Last night (Wed. Nov. 6) FLY was thrilled to be invited to the official opening of The Artists’ Network new digs in downtown Toronto. Located in the vibrant cultural community of Leslieville at 1158 Queen St East, the gallery hosts a juried exhibition of Artists’ Network members that includes original works inspired by a broad interpretation of the theme MOMENTUM, from the act of moving forward to the poetics of spiritual growth. FLY was invited to the celebratory soiree by the fabulous Connie Gorsline who posed in front of her wonderfully energetic seascape (below)The gallery filled quickly with members and fans of fine art ….….who discovered lots of stunning artworks on the walls…….and FLY was pleased to see a favourite photographic art piece by Lori Ryerson (below)And here’s Connie with fellow artist Nancy Bennett (below) enjoying a glass of cheer and the great company!Congratulations to Kate Taylor and the entire Board of The Artists’ Network in securing such an amazing new HQ, and FLY recommends a personal visit to see the talent contained within its walls. The current show runs until November 24 (see details below) and to learn more about the organization and upcoming events, visit their website: www.theartistsnetwork.ca
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/
FLY has long been an admirer of the fabulous and funny ROB CROXFORD whose humorous pop-art paintings are immediate smile-inducers! In late May last year, a studio fire all but destroyed his Toronto studio and his complete inventory of artworks. This new studio at 100 Sunrise Avenue in the east end, offers Rob a fresh start and, as with all new beginnings, Rob is focusing on new experiments and new artworks. This year marks Rob’s 15th year as a professional artist and the completion of some 1,500 works of art – CONGRATULATIONS, ROB! He’s shown in over 125 juried & solo exhibitions here and in the United States. His work is in the permanent City of Toronto’s Art Collection, and in the private collections of several Mayors, and celebrities such as Alex Lifeson, Stuart McLean & Ann Marie MacDonald. You will find his art and his commissions in many private collections all over the world from Istanbul to California. Here’s Rob to tell you himself about the new space and his new collection….
Media-darling Rob has been profiled in Argyle Magazine, Neighborhood Living Magazine, The Society for Commercial Archaeology, Spacing Magazine and many others. Rob’s acrylic paintings are intentionally upbeat and humorous. His vintage-inspired work is instantly identifiable and has a clever approach to pop culture that often merges political topics within whimsical compositions.
FLY recommends a personal visit to Rob’s studio so reach out via social media or check his website for upcoming shows: www.robcroxford.com Apart from his large-format original paintings, Rob also offers quality prints and giclees of his most popular pieces.
Fly was thrilled to drop in to the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto’s east end the other day and the thrill of opening the plain, unassuming outside door and walking into the spectacular gallery was breath-taking! The huge lofty warehouse-like space showcases some of the most spectacular glass artworks, including many pieces by the legendary Dale Chihuly (below)Sandra herself offered a warm welcome then her associate, Daniel, introduced glass masters previously unknown to FLY via the stunning colourful and delicate works currently on show. First off, this showcase of 5 monochromatic pieces by Tobias Mohl that immediately catches one’s eyes:
Tobias Møhl’s training came from his on the job experience as a glassblower for the well-known Danish firm Holmegaard GlasvÃ¦rk, where he started in 1989 at the age of 19. By 1992 he was a master glassblower. He was an assistant glassblower for Lino Tagliapietra’s master class at Pilchuck in 1996 and at Tagliapietra’s master class at Haystack in 1997. Blowing for Tagliapietra gave Møhl good exposure and his reputation in the U.S. began to soar. By the end of the 1990s Møhl had earned international recognition. Møhl’s work is a unique marriage of classical Venetian technique with a clear Scandinavian aesthetic. His work is testimony to his considerable skill and interest in traditional technique and craftsmanship. At the same time he also explores innovative options with glass. He uses a traditional process, creating a mosaic of glass that is picked up with a gather of hot molten glass and then blown into shape. The blowing process stretches the mosaic into intricate patterns on the glass. While this technique is traditional, the patterns he creates express a contemporary aesthetic. Many of Møhl’s vessels are white on white or white on black. He uses color sparingly and often he’ll use just one or two colors from his simplified palette.
