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30th Annual Mistletoe Magic: A holiday art fundraiser

The John B. Aird Gallery (the ‘Aird’) is pleased to announce the details of its annual fundraising gala Mistletoe Magic which will take place on Thursday, December 12, from 6 – 9 p.m. This highly anticipated event brings together over 150 works of art from more than 100 contemporary artists across the province.

On View: December 5 – 12, 2019
Gala Fundraising Night: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present its 30th edition of Mistletoe Magic, a silent auction art fundraiser. This popular event raises much-needed funds for the Aird Gallery’s year-round programming (12 exhibitions per year) and to increase the visibility of the gallery, the participating artists and organizations, while remaining free of charge to the public.

This highly anticipated event brings together over 150 works of art from more than 100 contemporary artists across the province. In addition, the gallery is delighted to feature two renowned artists at this year’s fundraiser: Anong Migwans Beam and Robert Burley.

Leading up to the December 12 event, visitors will have a week, beginning Thursday, December 5, to visit the gallery to preview and place an advance bid for this year’s outstanding collection of affordable Canadian art.

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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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