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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.

FLY BUZZES AROUND THE ANNUAL ROSEDALE AIR FAIR

Regardless of the lack of subway transportation this past weekend, FLY managed to make it to the Rosedale Art Fair and discover new exciting artists as well as visit old friends.  Located in the grounds surrounding the big LCBO in the historic railway station at Summerhill (how convenient), the tents and booths contained oils, acrylics, pastels, photographs, sculptings…something for every artistic taste and wallet.

The first booth FLY visited belonged to Brigitte Nowak whose bright colourful canoes drew lots of visitors into her temporary studio. Even FLY was ready to pick up a paddle and set off into the wilderness after spending time with Brigitte’s paintings! For more info on the artist: www.facebook.com/brigitte.nowak1FLY then buzzed over to meet sculptor Chaka Chikodzi whose beautiful tactile stone carvings were attracting lots of interest and sales. The Kingston-based artist was an exciting discovery…can’t wait to see more of his work.  www.chakachikodzi.com  Next to Chaka, FLY bumped into Dave Rheaume whose work features vintage views of city life including puffing steam trains and snow-covered streets from early to mid-century Toronto.  www.daverheaume.com
Next door to Dave was long-time friend and fave artist Mark Jeremy Gleberzon (below). FLY is proud to own one of Mark’s sparkly colourful pieces. Mark has been very busy this year with exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada – here he is posing front of his latest artwork featuring a sunny beach scene based on a photo a very young Mark took, digitally enhanced and blown up real big!  www.mjggallery.com     A little further along the tent, FLY ran into the delightful Genie Kim (below). FLY has been paying attention to Genie’s adorable “smalls” and giant artworks at various art shows and expos – her booth is always full of happy laughing young art enthusiasts...I want that one, no THAT one…and that one!  www.geniekim.com                Across the tent, FLY found another old friend, photographer extraordinaire, Lori Ryerson. Lori has recently returned to Toronto from a photo safari in Utah and the American south-west so FLY can’t wait to see the results. Here Lori poses in front of some digitally enhanced close-ups of water – who knew water could look quite so edgy and funky? www.focalocity.ca   Across the aisle from Lori, FLY found the delightful paper sculptor Anushka Deshpande who creates charming still life images by folding and rolling coloured papers. Due to reflections on the glass frames, FLY asked Anushka to send studio photos of her work (lower pics) so readers can see the intricate beauty.  www.PaperSwanStudio.com      Zoey Zoric (below) always provokes and engages with her unique portraits, be they of people or individual body parts! She’s all heart as witnessed in her painting of that specific organ. FLY loves Zoey’s enthusiasm and joy which is reflected in her work regardless of the dark palettes or subjects – the light always shines thru and Zoey frames each still life in exquisite hands. Check out her work at www.zzfineart.com    Speaking of still life subjects, Marsha Strycharz always appeals to FLY – her glasses and ceramics have that certain “sparkle” and suggests the viewer can just reach out and pick ’em up! www.marshastrycharz.com     Camera-shy photographer Janine Sindrey let her work speak for itself. FLY loved the giant ocean wave (lower) – very powerful and FLY swears you can hear the sound of the wave if you stand really close to the picture! www.janinesindrey.com     Laura Dick specializes in stunning floral portraits…in fact, they’re quite breathtaking in person. Can’t you just smell the fragrance? Spring is certainly well represented here at Laura’s booth!  www.lauradick.com      And what’s an art fair without the fabulous Rob Croxford? FLY got to his booth just as he was making a sale so FLY snapped a couple of candid shots showing the artist in action! www.robcroxford.com           Next year, please come out and support your local artists at the Rosedale Art Fair – check the website for news and updates:  www.rosedalemainstreet.ca      

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/

TORONTO POP-ART STAR, ROB CROXFORD, UNVEILS NEW WORK STUDIO & GALLERY

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.

URBAN GALLERY WELCOMES 1st YR STUDENTS FROM CENTENNIAL COLLEGE FINE ARTS STUDIO PROGRAM

This past Saturday, Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY hosted the opening reception for the annual student art exhibition from the Centennial College Fine Arts Studio Program and what a resounding success it was! Within minutes of opening the door to the show titled “Syzygy”, the gallery was packed with enthusiastic art students and their families excited to view their work hanging on the walls – their first experience with a professional gallery. Here are just a few of the exciting works on show…. “SYZYGY” is described as: Everyone has a colourful story…this is ours!  An alignment of celestial creations by Toronto’s emerging art stars from Centennial College Fine Arts Studio program.
This year’s participating students are:  Hiba Abdul-Kareem, Edwin De Villa, Janset Evcimen, Lauren Faughnan, Alice Gong, Adriana Gruszka, An Ho, Manasi Joshi, Vaishak Muralidharan, Yenny Nguyen, Peter Onovo, Haewon Park, Ye Jin Park, Kyeongmin Park, Walter Penado-Vasquez, Shreya Praveen, Paul Rajan, Selenea Rikkonen, Talha Saaed, Erik Sanderson, Alexis Santha, Alexandra Seventikidis, Ghanwa Shahnawaz, Darja Sikorova, Cameron Tausch, Noah Tuomisto, Ruby Urlocker and Madeline Wong-Mayhew
Congratulations to all the participating young artists whose work will be on display until March 30th so come out and support these emerging Canadian artists. URBAN GALLERY is located at 400 Queen St East, Toronto – just 1 blk E of Parliament.
Visit their website for hours and directions:  www.urbangallery.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.

