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December 13 - 16, 2013
Join us this Friday, December 13th until Sunday, December 15th for the Toronto Potter's Winter 2013 Show & Sale!
Find a unique treasure this Holiday Season, as the Toronto Potters members present functional and sculptural work of all kinds. Nothing compares to handcrafted items, with each piece carefully cast and varying from the next. Come down to Arta Gallery and enjoy the talents of many. Arta will be open Friday, December 13th until 9pm, and Saturday & Sunday gallery hours will be 10 am - 8pm. We hope to see you there!
November 29 - December 19, 2013
This Christmas season, Arta Gallery invites you to 'Winter in the Distillery' November 29th-December 19th
Showing from November 29th to December 19th, 'Winter in the Distillery' presents a spirited holiday collection of colourful pieces from local Canadian artists. From winter landscapes, to colourful abstracts ranging in size and medium, 'Winter in the Distillery' truly encompasses the warm and rich holiday spirit. Arta will be open for extended hours during this special exhibition, as The Distillery is transformed into a beautifully illuminated European Christmas Market.
Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, the Distillery Christmas Market, a free and annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market. Showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products, in combination with Arta's Annual Holiday show, the market is an ideal setting for art lovers and art-shy patrons to enjoy a creative and spirited environment this December.
We look forward to seeing you in the gallery! Please find more information on the Distillery Christmas market at torontochristmasmarket.com.
The Arta Team
Top left: Marlene Pape, Daniella's Winter Forest
Bottom right: Karen Taylor, Lake Ice
November 12 - 24, 2013
Afshin Harati & Keyvan Mahjoor
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14th 6-8pm
Arta Gallery is pleased to present two simultaneous exhibitions by Iranian, Montreal-based artists Afshin Harati and Keyvan Mahjoor. ‘Banquet’ by Afshin Harati and ‘Floating Monarchs’ by Keyvan Mahjoor will be on view from November 12th-24th. An opening reception will be held on Thursday the 14th from 6-8pm.
Afshin and Keyvan draw inspiration from traditional concepts and subject matter, juxtaposed against current political and social issues of today. They present such through intricate design elements, derived from the ancient form of calligraphy and true painterly elements of the brush stroke.
Afshin’s acrylic collection Banquet aims to describe the feeling of emptiness that he witnessed upon his return to Iran after living in Canada for almost 20 years. The title Banquet plays on the idea of excess and celebration. Afshin draws from his experience in design, and expresses the spirit of a specific space, even in the absence of a human figure, isolating certain components in the environment allowing the viewer to recreate the context in which those elements exist within.
Keyvan’s Floating Monarchs collection works mainly in ink, creating narrative and lyrical sketches, weaving together human figures, mythical characters and symbolic forms which are embedded with traditional arabesque designs. Historically, the function of calligraphic inscriptions used in Persian paintings and illustrations served both an aesthetic and informative purpose. While the scripts and text in Keyvan Mahjoor’s drawings are incomprehensible, perhaps of greater importance is the manner by which the text has been implemented within the pictorial space and the cavities the words occupy within the framework of the drawings.
November 7 - 10, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7th, 6 pm
Exclusive debut of Wolfgang Kals at Arta Gallery this coming November.
The late Kals was a prolific contemporary painter and is collected internationally by private buyers and celebrities. Kals, aka Robert Kennedy the founder of Robert Kennedy Publishing and married to fitness icon Tosca Reno, painted under his father’s name Wolfgang Kals.
Inspired by the body and famous personas he used iconography to grasp his viewer’s attention, guiding the eye into his colorful and experimental practice. Kals’ imagery boasts many sizes and explores compelling notions of artistic practice.
This exclusive exhibition will also include prints by Chagall and Picasso as well as Chihuly glassworks from the Kennedy estate collection, and will serve as a glimpse into Kals’ life as artist and collector.
November 1 - 3, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st, 4pm
We invite you to view a special solo show by Sana Saadati at Arta Gallery this November 1st to 3rd.
Her paintings are a narration of life through the human body, with every bodily line speaking the hidden story of a past journey. Sana's own journey brings that story to the surface through her canvas and artistic skill.
