought in to the show. Here are just a few luna masterpieces….. …and these two works (below) proved very popular will all the gallery attendees:Guests were treated to wine, cheese and other assorted nibblies which seemed to fuel the buying mood. FLY watched as 2 red dots went up within a 15 minute period…bravo, Lena!There was one ethereal portrait of a lady (below) that was very popular…FLY spoke with Lena after the show and she shared the following….

What first lead you to pick up a paintbrush and start creating?  My family and I were lucky to escape the horrors of the war which began in Poland in 1938, that was the beginning of the WW2.We managed to take the first train that was going east away from Poland towards Russia where we sought refuge at a farm for four years. My mother used to entertain me by drawing pictures, one in particular was a rooster on a roof! I was hooked from then on.

You’ve lived in several European countries as well as here in Canada – have the different cultures influenced your work? Yes they have, particularly living in Norway, with its dramatic landscape, of fjords and magnificent mountains.

As a teacher, how have your own experiences in the art world impacted your mentoring/lessons?  I impressed the students to paint from the heart and from life experience. I encouraged my students to experiment with various applications of materials and tools that are available to them. I want them to feel free and confident that what they create is important.

This current solo show, Moonstruck, features beautiful, haunting images of the moon as well as pieces created prior – what would you like gallery visitors to come away with, apart from a canvas they just purchased?  My hope is that they take away with them the mystery and beauty of our world in all its forms.

So congratulation to Lena for a successful opening and, hopefully, a very successful week-long show.

Women’s Art Assoc., 23 Pr. Arthur Ave, Toronto. T: 416-922-2060

www.lenashugar.com

 

RIVERDALE ARTWALK WELCOMES CROWDS ON SUNNY SATURDAY

FLY was thrilled to walk the aisles of tents overflowing with beautiful artworks today at the Riverdale Artwalk on Queen St East- the annual outdoor art show runs tomorrow (Sunday) so get yourselves down there to support local artists. Lovely to run into old friends and discover some exciting new artists so join FLY as we talk a virtual stroll around the park.  First tent FLY saw was that of Elena Dinissuk whose bright pink top looked lovely against the backdrop of her stunning abstract land/skyscapes. www.elenadinissuk.caFurther down the aisle, FLY found a very cheerful David Harcombe, surrounded by sparklers and urban signs. www.davidharcombe.caThen FLY flew into the next booth belonging to Tueai La who surrounded herself with her beautiful florals. www.tueaila.ca Jen Raetsen creates beautiful “wool paintings” – yes, that’s right. She uses coloured wool to form gorgeous lux images and FLY was so taken with them that a tiny miniature (3rd pic) ended up going home with her. www.jenraetsenart.com Jeff Walker is a real fun artist. FLY has a cute robot from last year’s event and here are even more little creatures and ‘bots to enjoy. www.gowalkergo.com FLY was thrilled to discover Eric Allen Montgomery, a mixed-media artist who creates cool works with “found” stuff! So many things to discover in each artwork and Eric and his lovely partner (they had just returned from their honeymoon) were decked out in Eric’s digital design clothing. www.EricAllenMontgomery.ca FLY was intrigued by Eric’s art dispenser, an old candy machine, so decided to have a go….this mini-masterpiece came out – it’s a wee sliver with so much going on…love it.Glad to see Carolyn Laidley Arn (below) standing on guard…apart from her large paintings, she’s created some miniatures that are perfect for small walls (if you live in a condo, you know what I mean)  <ahref=”http://www.carolynlaidleyarn.com”>www.carolynlaidleyarn.comBeing a proud mum, Carolyn directed FLY across the aisle to her daughter’s booth (below) but she was so busy with visitors, FLY didn’t disturb her.Gail Williams was surrounded by bold colours and giant abstract portraits. Her booth was very joyful. www.gailwilliamsartist.com
Kate Taylor was busy filming her booth with her sister but FLY would like to acknowledge Kate’s commitment to supporting other artists at Riverdale Artwalk every year. Definitely a “friend of Fly”.  www.katetaylorstudio.com
Lori Mirabelli was hard at work with potential buyers when FLY dropped in. Lori’s art has been selling well in Europe, too. Congrats on all your hard work, Ms. M.  www.lorimirabelli.com FLY loves Mark Gleberzon‘s bold Barbie portraits, esp. the pink pompadour wigged dolls. Now if only FLY could shape her eyebrows as well as Barbie’s….sigh! That gold monolith looks amazing in person – all textured and shiny.  www.markgleberzon.com Mark’s gallery mate, Morgan Jones (below) was full o’ beans in his booth…stand still, Morgan. Gotcha!  www.morganjonesart.com
Another newbie artist for FLY was Lynn Cragg who is obviously a real horsey person. She also loves cows and owls and sheep….can’t wait to write a story on her for The Rider newspaper that focuses on country life and the equine world. www.lynncraggfineart.com It was hard to even get into Cat Marchese‘s tent – her photographic studies of vintage bricks were very popular. The lady in pink (below) was busy chatting to new collectors – bravo, Cat!  www.citybonez.com Finally, FLY stopped into one of the busiest booths today, belonging to Neerja Trehan just as she was selling two paintings to two different art lovers. Congrats and bravo you, Neerja! www.neerjatrehan.com And FLY was very touched when Neerja gifted her with this beautiful handcrafted candle in thanks for continued artist support – you are so welcome, Neerja.The art show continues tomorrow, Sunday June 4th, at Jimmy Simpson Park, Queen St East. More info at: www.riverdaleartwalk.ca

