In this, our second issue, we’re highlighting artworks from 1st year Centennial College students, as well as established artists featured at the Spring “One of a Kind Show”. Also a nice shout-out to Artusiasm Gallery on the occasion of their 1st anniversary and the launch of digital artist Gina Godfrey’s annual calendar.
We’re also featuring stories and interviews with artists who have previously exhibited in solo and group shows, and in each future monthly e-magazine, FLY will also shine a spotlight on galleries, curators and other arts professionals who have supported the fine arts community. 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.
LORETTE LUZAJIC WINS LOCAL ART AWARD
Over the past eight years, E11even restaurant has established itself as one of Toronto’s leading fine dining experiences and recently they created a contest to support local artists. E11even wants to grow its collection of contemporary art, so they sought out artists looking to showcase their works in a sophisticated and dynamic venue. The contest featured stimulating art inspired by what e11even represents and showcased the creative process that inspires, excites and sparks interaction with the restaurant’s visitors. The winner of this contest (and recipient of a $5,000 honorarium) was a friend of the FLY’s, Lorette Luzajic. Her winning artwork is titled “The Book of Better Things” (30”x40″ mixed media on gallery canvas) shown below…Congratulations, Lorette, well deserved! To learn more about this talented artist, visit her website: www.mixedupmedia.ca and for info on the artist-friendly restaurant, check out: www.e11even.ca
Photos courtesy of Moshe Sakal
CENTENNIAL COLLEGE STUDIO ARTS 1st YR STUDENTS PRESENT “WAIT, WHAT?” @ URBAN GALLERYEach March, Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY hosts a 10-day exhibition of works from the first year students of the Centennial College Studio Arts program, and this year’s show was titled “Wait, What?”. Not what you would normally expect from a group of ambitious emerging artists – layered universes of double meaning, hope, despair, humour, longing, madness, genius, and skillful virtuosity. All contained within 18” square shadow boxes. You will leave the show thinking “wait, what?”…
The 23 artworks exhibited offered subjects, mediums and colour palettes to suit every taste and pocketbook – prices ranged from $200 to $450 – a very affordable way to start collecting your favourite emerging Canadian artists. Congratulations to all the artists: Mattheas Gabber, Yogin Patel, Kumar Ayyappa, Fiona Wei, Lilian Jang, Lucas Thomas, Arnold Farrell, CL Fisher, Bee Fawn, Alexandria A. Allen-Papadopoylos, Jancy Sivanantham, Lexx Willis, Takanya Marsh, Titar Awua-Imande, Danielle Nothmann, Sharon Zhang, Atheena Sureshmohan, Gabriella Berdugo, Hyewon Kim, Natalie Plociennik, Wayne Wu, Kai Hart and F. Mehtap Mertdogan. www.UrbanGallery.ca
DIGITAL ARTIST GINA GODFREY LAUNCHES HER ANNUAL CALENDAR
Each year, abstractionist & printmaker Gina Godfrey welcomes guests to her downtown studio & art gallery to launch her calendar and this year’s edition is a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. Every month features one of her glorious works of art and this year’s cover is one of the FLY’s all time favourite Godfrey pieces. Here’s Gina posing in front of the masterwork..You can learn more about her work at www.ginagodfrey.com as well as Gina’s involvement with “The Brain Project” that features 100 sculpted “brains” on exhibition across Toronto drawing attention to brain health and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
THE LITTLE GALLERY THAT COULD – TORONTO’s ARTUSIASM GALLERY CELEBRATES 1ST ANNIVERSARY WITH OUTSTANDING GROUP SHOW.Congratulations to artist Tanzina Amin and her hardworking husband Carlos Sa Rodrigues (pictured above) on their first anniversary of operating Artusiasm Gallery, located at 1684 St. Clair West, Toronto. From its humble beginnings, this charming and friendly gallery opened its doors to emerging artists, especially those from Toronto’s vast multi-cultural communities, showcasing a wonderful colourful array of portraits, landscapes and abstract works which have attracted thousands of visitors over the past 12 months. The creative couple curate the bi-monthly shows, offering showcases to many artists who may not have previously had the opportunity to hang their work in a gallery setting.
To celebrate this milestone, the gallery presented a group show featuring 20+ artists, many of whom turned out with family and friends to toast their hosts.
Anyone who has attended Carlos & Tanzina’s events have admired how the events offer a warm and friendly vibe, fostering camaraderie and networking among artists and art enthusiasts. Congratulations to you both! Please visit www.Artusiasm.com to learn more and meet the artists.
DISCOVER THE FABULOUS ARTISTS AT TORONTO’S SPRING “ONE OF A KIND SHOW”
Over the Easter long weekend, FLY visited the Spring One of a Kind Show where several artist friends showcased their beautiful paintings, and new artists discovered. Thanks to Mark Jeremy Gleberzon (pictured above in his colourful booth), FLY was given access to the massive showroom and here are a few creative folks who made our visit so enjoyable.
Jeremy Browne, whose stylized rustic barn and rural landscapes caught the FLY’s attention. www.jeremybrownestudios.com Below – Stuart Leggett (sculptor) and Carol Currie (painter) who, together, create miniature triptychs as well as large sculpted and carved wall art. www.claustro.ca And of course, Mark’s booth where he displayed his whirling brightly coloured acrylic paint & epoxy resin wood panels and small furnishings….….as well as new Spring-like stylized florals (see close-up detail of his pink magnolia painting). Keep up to date with Mark’s work and upcoming exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada at www.facebook.com/mark.gleberzon And finally…
INT’L SCULPTURE DAY – APRIL 28th
Help the Int’l Sculpture Centre (located in New Jersey) celebrate this worldwide phenomenon, International Sculpture Day! On April 28th go out on the town and visit your favourite sculptures in support of the talent in your area. Be sure to sign up on the ISC website, and use #ISDay when posting any and all pictures via social media they hope to see lots of smiling selfies next to some awesome sculptures…and include FLY’s social media, too. www.sculpture.org