Her fascination with the female body and contrast of a woman's inner strength and physical fragility, has led her brush to create these striking images, illuminating the characteristics of women that Sana praises so highly.
October 8 - 22, 2013
Marlene Pape, Anna Clarey, Patrice Carmichael, Sharon Barr, Donna Andreychuk
Opening Reception: Thursday October 10, 6pm - 9pm
We invite you this October to view a vast selection of landscape and abstract paintings brought together by similarity in palette and subject. Five female artists, Donna Andreychuk, Anna Clarey, Patrice Carmichael, Marlene Pape and Sharon Barr blend their eclectic styles and bright personalities, speaking a visual language all their own. Their passion of art has been reflected expressively by their painterly brush stokes and professional palette, which beautifully assists our transition into the vibrant colours of Fall.
October 5 - 6, 2013
TATIANA JENNINGS, THOM SOKOLOSKI, SASSAN NASSIRI, SEMCO SALEHI, MASON MUMMERY and ULLA LAIDLAW
Opening Reception: 7:00pm
Arta Gallery invites you to experience another exciting art show on Saturday, October 5 from 7pm to 2am, a unique collection of video installations and performance artists for Nuit Blanche.
Located in the West end of the Distillery District, Arta Gallery is pleased to present our 2013 artists, who are bringing a new and exciting edge to this year’s show. From light installations presented by Sassan Nassiri, which envelope an old rusting truck outside the doors, to live performances and video installations within the gallery, the evening will be filled with unique and intriguing pieces. Tatiana Jennings returns with a live performance reflecting her talent in theatrical presentations. Semco Salehi’s projection on the gallery walls begs the observer to question thoughts of cultural difference and similarity. Thom Sokoloski visits the portrayal of the human psyche, and re-interprets iconographic photography of human behavior and how the body translates inner emotion and experiences. Lastly, Mason Mummery and Ulla Laidlaw completes our exhibit with videos installation, which adds to the digital environment which Nassiri, Salehi and Sokolski also work within for this one exciting evening, and which ultimately shapes the theme of Nuit Blanche. We hope to see you there!
August 27 - September 27, 2013
Gearge Szabo, Eleftheria Gerari, Alejandro Reyes Andreu, Kate Taylor, Marie Rioux, Peter Colbert, Jayne Libby Sims, Tania Guzmán, Maria Hanacek, Marlene Pape, Afshin Harati, Ivo Stoyanov, Sassan Nassiri, Adriana Joshua, Adi Zur, Michael Black, Peter Wedzicha, Elizabeth Hardinge, Claus Heinecke, Paul Mantrop, Olga Kotova, Mason Mummery, Alejandro Reyes Andreu, and Reza Bassiri.
A collection of art works expressing possibilities of light and color. Brought together by complementary and contrasting hues. We welcome you to come and enjoy this exhibit throughout the month of September.
August 7 - 7, 2013
Chiedza Pasipanodya, Candace Nyaomi, Adam Colangelo, Agata Chelminksa, Va Nilla, Michael McGrath, Andrew Mayberry, Lelu Angwenyi, Harv Glazer, Honor Marks, Jason O'Brien, Random, Raquel Da Silva, Mike Monize, Camille Ciel Lauren, Angie Kamal. Celia Wilson, Yandea El & Fay
Spoke N’ Heard presents their 18th consecutive creative arts event, set to debut on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Emanate will be hosted at Arta Gallery, an industrial-chic gallery nestled in the heart of Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. Our vision for the Emanate Gallery Exhibit is to capture a fleeting moment that mirrors the immediacy, novelty and stunning beauty of a lightning strike. Just as this elusive lightning strikes only once in the same place, for one night only, audience members and art lovers alike will be immersed in an experience that evokes shock and awe, crystallizing a new appreciation for bold visuals.
Electrifying multi-dimensional performances, as well as organic hors d'oeuvres and beverages catered by Cocktail Lifestyle, will complement the curated artwork and photography in a purely experiential and unforgettable event. This is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase Toronto's growing art community as well as our commitment to diverse expressions of art and culture. Lightning tends to inspire and draw out the humanity within us all. Through raw and provocative paintings, installation art and stirring performance, we hope to artistically recreate this experience for the purpose of inspiration, intrigue and reflection.
RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/390594057715695/?directed_target_id=0 Tickets for the VIP Reception from 5:00pm-6:30pm are $25 in advance Tickets for the general reception from 7:00pm-10:00pm are $15 in advance or $20 at the door: www.emanate.eventbrite.ca
August 3 - 4, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday August 3, 7pm-11pm
No Plan B is a small group with the goal of establishing fundraising events within local venues to raise awareness and invite the community to partake in charitable functions for the benefit of our fellow man and/or the environment. We are a small group of friends doing this on the side, and each year we select one charity organization to represent along with a venue to accommodate our cause. Our only plan is to create memorable events so those who participate will attribute it to the greater good, causing an echo of awareness between friends and family, strangers and peers. This year we are putting together a showcase of the arts, simply entitled:
July 25 - August 27, 2013
Anahita Azrahimi, Marilyn Blumer Cochrane, Peter Colbert, Elizabeth Hardinge, Marina Hanacek, Claus Heineck, Adriana Joshua, Michael J. B. Black, Olga Kotova, Jayne Libby Sims, Mason Mummery, Ivo Stoyano, George Szabo
A group show of selected art works including; paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper and mixed media are on sale for 10% to 20% off.
July 11 - 11, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday July 11, 6-8PM
A collection of jewellery bearing motifs inspired by the Persian myth and nature will be showcased.
July 9 - 23, 2013
Jayne Libby Sims
Opening Reception: Thursday July 11, 6-8pm
A mostly self-taught abstract artist, Jayne Libby Sims worked intensely with renowned abstract expressionist Frank Arnold (Fresno, CA and Los Cabos, Mx.) during 2010 and 2011, gaining new insights into the world of abstract expressionism. The result of this, starting with “Frank Bird”(Sold, July 2011) and also her unconventional faces, lead her followers down a new and exciting path. This year (2013) marks twelve years of painting. For years I struggled with what to say about my work….always looking for that deep something that would define me as an artist. Most recently I determined that I just paint……my thoughts of the moment, some dreams and desires……simple. So I shall just say that life as an artist is a true eclectic mix of work, one long learning experience. Exciting, wide ranging and always painted with passion to a background of tempestuous classical music. This revelation I owe to my teacher, mentor, friend and muse, Frank Arnold (www.frankarnoldart.com). Thank you so very much Frank. My work has been shown at various locations around Toronto, including Arts on King (2002-2005) John Steinberg and Associates (2005) the Square Foot Art Show, Riverdale Art Walk, Hangman Gallery (including a solo show in 2006 “Where the desert meets El Mar”) and the Queen West Art Crawl. I have been commissioned in Mexico and Toronto,with many avid collectors. At the Frank Arnold Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, my work was featured for Art Walk night in 2010, also featured in the window of Alexander Designs in Toronto and in the Style at Home magazine (March 2013, page 88). Each year I try to donate work to worthy causes and people. This year has been no exception. I am the mother of two wonderful children, both artists in their own right.
July 9 - 23, 2013
Marilyn Blumer Cochrane, Navid Fard, Eleftheria Gerari, Frank Glazier, Marina Hanacek, Elizabeth Hardinge, Elizabeth Lennie, Sabine Liva, Jiwye To
Opening Reception: Thursday July 11, 6pm - 8pm
Summer Heat Sometimes living in a big city like Toronto, means that seasons come and season go right along with the busy day-to-day. After a long cold winter however, the city starts to come alive with the excitement of an approaching summer. The heat of the summer is more than just the haze of heat rippling off the sidewalk or the feeling that the city is melting around us. What does the vibrance of summer really look like? Explore the emotions that the warmth of the sun brings, inside and outside.
July 2 - 7, 2013
Ivo stoyanov, Peter Colbert, Adriana Joshua, Jayne Libby Sims, Lisa Hickey, Vince De Vita, Michael Black
Collection of contemporary art works by gallery regulars and a few new additions.
June 16 - 17, 2013
Opening Reception: 1pm - 5pm
A collection of jewellery bearing motifs inspired by the Persian myth and nature will be showcased in an art show at Arta Gallery on 16th of June. The collection has been created by Manijeh Rafie, a jeweller and designer that always draws inspiration from the ancient Persian motifs for her works. Mixing silver of Isfahan and stunning stone in rare colors from her birthplace, Persia, make Manijeh`s design unique and exclusive.
