Ahhh, vacation…

July 18, 2007

It’s summer time and the living is easy, to steal a well-known song lyric. I find myself with my family in Grand Bend, Ontario – a beach resort town on the eastern shoreline of Lake Huron. I haven’t been here in years, probably not since i was a teenager. Now that i’m almost 40, the perspective has changed quite a bit – the “strip” as they call the main street to the beach, used to captivate my eye; now i see the superficiality, the cheap goods, the bored-looking teenage staffers. My artist’s eye looks deeper, through the veneer – i see the closed stores with “for rent” signs, the run-down cottages off the drag, the ubiquitous sea gulls fighting for scraps of junk food. And yet, year after year, no matter the age, we find ourselves attracted to this place, or places like it – let’s face it, there’s no better place to people-watch.

Last week’s show in Guelph (Art on the Street), was basically rained out. Too bad, as there was a great crowd – not just in terms of numbers but a well-educated, art-savvy group. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and met some wonderful artists, many of whom displayed at the TOAE the previous week.  Special mention goes to Mary Karavos, a wonderfully talented artist who works in paper collage. Her artwork really has to be seen in person to be believed – she attains a high degree of representation using only Japanese papers and NO PAINT. Though her figure work is outstanding, and reminiscent of one of my fave artists (Mary Cassatt), I was really drawn to the abstracts.

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Art fairs and shows

July 3, 2007

We’re hitting that time of year when the weather’s nice and the art fairs are plentiful. I’ll be busy with three different outdoor shows over the next two months, the first being:

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

July 6, 7 & 8, 2007
Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall)

Free Admission
Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm

Canada’s largest outdoor art expo, with over 500 individual artists and an estimated 100,000+ visitors – the expo is located along Queen Street West, the city’s gallery/shopping district. Come say “hi” – i’ll be in the…

Orange Section Booth #401

(between the pool house washrooms and pool).

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On Saturday, July 14th you can view my artwork at the Art On the Street festival in downtown Guelph, Ontario. The intersection of Wyndham and Quebec Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow for the presentation of 100 painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, wood-turners
metalworkers, jewellery-makers, silversmiths, potters, glassblowers, printmakers, fabric and mixed-media artists.
There’s many great activities for the kids as well, plus live music throughout the day – and it’s all free!

To wrap up, Toronto’s Junction Arts Festival will feature hundreds of artists and performers during its 4 day run – from Sept. 6 – 9, 2007. Located in the historic Junction area of Toronto West (on Dundas Street between Keele and Quebec Ave.), this funky retail strip is magically transformed into a street-meets-art festival that attracts 100,000 people annually. With impromptu galleries, the world in restaurants, exciting activities, a Main stage, street performances and more, this festival offers an experience unique in the city of Toronto.