I checked out the Gala opening of the Toronto Art Expo last night, with my friend, Alkarim. It started a little shaky. I was duded up in my new black dress with a Thien Le blazer on top, in keeping with Fashion Week..... All was going swimmingly, until my pesky thigh highs decided they wanted to roll themselves down, past my knees. It was not pretty people. If you were there, and saw an otherwise normal looking blond, gripping her thighs with a complete look of fear, on route to the ladies room - that was me. No problem, rolled them into my boots and off I went - slightly less fashion week then I started. Can dress me up.....
Moving along, I've not been to this show before, and really had no idea what to expect. It's held at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre and runs now until March 22nd. Over 350 artists and galleries are represented, from 14 countries.
The show, from what I saw, was 90% private artists and the remainder small galleries. It's a great venue for people to meet the artist, and see the work in a more accessible format. Galleries can be daunting, so this style of presentation allows visitors to wander at their leisure, taking the time to compare work and wait for that emotional connection to take place. There was a nice cross section of styles, something for everyone. Pricing starts at an accessible $150.00 and goes into the tens of thousands.
I picked up cards from two, very different artists. Paul Gilroy, has some fantastic mixed media pieces with a bit of an edge. The other was from John Adams. His black and white paintings were what caught my eye. They aren't shown on his site, but you will see them if you visit the show. He's in booth C57.
If you are looking for a place to happen this weekend, do go check the show out. I might suggest opting for practical pants, perhaps nothing requiring any nylon products...ho hum.
Show Hours: Friday 20th 11-8 , Saturday 21st 10-8, Sunday 22nd 10-7
Admission: $12.00, students and seniors $8.00, children under 12 free
[Image source: www.paulgilroy.com]