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Pop Up Print Sale Fundraiser for the Aird

Two Weeks Only. Sale runs January 15 to 31, 2020.

Prints, Illustrators and Social Commentary: A Sale of Donated Prints

With the invention of print media, artists began using ink on paper to create single prints and portfolios of prints to address aesthetic, political, cultural and technological issues. For illustrators, prints and portfolios occupy the middle ground between one-of-a-kind originals and marketplace reproduction. They offer the opportunity to collaborate with small publishers and print makers to create subjects in a single or series of images that relate without having to be a narrative.

Something unusual for the collector’s acquisition.

Prints by Marc Bell, Benito, R.O. Blechman and Nicholas Blechman, Alan E. Cober, Michael Constable, Henrik Drescher, Carolyn Gowdy, William Hogarth, Christopher Hutsel, Jeff Jackson, Barbara Klunder, Jerzy Kolacz, Ross MacDonald, Bill Russell, Fiona Smyth, Alëna Skarina and James Turner

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You Are Here: Call for Entry

You Are Here is a call to submissions exhibition opening in March 2020, and we encourage artists from all backgrounds to submit their work. The fee is $25 per piece; artists are permitted to submit up to three artworks. The idea behind “You Are Here” is to inspire contemporary artworks related to mapping of both physical space and emotional experience, resulting in an exhibition that is diverse, eye-opening, and inviting.

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity for students to have their work seen by the public as the John B. Aird is one of the only galleries in Toronto that accepts student art.

Works for the exhibition will be selected in February 2020 by our curators – Mary Wallace, Jordan Fee, Lisa Jefferies, and Joanna Wreakes – along with guest juror Matthew Brower.

If you have questions, please email youarehere.johnbaird@gmail.com.

For more information and instructions for entry, visit the You Are Here website.

The deadline has been extended to January 31, 2020.

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On View
Thursday, February 6 to Friday, February 28, 2020.

Opening Reception
February 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

About the Exhibition
This year we are celebrating the 21st edition of this annual juried exhibition showcasing drawings by contemporary Canadian artists. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used to either to create a finished work of art or draft ideas that are further developed in other media. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing materials, techniques and practices.

Exhibiting Artists
John Abrams, Rhonda d. Abrams, Morella Aguirre, Maria-Bida Albulet,, Samuel Bernier-Cormier, Elaine Carr, Nathan Cole, Anne-Marie Cosgrove, Behrang Doosti, Daphne Gerou, Phyllis Gordon, Sandra Hawkins, Ron Hotz, Sarah Hunter, Jeff Jackson, Nancy Kembry, Kelly Kirkham, Alexandra Kiss, Emma Lau, Douglas Lawrence, Leighton Hern, Sue Lloyd, Ian Mackenzie, Carole Milon, Roshannia MirMehran, Alex Murphy, Derek Obst, Jangmee Park, Lisandro Pena, Adriana Polanic, Leena Raudvee, Heidi Schaefer, Paria Shahverdi, Jerry Silverberg, Eunice Sim, Asma Sultana, Rayne Tunley, Angie Tupper, Liang Wang, Marian Wihak, Nikola Wojewoda, Yuna Yoon and Carolyn Young

Paul Petro is a curator and gallery owner who has operated his Toronto-based gallery Paul Petro Contemporary Art since 1993, programming works by contemporary Canadian and international artists on an invitation basis. He holds an Hon. BA in English literature from Glendon College, Toronto. Prior to opening his gallery, Petro was engaged as a practising artist and independent curator and served on many arts’ council advisory boards and juries. He has been extensively involved in the artist-run sector in Canada including the Programming Committee at A Space, Toronto (1986-89) and as a Founding Director of Inter/Access (1983), an artist-run centre in Toronto providing training and exhibition space for artists working in electronic media. He was the Director of Evelyn Aimis Fine Art (1986-93), a private international contemporary art gallery in Toronto. Paul Petro is also a past President and member of the Board of Directors for C Magazine (2001-2009), a Toronto-based international contemporary art quarterly.

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Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe

13 Moons and a Canoe is organized by the John B. Aird Gallery. This touring show will be on view at the TOM THOMSON Art Gallery in Owen Sound October 4, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

Guest Curated by Carla Garnet
Essay contribution from Bonnie Devine
Exhibition funded by Indigenous Art Project Grants from Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council

Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe

Patrick DeCoste is an award-winning Toronto-based visual artist who studied fine arts at Mount Allison University. He has exhibited extensively in Toronto, as well as New York City and beyond. The Globe and Mail calls him ‘a young old master’ and Los Angeles writer Chris Kraus in C-Magazine describes his painting as ‘heroic and musty, strange and disturbing’. He was awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2011.

Through his art he explores Indigenous histories and his Nova Scotia Métis roots. In 2014, he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies from OCADU, where he completed an Interdisciplinary MFA. His recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Galerie Youn, Montreal 2014; Station Gallery, Whitby 2015. This past year DeCoste was awarded grants from The Canada Council for the Arts for the production of new works, from The Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Artists in Schools program and from the Toronto Arts Council for his 13 Moons and A Canoe exhibit. When not in the city, Patrick spends time at his studio on Georgian Bay, near Lafontaine, canoeing with his dog Luca, and making art in the forest.

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