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FLY BUZZES AROUND THE ANNUAL ROSEDALE AIR FAIR

Regardless of the lack of subway transportation this past weekend, FLY managed to make it to the Rosedale Art Fair and discover new exciting artists as well as visit old friends.  Located in the grounds surrounding the big LCBO in the historic railway station at Summerhill (how convenient), the tents and booths contained oils, acrylics, pastels, photographs, sculptings…something for every artistic taste and wallet.

The first booth FLY visited belonged to Brigitte Nowak whose bright colourful canoes drew lots of visitors into her temporary studio. Even FLY was ready to pick up a paddle and set off into the wilderness after spending time with Brigitte’s paintings! For more info on the artist: www.facebook.com/brigitte.nowak1FLY then buzzed over to meet sculptor Chaka Chikodzi whose beautiful tactile stone carvings were attracting lots of interest and sales. The Kingston-based artist was an exciting discovery…can’t wait to see more of his work.  www.chakachikodzi.com  Next to Chaka, FLY bumped into Dave Rheaume whose work features vintage views of city life including puffing steam trains and snow-covered streets from early to mid-century Toronto.  www.daverheaume.com
Next door to Dave was long-time friend and fave artist Mark Jeremy Gleberzon (below). FLY is proud to own one of Mark’s sparkly colourful pieces. Mark has been very busy this year with exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada – here he is posing front of his latest artwork featuring a sunny beach scene based on a photo a very young Mark took, digitally enhanced and blown up real big!  www.mjggallery.com     A little further along the tent, FLY ran into the delightful Genie Kim (below). FLY has been paying attention to Genie’s adorable “smalls” and giant artworks at various art shows and expos – her booth is always full of happy laughing young art enthusiasts...I want that one, no THAT one…and that one!  www.geniekim.com                Across the tent, FLY found another old friend, photographer extraordinaire, Lori Ryerson. Lori has recently returned to Toronto from a photo safari in Utah and the American south-west so FLY can’t wait to see the results. Here Lori poses in front of some digitally enhanced close-ups of water – who knew water could look quite so edgy and funky? www.focalocity.ca   Across the aisle from Lori, FLY found the delightful paper sculptor Anushka Deshpande who creates charming still life images by folding and rolling coloured papers. Due to reflections on the glass frames, FLY asked Anushka to send studio photos of her work (lower pics) so readers can see the intricate beauty.  www.PaperSwanStudio.com      Zoey Zoric (below) always provokes and engages with her unique portraits, be they of people or individual body parts! She’s all heart as witnessed in her painting of that specific organ. FLY loves Zoey’s enthusiasm and joy which is reflected in her work regardless of the dark palettes or subjects – the light always shines thru and Zoey frames each still life in exquisite hands. Check out her work at www.zzfineart.com    Speaking of still life subjects, Marsha Strycharz always appeals to FLY – her glasses and ceramics have that certain “sparkle” and suggests the viewer can just reach out and pick ’em up! www.marshastrycharz.com     Camera-shy photographer Janine Sindrey let her work speak for itself. FLY loved the giant ocean wave (lower) – very powerful and FLY swears you can hear the sound of the wave if you stand really close to the picture! www.janinesindrey.com     Laura Dick specializes in stunning floral portraits…in fact, they’re quite breathtaking in person. Can’t you just smell the fragrance? Spring is certainly well represented here at Laura’s booth!  www.lauradick.com      And what’s an art fair without the fabulous Rob Croxford? FLY got to his booth just as he was making a sale so FLY snapped a couple of candid shots showing the artist in action! www.robcroxford.com           Next year, please come out and support your local artists at the Rosedale Art Fair – check the website for news and updates:  www.rosedalemainstreet.ca      

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/

TORONTO POP-ART STAR, ROB CROXFORD, UNVEILS NEW WORK STUDIO & GALLERY

FLY has long been an admirer of the fabulous and funny ROB CROXFORD whose humorous pop-art paintings are immediate smile-inducers! In late May last year, a studio fire all but destroyed his Toronto studio and his complete inventory of artworks. This new studio at 100 Sunrise Avenue in the east end, offers Rob a fresh start and, as with all new beginnings, Rob is focusing on new experiments and new artworks.  This year marks Rob’s 15th year as a professional artist and the completion of some 1,500 works of art – CONGRATULATIONS, ROB! He’s shown in over 125 juried & solo exhibitions here and in the United States. His work is in the permanent City of Toronto’s Art Collection, and in the private collections of several Mayors, and celebrities such as Alex Lifeson, Stuart McLean & Ann Marie MacDonald. You will find his art and his commissions in many private collections all over the world from Istanbul to California. Here’s Rob to tell you himself about the new space and his new collection….

Media-darling Rob has been profiled in Argyle Magazine, Neighborhood Living Magazine, The Society for Commercial Archaeology, Spacing Magazine and many others. Rob’s acrylic paintings are intentionally upbeat and humorous. His vintage-inspired work is instantly identifiable and has a clever approach to pop culture that often merges political topics within whimsical compositions. 

FLY recommends a personal visit to Rob’s studio so reach out via social media or check his website for upcoming shows: www.robcroxford.com Apart from his large-format original paintings, Rob also offers quality prints and giclees of his most popular pieces.

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