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Tanya is the owner and director of Lee Contemporary Art, a gallery in Orillia, an hour and a half north of Toronto. The annual Christmas Exhibition opens December 1 – 24. If Only I’d Received Art For Christmas II features work from Tanya as well as local artists Bewabon Shilling, Alex Richardson, Samantha Vessios, and her mom Annie Kmyta Cunnington. All artwork is priced at $100 or less, and the opening night reception is Thursday Dec 1 from 7-9 pm.
Lee Contemporary Art
5 Peter Street South, Upper Level
Orillia, ON, L3V 5A8
Maria invites you to an exhibition from the series New World Order, Book of Revelation and Residents/Dissidents
at THE CONTEXT (program with Lorna Dueck) at the CBC Building (downtown Toronto)
enter at 205 Wellington St. (at John St.), walk straight ahead, it is the second door on your right.
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm
Monday, Dec 12, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016, 10 am to 8 pm – artist wil be present 4 pm to 8 pm
For any inquiries please call: 416 535 8063
Sandra’s work, in collaboration with Gary Spearin, continues until January 8, 2017. Sandra is exhibiting a 4 metre tall tree made of terra cotta plant pots at 12 TREES: GOOD FOR THE EARTH curated by David Buckland at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/exhibitions/upcoming/12-trees-2016
Ester has work in the exhibition Glimpse at Station Gallery in Whitby, on view December 3, 2016 – January 29, 2016.
Juried by Kelly McCray, Steven Schwartz and Shelagh Stewart, the exhibition will catch sight of the fast paced world we live in. From a glance to a peek and a peep, Glimpse is sure to delight.
All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Thursday, December 8, beginning at 7 pm. Parking spaces at the gallery are limited, additional parking is available at Iroquois Park or the Whitby GO Station—all in walking distance to the gallery.
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday noon – 4:00 pm
1450 Henry Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8
also ESTER is participating in the group show Keepers, at Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario, running Friday, December 2, 2016 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016. This is Forest City Gallery’s biggest fundraiser of the year, featuring works priced between $20 and $500. Attend the opening reception on December 2nd from 6 – 10 PM to get first picks of the show.
Confirmed artists to date : Tyler Armstrong . Megan Arnold . Simon Bentley . David Bobier . Derek Boswell . Parker Branch . Jeremy Brunnel . Lucas Cabral . Heather Carey . Emily Clark . Lynette de Montreuil . Jason Deary . Colin Muir Dorward . Cory Downing . Tyler Durbano . Liza Eurich . Kim Ewin-Goebel . Duncan Ferguson . Jake Freeman . Adam Giroux . Sky Glabush . Jennifer Hamilton . Antony Hare . Charlotte Hegele . Patrick Howlett . Tiffany Hufta . Kelly Jazvac . Bryan Jesney . James Kirkpatrick . Neil Klassen . Mack Ludlow . Owen Marshall . Conan Masterson . Zoë Mpeletzikas . Sarah Munro . Christine Negus . Kim Neudorf . Victoria Parker . Jenna Faye Powell . Ester Pugliese . Leslie Putnam . Angie Quick . Krista Reimer . Karalyn Reuben . Adam Revington . Ben Robinson .Rima Sater . Claire Scherzinger . Ruth Skinner . Jill Smith . Gabriella Solti . Mark Stebbins . Helen Thompson . Luke van H . Charles Vincent . Abby Vincent . Andrew Wyton . Thea Yabut . Billy Bert YoungGallery Hours:
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Until I turned my attention to encaustic several years ago, all of my work was connected by a single endeavor: to use traditionally female, and often impermanent, materials in new and unconventional ways. Whether embroidering, making cake art, carving jewelry or working with textiles, I have been motivated by a connection to and conversation with other women, across different times and cultures. My turning to encaustic represented a conscious change, a 180 degree turn away from the materials that women have always had their hands on, and towards a world of blow-torches, toxicity, larger scale works, and lack of control. Interestingly enough, I have spent the last year coming full circle. My current body work is a collection of ‘sewn encaustic paintings’; I’m using an awl to push tiny threads into the wax, evoking stitched fabric, or needlework.
