What a fab night – exquisite paintings, beautiful people, friendly gallery hosts…..all in all, a great Friday night! Thanks to Stockyards Gallery owner & curator Lola Livingston, I joined visitors at this month’s exhibition titled “BIHAMINTO, the Co-Show” featuring the work of 2 Hamilton-based artists Lee Munn (top 2 photos) and Clarence A. Porter (bottom 2 photos) that runs until October 21.The gallery was full of family, friends and fans of each artist and the red dots were quickly being applied to the paintings…..including this beautiful small painting (below) by Lee Munn that was purchased by my friends Dan & Drew.Among the collection of “smalls” by Lee, I found several that I would love to hang on my own walls!Clarence was thrilled to welcome friends, many of whom had driven in from Hamilton to support him (below)Gallery owner Lola (below) was thrilled with the turnout – she was smiling all night long: truly the hostess with the mostest!Stockyards Gallery is housed within Lola’s husband’s custom carpentry & woodwork showroom, Rebarn, and Lola & Mark are fast becoming one of Toronto’s newest “power couples”.Lee was happy to pose for photos with local press in front of his paintings……and with new art owner Drew (below)And I was happy to pose with stunning actress Tatum Lee who appears in the current hit horror flick “IT”…thank goodness she didn’t bring that scary clown as her +1 as I would have run screaming out of the gallery…LOL!!So many stunning artworks by Clarence and Lee, so make sure you head out to Stockyards Gallery yourself between now and October 21st. 1611 Dupont Street, Toronto. Website: www.stockyardsgallery.ca
ast night, I joined 100+ guests of artist and gallery owner LOLA LIVINGSTON as she unveiled her 2nd group show, I ♥ CANADA, at the new STOCKYARDS GALLERY located at 1611 Dupont St, Toronto (inside the fabulous Rebarn showroom).Featuring multiple artists working in various mediums, the show will run throughout the month of July…although several pieces were sold on the spot last night!
Here’s Lola cutting the celebratory cake that carries a copy of her painting Super Justin (a portrait of our popular Prime Minister)Here are the stunning landscape paintings by LEE MUNN who attended with his charming wife (pictured below with a royal “special guest”)….JOHNY DELUNA has 2 pieces featured in this show -here he is (at left) schmoozing with fellow artist ROBERT WERTHEIMER and his wife.And here’s Johny chatting with glass sculptor LAYNE VERBEEK about his featured pieces of hand-carved cast glass.Layne sold 2 beautiful pieces of art glass to casting director and art lover, RON LEACH (below with his prized new artworks)Here’s award-winning fine artist ERIK CHONG with Lola…Erik brought his wife Jeanette to help celebrate Canada’s anniversary with the other artists, including ANGEL TORRES (bottom pic)Watch out Erik, the Mounties are after their man!One of Toronto’s happiest artists must be SHAWN SKEIR who was always ready for a photo opp. Here he is (far left) arriving with friends….then hanging with AL “RUNT” CURRIE who also had a couple of works in the show…and sold one last night, too.I was pleased to meet film industry professional and photographic artist ROBERT WERTHEIMER (below) for whom this was his debut showcase. Robert has a great eye for everyday objects and places, making them appear quite mythic in his photographs. Unfortunately, due to lighting reflections, I wasn’t able to capture a true image of his work so best to go visit in person to see what I mean. There’s an awesome photo of a giant ship’s propeller complete with rusty patina – I think that will have my name on it before the end of the show!Lola was such a busy lady, welcoming so many of her friends, family and art lovers to her unique indie gallery….and the deelish spread attracted lots of hungry patrons!Lola’s husband, Mark, helped man the bar (below) – he owns Rebarn, designing and handcrafting custom wood furniture, doors and home accessories.Enjoy a couple more photos from last night’s festivities…. I ♥ CANADA runs until July 29th at Stockyards Gallery, 1611 Dupont Street, Toronto. Check the website for hours and directions: www.stockyardsgallery.ca