Art @ home

As we gradually begin to emerge from “stay at home” to a world of increased contact with others—including mask wearing and physical distancing—we may have come to know and appreciate our own surroundings with renewed hearts and minds. While waiting for the green light to safely visit a museum or attend a performance event, manyContinue reading “Art @ home”

Art & literature come out to play together at the Leon Rooke & John Metcalf Salon Exhibition

I had the great pleasure of attending the Leon Rooke and John Metcalf Salon Exhibition last night, hosted by Fran Hill Gallery at Rooke’s residence at 246 Brunswick Ave., Toronto—also the new contact space for the gallery since it moved from its St. Clair W./Christie neighbourhood Show Room. The event featured Rooke’s latest paintings andContinue reading “Art & literature come out to play together at the Leon Rooke & John Metcalf Salon Exhibition”

SummerWorks: Art, madness, longing & inspiration in the visceral, cerebral, deeply moving The Red Horse is Leaving

Moleman Productions presents a multimedia, multidisciplinary work in progress with its SummerWorks production of The Red Horse is Leaving; running for three performances in the Toronto Media Arts Centre Main Gallery. Written and co-directed by Erika Batdorf, with excerpts from artist Thaya Whitten’s journals and performance talks, and co-directed and choreographed by Kate Digby, theContinue reading “SummerWorks: Art, madness, longing & inspiration in the visceral, cerebral, deeply moving The Red Horse is Leaving”

Toronto Fringe: Art, friendship & astroturf in the quirky, edgy, hilarious The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome

Adrian Rebucas, Lauren MacKinlay, Anne van Leeuwen, Richard Young & Carson Pinch. Photo by Megan Terris.   High Park Productions takes us to The Freedom Factory gallery (22 Dovercourt Road, south of Queen St. East) for a fly-on-the-wall view of the aftermath of an explosive art show opening. The Toronto Fringe production of Michael RossContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Art, friendship & astroturf in the quirky, edgy, hilarious The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome”

Luminous images of birds in Clara Blackwood’s Aviary exhibit

Finally made it out to The Hermit’s Lamp this afternoon to see Clara Blackwood’s Aviary exhibit of paintings – and I’m so glad I did. Largely executed in acrylic on canvas, the pieces presented in Aviary are images of birds, mostly owls. The paintings are at times haunting, playful and otherworldly – and all areContinue reading “Luminous images of birds in Clara Blackwood’s Aviary exhibit”

The real & the fantastical side by side @ Nora Camps’ ‘CAPRICCIO. Real & Imaginary’ exhibit

Artist Nora Camps opened her ‘CAPRICCIO. Real and Imaginary’ exhibit at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills this past Thursday night, with guest artists: Marietta Camps, MaryAnn Camps and Pamela Williams. The title of the exhibit refers to landscape work, which can be whimsical and fantastical, even collage-like in its assembly of images. Nora Camps’Continue reading “The real & the fantastical side by side @ Nora Camps’ ‘CAPRICCIO. Real & Imaginary’ exhibit”

Upcoming art & photography exhibits: Nora Camps & Lisa MacIntosh

Wanted to quickly shout out two upcoming art exhibits: Painter/photographer Nora Camps exhibit CAPRICCIO. Real and Imaginary, with guest artists Marietta Camps, MaryAnn Camps and Pamela Williams @ the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills – from August 28 to September 7. Photographer Lisa MacIntosh: ASK exhibit @ 3030 Dundas West – from September 4 to October 4. In the meantime,Continue reading “Upcoming art & photography exhibits: Nora Camps & Lisa MacIntosh”

Robert Chandler surprises with striking canvasses in Scratch exhibit @ Fran Hill Gallery

Dropped by Fran Hill Gallery last night for opening of Robert Chandler’s “Scratch,” an exhibit of new paintings. The first thing that strikes me about Robert Chandler’s paintings is the colour. In some cases, colours that you’d never have thought would work together – like pink, red and orange – do work together. Most ofContinue reading “Robert Chandler surprises with striking canvasses in Scratch exhibit @ Fran Hill Gallery”

Saturday = Artaday

Yesterday was a day of art and friends – “Artaday,” as my partner in creative crime Lizzie Violet coined it – as we attended two art exhibit openings and a very unique haunted house experience. Here are some highlights, as well as the details, of these events. 5 By 5 exhibit at the Gladstone HotelContinue reading “Saturday = Artaday”

Robert Nowacki makes you look – The Health Benefits of Gazing @ Fran Hill Gallery

I was back at Fran Hill Gallery last night, checking out the Robert Nowacki The Health Benefits of Gazing exhibit, which opened on Thursday night. It’s an eclectic pseudo-retrospective of sorts, featuring works that span across the past decade. With works in oil, chalk pastel, mixed media and digital print, many of the pieces featureContinue reading “Robert Nowacki makes you look – The Health Benefits of Gazing @ Fran Hill Gallery”