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A QUICK FLY-BY OF THIS YEAR’S TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR

What started off as a rather overcast morning turned into a hot and humid exercise in aisle surfing at this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in downtown Toronto. FLY managed to make it through most of the exhibits, stopping in to say hi to old friends and discovering exciting new artist. FLY also found a few exquisite & affordable “smalls” to decorate what little wall space there is left in her apartment!  So join FLY now for a quick visit to meet the artists and check out their art……

First stop, Nancy Bennett who was there bright and early for set up today.. Nancy was busy showcasing her work when FLY dropped in..good luck with sales this weekend, Nancy.  www.nancybennett.ca

Next, handsome and talented Ian Busher welcomed FLY to his booth. Loving the new style he has been exploring – FLY is a proud owner of one of Ian’s early wildlife artworks.  http://www.studiobusher.comThen further along the aisles, FLY found fab photographic artist Lori Ryerson who was keeping cool in the shade, surrounded by soothing blues…. http://www.focalocity.ca

FLY was happy to see Lori Klassen’s happy smiling face beaming out from among all those bold beautiful florals. http://www.loriklassen.com   

One of FLY’s longtime faves is Stewart Jones (pictured below) who made the move to Pr. Edward Country several years ago. Stewart’s urban landscapes were exciting and edgy but now he’s developing even more beautiful studies from the countryside surrounding his new digs out in Wellington.  http://www.stewartjones.ca

Next up, FLY would like to introduce you to Sara Purves (below) whose colourful graphic artwork not only brightened up the gloomy morning, but a number of her smaller pieces came home with FLY!  http://www.sarapurves.com    Grace Dam, who has exhibited at Toronto’s Urban Gallery, was also there with her large format portraits. Her big bold paintings intrigue and engage the viewer.  http://www.gracedam.com    And here’s cutie-patootie Zoey Zoric who makes visitors so welcome in her booth.  Zoey’s work has multiple layers of interpretation and she enjoys hearing viewers’ comments on the meanings of each image. http://www.zzfineart.com    Mixed media artist Linda DeLuca (below) is surrounded by her colourful joy-filled work and, like FLY, she’s big on cowboys! Check out more of Linda’s work at http://www.lindadeluca77.com       Mary Derrick was pleased to share her super cool seascapes and FLY was particularly attracted to that powerful B&W cloudscape (centre, lower pic). http://www.maryderrickart.com      Here’s Brian Harvey, another of FLY’s fave artists whose downtown Toronto streetscapes are immediately recognizable. You gotta check out his booth or visit his website for more views: http://www.brianharvey.ca  Another exciting new discovery was Anu Kalra whose paintings are inspired by her Indian heritage and the centuries old Mogul, Rajput and Madhubani Deccan styles. The tiny 4″x4″ painting of a reluctant shy bride (bottom pic) was a “must have” and she now resides on a bedroom wall in FLY’s home! http://kalra.wix.com/anu-kalra      So there you go…it was so hot and sticky, poor FLY had to flee after this. There are many more booths to visit so spend a few hours this weekend down at Nathan Phillips Sq, supporting Canadian artists……and it’s all FREE!
More details at: www.torontooutdoor.art

ANNUAL “RIVERDALE ARTWALK” HOSTS SOME OF TORONTO’S FINEST (AND FUNNEST!) ARTISTS.

FLY set out early to outrun the rain that was forecast for the afternoon of Saturday June 1st, the first day of the annual Riverdale Art Walk weekend. Armed with a trusty umbrella, FLY eventually proved the Weather Network & Mother Nature wrong! Come walk the grassy aisles of the art fest located in Jimmy Simpson Park, Queen St East in this virtual tour….