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDITION – June Extra!

Before we publish the full June edition of FLY, here’s an “extra, extra” post highlighting the 20th annual RIVERDALE ART WALK taking place this weekend (June 2&3/18) in Toronto at Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen East near Degrassi. It’s FREE and you still have one more day to check it all out.Each year in June, dozens of artists gather under the white tents to share their work with Toronto art lovers, thanks to hosts, the Artists’ Network organization. This year marks the 20th anniversary so FLY was eager to stroll the grassy aisles, browsing the displays, meeting old friends, seeing new art. Come join FLY on this virtual tour of the artists’ mini-galleries….

First up is Sharon Kirsh who works in the cold wax medium (natural beeswax, solvent & resin mixture), creating her vibrant, colourful abstracts.

And here’s Kari Serrao whose humorous portraits of proud wee beasties in Elizabethan costumes have become easily recognizable at art shows as well as keenly collected. Kari’s making friends here with this potential future furry subject!

Alex Pyro (below) offers lots of mini-masterpieces of Toronto scenes and his pieces are very affordable for the young budding art collector.

Next, FLY runs into an old friend, Nancy Bennett, whose booth seemed always full of people admiring her work.  Nancy was proud to show off her latest powerful and brooding painting titled: Courage (at bottom). She bases many of her works on photos she taken from her downtown balcony, catching all manner of skyscapes and sunsets.

Another frequent exhibitor is Ian Busher (below) whose bold colour blocks command attention. FLY is happy to boast she has an early Busher in her collection

And here’s Morgan Jones‘ booth, complete with mini art critic! Morgan recently took a trip to Ireland which inspired much of his current work, especially these little gems featuring gnome tourists…LOL

I met the husband & wife team of Claustro.ca at the One of a Kind Show earlier this year, and fell in love with their cheery little tryptiches. Lots to choose from here….

Flew by Lori Ryerson‘s booth – she was always busy with potential buyers so FLY did not interrupt!! Good luck, Lori.

FLY then met the lovely and talented Yolanda Fernandes Ly whose cool, calm booth filled with abstract seascapes attracted lots of visitors. Here’s an artist new to FLY but hopefully we’ll see more of her work soon.

Another new artist for FLY to meet is Joseph Sampson (below). Oh those gorgeous waves…you could almost hear them crashing on the shore! A smaller canvas caught FLY’s eye – see centre in the 2nd pic – what do you think, is this fab or what?

www.SampsonStudio.com

Below, Michael Toole‘s work always makes FLY stop and stare. Here, the Gravenhurst artist poses with two of his latest works featuring windows, reflections, architecture….so much to take in, as well as stunning!

Talk about joyful art! Another new artist for the FLY is Corynn Kokolakis whose exuberant paintings of people enjoying themselves in the water (below) is enough to get you diving into the canvases!

Gotta love these farmyard critters (below). Julia McNeely rocks the rooster! Her wee beasties always put a smile on the faces of show visitors and FLY was no exception.

Kate Taylor is a much-traveled artist who showcases around the world. Here she is (below, far right) taking a quick breather from schmoozing with booth visitors. Lookin’ good, Kate!

FLY is a huge fan of Neerja Trehan – her work is so fluid and calming…a meditation in art. Neerja makes her work available in small affordable pieces, too, including sets of coasters featuring her art (FLY is a proud owner of one such set).

Napanee artist Gary Barnett (below) is a big fan of nature, chemistry and energy – he creates exciting textures on the canvas, with lots of movement. FLY is proud to own one of his pieces from a previous solo show at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

FLY was intrigued by Mirek Bialy‘s work @ the Artist Project earlier this year, buying a small work with his signature copper thread running across the surface. At this year’s Riverdale Art Walk, Mirek has brought some unique pieces showcasing horses as well as his sea and landscapes. Just look at the details….

Josee Savaria introduced a shot of whimsy and colour into her booth (below). FLY was happy to enter her make-believe land and enjoy the visual roller-coaster ride.

Layne Verbeek was brought to FLY’s attention when he exhibited his stunning art glass at the Stockyards Gallery group show late last year. The sculpted glass twinkled in today’s sunlight…

FLY then followed the signs to the indoor exhibition where a number of other artists had set up booth..…and it was here that I ran into Rob Croxford (below right) Poor Rob and numerous other artists who shared a space at the Walnut Studios, recently suffered major losses of artwork and supplies when the studios went up in flames. Rob decided to have a “fire sale” this weekend so the surviving pieces were wiped down and put on sale for a discount. FLY did her best to inject a little moolah into Rob’s sagging personal economy…scroll down to see which piece is now hanging in FLY’s office!

Now in FLY’s collection – Rob’s “Bad Ass”!

As FLY was leaving the indoor exhibition, she ran into photographic artist Michael Sachter who was showcasing his “A Conversation with Myself” experiential display offering a serene environment for personal reflection and interaction with his photos. Definitely something new for the art walk audience and FLY encourages readers to visit his website to learn more about the therapeutic benefits to embracing his art.

So may wonderful sights as well as the beautiful flowers surrounding the park..you have one more day to visit this year’s Riverdale Art Walk so please don’t miss out on meeting all these incredibly talented and dedicated artists. More details at: www.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.