June 12 - July 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday June 13, 6pm-8pm
Fine Art Exhibition of Contemporary Portraits
Celebrate Canadian culture through the eyes of visual artists.
Featuring works of Professional Portraitists from all Canadian Provinces.
Canada Day celebration; July 1, 4pm - 6pm
June 3 - 10, 2013
Ron Gordon, Steve Gordon, Maurice Kahn
Opening Reception: Tuesday June 4, 6-9:30
First cousins Ron Gordon, Steve Gordon and Maurice Kahn were born in Johannesburg, emigrated from South Africa and now live on three different continents, Ron in Perth, Australia, Steve in Toronto, Canada, and Maurice in Jerusalem, Israel. Their work reflects the influence of their adopted homes and environments while their Southern African roots and heritage play a key role in their creativity.
Over the years they became aware of their common (related) love of nature and sought individually to capture its awe and beauty through the lens and the medium of print-making.
This exhibition brings together for the first time the fruits of their creativity which you are invited to share.
May 16 - 30, 2013
Marie Heintzman, Lynn Leonard, Mark Nowaczynski, Matthew Plexman, Jeff Turner
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6pm-9pm
Five Toronto photographers explore the question: Is visual perception directly influenced by the 'mind's eye' ?
Heintzman reveals ethereal images in light shafts of centuries- old architectural structures,
Leonard exposes subtle rhythms and patterns in the urban landscape,
Nowaczynski brings Toronto scenes to life with large format B+W film and silver gelatin prints,
Plexman pushes expected boundaries of peripheral vision with panoramics of the Yukon landscape and
Turner's large photo collages satisfy an urge to compartmentalize the world.
May 1 - 14, 2013
Salina Kassam, Laura Paterson, Kamelia Pezeshki, Steve Speer
Opening Reception: Thursday May 2, 6pm - 9pm
Field of Vision
This show will feature portraits from different continents, by four distinctly different artists. What is common is each artist works on projects that resonate with them and are long term commitments to the subjects they photograph.
April 26 - 30, 2013
Selected art works from gallery artists.
April 25 - 26, 2013
Humber College Graphic Design Students
Opening Reception: Thursday April 25, 5pm - 9pm
Launch Grad Show displays the fantastic graphic design work of all of the two and three-year graduating students of Humber College. The evening will be an incredible night of talent, creative work, music, drinks and a vast selection of hors d'oeuvres. What better way is there to celebrate the student's final year?
April 9 - 23, 2013
Scott Garant, Lisa Hickey, Sann Sann Lam, Karen Taylor, Kate Taylor
Opening Reception: Thursday April 11, 6pm - 8pm
The things that inspire us as artists and fuel us as people.
Working in a creative world it is important to be supported by influences that help to cultivate new ideas. Each artist will seek to explore those areas in their lives which nourish and sustain their visual interpretation of the world: the colour and movement of nature; the profoundness and vibrancy of our friends.
April 1 - 8, 2013
Alexander Frid, Cassandra D’Onofrio, Catlin Overend, Christine Psaila, Daniela Mitrovic, Dannika Moses, Ivy Lin, Jennifer Weiler, Jessica Duck,Jessica Raymond, Jimmy Ebanks, Kailynn Fife, Lili Nui, Meaghan Declerq, Nicole Medeiros, Paul Seymand, Rhyal May, Tiia Dodge, Vivian Mak
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 3, 6pm-9pm
Toronto contains an abundance of persona that is drawn to a landscape of varying experiences. Being a multicultural city, Toronto provides the unique opportunity of interpreting and experiencing a variety of cultures. Each project you see here is a portrait of Toronto. Some projects are contextual and abstract, while others are literal; all are intimate and personal, and expresses the understandings of what Toronto means to the forth year image arts students.
