JUNE ISSUE: featuring openings, closings, art fests & more

FLY is a big fan of beautiful frames and recently photographed the great selection available at Westmount Gallery in the west end of Toronto (see above & story below), but before we get to those – June & July are the big months for outdoor art events including the Riverdale Art Walk that happened last weekend (see previous post for special Extra! edition of FLY). This coming weekend (June 9 & 10) we have the Rosedale Art Fair...….as well as the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show taking place in Kew Gardens, Queen St East (below)But first FLY wishes to extend commiserations and encouragement to those artists who lost both artworks and valuable supplies in last month’s Walnut Studios fire. A creative hub for numerous artists, one section was lost to the flames with very little surviving. A personal friend of the FLY’s, Rob Croxford, made the best of a bad situation and had a “fire sale” of smokey salvaged works at the Riverdale Artwalk.  Others are still trying to come to terms with the loss of studio space, however, a new home has been found for some while the Walnut Studio mgmn’t is looking at various options to help them rise phoenix-like from the ashes of this disaster. FLY wishes everyone well and will continue to share their posts on social media. Below, Walnut Studios before & after…If you would like to donate to the Walnut Studios GoFundMe campaign, click-thru here: https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-walnut-studio-artists

On a more positive note, FLY was a guest at the recent Art Battle held at The Great Hall on Queen St West, thanks to the introduction by Tanzina & Carlos from Artusiasm Gallery. Tanzina had previous won timed painting contests or battles so FLY was interested in seeing what this was all about. Audience members vote on their fave artists/works to decide the winner. Learn more at https://artbattle.com/ca/

Artists paint for 20 minutes

Carlos & Tanzina & artist Razmig Bertizian (above L)

Razmig paints furiously

And speaking of Artusiasm Gallery, FLY joined them for the opening of their “All About Eve” group show (May 3-12) and was awed by the beauty and talent exhibited. Razmig Bertizian caught FLY’s eye with these two stunners (below)……and here is another charming painting that resonated with the FLY, titled “The Murmur of Spring” by Nasim Abaeian (below)Lots more beautiful “Eves” to enjoy…. …for Artusiasm’s June/July line-up visit www.artusiasm.com

FLY visited Westmount Gallery in Etobicoke last month, taking sculptor Osvaldo Napoli to meet gallery owner/curator Judy Smith. Judy has spent many many years in the art world and represents a number of leading sculptors who, like Ozzie, work in bronze. We saw several stunning pieces as well as gorgeous paintings throughout the multi-room gallery complex on Advance Ave (just off Islington).  Here are just a few… FLY spied this massive portrait of a galloping white horse by award-winning artist Bruce K. Lawes (see below)..and some fluffy barnyard chickens (below)..so many different subjects, so many different artists (below) – you can see who Westmount represents here: www.westmountgallery.com

One of the best things about Westmount is their custom framing service. Professional framer Robert Scott has established the gallery as one of THE leading framing services this side of the Rockies! And look what you have to choose from – all manner of sizes, materials, colours, wood stains….these frame displays are art in themselves, don’t you think?

So are you ready for the annual art extravaganza in Nathan Phillips Square next month? The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition lands in the square July 8-10 so make sure you mark your calendars…and bring sunscreen and a fan as it gets very hot walking the concrete aisles.
Check out details & times of this FREE family-friendly at: www.torontooutdoor.art