Amazing Moss Park Art Collective located & named after Moss Park. Mission is to see our neighbourhood reinstated as a hub of artistic activity.
Cultural Vision- enable artists to change makers.The Collective was seeded by ACA Gallery (2004-8) "art can change the world"founded by Carol Mark
Giselle Silvestri states, “I continuously investigate the age-old struggle of good versus evil, rich versus poor, and east versus west.” She finds inspiration in “mass media icons- popular images both new and old to address serious topics, sometimes adding a touch of humour.” Giselle’s pop images are timeless and her paintings are tongue in cheek versions of good versus evil. Giselle has contributed towards the building of the first library for girls in Afghanistan through ACA Gallery.
Dan Philips is a multimedia artist who had his last show at Botte Gallery in Corktown. Dan works in a variety of media with a background in the creation and production of digital media, as well as a hands on look with materials and textiles on canvas. Dan started out at the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and since retiring has returned to creating works that have a societal message.
Digital art and technology realizes the dream of the Impressionists, to paint with light, and allows us to create works with more vivid colours than was possible before digital art. The colour space of “natural” media was always dulled by the binders and admixtures necessary to hold the paint or chalk together. My digital art paintbrush is a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus and my digital paints are made of light in all the visible colours of the spectrum. I also use traditional photography tools like my medium format Rolleiflex, and large format Ebony camera. These are my building blocks in combination with my digital skills.
I hope the resulting 'new vision', a term I borrow from Moholy Nagy, will engage the viewer to re-look at nature at this critical time of earth changes. I believe the fragility of nature can only be captured fully in this new altered medium. The viewer is caught off guard as he/she is viewing nature but from a new perspective in terms of the macrocosm.
Melanie Billark is an emerging, multi-disciplinary, Toronto based artist. Her body of work surrounds themes of social and political issues that effect and surround principals of ecology. Her work strives to create awareness to various environmental issues within the public sphere.
Melanie achieved an advanced diploma in 2011 at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. She majored in kiln forming and minored in sand casting. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie’s glasswork has been showed in a number of galleries and displayed in various spaces across the GTA. Such venues include Toronto’s Pearson Airport, OCC, and has participated in a number of local arts and craft based shows.
Through this experience Melanie's trajectory began to shift, realizing that she no longer wanted to contribute more objects into this over-filled world and add to consumer culture. Melanie's priorities as an artist drastically shifted allowing her to find a way to consider what she can do for the environment, allowing her practice to become a form of restoration and process of healing.
Michael Sillers’ interest in computer technology has led him to explore the combination of traditional visual art techniques with digital photography. The results have been described as "having infused the industrial, urban and rural landscape with an ethereal romanticism". His work has also been referred to as "having achieved a fusion of historical and traditional sensitivities with contemporary insight and a classical visualization of the world made possible through the versatility of digital and electronic tools".
HIS WORK has been exhibited internationally in Argentina, the United States (California and Texas) and in Canada, most notably in Toronto and across Ontario, as well as in Montreal, Quebec.
SILLERS continues to produce artwork that combines the painterly with the digital.
Toronto-based Colour Blots Creative is passionate about bringing colour and wonder to your world!
Each piece is hand-made and unique. Once it's gone, it's gone!
Colour blots creative by Angela is the work of an emerging artist, launching in 2018. Although the artist has previously engaged in mixed media or pottery, the current work is focused on acrylic painting with various techniques including acrylic pouring. This technique involves layering paint and allowing colours of different densities to separate, causing unique cells and shapes to form. Acrylic pouring is practice in patience and letting go of expectations — one can never predict the final outcome! The Amazing Moss Park Art Fair will be colour blots creative’s first public display of art!
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ARTIST MAKER-I have always wanted to learn how to knit.
I purchased a book, needles, and yarn and shortly after proceeded to throw the stuff across the room.
I took a knitting class and everything became clear.
I then decided to learn how to crochet and proceeded to watch a youtube video.
Crochet graphs and patterns went from looking like pig Latin to me, to making graphs and patterns of my own.
I started making dolls after that first video and I am still learning new techniques and tips.
That was 5 years ago and now in my sleep, I count crochet stitches.
I am a proud yarn addict and a yarn store to me is like a candy store to children.
Crocheting quiets my mind and gives me a few hours a day to escape this erratic world we inhabit."
Luxury designs by a creative architect & a designer in Toronto, Canada, bringing beautiful art to the everyday.
Carol, the creative architect after recovering from breast cancer felt that despite being ill and nothing would fit, that one needed to surround themselves with beauty. A pair of shoes, a piece of jewellery even a scarf to dress up without spending money on a new wardrobe. Alan, the designer believes that beauty itself is a form of spiritual food and healing. He is particularly inspired by nature forms. Carol and Alan have both been “makers” from childhood. Carol has curated the works of many national and international artists. Both have worked in many media, from large photographic pieces to unique hand sewn works of art. Both have been professional paid creatives for many years.
Designed and handmade in Canada with the finest materials.
Inspired by the natural world & paying homage to antique illustrations. We strive to bring extraordinary beauty into the every day.
