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September 6 - 19, 2017
Mark Berens, Lonny Doherty, Jonathan Houghton, Paul Mantrop, David Marshak, Paul Nabuurs, Andrew Peycha, Rob Saley, Marten Visser, Peter Taylor, Bryan Wall.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6 - 9pm
NEW EXHIBITION PAYS TRIBUTE TO TOM THOMSON ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
11 bush-trekking Canadian artists retrace the journeys of one of Canada’s greatest painters in a year-long project culminating in new exhibition to premiere September 8
As one of the most celebrated Canadian painters of the twentieth century, Tom Thomson’s contributions to Canada’s art landscape and impact on some of our country’s greatest painters that followed him is indelible. Now, 100 years after his untimely death in 1917, his influence lives on and will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibition titled, Untamed Things, taking place September 6 -19, 2017 at Arta Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District.
The exhibition will be the culmination of a yearlong project by 11 acclaimed painters from across Ontario who are retracing Thomson’s footsteps through Algonquin Park, as inspiration for their own artistic explorations.
Please join us at the opening night reception, Friday September 8, starting at 6 - 9pm.
August 25 - 25, 2017
Opening Reception: 7pm-10pm
August 15 - September 4, 2017
Arta Gallery would like to invite you to visit us for our 6th Annual Summer Sale! We are featuring our resident artists, as well as exciting new contributors to our space. You will find a wonderful variety of works, ranging from the abstract, contemporary, and landscape style, among our many other genres.
Our sale will be lasting until 4th of September, throughout which we will be offering fantastic pricing on our featured pieces.
August 6 - 20, 2017
Arta Gallery is thrilled to announce that we will be bringing a curated collection of artisans and crafters to The Distillery District this August. The gallery will be filled with handmade
Gallery Sunday hours: 11-6pm
August 1 - 15, 2017
Susan Outlaw, Jacquline Comrie, Anastessia Bettas, Ethel Rose Voronkova
Arta Gallery is pleased to present Seventh Illusion: Seasonal Reconstructions. This exhibition brings attention to the new motifs for the summer season while aiming to reshape a new aesthetic at Arta Gallery. A vibrant mix of paintings, ceramics, and sculptures will be centred around the conveyance of beauty through the languages of Realism and Abstraction.
July 29 - 30, 2017
Arta Gallery proudly represent Masoud Keshmiri for the first time in Canada.
Masoud Keshmiri’s paintings illustrate his concern and interest in the human body and the expression of individuals’ internal and external characteristics. He tries to create an active dialogue between the human figure and the audience.
By choosing an identical background and painting only female figures, he creates a unique collection in which each painting narrates an instance, an emotion or an instance of the women’s everyday life.
His subjects are alone, quiet and distant women who stare into an unknown direction and stand by as mortal life passes by. Keshmiri’s art is a part of life that in its simplicity, amplifies the passage of time without pretense and exaggeration.
Simple and flat backgrounds in contrast to the detailed bodies and the overwhelming amount of color used in depicting the clothes is what makes the audience treat the body as a whole and pay attention to all the characteristics that one carries with herself. These are merely paintings. But the sketching, coloring, the brush strokes and the composition are so that the mind can make up stories for each and every one of them.
July 29 - 30, 2017
This exhibition will feature six distinctly unique original pieces, as well as eight limited edition lithographs depicting Haft Peykar.
The Haft Peykar collection, created by Mahmoud Zenderoudi, came to life at the suggestion of Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam before he first staged Haft Peykar. He wanted the paintings to to go on display simultaneous to the stage performance. Master Zenderoudi came up with 8 pieces – one that encapsulated the entire story, and 7 others, each presenting one of the seven stages in the story. Over the course of centuries, many accomplished artists from Iran, India, Afghanistan and Caucasus have masterfully illustrated the admirable colorful world of Haft Peykar through colors, shapes, numbers and words, but few have illustrated this literary masterpiece as beautifully as Zenderoudi who, for the first time, steps into the imaginary world of Nezami with a modern look, and conveys the intricate story with beautiful shapes and forms, using 7 colour palettes and vertical and horizontal lines, as well as geometric shapes to create never before seen images. This is the first time that the seven stages of Haft Peykar (7 Princesses), Nezami’s romantic masterpiece, have been made into individual works of art. Each unique piece has been created using simple everyday materials such as wood, cork, cardboard, paper mache, newspaper cuttings, photographs, postcards, “sirish” glue, oil paint, acrylic paint, gold leaf and fabric. The essence of the reliefs is poetry and calligraphy combined and detaches the viewers from reality, transporting them into the colourful world of Haft Peykar. The HAFT PEYKAR collection, conceived around 2004, has been exhibited in Paris, New York, and Switzerland as well as Montpellier in France.