My dogs love to sleep on the warm floor of my studio, and always keep me company while I’m working. Occasionally this is challenging. My Great Dane has knocked over several paintings, and my bulldog likes to sleep underfoot while I am handling a blowtorch. (His white fur is currently dappled with indigo wax.) Despite these inconveniences, working with my dogs means more to me than just having some company in my studio. Having Thunder and Panda with me while I make art makes me feel like my creativity is intimately connected to my life as a whole. This holistic connection with my life is essential to my work.
I always listen to music when I’m working. Good music helps me turn off the left-side of my brain, and encourages me to rely on non-verbal, non-logical information to guide my process.
I tend to be most influenced by artists who are focused on a small and intimate project, those who work in traditionally female materials, and/or anyone engaged in creating temporary art. For example, there is an American wood-worker by the name of Josh Vogel, who crafts the most beautiful wooden spoons imaginable, transforming this ordinary utensil into lovingly rendered sculptures that are still absolutely functional. Toronto-based artist Laura Carwardine is another example – her gigantic cross-stich installation at Patria restaurant, is deeply inspiring to me. I’m often influenced by artists whose names we don’t know – ranging from the shibori textiles made by women in Japan, to beadwork on Inuit coats, to ancient Jewish wedding contracts, called ketubahs, which were traditionally painted and hung in homes.
I hate this response, it sounds so trite, but I just do! I have rarely, in all my life of making things, not known when a piece of work was done.
to see more of Ava’s work check out: http://www.avaroth.ca
For further information, please visit the Open Studio web-site: http://openstudio.ca/
Maria is preparing a selection of work for display from November 21, 2016 through February 2017 at The Context Exhibition Space, located inside the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (entrance at 205 Wellington St., Toronto), tel. 416 599 9777, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays.
The concepts of works selected will relate to some of the issues of current events that Context programs speak out on. You can view Maria’s work at www.paintinggallery.ca
Libby’s work is included in the print exhibition, A Little Bit of Infinity at the University of Alberta Museums Galleries and also another U of A print initiative in Kyoto called Kyoto Hanga. Loop member YAEL BROTMAN is also exhibiting in the Kyoto show. http://www.kyotohanga.com/
If you missed Candida’s last show Shifting Landscapes, here’s a photo recap with a little behind the scenes Q&A called 5 questions with Candida Girling.
By Tara Cooper
What’s your elevator pitch for your current show?
“Shifting Landscapes explores the notion of the contemporary landscape in a world altered by human interaction”, to quote David Saric, who reviewed the show in ArtToronto.
What was your strategy for the install at Loop? Were there any challenges?
I tried to position the works, which were in 3 media (ink drawings, wood that was engraved, carved and painted, and steel sculptures), in a way so that they spoke to each other. Ultimately, all of the works began with drawing and then brought to life through these different media. This was a relatively easy install, in contrast to some of my recent multi-media installations!
How do you spend your time when you’re not working in the studio?
Walking in the woods and the city, reading Italo Calvino, listening to music and practicing yoga.
What artist living or dead would you most like to have dinner with? What would you order? What question would you ask him/her?
I would like to have a picnic lunch with the late Swiss artist Jean Tinguely and his wife Niki de Saint Phalle. We would dine in the garden of her sculpture park Giardino Tarocchi. I would also like to invite the late author Italo Calvino and contemporary artist and designer Olafur Eliasson, as he shares certain similar preoccupations. Using wit and ingenuity all of these artists question societal norms and ponder our relationship to history, nature and technology. They do this using elements drawn from the mundane and the absurd working them into compelling narratives. We would dine on pears and cheese, as well as edible plants that we would forage for. Wine would be served in goblets poured to varying heights and each person would have a set of spoons to play with. I would ask them for their strategies on dealing with the technological and societal changes in this new millennium.
What’s next in terms of your studio practice?
I would like to continue working with the media used in this show, exploring the same issues in more detail.