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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/

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.