March 28 - 31, 2013
Artists Alex Jordan | Amanda Wood | Cristal Sung | Dean Park + Erin Sweeney | Emily Halberstadt| Jamie Chirico| Ji Wong You | Karen Cochrane + Olivia Kolakowski | Kathryn Barrett |Linda Lou | Rachael Brown | Rola Kuidir | Samar Hejazi | Zaid Edghaim
Opening Reception: Thursday March 28, 5pm - 11pm
META 2013 is an exhibition that showcases the artwork of fourth year New Media students. We use technology to create innovative works that redefine the way you think about art. We push the limits of interactivity, connectivity and image-making. We understand that people provide the connection between art and technology. What we do today will influence the way you live tomorrow.
March 16 - 25, 2013
Anahita Azrahimi, Michael Black, Marilyn Bulmer Cochrane, Peter Colbert, Mouna Ikhlassy, Momo Simic, Ivo Stoyanov
Beautiful collection of abstract and landscape paintings by gallery artists.
March 8 - 15, 2013
Ladan Jazayeri, Parham Didehvar, Azadeh Houshmand, Nargess Alavi, Mahnaz Piroozfar, Hashem Taghavi, Mehraban Mehrabani, Mehd Pourian , Nona Soheilnia, Firoozeh Athari, Hamid Rafinejad ,Farideh shahsavarani, Hadi farahani, Shamsi Shahrokhi, Nazanin Fartash, Bahareh Soltani, Negar pooya, Gholamhossein Nami, Simin Sepehri, Farideh Esfandi, Kamelia Pezeshki
Opening Reception: Friday March 8, 6pm - 9pm
One of Iranian art's noble and enduring legacies has been its ability to break free from the material world's earthly manifestations and embrace the ethereal world of "imagination".
Toronto's Iranian-Canadian community, with the help of a group of Iranian artists and art enthusiasts, Nami Iranian-Canadian Centre for the Arts (N I C C A ) was established in 2008. This non-for-profit group's programs and activities, whose main emphasis is on critical analysis and examination of art theory, critical review of artists' works, art history and philosophy, review of Iran's modern art movement as well as public discussions, has established N I C C A as one of the most effective art forums in Toronto's ever-expanding Iranian community.
"Wall", which is this centre's first group exhibition, is the result of a two-year creative effort of a group of visual artists using wall as their theme. Choice of wall as the theme provided the artists with the chance to freely explore their inner interpretation of wall as a concept and therefore, resulted in creation of a series of artworks that represent each artist's individual approach to the subject, rather than the group's collective understanding of wall as a symbol.
February 28 - March 3, 2013
A photographic fundraiser for Aids Committee of Toronto
Collection Preview at Arta Gallery
Feb 28 - March 3
February 12 - 26, 2013
Jeremy Down, Gord Kemp, Paul Mantrop, Chris Roberts, Rob Saley, David Marshak
Opening Reception: Thursday February 14, 6pm - 10pm
18th Annual Exhibition
Group of artists, David Marshak, Robert Saley, Paul Mantrop, Jeremy Down, Gordon Kemp, Chris Roberts, Steve McDonald - called Drawnonward – have taken their inspiration from the Group of Seven. Their mandate is to explore Canada's landscape through painting and have covered more than 150,000 kilometres in its pursuit. Traveling by retrofitted school bus, converted milk truck, train, fishing boat, ship, canoe, kayak, snowshoe and ski, Drawnonward has journeyed between both shores of Canada. Touring the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia; hiking the northern stretches the Yukon; traversing down the icy slopes of the Gaspe peninsula; cruising on a Russian exploration ship through the waters of Newfoundland and the Arctic - they have strapped on paint boxes, carted supplies and put all of their journeys down on panels, paper and canvas.
February 1 - 10, 2013
A group show of gallery artists
Vince De vita (1890s - 1973)
December 18 - January 31, 2013
Sw Austin, Claus Heinecke, Peter Colbert, Ivo Stoyanov, Jayne Libby Sims, Marina Hanacek, David Brown, Michael Black, Salomon Khammi, Adriana Joshua, Olga Kotova, Mouna Ikhlassy, Momo Simic, Marilyn Blumer Cochrane, Vince De Vita
The Collection includes beautiful abstract paintings by Ivo Stoyanov, Claus Heinecke's carved wood sculptures, encaustic art, minimal landscape by Michael Black, and many more varieties of styles and subject matters.