New work added to Galleria Mall installation

Our own local maven Shari Kasman has created an edition of mobiles made from her Galleria Mall colour identification system: Galleria Green, Galleria Brown, Galleria Gold. Bring home a memento of the mall for only $2! In the west hallway, near T-dot Tumblers.


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Galleria Mall; an unlikely home for art.

The impending re-development of the Galleria Mall has opened the door to all kinds of local culture makers who have suddenly discovered the space. Built for a previous generation, visiting the mall takes us back and may bring us forward as a community if it’s re-done right. The vending machines will be there for a full month starting today with ceramics, oil paintings and tiny colouring books available for $2, as usual.

Oxymorons: 20 tiny oil paintings by Doris Purchase.

Tiny oil paintings for $2.

Tiny oil paintings for $2.

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Andrew Testa in Northern Beaver Gallery

These beautiful, enigmatic Photopolymer Gravure prints on Japanese Paper by Andrew Testa will touch you. $2 in The Northern Beaver Gallery at the Artist Project, starting today until Sunday.

Read me a Story (dispersed): 45 Photopolymer Gravure prints on Japanese papers.
“I pick up this folded object to unfold its secrets, but its secrets are fragmented and incomplete- lost but not found. I unfold it to fold it up again and place it in my pocket: to forget it, to remember it.”

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Vending machine show: Loss

Come see the project at booth # I5, the south end of the centre isle.

Artist Erin Candela has created 50 drawings of her father for the theme “Loss”. Show opens with the preview tomorrow, then runs Friday to Sunday at the Better Living Centre.

Bio: Erin Candela is a Canadian artist originally from northern BC, but currently living in Toronto. Often using historical documents such as photographs, public school books, nature encyclopedias and community journals, themes of memory and identity are frequently present in her drawings. Ideas of North, Canadian landscape, and portentous depictions of wild creatures and characters are also common and contribute to a scattered and ambiguous narrative.

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The Artist Project 2016

New and old work at The Artist Project Installation Zone 2016 next week. For the theme “LOST”, Doris Purchase has meditated on loss of light, Adriana Monti on the lost and found nature of the lucky penny, Andrew Testa on archival images of the unknown, and Rebecca Houston on lost memories of a loved one.

In “COLOUR”, a group of talented artists have made tiny colouring books in limited editions for this weekend only. Here is an image of tiny old Toronto buildings presented by Jim Houston.

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Taking a year off from vending this Nuit Blanche.

Hi friends, sorry for the late notice, we have decided we will refresh our own love of Nuit Blanche and go out for inspiration. Since the closing of the Edward Day Gallery on Queen we don’t have a secure home for the night. Please look for us at other events during the coming year as the project seeks to expand into more permanent locations across the city!

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Tonight, Nuit Blanche 2014, Edward Day Gallery

Back for the 4th year, The Northern Beaver Galleries will be on Queen West starting at sundown. We have a new collection, a set of artist editions on the theme of “The Very Local”. Each artist reflected on something close to their home, something that through the process of observation, of taking note of subtle detail in our own place we play the role that art exemplifies in asking the viewer to look again, to be more sensitive, more aware of our surroundings.

Doris Purchase photographed a robin’s nest from her own front porch with a single unhatched egg. She had a real Canadian stamp made. Could you make the bird fly by sending a letter with the stamp?

Adriana Monti celebrates the local group Bike Pirates (Bloor and Lansdowne) with her key chains made from used bike chains, adorned with an oil painting of their logo.

Amy Wong treats us to a folded paper sculpture that is screenprinted with the “Society of Teeth of Scarborough”, folded like a Chinese rice snack the way only a local woman makes.

Kiana Browne observes the weird and wonderful in her Bloor and Ossington nabe, using her unique pen cartoon work to delight on a set of hand-drawn buttons.

Jim Houston brings back last year’s popular paper sculptures of Toronto landmarks after 80 years living in, documenting and loving the landscape and people of Toronto.

Ashley Culver‘s sensitive work with food and nature brings us a sun catcher made of clover flowers gathered from a lot on York campus as she walks to buy groceries, a balm to ease the commercial gathering of food at No Frills.

Rebecca Houston gives us a Souvenir of Little Portugal, observing the smell of St. Clarens Ave where sardines are the family food of any Sunday afternoon. Also, she has made buttons from the St. Clarens Alley itself, abstract fragments of garage paint and plant matter. Wear the city on your lapel.

Oil Painting by Adriana Monti

Also Available: prints by Rebecca Houston, paintings by Adriana Monti and some fun light up pieces, all for $2!


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