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4 MORE DAYS TO CATCH JOHNY DELUNA’S SOLO SHOW “STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT” @ ART SQUARE GALLERY IN TORONTO

FLY braved the lower humidity yesterday and headed down to Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas West (opp. the AGO) to visit super talented artist JOHNY DELUNA whose solo show “Still Life with Fruit” closes this Sunday, August 4th. The A/C is fabulous so no excuses…hurry hurry hurry to this unique showcase of extraordinary works.The main inspiration for my work is observing the human condition. I try to say things about happiness, sadness, confusion, hypocrisy, ignorance, cruelty, indifference and self delusion. I never put myself above these frailties but I laugh at my own weaknesses more than I laugh at others. I try to embed my stories deep enough in the paintings so that each viewer can experience them in their own way. I try to entice the viewer into the work through color, energy, humor and curious or bizarre imagery.  Behind all that is the story – the viewer is free to go as deep as they want. I hope everyone see’s the works differently.
I believe that humor is the best way to connect with others, because if we can laugh at ourselves there is still hope. As an artist, the only thing I can do is be honest, brave and stay true to my vision. ~ Johny Deluna

FLY  strongly recommends you see these stunning large-format paintings to appreciate the intricacies of each – pointillism meets surrealism meets contemporary meets…OMG!Each of Deluna’s paintings portrays deeper, darker stories beneath the exterior of bright, joyful images. The textural quality of the “pointillism” inspired works creates a 3D effect for each canvas. Every masterwork has been thoroughly thought out, exploring abstract themes in his signature riotous palette of primary colours. See close-up details from 3 of his paintings – belowWhile FLY was in the gallery, several visitors came by and took several minutes in front of each painting – so much to discover on each canvas…So don’t forget…Still Life with Fruit closes end of day Sunday Aug. 4th so plan on including a visit over the next few days – you will be amazed, inspired and mind-blown by Johny Deluna’s paintings.For more info on the artist, visit his website www.johnydeluna.com   or follow him on Facebook.  Johny’s work  is in several distinguished collections in Europe and the US, and he also works on corporate & private commissions.

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/

AROUND THE GALLERIES FOR MARCH ’19

FLY is gonna be busy this month as spring is in the air and artists are busy opening shows and getting ready for the outdoor art fairs in the coming warmer months.

First off, FLY visited the fabulous MR. HYDDE at Coldstream Fine Art for the opening of his solo show “Happy Tyme”. The show features large colourful paintings of crazy characters and hidden meanings, all created with Mr Hyde’s usual humour and deft touch. Lots of artist friends came out to support Mr. Hydde’s show including Val Peter (L), Tanya Solonyka (C) and Michelle Dinelle (R) pictured belowThe gallery filled up fast… The gallery filled up fast with art lovers and those curious to explore the art and mind of Mr Hydde..and there were lots of ooo’s and aaah’s heard as visitors discovered favourite pieces and exciting provocative images…. Here’s Mr. Hydde himself chatting about his work:

FLY encourages you to visit Coldstream Fine Art and view Mr. Hydde’s work in person…the show runs throughout the month, closing on Saturday March 23rd. Coldstream Fine Art, 80 Spadina Ave, Ste. 208, Toronto.   www.coldstreamfineart.com/   To learn more about the artist, visit his website: www.mrhydde.com

FLY was sad to learn that Artusiasm Gallery on St. Clair Ave West in Toronto just closed after 2 years. Owners Tanzina Amin and Carlos Sa Rodrigues (pictured below) supported Toronto’s arts community with solo and group shows, welcoming emerging as well as established artists to their cozy storefront gallery with warmth and respect. They will be hosting pop-up events so FLY wishes them well and looks forward to supporting their future endeavors.FLY’s friends at Urban Gallery are launching their 2019 exhibition line-up with their annual show from the Centennial College Fine Arts Studio 1st year students called SYZYGYThe show runs March 21 to 30. Opening reception: Sat. Mar. 23rd (2-5pm) Kindly RSVP to attend: info@urbangallery.ca  Info & directions: www.urbangallery.ca

The Power Plant down on Toronto’s Harbourfront offers lots of hands-on activities for the family during March break, along with regular shows. Check their website now for details: http://www.thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents.aspx

Patel Gallery, 1151 Queen East opens with its inaugural group show (March 1 to 31) featuring 10 Canadian artists who work with paint and other media to conjure images, objects, and impressions of created symbols, cultures, and environments that express unique meaning and perspective. Details:  https://patel.gallery/

General Hardware Contemporary at 1520 Queen West, is showcasing the work of Paul Collins with his solo show Marginalia (March 2-31). Details: http://generalhardware.ca/

So many more galleries and public installations to visit…..thank you for supporting Canadian artists.

