Celebrated Toronto Art Fair February 23-26, 2017 Exhibition Place, Toronto

Celebrated Toronto Art Fair Fetes a Fruitful Decade

TORONTO, ON (February 1, 2017) – Calling all art enthusiasts! Artist Project celebrates its 10th year with a four-day art fair hosted from February 23-26, 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. The overarching theme of this year’s fair is Birthday Party, connecting attendees with collectors, curators, gallerists and designers to revel in shoppable artwork from over 250 contemporary Canadian and international artists.

The fair debuts with the Opening Night Party, one of Canada’s most popular art world soirees. Guests will be greeted by a brilliant watercolour mural, The Tenth Tide, an impressive 100-foot-long front entrance installation by L.A.- based artist Tracy Hiner (see teaser at left). Bold in color and texture, the feature installation explores how paint interacts with itself and the swirling beauty it creates. The scale of the artwork allows the viewer to intimately experience the work’s depth. Tracy has created an exceptional welcome to the creativity which beckons beyond. Additional new and electrifying artists include printmaker Shogo Okada, painter Mel Gausden, photographer Simon Willms, painter Benny Bing, and textile artist Sam Pedicelli.

Installation Zone A primary Artist Project 2017 attraction is the Installation Zone, featuring artists working within a variety of mediums. A highlight includes the moving sculpture, The Girl with Paper Boats, created by past exhibiting artist, architect, and award winning sculptor, W.W. Hung. This Canadian educated sculptor and dance enthusiast is inspired by the human body’s language of movement in space.

Art Chats Artist Project’s Art Chats Seminar Series returns this year with a thrilling expert line-up sharing their knowledge from varied creative community sectors. Guests will be enlightened by this popular seminar series, offering a range of interactive talks hosted by foremost minds, featuring: current Stylecooler Host and former House & Home editor, Mark Challen; Manager of StreetARToronto StART), Lilie Zendel; arts and culture writer and The Art Market dynamo, Kate Barron; experts Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor of The Art Stylists; talented Artist Project alum Erin Loree; and more. Topics will include the basics of art buying, social media and the art market, artwork in public spaces, professional practice within the art world, and much more.

Celebrated Toronto Art Fair February 23-26, 2017 Exhibition Place, Toronto

Art Battle Art Battle #494 returns to the exhibition floor on the evening of Friday, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This vibrant live competitive painting art show will have guests consumed in rounds of 20-minute competitive painting where 16 artists take to their easels and grant show-goers a window into their creative genius. Members of the audience can vote for their preferred work and can later bid in a silent auction to purchase the artwork.

UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition Artist Project and DeSerres will be giving recognition to 20 emerging artists through its UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition, one of the most popular features. Dedicated to the development of students, new graduates, and self-taught artists, the juried competition will provide a platform for emerging artists to launch their artwork at a professional level art fair at no charge. One of the 20 artists will be awarded a complimentary booth at Artist Project 2018.

Birthday Artist Competition In honour of Artist Project’s 10th annual show, this year artists are invited to submit an original work based on the interpretation of the theme “BIRTHDAY”. All competition entries will be presented in a feature exhibit at the show. Winners will be selected by a panel of jurors to receive a cash prize. Guests of the exhibit can also vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favourite entry in the Birthday Artist Competition, and be automatically entered to win $250 towards a work of art and a pair of tickets to the Opening Night Party at Artist Project 2018.


The Changing of Seasons at Arta Gallery

On the evening of November 2nd, the walls of the Arta Gallery were lined with newly displayed artworks. Combining two openings into one soirée, Fay Athari, director and curator, proudly displayed Beyond Times and A Golden Glow to the Light of Day. Located in The Distillery District, the space was bright with eager guests mingling and viewing.


Tucked into a seemingly separate part of the gallery, Alexey Klokov’s Beyond The Times exhibited his solo enamel pieces. The biomorphic shapes created with bold, pure and vibrant hues were contrasted by heavy gold and black segments and white canvas backgrounds. When asked about this series, Fay Athari explained that the choices of colors were rooted in spiritual insight.