Hand Made with Conscious Love & Respect for the Earth
“Paint By Numbers”
I am currently pursuing a project that I refer to as “Paint By Numbers”. I work with my own photos (Nikon DSLR and Android cell phone camera). I then use Photoshop and a stylus to digitally “paint” the photos, transforming them into some- thing that is a new interpretation of the original image. My photos are typically of routine or mundane places around the city and occasionally outside of the city. Usually these images are of something or somewhere, that most might find plain, boring or even ugly. These photos are often landscapes, architectural or industrial images. They can also take on and become a form of historical documentation. Scenes and images like this, are often overlooked because they are so mundane but, perhaps this is exactly why they should be given a second look.
Musician Jamey Soucie, guitarist, vocalist and song crafter of the band Responder, offers up honest, raw, acoustic rock as a solo act. His energetic rasp and buzzing choruses leave you singing them out long after he’s left the stage. He has also lent his vocals and songwriting talents to emerging Canadian artists across all genres.
Brian A. Hawkins was born in Hamilton because his parents did not have a car. A graduate from the Ontario College of Art, he was banned from Life Classes for tracing, however the French love to trace each other with their hands and granted him a scholarship to study TV graphic and set design at Radio Television Française in Pari
Brian A. Hawkins was born in Hamilton because his parents did not have a car. A graduate from the Ontario College of Art, he was banned from Life Classes for tracing, however the French love to trace each other with their hands and granted him a scholarship to study TV graphic and set design at Radio Television Française in Paris. He morphed into a writer-producer-artist, enjoying an international career living and working in London, New York, Tokyo and Sydney. Using an Albanian passport, creative assignments have taken him to 18 countries and he has won a number of international awards through blackmail and bribery. Now retired and living in Toronto, he returned to the easel and began painting again. A figurative painter who has had five one-man shows [only one man turned up], his work hangs in attics and behind furnaces in England, France, North America and as far away as New ZealandRecently he has been exploring images that breakout of the frame or link together to make a statement and optical illusions that cause portraits to follow you with their eyes or turn their head when you pass them. When he runs out of Titanium White, he puts down the brush and takes up the pen to write mundane fictional novels that innocent people purchase from Amazon. So far he has written four novels and is now writing his fifth which is really his first novel with name changes and a new cover. A lover of all things Art Deco, he is hoping that a merciful French Government will forgive that unfortunate incident in the Musée d’Orsay and allow him back into France.firstname.lastname@example.org
Though I work in IT, I have been drawn to art my entire life, but never really pursued creating any, until I dug down into myself enough to know how passionate and creative I was. Once I let go myself, I started exploring this self of mine who brought pure joy to my own soul. Since then, I have been continuing this journey and hope to do
Though I work in IT, I have been drawn to art my entire life, but never really pursued creating any, until I dug down into myself enough to know how passionate and creative I was. Once I let go myself, I started exploring this self of mine who brought pure joy to my own soul. Since then, I have been continuing this journey and hope to do so till the end. I think of myself as a self-taught mixed media artist who is into intuitive, layered, aged and weathered-looking art that tells a story from my subconscious mind. In my opinion, mixed media is an amazing way to experience the joy of creating art letting go of one-self. I love the idea of repurposing things to give them a new life in the form of art including the paper medium used for teabags that add a special texture to some of my work. ... My art ranges from handmade journals to painting.
Maz was born in Tehran, Iran in 1970. He has been living in Toronto, Canada since 1988 and working as a professional photographer since 2000. Maz discovered his passion for photography at 16 when he borrowed his sister’s camera and took off in the streets of Marseilles to photograph street scenes and people. Later on he discovered his pa
Maz was born in Tehran, Iran in 1970. He has been living in Toronto, Canada since 1988 and working as a professional photographer since 2000. Maz discovered his passion for photography at 16 when he borrowed his sister’s camera and took off in the streets of Marseilles to photograph street scenes and people. Later on he discovered his passion for portraits and live subjects. His amazing portraits and still-life photography have brought him global clients, as well acknowledgement as a master teacher. Now, Maziar has discovered painting as a new medium of creation. He is a creative soul who works in multiple-mediums including jewellery, furniture design, photography and painting.
In his words:
And here is how I sometimes see the world” is what I would like to say in my work. In reality I think that each and every artist has his or her own vision. This means that each of us has the capacity to create a story within images we see …
Historical Toronto with Faces & Stories- ink drawing, acrylic paint, 3d sculpted foam core - $100-$120 9 X 11" , 10 X13"
Knitted art that brings a smile to your heart.
Last year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair didn’t go as initially planned (we’ll give you one guess as to why). It wasn’t cancelled, though; instead TOAF quickly pivoted to an online format, ensuring its slate of artists had a marketplace to show off their work. Despite the last-minute changes, it was a rousing success. But in a year that had already seen art galleries, exhibitions and festivals go on indefinite hiatus, TOAF was more than just a means for art lovers to patronize artists: it was a moment for people to connect in a moment of collective isolation.
That was year 59, and reassuring as it was during the alarming early days of the pandemic, we’re even more excited for TOAF60. It’s not just because of a general sense of maybe-this-pandemic-is-finally-coming-to-an-end optimism or the in-person extension of the festival happening at Stackt Market, either. Each day will see something new, from studio tours to panel discussions to a virtual reality exhibition featuring select works by TOAF artists (check out the schedule here). And with more than 400 artists participating – the most since 2013 – this is one of biggest TOAFs yet. Last year, the festival was a balm for a difficult time; this year, it’s just plain exciting, and we can’t wait. Below, we take a look at some artists we’re particularly eager to see.
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