Next month, FLY will feature the photographic art of Lori Ryerson whose stunning photos of remote yet beautiful landscapes & manipulated graphic images will be hosted at Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St East, Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER IN THE CITY – ART EVENTS FOR AUGUST

Sadly, the heat and humidity is keeping many art lovers (incl. FLY) home in the a/c, heeding the severe heat warnings but missing some great art…here are a number of shows to be held in well cooled galleries as well as the outdoor exhibitions for those happy to sweat it out in sun!

First off, our friends at Urban Gallery are launching their August group show, Art of Food, this coming Saturday Aug. 11 (2-5pm) at 400 Queen St E, Toronto. The show runs until Aug. 31st so lots of time to visit and support Canadian artists (see Listings page for details). Here are a few images to whet your appetite for this delicious show! www.urbangallery.ca

Cherries by Janna Kroupko (above)

Chili by A. Deshpande (above)

Who’s Chicken Now by Judy Sherman (above)

Last month, Urban Gallery celebrated 4 artists in their “Wild in the City” show featuring the works of Erik Chang, Libby Sims, Lindsey MacKay and Osvaldo Napoli. Below are photos from the opening reception….

Erik Chang (above)

Libby Sims with curator Allen Shugar (above)

Osvaldo Napoli (above)

Coming up next weekend (Aug 10-12), we also have the Artwalk in the Square (Shops at Don Mills) where friend of the FLY Grace Dam is showcasing her works – one of the FLY’s fave paintings is her “Canadian Icon – Canmore” which certainly cools us down just by looking at it! See the Listings page for details.FLY has been invited to Peter Triantos‘ special solo show on August 23rd so check the September issue to see Peter’s vibrant large format canvases and photos from the soiree. He paints with a vivid colour palette (see below) and his work hangs in many int’l private and corporate collections. In the interim, you can see his work here:  www.petertriantos.com     Everyone seems to be on summer holiday so if you’re visiting any galleries or shows over August, esp. in cottage country, do send the FLY your photos and details of the art as we’d be pleased to share with our readers. Email FLY at info@flyonthegallerywall.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY events – EXTRA! EXTRA! A FLYING VISIT TO THE TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR…and more Toronto art news

EXTRA EDITION featuring Toronto Outdoor Art Fair ’18 – runs all weekend so be sure to drop in and say hello to these and all the other 350+ artists at Nathan Phillips Sq. in downtown Toronto.FLY undertook a “flying visit” to this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and found some exciting new artists as well as saying hi to old friends. come walk the aisle with me. First off, FLY caught Rob Croxford mid-sale! Here he is wrapping up a painting…  https://www.robcroxford.com/   Judy Sherman‘s booth (below) was quite the revelation…all those wee beasties staring at me, knives and forks at the ready. Not sure if I’ll be able to eat turkey or beef again…LOL.  http://shermanj.com/    Tobias Moriarty is an exciting young glassmaker with a gorgeous colour palette. Hope to see more of his work in the future.  https://www.facebook.com/tobiasmoriartyglassart/ Next we found Eric Rosser whose vintage autos (below) created quite the buzz with the Friday crowds. Check out Eric’s portfolio here:  www.EricRosser.com  No art fair is complete without Nancy Bennett. Here she is (below) proudly displaying her latest series of moon and sun imagery. Nancy is beaming almost as brightly as her sun!!  http://www.nancybennett.ca/Lori Slater was enjoying all the hub-bub of the fair (below) as she posed in front of her King St cityscape (below) http://lorislater.com/Here’s Ian Stewart and his lovely wife, Sheila (below) – Ian is a wood turner extraordinaire! Each piece is created from sustainable timber, some accessorized with turned metals (copper, silver, aluminum). FLY will be featuring Ian’s work in an upcoming issue.  https://ianstewart.design/index.htmlAnother fave of the FLY is Stewart Jones (below) whose studio is located in Wellington, Pr. Edward County, an area that is “buzzing” these days. Stewart is also involved in a local micro-brewery there so FLY hopes to score a private VIP tasting soon. www.stewartjones.ca
FLY was thrilled to meet a fellow Aussie from her home town of Perth at the art fair… meet Narelle Gibbs whose beautiful, calm seascapes were so welcoming. We’ll see more of Narelle’s work in a later edition. http://narellegibbs.com/
Mark Gleberzon‘s work always makes FLY smile with his colourful artworks and customized small furniture pieces. Below, Mark showcases his new/old images – ideas he’s had for a number of years that he finally actualized for this show. Groovy!  https://www.facebook.com/mark.gleberzonHad a lovely chat with Montreal-based Marianne Chenard who brought her delicate ceramic art to Toronto this year. https://mariannechenard.com/#  Another new artist to FLY was Andrew Stelmack, whose bold colourful canvases stopped many visitors in their tracks. http://astelmack.com/    FLY discovered the exciting Cuban-born artist, Diana Rosa (below) just before heading home. Her whimsical portraits are a delight and the stories behind each will give you a chuckle. See more of her work here: http://dianaartist.ca/wp/?page_id=3984
And FLY could not leave without dropping in to say hello to Michael Toole (below) who was pleased as punch to have a lovely cool breeze coming thru his tent on such a hot afternoon. www.michaeltooleart.com    Lots of talented artists are on hand this weekend, so many booths to visit but do wear comfortable shoes & drink lots of water…man it was hot out there on the cement!  Check times & site map here: https://torontooutdoor.art/