First tent FLY hit belonged to Nancy Bennett, always a fun and favourite artist to visit:

Visit Nancy’s website for more art and info on her upcoming shows: www.nancybennett.ca

This year, FLY was thrilled to discover the beautiful fine art photography of Laura Berman (below) whose digitally enhanced photos of farmyard beasties were simply entrancing. www.laurabermanphotography.com   Nadia Lassman (below) was as sunny and sparkly as her work! Check out her website for more of her paintings: www.nadialassmanart.com   Hyper-realist painter Ian Bodnaryk (below) proudly showed off his delicious artworks – even his vegetables made me want to eat healthy!!  www.ianbodnaryk.com Long-time participant, W. Stephen Cooper, is always a joy to greet…his photographs of vintage autos and old rusted out junkers are gorgeous..perfect for any man-cave!  www.wstephencooper.com    
Rea Kelly was busy setting up her tent as well as chatting with potential buyers so FLY discreetly snapped away at some of her smaller pieces (below) You can see her larger pieces at www.reakelly.com  Felicity Somerset exhibited lots of beautiful colourful photographs of flowers, art glass, even hummingbirds. She employs stunning colour combinations to tell illustrate her subjects. She is also participating in an exhibition that explores the remains of rural life in Eastern Ontario Oct. 27 at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. Visit her website for info: www.felicitysomersetphotography.com   Super cute Zoey Zoric was there with her large canvases as well as smaller still-life pieces of everyday things. You can sign up for her newsletter and see more of her work at  www.zzfineart.com     One of the more prolific artists and a member of several artist collectives, Kate Taylor‘s colourful and joyful artworks always promote a full booth of admirers…but FLY managed to catch her in a rare moment of freedom (below). Viewmore of her work and learn when/where you can see Kate’s work next at www.katetaylorstudio.com

Poor Lori Ryerson (below) was suffering with a bad cold but FLY managed to convince her to pose for a quick snapshot! You look fabulous, Lori, don’t worry. Lori travels the world on photo “safaris” and she finally managed to stop still long enough to participate in this fun outdoor show.  www.focalocity.ca    Josée Savaria (below) is always smiling…FLY met her last year and again, today found her pleased to be at the Riverdale Art Walk, chatting with enthusiastic visitors.  www.joseesavaria.com     FLY is a proud owner of a Mirek Bialy original and was pleased to see his latest, newest artwork here. Mirek integrates copper strips in many of his pieces, adding a unique reflective quality to the high-glass finishes. See more here: www.mirekbialy.com    Neerja Trehan (below) is such a lovely lady as well as talented artist…she’s always smiling and happy to greet you. She’s created a lot of new, exciting pieces for the season, including the fluid, flowy silk scarf-like paintings in the 2nd picture. Neerja is also quite brilliant at marketing – she’s incorporated her designs into coasters, trays and other little treasures that are perfect (and very affordable) for hostess gifts, wedding or birthday presents and esp. for Christmas treats. Check her website for more ideas:  www.neerjatrehan.com    FLY found Pam Mayhew with a big smile on her face – she was enjoying the crowds and meeting fellow artists. Surrounded by her bright, free-form brushstrokes, she was a gracious tent hostess and excited about her second outdoor show of the season next week up at the Rosedale Art Fair (Yonge & Summerhill, outside the big LCBO in the old CN railway station). Visit her website for news and more examples of her work: www.pammayhewstudio.com   
Glassmaker extraordinaire Layne Verbeek was on hand with samples of his glass sculptures. Layne also instructs kids and adults in his studio, offering courses for those with or without any previous experience.  Information on these plus more of his work can be found at:   www.verbeekglassstudio.com     
FLY made another wonderful discovery of a new artist, Lucky Jackson (below) who creates stand-up 3D portraits of cultural icons – see how many you can identify in this photo.  Betcha you can find your fave tv, movie or music stars on her website: www.luckyjackson.ca    A few clouds moved in and the sky over the park went a little dark so it was time to skedaddle into the big hall where a number of FLY’s fave artists had smartly reserved their booths. Here’s the fabulous Rob Croxford (below) busy with potential clients/sales….  www.robcroxford.com    …and across the aisle was his studio-mate, Jessica Lin (below)  www.jessicalin.ca   And last but not least, the incomparable Mark Jeremy Gleberzon (below) who’s been so busy lately with US-based shows and art expos. Follow Mark on his very active Fcbk page:  MJG Gallery by Mark Jeremy Gleberzon If you’re looking for a great way to spend a few hours tomorrow, Sunday June 2, why not go support local artists? Details & directions here: https://riverdaleartwalk.ca/

SPECIAL EDITION – June Extra!

