December 03, 2010
For centuries the women of Guilan in Northern Iran, have maintained the art of weaving. As much a means of social expression as of sustainable economy, this craft, like many others in the world, is under the brink of extinction.
Arta Gallery is proud to present the Persian-Canadian fashion designer, Leyla Kashani. Her “Revived Textile Collection” of clothing, home décor and accessories, features the precious textiles of rural Iranian weavers. She hopes these works will raise awareness of this endangered art form.
August 22, 2010
I'd like to invite you to participate in an exciting drawing workshop by the well known artist BOBAK ETMINANI in Arta Gallery. Bobak performed this workshop successfully in Paris and now it is a great opportunity to be having it in Toronto.
The topic of this workshop is "The Academic Roots of Abstract Expressionism in Practice." Bobak will individually guide you through specific practical exercises, using live model. This four-hour workshop is good for all levels, from beginner to very advanced.
When: Sunday, August 22ND, 2010, 3 - 7 PM.
Special Fee: $45 CAD
Fay Athari, Arta Gallery
About Bobak Etminani
" ... top-notch abstract paintings... infinity in a grain of sand... Etminani is moving in the direction of the new abstraction that I have seen in Europe and North America in the past few years… a reinvented abstraction… resistant to the narrative ease of this image world and is resolute in creating a pictorial space within painting where images remain malleable and formative, open to the human engagement that shapes meaning as a negotiation of fact and sensibility rather than as a transaction of recognitions and ready-made content… His paintings embrace physics and metaphysics in ways that seem acutely contemporary... He presents the real at a distance, and also the real that is hidden inside. With the format of his paintings, he also presents a real that faces us squarely." (Canadian Art Magazine, January 2008)
Bobak's Site: www.bobaketminani.com
List of materials:
1) 18" x 24" drawing pad (newsprint would do)
2) 18" x 24" drawing board
3) Vine charcoal, medium softness (a few sticks)
4) Compressed charcoal, medium softness (two sticks)
5) soft drawing pencil (B, or B1)
6) hard eraser
7) masking tape
For those who wish to bring colored materials too:
8) Red chalk
9) Chalk pastels, medium softness (greens, yellows and oranges ONLY)
NO WET MATERIALS PLEASE
Please RSVP by August 18.
May 21, 2010
May 13, 2010
Cinema on Cinema and Arta Film Club present Calendar
May 13, 7:00PM at Arta Gallery
Atom Egoyan in attendance
In November of 2009 I started Cinema On Cinema, screening a variety of
films in a myriad of genres. What began as an informal "get
together", has increased in popularity, to the point that I needed to
expand to a larger venue. As a filmmaker living and working in
Canada, I have met many interesting and extraordinary film makers and
am proud to be part of this community. Also, Toronto is home to a very
large Iranian community of which I am proud to be involved with as
well. In last 20 years, Iranian Cinema has reached a pinnacle in
showing the world where the combination of culture and history and
talents can reach. Thanks are owed to Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi,
Bahman Ghobadi and many other film crusaders for making this path
smoother than ever for the young Iranian filmmakers. Young Iranian
Canadian film makers have continued the spirit of that cinematic
journey. One hopes that they will draw upon the social landscape of
Canada. And it is my sincere wish that by introducing Canadian Cinema
to the Iranian community, a new appreciation, involvement and
engagement with the Canadian cultural mosaic. For that, I've decided
to start our new season by screening of Atom Egoyan highly acclaimed
film CALENDER. I am honored to have academy award nominated director
Atom Egoyan in attendance to answer our questions and queries.
This will hopefully be the first of many times that the directors are present.
This screening series is a continuation of the work of the Arta Gallery,
once again showing their commitment to cinema.
Building upon the film presentations that have already taken place.
I would like to thank Arta gallery and my friend and colleague
Firouzeh Aghdashlo for providing us with the space.
In order to help with overhead there is small door fee($5) but
larger donations are appreciated. Please note there is limited seating
and booking in advance is advised.
Film curator and presenter,
March 17, 2010
March 03, 2010
March 3, 2010 at 7:00PM A lecture by award winning documentary photographer Ryan Pyle
“The culture is vanishing before my eyes”, Ryan says, “each time I return something is missing: a market, an old shop full of blacksmiths, a local mosque”.
March 3, 2010 at 7:00PM
A lecture by award winning documentary photographer Ryan Pyle