I spent the afternoon cruising the aisles of this year’s ARTIST PROJECT Contemporary Art Fair taking place this weekend in the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto. Thanks to Nancy Bennett for the comp ticket, I made a beeline for her booth #939 (I started at the back of the hall, saw her first, then worked back towards the front for an easy getaway!).
Here’s Nancy (at R), busy as always in her booth welcoming visitors including fellow artist Libby Sims (far L)… …really liked her latest piece (above) titled Ferry Trails, inspired by the chilly waters of Lake Ontario in front of her downtown condo, with all the wake trails from the harbour ferries. Check out more of Nancy’s work at: www.nancybennett.ca
Further along the aisles, I stopped to admire the gorgeous photographs of the white horses of the Carmargue (France) by Robert Postma (below) See more of his herd at www.robertpostmaphotography.comIlinca Ghibu (below) brought an early spring to Toronto with her beautiful & delicate florals. www.ilincaghibu.comHere’s the delightfully quirky Zoey Zoric who is showcasing her “hands” series this year. www.zzfineart.comLast year, I purchased one of Mirek Bialy‘s stunning acrylic and copper works similar to those below, and this year he’s back with some new creations incorporating specially treated dried fruit & plants as well as pyramids. www.mirekbialy.com Mark Gleberzon was busy chatting with booth visitors so I shot around him so as not to interrupt…I’ve been a longtime fan of Mark’s work, his sense of humour and the way he tweaks our artsy-fartsy sensibilities. Long live Barbie! www.mjggallery.com Opposite Mark’s booth, I wandered over and introduced myself to west coast artist Sherri Rogers whose colourful cityscapes feature street artists’ work. www.sherrirogers.com Another longtime fave of mine is Morgan Sheardown (below) who was busy chatting with visiting art students…he’s the perfect mentor as he’s achieved so much success thanks to his great marketing skills as well as artistic talents. www.morgansheardown.comEllen Cameron is another accomplished equine photographic artist – just look at these gorgeous portraits, you can almost hear them whinnying! www.ellencameron.com Victor Molev is adorable as well as talented…his unique surreal paintings bring out the childlike wonderment in all of us. He’s got an open house studio event March 16 (10am-5pm) in Richmond Hill so visit his website for details and to see more of his extraordinary work. www.victor-molev.pixels.com I made an instant new friend when I walked into Linda Simopoulos‘ booth. Such a warm, open and talented individual and boy, does she have a story to tell. Anyway, I fell in love with the piece below (second photo) and I hope to welcome it to its new home soon! If you go to the show, tell her I sent you and do check out her website: www.lindasimopoulos.com Another new artist I discovered is Dalia Elcharbini whose work is more bling’d out than Cardi B!! Gold leaf adorns her large format portraits and if you look closely, you’ll marvel at the intricacy and sensitivity of her work. Tell her I sent you if you visit the show, and her website is: www.daliaelcharbini.com. (It may not be terribly PC to say so but she’s as cute as a button, too!).More fabulous photography, this time from Lori Ryerson (below) who has a solo show coming up in April at Urban Gallery (www.urbangallery.ca) in Toronto. Here Lori explores the beauty of remote locales such as these from Iceland. For more information, www.focalocity.ca My big discovery this year is Steven Hasegawa – this was his first time at the Artist Project but I’m sure it won’t be his last. This Japanese Canadian artist is inspired by the Samurai helmets and armour of ancient Japan, and his work really resonated with my own personal obsession with all things Japanese. His large format colourful paintings are quite extraordinary and I hope to interview Steven for my arts blog, FlyontheGalleryWall.ca soon. Visit his online gallery at: www.stevenhasegawa.art Finally, what’s an art expo without a visit to the booth of Kate Taylor?! Kate has an exciting new project coming up – to learn more, visit www.Creative-Adventures.ca In the meantime, you can view her work in person at the show or at: www.katetaylorstudio.com Lots more to see and experience so I encourage you to visit The Artist Project 2019.