Before we publish the full June edition of FLY, here’s an “extra, extra” post highlighting the 20th annual RIVERDALE ART WALK taking place this weekend (June 2&3/18) in Toronto at Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen East near Degrassi. It’s FREE and you still have one more day to check it all out.Each year in June, dozens of artists gather under the white tents to share their work with Toronto art lovers, thanks to hosts, the Artists’ Network organization. This year marks the 20th anniversary so FLY was eager to stroll the grassy aisles, browsing the displays, meeting old friends, seeing new art. Come join FLY on this virtual tour of the artists’ mini-galleries….

First up is Sharon Kirsh who works in the cold wax medium (natural beeswax, solvent & resin mixture), creating her vibrant, colourful abstracts.

And here’s Kari Serrao whose humorous portraits of proud wee beasties in Elizabethan costumes have become easily recognizable at art shows as well as keenly collected. Kari’s making friends here with this potential future furry subject!

Alex Pyro (below) offers lots of mini-masterpieces of Toronto scenes and his pieces are very affordable for the young budding art collector.

Next, FLY runs into an old friend, Nancy Bennett, whose booth seemed always full of people admiring her work.  Nancy was proud to show off her latest powerful and brooding painting titled: Courage (at bottom). She bases many of her works on photos she taken from her downtown balcony, catching all manner of skyscapes and sunsets.

Another frequent exhibitor is Ian Busher (below) whose bold colour blocks command attention. FLY is happy to boast she has an early Busher in her collection

And here’s Morgan Jones‘ booth, complete with mini art critic! Morgan recently took a trip to Ireland which inspired much of his current work, especially these little gems featuring gnome tourists…LOL

I met the husband & wife team of Claustro.ca at the One of a Kind Show earlier this year, and fell in love with their cheery little tryptiches. Lots to choose from here….

Flew by Lori Ryerson‘s booth – she was always busy with potential buyers so FLY did not interrupt!! Good luck, Lori.

FLY then met the lovely and talented Yolanda Fernandes Ly whose cool, calm booth filled with abstract seascapes attracted lots of visitors. Here’s an artist new to FLY but hopefully we’ll see more of her work soon.

Another new artist for FLY to meet is Joseph Sampson (below). Oh those gorgeous waves…you could almost hear them crashing on the shore! A smaller canvas caught FLY’s eye – see centre in the 2nd pic – what do you think, is this fab or what?

www.SampsonStudio.com

Below, Michael Toole‘s work always makes FLY stop and stare. Here, the Gravenhurst artist poses with two of his latest works featuring windows, reflections, architecture….so much to take in, as well as stunning!

Talk about joyful art! Another new artist for the FLY is Corynn Kokolakis whose exuberant paintings of people enjoying themselves in the water (below) is enough to get you diving into the canvases!

Gotta love these farmyard critters (below). Julia McNeely rocks the rooster! Her wee beasties always put a smile on the faces of show visitors and FLY was no exception.

Kate Taylor is a much-traveled artist who showcases around the world. Here she is (below, far right) taking a quick breather from schmoozing with booth visitors. Lookin’ good, Kate!

FLY is a huge fan of Neerja Trehan – her work is so fluid and calming…a meditation in art. Neerja makes her work available in small affordable pieces, too, including sets of coasters featuring her art (FLY is a proud owner of one such set).

