Queen West Art Crawl this weekend

Come out this Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm to see my mosaics and the work of 250+ other artists & artisans at the QWAC outdoor show & sale in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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There are also art & music events happening Saturday night in nearby galleries & restaurants as part of Parkdale Nighcrawl. So come out for the art and stay for the party!

Map of where to find me in the park below. Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

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Riverdale Art Walk this weekend

Evite_2013 Riverdale Art WalkThis Saturday & Sunday, June 1-2, I will be exhibiting my new fine arts mosaics at the outdoor Riverdale Art Walk show in Jimmie Simpson Park on Queen St. East near Broadview. If you’re in Toronto, I’d love to see you there!

There are over 120 artists participating in the show – you can check out images of their work at the RAW Artist Galleries site.

As for me, I’ll be showing the mosaics from my Favourite Books series (including the one inspired by Neuromancer, that William Gibson himself complimented), as well as theĀ slate abstracts and other new works, including this charmingly titled one:

Mixed Emotions (Dark Side of the Moon), scrap slate and pink glass

Mixed Emotions (Dark Side of the Moon)

Here’s a map of the park to help you find my booth:

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Danforth East Arts Fair – Highlights

Now that the excitement and the stress of my first art fair are behind me, here are a few impressions I took away from it.

Me in my booth at DECA Arts Fair

Photo by Roman Martyn

The Good:

– Wonderfully organized and promoted, the DECA Arts Fair was attended by crowds of lovely people and dogs who enjoyed the calm sunny weather, live music and all the great art on display

– Booth set-up went without a hitch and the weather was great so nothing got blown away overnight. Big thanks to my husband Derek for building (from scratch!) the display rack you see in the picture above and his help setting everything up, taking everything down, and the two practice runs we did at home beforehand.

– Met lots of other artists, had lovely neighbours in booths all around me, and got good practical advice from them about other local fairs worth participating in. The consensus seems to be that the Riverdale Art Walk and the Cabbagetown fair are both great, and that One of a Kind is worth the huge fee.

– Got lots of compliments, admiration and exclamations of wonder at my mosaics. People loved the coffee table especially, but everyone had their favorites. The starfishes were a hit with the children. Gave out lots of business cards. I imagine the kids will just make spitballs out of them.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is on right now in Nathan Phillips Square by the City Hall. It began today, July 6th and will last through Sunday July 8th. TOAE takes place once a year and is one of the best art shows to be seen in Toronto. Having just come back from it – very impressed – I just wanted to write a quick post about a few of the neat things I saw there so as to encourage everyone who’s in town this weekend to go wander around a huge, free outdoor exhibit of amazing art.

Painting

A Toronto landscape in blueBeing fascinated with the beauty of tactile, dimensional, multi-media art objects, I tend to be less captivated by paintings than I am by sculpture or applied arts. Nevertheless, there are some very good painters on exhibit at the TOAE.

Here’s a painter whose work I really liked for being colourful, featuring Toronto, and having old maps for backgrounds:

Watercolours on display

As someone formally trained in watercolor who made a mess of it more often than not, another category of paintings I tend to notice are masterfully executed, spontaneous, light-filled watercolours. This artist’s work, which also features views of Toronto is a stunning example of the medium.

A metal bleeding heart sculptureMetal

From airy flights-of-fancy to a bleeding mechanical heart, there is choice metal sculpture on display. There is also a giant robot, the discovery of which I leave up to you.

Textile

Maybe this is a new trend, but I haven’t noticed quite so much embroidery at art shows before. Turns out lots people are making really fascinating textile art pieces these days.

Textile art on display at TOAEThis artist is like the Andy Warhol of embroidery, with pop culture subjects, great colours and eye-catching minimalist design. Someone please get me one of her pieces for a no-particular-occasion present?

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The first arts fair announcement for Fragmentalist

Danforth East Arts Fair logoGreat news received earlier this week: my application to participate in the Danforth East Arts Fair has been accepted.

The fair will take place on the weekend of Sep. 15-16, 2012 in East Lynn Park on Danforth Ave just west of Woodbine.

I will be making many new mosaic pieces over the summer – ideas for their designs are already jostling for attention in my head – which will be exhibited and available for sale at the fair. The starfish mirror, nearly finished now, will make a great centerpiece.

There will be lots of other things to prepare besides the art over the next few months: finding a tent to use at the fair, building display racks for the mosaics, practicing setting it all up, and other practical matters that will need to be figured out for the first time and with the invaluable assistance of my lovely husband.

The proposed booth layout is one of the things that had to be submitted with the application, so this is something I’ve already thought out and you can see the sketch of it after the jump.

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