MISTLETOE MAGIC is the John B. Aird Gallery’s flagship Art Auction/Fundraiser!
The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present its 33rd edition of MISTLETOE MAGIC where artists are invited to participate and sell their works as part of this popular holiday function.
Traditionally a silent art auction, this year’s auction was held online as an e-Auction between December 1 to 10, 2021 at www.32auctions.com/2021mm
This annual silent art auction is a charitable event and helps the Gallery raise much-needed funds to support the Aird’s regular programming.
ABOUT THE ART AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Funds are needed to support the Aird Gallery’s year-round programming (up to 9 exhibitions with publications per year) and to increase the visibility of the gallery, the participating artists, and its founding organizations while remaining free of charge to the public.
ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTISTS
The unique style and impact of Aboriginal fine artist Donald Chrétien spring from his combined passion for colour and woodland-style expression. His ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct features of Ojibwe clans’ acrylic on canvas. His works are exhibited in some of the most interesting corners of North America. His Vancouver Olympics installation piece, titled: Ngashi Nijii Bineshiinh or Mother, Friend, Small Bird, is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum and stands 12 feet high by 80 feet long.
Toronto-born artist Sebastein Miller is most recognized for his recent body of work entitled Civil Disobedience. Miller’s new media practice involves sampling and mixing digital pop-culture imagery with social-politicals ymbols, and collage parties. In Civil Disobedience, the artist constructs photomontages that rethink the histories of the twentieth century using Afro-Futurist emblems and found imagery. Miller’s work provocatively explores some of the key tensions in contemporary culture from a Black male perspective.
Variously referencing photojournalism, album-art, protest-imagery, comic books, films, and video games; the cut-out style of his practice foregrounds the works’ constructed nature highlighting the gaps between the images’ posited futures and currently depictable reality.
Born in Nova Scotia and currently based in Toronto, Shawn Skeir studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and George Brown College. Skeir’s vibrant and energetic artworks have been exhibited throughout Toronto and in the United States and are in numerous private and public collections. Influenced by the ongoing change of pace and the people of the contemporary city, the artist explains, “I want to express a feeling of unity with movement as a reminder that we should celebrate our diversity and draw from each other’s cultural and traditional experiences.” The artist works out of the self-named Skeir Studio Gallery in downtown Toronto.
ABOUT THE JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY
The John B. Aird Gallery, airdgallery.org, commonly referred to as “The Aird”, is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable public gallery that showcases contemporary visual artists. It was named in honor of the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1980-1985), John Black Aird, because of his support for the creation of the Gallery and for excellence in the visual arts. The mission of the Gallery is to offer a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers. The Aird is proud to provide an inviting space for emerging through seasoned artists, exhibiting up to 500 artists per year.
KEY DATES & DETAILS
E-AUCTION: December 1 to 10, 2021
FINAL AUCTION RESULTS: December 12, 2021
DROP OFF DATE FOR SOLD WORKS (by appointment):
December 14, 15 and 16
PICK UP OF PURCHASED WORKS (by appointment):
December 17, 18 and 19