BLITZ GALLERY IN TORONTO LAUNCHES LATEST SHOW

FLY recently dropped in to Toronto’s Blitz Art Gallery located at 101 Richmond St East (south side, just W of Jarvis) for the launch of their latest group show “Being and Belonging”.  Artist and friend Morgan Sheardown, famous for his “Raining Cows”, has a couple of canvases in this new group show (thanks for allowing FLY borrow this photo, Morgan).The space itself has lots of great wall space for hanging artwork and the lighting is perfect. Most of the artists are unknown to FLY however several were happy to share their stories, such as Heather Gentleman (below) whose work on show featured portraits of Indigenous women warriors of Britain during the Roman invasions. These women are Celts, Druids, Picts, Gauls and Britons. The working name of Heather’s series is Parallax. The meaning of the word is the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. Congrats, Heather, FLY loved this tease of your upcoming full series show. FLY was also pleased to meet the award-winning Canadian artist, Susan N. Stewart (below) who’s known for hip and exciting contemporary art that transforms spaces. She’s also the founder of Flick the Switch Artists’ Collective in Toronto.
Marina Doukas was busy posing for photos (below)…her work is vibrant and full of energy.Portraits, cloudscapes, landscapes and cool photographic works are all part of the show… FLY would like to thank Angela Kim and gallery owner Hui An for their hospitality and for supporting Canadian artists.

Website: www.blitzartgallery.com (currently undergoing upgrade)

OCTOGENARIAN ARTIST DONNA WISE KEEPS UP FAST-PACED CREATIVITE OUTPUT!

FLY is in awe of Toronto-based artist DONNA WISE who came to contemporary abstract painting late in life but whose output exceeds that of so many younger artists.   www.artbydonnawise.comDuring Covid lock-down, Donna retreated to her studio and created gorgeous, lush acrylic-on-canvas masterworks as well as experimented using paper as a medium. And the results were a series of extraordinary artworks – Road to the Moon (60″x60″) – full size & close-up-images and From the Sea (48″x48″)-full size & close-up detail plus Shadow Play (40″x40″) – full size & close-up detail …and her paintings on paper were equally as exciting…here’s Triumphant (below)and this red one is called Celebration.FLY is thrilled to share the news that Donna has been selected to showcase her work (below – “Chantilly Lace” and “Numbers of Music & Poetry”) at next month’s ArtBox Project showcase in New York City, so Donna is hoping to attract collectors in the Big Apple (her work is already in private & corporate collections in Miami and San Francisco).

FLY wishes Donna much success with her stunning paintings in New York and here in Toronto. You can check out 2 of her canvases in person at the Westmount Art Gallery in Etobicoke, and watch for news of upcoming exhibitions during the summer months on her Fcbk & Instagram (linked via her website).