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A QUICK FLY-BY OF THIS YEAR’S TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR

What started off as a rather overcast morning turned into a hot and humid exercise in aisle surfing at this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in downtown Toronto. FLY managed to make it through most of the exhibits, stopping in to say hi to old friends and discovering exciting new artist. FLY also found a few exquisite & affordable “smalls” to decorate what little wall space there is left in her apartment!  So join FLY now for a quick visit to meet the artists and check out their art……

First stop, Nancy Bennett who was there bright and early for set up today.. Nancy was busy showcasing her work when FLY dropped in..good luck with sales this weekend, Nancy.  www.nancybennett.ca

Next, handsome and talented Ian Busher welcomed FLY to his booth. Loving the new style he has been exploring – FLY is a proud owner of one of Ian’s early wildlife artworks.  http://www.studiobusher.comThen further along the aisles, FLY found fab photographic artist Lori Ryerson who was keeping cool in the shade, surrounded by soothing blues…. http://www.focalocity.ca

FLY was happy to see Lori Klassen’s happy smiling face beaming out from among all those bold beautiful florals. http://www.loriklassen.com   

One of FLY’s longtime faves is Stewart Jones (pictured below) who made the move to Pr. Edward Country several years ago. Stewart’s urban landscapes were exciting and edgy but now he’s developing even more beautiful studies from the countryside surrounding his new digs out in Wellington.  http://www.stewartjones.ca

Next up, FLY would like to introduce you to Sara Purves (below) whose colourful graphic artwork not only brightened up the gloomy morning, but a number of her smaller pieces came home with FLY!  http://www.sarapurves.com    Grace Dam, who has exhibited at Toronto’s Urban Gallery, was also there with her large format portraits. Her big bold paintings intrigue and engage the viewer.  http://www.gracedam.com    And here’s cutie-patootie Zoey Zoric who makes visitors so welcome in her booth.  Zoey’s work has multiple layers of interpretation and she enjoys hearing viewers’ comments on the meanings of each image. http://www.zzfineart.com    Mixed media artist Linda DeLuca (below) is surrounded by her colourful joy-filled work and, like FLY, she’s big on cowboys! Check out more of Linda’s work at http://www.lindadeluca77.com       Mary Derrick was pleased to share her super cool seascapes and FLY was particularly attracted to that powerful B&W cloudscape (centre, lower pic). http://www.maryderrickart.com      Here’s Brian Harvey, another of FLY’s fave artists whose downtown Toronto streetscapes are immediately recognizable. You gotta check out his booth or visit his website for more views: http://www.brianharvey.ca  Another exciting new discovery was Anu Kalra whose paintings are inspired by her Indian heritage and the centuries old Mogul, Rajput and Madhubani Deccan styles. The tiny 4″x4″ painting of a reluctant shy bride (bottom pic) was a “must have” and she now resides on a bedroom wall in FLY’s home! http://kalra.wix.com/anu-kalra      So there you go…it was so hot and sticky, poor FLY had to flee after this. There are many more booths to visit so spend a few hours this weekend down at Nathan Phillips Sq, supporting Canadian artists……and it’s all FREE!
More details at: www.torontooutdoor.art

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/

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.

 

 

 

 

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