Tag Archives: watercolours

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EXPRESSIONS OF CHINA exhibition marks 48th Anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations

Today, October 13th, marks the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. Yesterday, I was honoured to attend the opening of a one-week cultural exhibition of contemporary paintings illustrating the famed 300 poems from the Tang Dynasty at the Robarts Library, Uni. of Toronto, thanks to the kind invitation from Justin Poy (The Justin Poy Agency), one of organizers along with the Inst. of Traditional Chinese Painting Creation & Research. 20181012_115950ABOVE LtoR: Jack Leong, Andre Schmid, Consul Jingjing Sai, Larry Alford, Justin Poy, Jerry Shi, Binghuang Shi

Justin, along with local dignitaries and visiting Chinese representatives, introduced the special celebratory installation of stunning traditional watercolour and ink illustrations created by 130 of China’s leading contemporary artists including Xiang Li, Hong Biao Liu, Hui Zhong Ren and Dong Fang Wang.20181012_110916 20181012_110906 20181012_110920The poems of romance, longing & passion were written in an ancient language and are extremely difficult to translate into English, something Justin, along with his Chinese collaborators, is trying to remedy with an upcoming book, perhaps in time for the 49th anniversary next year.  The beauty of the scrolls is undeniable and regardless of my lack of understanding of the language, the subjects exuded the thoughts and feelings behind each poem. 20181012_111101 20181012_111042 20181012_111623 20181012_111344(0)This delicate painting (below) in the softest of pastels and pinks caught my eye and I returned to it over and over again. I would love to know the meaning of the poem it illustrates as it obviously resonated with me on a subliminal level.20181012_111540_001So many beautiful scrolls decorated the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library on the 8th Floor so I hope you can visit over the next week and see for yourself.20181012_121122 20181012_121132 20181012_111412 20181012_111530EXPRESSIONS OF CHINA runs Oct. 12-19 at the Robarts Library (U of Toronto), 130 St George Street. Supported by the Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.  For more information contact: 647-821-7050.20181012_111702

 

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STOCKYARDS GALLERY HOSTS NEW SHOW FEATURING ARTISTS LEE MUNN & CLARENCE A. PORTER

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 21.20170922_192122 20170922_19145420170922_19270420170922_19205220170922_192044The 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.20170922_192541Among the collection of “smalls” by Lee, I found several that I would love to hang on my own walls!20170922_191622 20170922_192155 20170922_194409Clarence was thrilled to welcome friends, many of whom had driven in from Hamilton to support him (below)20170922_193646Gallery owner Lola (below) was thrilled with the turnout – she was smiling all night long: truly the hostess with the mostest!20170922_193453Stockyards 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”.20170922_194307Lee was happy to pose for photos with local press in front of his paintings…20170922_193556 20170922_193725…and with new art owner Drew (below)20170922_213828And 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!!20170922_202729So 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.ca20170922_191606 20170922_19173220170922_194125

 

 

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“EAST MEETS WEST” WATERCOLOUR SHOW LAUNCHES AT URBAN GALLERY, TORONTO

Another wonderful  art show opened yesterday at URBAN GALLERY, 400 Queen st East, Toronto, with an artists’ reception featuring two Canadian watercolourists, Fariba Mirhosseini and Stella Dai. Their works are based on personal experiences abroad and at home in Canada, and while their styles are distinctly different, their mutual love of colour and form brought them together for this exhibition. From village scenes in the Far East to the streets and landscapes of Canada, the artists capture these moments by painting what they see and feel in watercolour, and they hope it engages you to experience these as well.

20151003_143700 20151003_145419 20151003_145459 20151003_151840Fariba Mirhosseini (pictured below) was born in Tehran, Iran. Prior to being immersed into the field of painting and watercolor, she attained her post diploma degree in professional floral arrangement design at Seneca College. A novice in the world of painting and watercolour, her passion for colour combination and mixing of colours brought her to realize her potential as a painter. 20151003_151442

20151003_151844Stella Dai was born in Shanghai, China. Drawing has been her hobby since childhood. She studied sketch and coloring from a local art school and art institute in her leisure time. When painting, she immerses herself fully, which helps her relieve daily chaos and work stress. She turns to her painting as an essential way to deliver emotions and reflect her interpretation of life. Here’s Stella chatting with gallery guests (below, centre).20151003_150629

20151003_151937 20151003_151904The enthusiastic attendees enjoyed refreshments, courtesy of UrbanSource Catering….(here’s gallery curator Allen Shugar playing bartender)20151003_151103…..and “red dots” appeared beside several paintings indicating they would be off to new homes at the end of the exhibition (Oct.31)20151003_151808Photographer Drew from SNAPd newspaper snapped a few shots and mingled with art fans and friends of the artists….who also took photos!20151003_151558

20151003_15104220151003_145941Both artists enjoyed chatting with visitors who seemed engrossed in the paintings…20151003_145832 20151003_152520

20151003_150743If you would like to enjoy these beautiful watercolours, please check the gallery’s website for their new fall/winter hours:  http://www.urbangallery.ca/    and if you would like to enjoy a “virtual visit”, here’s a brief video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OtC4WeuW0   

East Meets West continues to Saturday Oct. 31st.20151003_152447