Napanee artist Gary Barnett (below) is a big fan of nature, chemistry and energy – he creates exciting textures on the canvas, with lots of movement. FLY is proud to own one of his pieces from a previous solo show at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

FLY was intrigued by Mirek Bialy‘s work @ the Artist Project earlier this year, buying a small work with his signature copper thread running across the surface. At this year’s Riverdale Art Walk, Mirek has brought some unique pieces showcasing horses as well as his sea and landscapes. Just look at the details….

Josee Savaria introduced a shot of whimsy and colour into her booth (below). FLY was happy to enter her make-believe land and enjoy the visual roller-coaster ride.

Layne Verbeek was brought to FLY’s attention when he exhibited his stunning art glass at the Stockyards Gallery group show late last year. The sculpted glass twinkled in today’s sunlight…

FLY then followed the signs to the indoor exhibition where a number of other artists had set up booth..…and it was here that I ran into Rob Croxford (below right) Poor Rob and numerous other artists who shared a space at the Walnut Studios, recently suffered major losses of artwork and supplies when the studios went up in flames. Rob decided to have a “fire sale” this weekend so the surviving pieces were wiped down and put on sale for a discount. FLY did her best to inject a little moolah into Rob’s sagging personal economy…scroll down to see which piece is now hanging in FLY’s office!

Now in FLY’s collection – Rob’s “Bad Ass”!

As FLY was leaving the indoor exhibition, she ran into photographic artist Michael Sachter who was showcasing his “A Conversation with Myself” experiential display offering a serene environment for personal reflection and interaction with his photos. Definitely something new for the art walk audience and FLY encourages readers to visit his website to learn more about the therapeutic benefits to embracing his art.

So may wonderful sights as well as the beautiful flowers surrounding the park..you have one more day to visit this year’s Riverdale Art Walk so please don’t miss out on meeting all these incredibly talented and dedicated artists. More details at: www.RiverdaleArtWalk.ca

MAY/18 ISSUE – FLY VISITS ARTIST STUDIOS, ATTENDS OPENING OF NEW GALLERY & ATTENDS BLACK-LIGHT SHOW BY ICONIC TORONTO STREET ARTIST

For our third issue, we’ve had to migrate to a new blog-style platform in order to add more photos and content and let’s face it, that’s what magazines are all about, right? Anyway, thanks to Purvin Wai of EZ-Link Solutions, we’ve been able to add more visual options and although FLY is now live via Firefox, Explorer, etc., Google Chrome is giving us a few problems but hopefully these will soon be sorted out. Aaah, technology…grrr!

As always, FLY continues to shine a spotlight on galleries, curators and other arts professionals who have supported the fine arts community in Toronto and Canada as a whole. With our multi-platform social media network, we hope to offer artists promotional exposure not found in traditional media, plus affordable advertising opportunities to galleries, art suppliers and individual artists in order to reach their targeted audience.

Thank you for joining us, enjoy this month’s read!

VIVA RUNT VEGAS! SHOW FEATURES LIFE-SIZED 3D IMAGES BY TORONTO’S ICONIC STREET ARTIST, AL “RUNT” CURRIE.

FLY dropped in to #Hashtag Gallery last month to catch the unique exhibition showcasing giant blacklight figures by Al Currie, a.k.a. “Runt”.  What a riot of colour and energy Viva Runt Vegas was…so much detail in the humourous characters set up for gallery visitors to see and walk thru. Even the black carpeting had luminous spots of colour.

Al was there in the dark to greet visitors and fans of which there were many! To learn more about Runt, visit his website:  http://alrunt.com/

FLY VISITS THE ARTISTS OF LABATT STUDIOS in TORONTOFLY was invited by long-time friend and artist NANCY BENNETT to the April 22nd open house hosted by the artists of the Labatt Studios located near Queen E. & River Streets. The energy in the space was palpable – individual studios were set up to welcome visitors into each artist’s creative domain with completed canvases as well as in-progress works on show.  Here’s Nancy who showcased her land and sky-scapes painted on board as well as a few floral miniatures in frames: So many beautiful works of art by Nancy’s studio mates Connie Gorsline, Najma Velshi, Beverly Allen, Penny Griffin, Leo Baduria, Tonya Corkey, Nicholas Crombach, Mary Kennard, Gail Williams and Gerry Withey.