FLY then decided that the colourful, very tactile pieces by Michael Behrens were favourites of the day…
German-born artist Wilfried Grootens trained as a teenager in glass & porcelain painting, then after several self-discovery journeys around the world he started performing with the German bands Embryo and Dissidenten, groups known for their avant-garde approach to a style of music coined the “world beat movement.” He returned to his glass roots and the results are now on show in the gallery…
Grootens’ current glass work (above) uses the optical float technique. He paints on layers of glass and assembles them in stacks, laminating them together to create cube forms. The cubes are cut and polished to perfection. One sculpture in the series, “Where the Shark Bubbles Blow,” is made from 35 layers of painted glass. For this piece, Grootens painted a circle shape on the surface of each thin layer of clear glass. Made of thousands of very fine brush strokes of varying tones, the painted circle creates a wonderful aqua blue. The circles on each layer recede or expand in size gradually and, when seen together, form a miraculous three dimensional globe which seems to be suspended in the cube.
Daniel then directed FLY’s gaze to the big bold colour glass blocks by John Kiley …wow! Not only did the actual pieces generate excitement and wonder, they also cast amazing reflections on the gallery floor – see below
Similar to abstract expressionism, Kiley’s work captures the motion AND emotion of the artist, but in three dimensions. When glass cools, the atoms are arranged randomly. In glass, fractures from an impact follow these random pathways – because of this it’s impossible to re-create the exact same fracture twice in glass, each Fractograph is an indelible and irreproducible record of impact, energy, time and place. The self-imposed rules for the initial 10 blocks were simple, start with a brand new 10lb. sledge hammer, a perfectly polished 80 lb block of optic glass, and you only get one hit. Whatever happens, happens.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION – runs until May 21st: Sandra Ainsley Gallery is hosting “Translucent Bloom”, the Sheridan College graduate showcase. So many lovely, unique pieces from future glass stars! If you get a chance, hurry down to support these young talented artists.
SANDRA AINSLEY GALLERY
100 Sunrise Avenue, Unit 150, Toronto
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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 SYZYGY. The show runs March 21 to 30. Opening reception: Sat. Mar. 23rd (2-5pm) Kindly RSVP to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
After a few months away from the blog (yes, our site was hacked by a nasty person!), Fly is starting off a whole new year with a visit to ARTUSIASM Gallery in Toronto (St. Clari West & Caledonia) – their new show is called Carnival and runs until January 26th, 2019. Fly interviewed gallery co-owner and artist Tanzina Amin (her husband Carlos Sa Rodrigues works with her to run the indie art gallery) and here she discusses her own paintings and the new exhibition:
Thanks, Tanzina. The Fly toured the gallery and took lots of photos of works by local Toronto artists who impressed with their skills, colour palettes and unique inspirations. Hope you enjoy this virtual visit but Fly highly recommends a personal visit to enjoy the stunning works on show for the next 2 weeks. Directions and gallery info at the end of the photo spread.
Fly loved these African-themed portraits by Leroi JohnsonAnd this stunning landscape (below) by Scott O’Neill offers lots of interest – you can see so many beautiful details in the sky, the cliffs, the sea… Next up are these two painted tapestries by Ylana Stelling: Here’s “Busker” from Art Cotrim….reminds Fly of a few well-known Toronto performers:Marcela Maciel offers up this beautiful view of a mystical forest in autumn:Fly loved the fantastic scenes of South American village life by Flor de Maria Mejia – see the close-up detail of the dancers in the middle of the crowd… Maurice Tan‘s “Four Lovers” are beautifully executed with pastel colours – their eyes followed Fly around the gallery, drawing Fly back again and again to the canvases: And here are some of Tanzina‘s own large format contemporary portraits – she has such a sensitive touch with the women she paints: So many paintings by so many talented artists to enjoy including gallery regular Alex Scovino who painted this fabulous queen of the carnival, full of riotous colour and energy: The gallery will host one more show until it closes its doors for good. After creating such a comfortable and respectful environment for local artists, the hard-working Tanzina & Carlos are taking a much needed break in the spring but plan to keep themselves busy with potential annual exhibitions hosted in larger venues. Come say hello in person – Artusiasm Gallery, 1684 St Clair Ave West, Toronto. T: 416-970-7235 www.artusiasm.com
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
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….
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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….
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.
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.
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/
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
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.
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.
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.