Within the main space was the collective show, A Golden Glow to the Light of Day.  This segment of the space exhibited pieces by Carmela Casuccio, Shabnam Afrand, Elizabeth Hardinge, Leah Hicks, and Manya Javadipour, Jenn and Terry Craig, and Tim Hough. Inspired by the changing of seasons, the curatorial aim of this show was to evoke the aesthetic of nature. Fay Atharia explained that “the artists are fragments of different styles and artistic practices that focused on the emotional, structural, and spiritual elements.” Within this colorful mosaic was the naturalistic oil work of Tim Hough, who was exhibiting at the Arta Gallery for the first time. His successful pieces rendered images he has captured on his travels, including a triptych panoramic painting of Ontarian Georgian Bay.


Both shows run until November 14th. For more information, visit www.artagallery.ca


Written by Amanda Lindenbach

Visual Art at Dirty Talk 2016

On the first Friday of the month, Dirty Talk held their usual Dirty Talk event at Round on Augusta Ave. The bar was alive with music and artists who lined the walls with their canvases. Through the various sizes, shapes, and styles of artwork, viewers were met with a diverse range of viewing and purchasing options.

Upon entering, it was impossible not to notice the large fleshy canvas with protruding dismembered dolls pieces. It was the work of Valerie Shvetz, a fourth year OCADu student, who proudly represented her piece. This was her first time combining two and three dimensional elements into an artwork. When asked about her intention, she explained that she “… wanted to build something visceral.” The goal was to create a womb with abscesses growing out of it, juxtaposing null colors with “disturbing content”. Valerie expressed her fondness of using found objects because of the fact that they contain memory. She enjoys finding materials in second-hand stores and discovering the histories and symbols behind them to create conceptual pieces. This artist truly embodied Dirty Talk’s mandate of “… unfiltered expression.” Valerie Shvetz specializes in painting, sculpture, and photography, and is available for commission work. You can follow her Instagram @3names_sold.





Written by Amanda Lindenbach

Art Toronto Oct 28-31, 2016

Art Toronto Oct 28-31, 2016


Three Art Exhibits Unveiled at The Power Plant

Three Art Exhibits Unveiled at The Power Plant

By: Nicole Witkowski 

Fifty pocket-sized, blue books hang in a perfect square from the ceiling of a large, white room. Beneath, people push three rolling ladders from book to book. They climb up, tilt their heads sideways. open the pages and read.

This was one of the scenes at The Power Plant’s fall season opening party. The art gallery, located beside the Harbourfront Centre, unveiled three new exhibitions and a commissioned artwork. “All three exhibitions, while separate projects by artists from different parts of the world, collectively consider narrative mutability,” said The Power Plant in a press release.

Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan was the only exhibitionist to attend the opening. The books dangling from the gallery’s ceiling are part of his “Albatross Omnibus.” There was also a large, accordion-shaped wall. Each zigzag represents the left and right pages of a book.


“Mutability, a characteristic of Sullivan’s practice, is deepened in this exhibition, with different forms and ideas folding into one another in a way that tests the boundaries of the infinite,” says the press release.
Sullivan’s work marks the seventh instalment of The Commissioning Program at The Power Plant. The program is ongoing and aims to showcase major new works by artists whose work reflects local, national and international dialogues.

Opposite Sullivan’s piece was “The Plot” by Keren Cytter, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, and Isabelle Pauwels. The three videographers share a non-linear narrative approach to explore history, human relationships and space created by the camera. A constructed hut showcased two of the films. One side was straw-covered, with a window-like opening to look through. The other side had a chair and headphones plugged into a TV. The third film was projected overhead on a wall, with three rows of cubes as seats.

Upstairs was a mock saloon exhibit, “Welcome to the Hotel Number,” by Simon Fujiwara. “[It] is a multi-layered installation that sets the stage for his parents’ lives during the Franco era in Spain. The work is a reconstruction, based on photographs and oral histories, of the bar in his parents’ hotel during the 1970s,” according to The Power Plant’s press release.