CHRISTINE MARIN’s PAINTING CHOSEN FOR JURIED ART SHOW IN COLLINGWOOD

A longtime favourite of the FLY, Chris Marin is proud to report that her acrylic painting, “Mountain to Shore” (above) is part of the 38th Annual Juried Art Show at The BMFA Arts Centre at 163 Hurontario St., Collingwood that runs until Saturday, May 26.  www.bmfa.on.ca   If you’re visiting cottage country over the next few weeks, be sure to drop in and see the gorgeous works on show…thanks for supporting Ontario artists.

YOUNG DUTCH-BORN ARTIST PRISCILLA KOOPMAN’s SOLO SHOW – A GREAT SEND-OFF BEFORE SHE RETURNS TO THE NETHERLANDS. FLY discovered this exciting young artist last year when she participated in a Centennial College student group show at Urban Gallery. It was obvious this young lady had a unique talent and FLY was thrilled to visit her recent solo show at The Storys Centre on the Centennial College campus in Toronto. Her work was indeed as provocative and detailed as before but there was a distinct lightness to her palette.

Bravo, Priscilla, you’ve shown amazing growth as an artist and FLY cannot wait to see where this goes…even if we have to see you online from back in Holland! Follow Priscilla via her Instagram account: @allicsirpart

CELEBRATING THE GRAND OPENING OF ILLE GALLERY FEATURING TORONTO’S TOP STREET ARTISTS

With a mandate of showcasing the many talented “street artists” from across the city, brand new art space Ille Gallery opened in late April with a provocative solo show by the talented Elicser Elliott. Located in The Junction neighbourhood, Ille Gallery is a beautifully renovated storefront space, well-lit with high ceilings to accommodate large format paintings. Below, Elicser hangs with fellow artist Melissa Del Pinto in front of her fave painting titled “Funny Meeting You Here”.Gallery owner, Mitch, himself an artist, talks about the gallery and its focus in Toronto’s art scene.

Congratulations on this great new space – you can follow them on Facebook until the website launches:  www.facebook.com/thebestgalleryever/

URBAN GALLERY PRESENTS ANDRE VITTORIO’s STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC ART IN APRIL “ABSTRACTIONS ON METAL” SOLO SHOWIt was a full house at URBAN GALLERY for the opening reception of ANDRE VITTORIO‘s “Abstractions on Metal” solo show of photographic art. The month-long (April) show featured stunning B&W architectural portraits from around the world (the Eiffel Tower looks magnificent)…….as well as a series of brightly coloured shots of the waters surrounding the Venetian island of Murano (below). In fact, the photos reminded me of the fine Murano glass work for which the artisans of the island became famous.Andre was thrilled with the turnout of family, friends and fans of his work… Snap’d newspaper photographer Kate McGartland dropped by to cover the show – here’s Andre showing her his Murano series which certainly captured her attention!And KJ Mullins, publisher of NEWZ4U.ca also came by to cover the event, seen here below 2nd from left chatting with Wayne Abell (at left) of Urban Catering (who supplied the yummy refreshments).Gallery director Calvin Hambrook (below left) was on hand to welcome other artists, including Tunde Omotoye (far right) who may be participating in an upcoming group show at the gallery.Congratulation, Andre, on a fantastic show. 

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So there you go…the FLY  worked hard to bring you news and photos from the galleries over the month of April. There were so many openings across Toronto but not enough hours in the day to attend them all. The month of May sees the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival take over all the galleries so FLY encourages you to visit as many shows as you can to support our photographic artists. https://www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

Our listings for May will be published within the next 48hrs – we’re still waiting for galleries to submit their shows – so check back with us by the weekend.