Below is the JULY ISSUE published July 3rd.

July brings super hot weather and lots of great gallery openings and, of course, the annual extravaganza in Nathan Phillips Square, the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR, showcasing artists from around the corner and across the country for 57 years and going strong. This year, they host  360 contemporary visual artists and welcome some 100,000+ art lovers on July 6 – 8. Rain or shine!

Friday July 6  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday July 7 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday July 8  10:00 AM – 5:00 PMDetails: www.torontooutdoor.art

FLY’s friends at URBAN GALLERY, 400 Queen St East, launch their July group show, Wild in the City with a VIP reception this Saturday July 7 (2-5pm). Showcasing the works of four local artists, this looks to be a very popular event so FLY recommends you RSVP to attend the reception as soon as possible E: urbangalleryart1@gmail.com  Show runs until July 28th. Artists featured are: Lindsey MacKay, Erik Chong, Osvaldo Napoli and Libby Sims – MacKay’s and Sims’ works are below just to peak your interest!  Details: www.urbangallery.caFLY had fun visiting artist friends at the recent Rosedale Art Fair last month. Here’s a “virtual walk-thu” of the tents and a few of the talented artists….

Mark J. Gleberzon

Linda DeLuca

Jibola Fagbamiye

Stephanie Fehrenbach

Laura Dick

This past month, an unauthorized exhibition of the celebrated UK street artist Banksy‘s works were held in Toronto by his former manager. Having read the background of the artist’s philosophy and artistic mandate not to charge the public for viewing his work, FLY chose to sit out this one. Thanks for the invitation but FLY wanted to support the artist’s wishes & integrity. To FLY’s surprise, a new soon-to-open gallery in Yorkville sponsored a show of 2 brilliant Banksy works (see below) for FREE! Part of their introduction to the Toronto arts scene, Taglialatella Galleries sponsored several other artists in this pop-up location at the entrance of Yorkville Village (formerly Hazelton Lanes).

…other artists were well represented, too. When I left this show, I wandered around the corner to Avenue Rd and discovered this relatively new gallery – Galerie de Bellefeuille. Check out these glittering mosaic (and edgy) Buddhas by Metis Atash sitting proudly in the windows. Definitely worth another visit….http://debellefeuille.com/toronto-artists/

Earlier in June, Urban Gallery launched their annual PRIDE month group show, titled Proud Art, and the gallery was packed for the VIP opening reception. Featured artists included Hank Blondeau, Jean Fode, Jeffrey Mason and Vanessa Storoniak. Here are a few snaps taken of the gallery and artists.

Jean Fode

Hank Blondeau

Jeffrey Mason

Vanessa Storoniak

Jean Fode

Urban Gallery is a non-commission art venue that presents shows each month, allowing artists 4-weeks hanging time to meet with prospective buyers and collectors onsite, and each show is launched with a VIP reception and media support. If you’re interested in learning more about this great space, reach out to Gallery Director, Calvin Hambrook at www.urbangallery.ca

FLY looks forward to meeting up with all the artists and fellow art lovers at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and all the other exciting gallery openings throughout the month of July. Be sure to follow us on Fcbk, Twtr & Instagram for this month’s current events.