Who ART Thou? at Ideas Incorporated Galley

The Opening night of Who ART Thou was a huge success! Congratulations to all the artists, and to Monica Gupta and Dawn Vrablic for organizing this extraordinary event and to Ideas Incorporated Gallery for housing it!

Who ART Thou? will take place at Ideas Incorporated Gallery, 1081 Bathurst St., today through Sunday, Nov. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. and again from Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27th

15 Artists (from Seaton Village, Annex and Christie Pits)

8 days

over 50 pieces of original art many pieces for under $250

Ideas Incorporated Gallery 1081 Bathurst St. (south of Dupont)   Robin Gray www.organicmetalgallery.com Cathy Watson Ginny Brett Mark Tholen www.t-yyz.ca Oliver Heinrich http://www.ideasincorporated.ca/ John Cadiz www.wildsofcanada.blogspot.com Brett Tryon www.bretttryon.com

Natasha Milijasevic http://natashamilijasevic.blogspot.com/

Sabrina Francescut

Kimberley White www.kimberleywhite.com

Pam Willcocks www.snapdragondesigns.ca

Pia Israelsson

Amy Rogers http://www.hereandheredesigns.com/

Audry Kalman www.musegallery.ca

Gisele Navaroli

Wendy MacMillan

contact Monica Gupta for more informationmongupta@hotmail.com or 416-509-2090

From Inside Toronto:

Art show and sale brings community artists together

Art show and sale brings community artists together. Audry Kalman and 14 other artists from the Annex, Christie Pits and Seaton Village communities will showcase their goods at a special art show and sale dubbed Who ART Thou? at Ideas Incorporated Gallery. Photo/COURTESY

A group of 15 artists from the Annex, Christie Pits and Seaton Village communities will showcase their goods at a special art show and sale at Ideas Incorporated Gallery.
The show, dubbed Who ART Thou? will serve as a coming-out of sorts for several of the artists, many of whom have other jobs and work on their art in their spare time.
Who ART Thou? was conceived by local resident Monica Gupta, who had contemplated holding such an event for years.
“It’s just a bunch of people I’ve known and they all live in the area,” she said. “There are a lot of talented people here who have never shown their work in the area and this gives them a chance to do that.”
Gupta said she has often been surprised to discover one of her neighbours paints, sculpts or does other artwork in their spare time. Many, she said, had been involved with the art scene at one point, but wound up taking on more regular paying gigs and dropping out of the public eye.
Gupta noted the Annex, Christie Pits and Seaton Village communities boast a huge number of artistically-inclined people who differ from the traditionally arty crowd in that they have children, full-time jobs and other responsibilities that preclude them from pursuing their art full-time.
Who ART Thou? brings those closet artists into the limelight to exhibit their work and – in many cases – sell pieces to the public. “If you’re going to spend money on Christmas this year, why not spend it on your neighbours and get some really great one-of-a-kind things?” Gupta said.
The show will allow artists to exhibit paintings, photography, jewelry, purses, scarves, mobiles and more.
Mobile-maker Amy Rogers, a designer by trade, said Who ART Thou? will give her a chance to showcase some of her work that might not have otherwise seen the light of day. “It’s a bit of a departure because normally I’m more focused on the fine art world,” she said. “I started making them when I was working on another project, making paper lamps and I started playing around with the materials.” Rogers added she looked forward to getting together with her neighbours and seeing some of the other talent in the surrounding community.
“A lot of times, artists and designers are working on their own and they have things that are show-worthy, but don’t have enough – or the time – to put on a show,” she said. “It’s nice for us to be able to show what we’re doing and (for visitors) to see things they wouldn’t have an opportunity to see.”
Should Who ART Thou? become a success, Gupta said she could envision bringing the idea out to other communities, showcasing groups of local artists in their own neighbourhoods across the city. “Right now, I don’t know about anything else like this,” she said. “It’s all based on my connections, but it’s so transferable, it’s possible to do it in any community.”
Who ART Thou? will take place at Ideas Incorporated Gallery, 1081 Bathurst St., today through Sunday, Nov. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. and again from Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27th

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