These exhibits will run from September to November. For more information, you can visit wwww.thepowerplant.org.


Mahmoud and Students Articsok Gallery

Mahmoud and Students Articsok Gallery

An extraordinary teacher’s motivating influence manifests in the work of his talented students! Mahmoud Meraji has been teaching for more than 35 years and his exhibition history dates back to 1985. It is an obvious inevitability that a gifted artist mentors pupils who produce outstanding paintings and drawings! You are cordially invited to view the works of Mahmoud’s students.


Group Exhibition
“Mahmoud and Students”

Opening: Thur July 16, 2015, 6-9pm
Exhibition: July 16 – July 25, 2015

Asal Khalilisamani
Alaleh Allasvandi Toghian
Azin Nasiri
Haleh Samimi
Mohabbat Tarkeshian
Mahnaz Emadi
Maryam Shahpari
Nejla Hedayati
Nooshin Rezapour
Noushin Hassankhani
Paria Mirazimi
Paniz Khoushain
Parnian Safaraeefard
Salar Salahi
Sara Salahi
Shahriar Dastoornezhad
Soheila Okovatian

FeatureContemporary Art Toronto 2015

Feature Contemporary Art Toronto 2015


Toronto – Thursday, June 25, 2015

Feature Contemporary Art Fair announces 2015 exhibitor list

It is with great enthusiasm that the Contemporary Art Gallery Association (AGAC) unveils the 2015

exhibitor list, which brings together a prestigious selection of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries,

selected by an advisory committee of influential curators and collectors. Building on last year’s resounding

success, Feature sees the number of exhibitors increase from 23 to 29 galleries, a quantity that maintains

the intimate character of the fair. This year’s list is notably comprised of seven galleries from Western

Canada and includes exhibitors from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver:

Battat Contemporary

Birch Contemporary

Clint Roenisch

Diaz Contemporary

Division Gallery

Equinox Gallery

Erin Stump Projects

Feheley Fine Arts

galerie antoine ertaskiran

Galerie Donald Browne

Galerie Graff

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau

Galerie Nicolas Robert

Galerie René Blouin

Galerie Roger Bellemare & Christian Lambert

Galerie Simon Blais

Galerie Trois Points

Georgia Scherman Projects

Initial Gallery

Katzman Contemporary


Lisa Kehler Art + Projects

Macaulay & Co. Fine Art

Monte Clark Gallery

Parisian Laundry

Patrick Mikhail Gallery

Republic Gallery

Stephen Bulger Gallery

Wil Aballe Art Projects

Feature returns to Toronto from October 22 – 25, 2015 in the historic Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera

Centre owned by the Canadian Opera Company. An exclusive VIP preview will be held on Wednesday,

October 21.


The fair’s bold design expands to occupy two floors

Feature will make the exciting move to expand and occupy spaces on the first and second floors of the

distinguished Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre. The innovative layout of the fair generates a

dynamic presentation space that fosters critical discussion about the works presented at the fair, which is

enriched by each gallery presenting a maximum of three artists.

Focused on providing visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art, Feature will

showcase approximately 80 emerging and established artists. The fair is dedicated exclusively to

preeminent contemporary art and brings together artists and galleries who demonstrate an outstanding

ability to innovate, challenge, and inspire.

TD Bank Group, proud presenting sponsor of Feature Contemporary Art Fair

AGAC is thrilled to be continuing its collaboration with TD as the fair’s presenting sponsor. We’re back! 

After a very successful inaugural year in 2014 we’re delighted to return as the sponsor of Feature in

2015, said Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations for TD. Feature clearly adds to the already

robust contemporary art scene in Toronto. TD began collecting contemporary art in the 1960s. We

continue to acquire Canadian art and actively support a range of art activities across Canada including

through loans from our corporate collection for public exhibitions.


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Artist Project Toronto 2015 :-Daniel Anaka




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