The original collection is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.
July 4 - 25, 2017
Lina Shekhovtsova, Michael Wilson and Ken Nash
Featuring our Resident Artists' collection of Canadian and International artists and starting off the summer with new exciting additions.
June 28 - July 3, 2017
Alison Grapes, Carol Loeb
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1st, 4-6pm
In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, two artists travel coast-to-coast on the Trans-Canada highway stopping every 150 km to find the subject and inspiration for a painting. Creating a series of 52 paintings each.
June 15 - 26, 2017
Elizabeth Hardinge, Ken Nash, Brooke Palmer, Brianne Service, Libby Sims, Berdji Tchakedjian, Zorica Delova, Jan Wheeler and Robert Slivchak
Opening Reception: June 15, 2017. 6pm-8pm
A colourful exhibition featuring a collection of landscapes, abstracts, unique ceramics, and sculptures that celebrate the verdant Summer.
June 15 - 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Opening Reception: Thursday June 15th, 2017 6-8pm.
ERAN and Arta Gallery are proud to exhibit Persian ceramics and sculptures. It is an honour for us to invite you at the exhibition of Persian Ceramic Masters from June 15th to 18th.
Featuring the works of Abbas Akbari, Sadegh Adham, Behzad Azhdari, Kourosh Arish, Mostofa Golmohamadi, Kevyan Fehri, Neda Mirbagheri, Aitak Sorahitalab, Nahal Bahrman & Neda Paykazadi
May 30 - June 13, 2017
May 17 - 29, 2017
Ray Van Nes Mark Brodkin Kajeh Mehrizi Thomas Brasch David Wile Meaghan Ogilvie Jibola Fagbamiye John Fitzgerald
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17th, 6-8pm
Arta Gallery is pleased to present a curated exhibition featuring dynamic photographic artists that expand the medium through evocative aesthetics. For the show, Arta brings together a collection of Canadian talent that explores abstract and realist styles in photography, culminating to an eclectic array of artworks.
Lens Flare is a phenomenon wherein light is scattered or flared in a lens system, often in response to a bright light, and usually results in an undesired effect aided by work embodying the power of patterns and single gradients of color. However, these artists take inspiration from the unexpected, and turn their unique content into valuable perspectives.
One key element that is explored throughout the exhibition is the use of color and motion in the photographic medium. Simple yet sophisticated landscapes become vibrant scenes of emotions, while unsuspecting structures in the terrain become forms of voluptuousness and expression. In addition, the use of motion in the human form will be explored. Ultimately encapsulating and contrasting the multitude of fundamental forms used for the creation of emotion across the medium.
May 17 - 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17th, 6-8pm
Arta Gallery is proud to showcase Radha Chaddah CONTACT solo exhibition: Exodus. A photographic exhibition of cells grown out of human skin.
Informed by her background as a scientist, Radha explores the fascinating microcosm world of cell growth within human skin. Cell biologists have discovered how to transform normal skin cells into embryonic stem cells. The artists actually grew these transformed cells in a petri dish and fed them a liquid diet that allowed them to become neural stem cells, and then brain cells like neurones and astrocytes. Later, she stained the cells to allow visualisation for their internal skeletons.
Exodus explores the rise of science as a religion. The intricate dichotomy between science and religion as both seekers of the knowledge of the universe by different means: reason and empiricism, versus revelation and faith. Based on the book of Exodus as the book of salvation and redemption, modern societies have vested scientific enterprises like regenerative medicine with these same values. Hope for salvation from disease and ageing and the pursuit of the everlasting beg deliverance by scientific discovery. The re-birth, scattering and creation of novel colonies by this transformed celles parallel the story of Exodus with the establishment of a new world remade by the hand of the man.
