The 2012 Toronto Main Street Event, which happens Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the brainchild of Margie Galita, who runs Tuneology at 145b Main.
“My brother and I have been in operation at this location for over six years now,” said Galita. “We are proud to be part of this growing community on Main Street.”
Galita has transformed the former space that housed Britannia Printers at 138 Main St. into a pop-up art and music exhibition. The aim is to stimulate awareness of this growing neighbourhood, and the local businesses that operate there. There will be more than 50 works curated by Steefan Berg of Lower Dawes Studio, along with performances by local musicians, all hosted by comedian Peter Fulton. “We strongly believe that music and art can bring our community together,” says Galita.
For more information call Tuneology at 416-265-8863, or visit TorontoMainStreet.com.
Gerrard Art Space (GAS) is pleased to announce a series of fall shows. Running now through Oct. 7 is a collection of meditative photographic images by David Hunter called Reflect. Hunter's photographs “offer a resonant contrast to our highly mediated lives, exploring themes of refuge, quietude and spaciousness, both internal and external.”
On Sept. 30 you can take part in a monoprint workshop put on by GAS member artist Noreen Mallory, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monoprinting is easy and fun; anyone can do it. Mallory discovered the technique while studying lithography, and has been teaching it at the Bronfman Centre School of Fine Art in Montreal. “It is truly serious fun!”
Visit Mallory’s website at noreenmallory.com.
The cost of the five-hour workshop is $125 (plus HST) and you can register through GAS, 1390 Gerrard St. E., west of Coxwell.
For more information on Hunter’s exhibition or Mallory’s workshop, call the gallery at 416-778-0923, or visit gerrardartspace.com.
Terry Edward Briceland, a Beach designer, is the owner of teb interiors (“We make awesome crap for your home”) at 639 Queen St. W. He is also the winner of The World's Most Creative Sewer – Sewer of the Month contest for the month of July, 2012. The contest is sponsored by Pfaff Sewing Machines which is celebrating its 150th anniversary by crowning ‘The World's Most Creative Sewer’ from the 12 monthly winners.
Briceland's winning design is If I Only Had a Brian – Zombie Pillow.
“The pillow was lounging around innocently when out of nowhere he was attacked and bitten by a Zombie,” explains Briceland. “Now he is a zombie and destined to a life of the undead. Even the bird in the pattern has been transformed. Damn zombies!!”
The contest is open to creative sewers from around the world with the winner to be crowned in February of 2013. You can see photos of Briceland's winning pillow at pfaff150anniversary.com. Or to see more of his design handiwork, visit teb interiors' website at tebinteriors.com.
The Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto (EKKT) is holding its 57th annual Art Exhibition and Sale in the O Timmas Gallery, and Crystal Room at the Estonia House, 958 Broadview Ave. north of Danforth, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. There will be an opening reception Sept. 29 at 2 p.m., featuring an address by EKKT Treasurer Jaak Järve. Admission is free.
Beach fine artist Steven McCarthy will be exhibiting some of his paintings at Starbuck's, 2253 Queen St. E. at Hammersmith, through the months of September and October. McCarthy works in oils, acrylics and watercolours, and his work is startlingly realistic.
Over the years this award winning, self-taught artist has compiled an impressive catalogue “highlighting the fragile and fast disappearing areas of wilderness surrounding our ever increasing urban landscaping.”
His art is in both public and private collections around the world, bringing the beauty of the ever-changing Canadian landscape to art lovers everywhere. You can find out more at stevenmccarthy.com.
The Art of Protecting Our Canadian Land Legacy is a poster design exhibit sponsored by OCADU to raise awareness – and hopefully stop – the mega-quarry in Melanchton Township north of Toronto. It will be on display in the office of Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway, 155 Main St., beginning Oct. 9 and running the rest of the month.
The posters are created by first year students at OCADU to teach students “that having responsibilities as young designers can drive social and environmental change and help protect issues for generations to come.”
There will be a special opening reception Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., that will feature the chair of the North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Task Force, one of the groups fighting the Mega Quarry. The event is free. For more information call Kellway's office at 416-467-0860.