May 4 - 14, 2017
Abigail Gossage Adrien Duey Alexandra Sofia Amanda Belanger Amanda Purdy Ami Jarvis Andrew Erik Macartney Angela Walker Barbara Bolton Barbara Brown Celeste Martin Charles Bechara Christian Villemaire Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief David Barbour Fran Noftle Freeman Keats Geneviève Labbé Glenn Bloodworth Greg Zehna Hannah Evans Henry Black Hugo Brown Jeff Poulin Jim des Rivières Jim Lamont Jocelyn Keays John Hallum John Healey John Richardson Jonathan Hobin Josh Hotz Lawrence Cook Leslie Hossack Lucia Mugica Melle Harris Michael Tardioli Mitchell Burton Neeko Paluzzi, Olivia Johnston Pablo Melendez Patricia Wallace Rajeev Nath Robert Proulx Ruth Steinberg Saman Deilamani Semira Selman Susan Kilbank Vera Saltzman Whitney Lewis-Smith
Opening Reception: Thursday May 4th 6pm - 8pm
For the first time ever, the work of 50 Ottawa-based photographic artists will be on display, as a part of the CONTACT Photography Festival! This historic exhibition will take place in Toronto at Arta Gallery at 14 Distillery Lane.
April 10 - 30, 2017
Arta's collection has come a long way within the early months of 2017! We recently added to our collection of Canadian and International artists Archivaldo Rozas.
Additionally, new pieces and new artists have been excusively invited to join our roster of artist and showcase our new collection in Beyond Parimeter.
This sets off the Spring Exhibition season for 2017; do not miss it!
April 6 - 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6th, 6-9pm.
META is an annual exhibition that showcases the production and curatorial thesis work of 4th year New Media students from Ryerson University. Each year, META provides a platform for displaying emerging artists’ work that combines contemporary art practice with limitless technological innovation.
February 24 - April 1, 2017
February 16 - 22, 2017
Cem Basarir, Vera Yurchuk, Stanislav Khomenko, Sara B. Caglar Oleh Lesiuk, Muveddet Al-Katib, Mustafa Cetin, Ivan Lazirko, Gabriel Ruhi Tuna, Christina Kudryk.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
A joint arts exhibition by Ukranian and Turkish artists of Canada. A celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary fusioned with art. Opening Recption Feb 16 6-8pm, RSVP only
February 3 - 17, 2017
Featuring new artists the investigate the definition of beauty, form, and element
February 2 - March 12, 2017
Toronto Light Festival
Light infiltrates a person's physical, personal, and spiritual life in essential ways, and so the concept of artistic expression through light is both natural and seductive. Light awakes us in the morning, warms our skin, and has a powerful ability to elevate our mood and sense of well-being. Light is openness, clarity, and, ultimately, light is understanding.
This winter, Toronto's Distillery District will be stirred from its frigid hallows, and re-imagined into a spectacular extravaganza of illumination. The hope is to offer a revitalizing and fantastical escape to everyone who comes out to join in the festivity. Arta Gallery is pleased to be participating in this special event, along with Toronto artist and designer, Ryan Longo. Ryan is intrigued by the intersection of nature and technology, as nature is the perfectly-balanced machine. Using industrial technologies in his art, the natural world is evoked through modern creative tools. His light pieces are both eternal and futuristic.
Come experience and enjoy Toronto's Light Fest with us at Arta Gallery, on from February 2nd-March 12th, 2017 in the historic Distillery District. Be transported by the beauty and possibility of light this season.
For additional information regarding Distillery's Light Festival: http://www.torontolightfest.com/
February 1 - 1, 2017
Opening Reception: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
On April 25th, 2015 a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, followed by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake just two weeks later. SunFarmer has since been actively involved in post-earthquake relief and reconstruction, providing critical electricity access to those in need.
SunFarmer has been active in Nepal since 2013 and continues to implement post-earthquake relief and reconstruction projects that provide critical electricity access to projects that support health, education, and access to water.
Solar for Nepal is a fundraising event to support farmers in rural Nepal hosted by ELSE and SunFarmer. 80% of Nepal’s citizens rely on agriculture for income - yet 8 months of dry climate limit production. With automatic, controlled irrigation via solar water pumps the length of the growing season can be doubled, and increase incomes by 100-200%. Additional to irrigation, other applications of solar water pumps include; drinking water, livestock, and fish farming. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the down payments for the installation of these solar-powered irrigation systems.
For all those who support the important work of SunFarmer, come together at Arta Gallery on Wednesday, February 1st to view a private exhibition of award-winning photographer Kristin Lau's work from Nepal, participate in a photo auction, see a short documentary film screening, listen to solar leaders speak, eat, drink and celebrate our fundraising efforts this year!
December 18 - January 31, 2017
Visit Arta in its annual Winter Solstice Artwork Sale! We will have additional discount on selected pieces from national and international artists only from December 18th to January 29th.