Past Exhibitions

LISA CRESKEY
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As a ceramic artist, she is led to explore the potential of the medium as sculpture and installation and how they relate to the visual medium of painting.

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ART OF THE BOOK 2018: MARCH 6 - JULY 5, 2020

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March 6 - July 5, 2020
Reception: March 12, 2020 from 6-9pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

Since 1988, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has organized 'Art of the Book', a juried exhibition of book arts held every five years. 'Art of the Book 2018'  celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

The exhibition features 67 uniquely crafted pieces covering eight categories: fine binding, box-making, paper-making, fine printing, paper decorating, restoration, calligraphy, and artists’ books from Canada, the United States, England, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Jurors: Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Jan Elsted, Lang Ingalls, and Susan Warner Keene.

Participating artists:

    

Doug Beube
Marc Blouin
Servane Briand
Sarah Burnett-Moore
Lorraine Butler
Joan Byers
Nicole Chalifoux
Clara Congdon
Mary Conley
Cécile Côté
Lorraine Douglas
Odette Drapeau
Carolyn Eady
Martina Edmondson
Karen Hanmer
Erwin Huebner
Frances Hunter
Jenny Iserman
Margo Klass

 

Trisha Klus
Adelene Koh
Kristina Komendant
Richard Labrosse
Roxanne Lafleur
Jerene Lane
Roberta Lavadour
Christiane Lenz
Concha Luna
Marlene MacCallum
Margaret M. Mah
Rebecca K. Martin
Lise Melhorn-Boe
Rhonda Miller
Troy Moore
Lorna Mulligan
Kausar Nigita
Elaine Akiko Nishizu
Helen O'Connor

 

Miguel Pérez Fernandez
Delphine Platten
Debra Frances Plett
Carolyn Qualle
Flora Shum
Dawn Skinner
Geraldine Slater
Annie Smith
Percy So
James Spyker
Gail Stevens
Ann Stinner
Jan Taylor
Christine Trainor
Keith Valentine
Leslie Walthers
Marama Warren
Lily Yee-Sloan

'Art of the Book 2018' is organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. 

To see more info about the exhibition, including a gallery of the juried works, visit artofthebook18.ca.

 

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Craft Ontario exhibitions are supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

 

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 Image credit: Alleppo: Tragedy Unfolding by Geraldine Slater

 

 

ILLUMINATIONS: JANUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 23, 2020

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January 15 - February 23, 2020
Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6-9pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

An exhibition produced by the Metal Collective.

Inspired by Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017, this collection of contemporary silver candleholders, made from heritage silver, honours Canadian women's creative past and inspires their future.

Illuminations is a travelling exhibition produced by the Metal Collective and curated by Laura Brandon, featuring the work of:

    

Anne Barros
Anne-Sophie Vallée
Beth Alber
Brigitte Clavette
Chantal Gilbert
Charles Funnell
Elizabeth Goluch
Fiona MacIntyre

 

Jackie Anderson
Ken Vickerson
Kye-Yeon Son
Lois Etherington Betteridge
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Mary K. Mcintyre
Myra Tulonen Smith

 

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Image credit: Horticulture (detail) by Elizabeth Goluch, photo by Keith Betteridge.

 

 

CRAFT ONTARIO '19: BIENNIAL JURIED MEMBER EXHIBITION: September 5 - October 12, 2019

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September 5 - October 12, 2019 
Reception: September 5, 2019 from 6-9pm 
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

Craft Ontario ’19 surveys the work of members across the province, and presents the very best of contemporary craft.

The exhibition includes work from each of the core regions of the province, with four exhibitors selected by the jury to be recognized with awards for Best in the North, East, Southwest, and Central Ontario.

Award Recipients:
Best in Central Ontario - Amanda Rataj
Best in Northern Ontario - Judy Martin
Best in Eastern Ontario -  Lindsay MacDonald
Best in South-Western Ontario - Tammy McClennan

Craft Ontario ’19 jurors: Annie Tung, David Kaye, and Susan Jefferies.

ARTISTS
Amanda Rataj
Brianna Gluszak
Hae Joung Han
Janet Macpherson
Joon Hee Kim
Judy Martin

Linda Brine
Lindsay MacDonald
Susan Low-Beer
Tammy McClennan
Tanya Lyons
Wanxing Wang 

 

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Image credit: Tidal Pendant by Lindsay MacDonald

 

 

THE BODY HAS REASONS WHICH REASON KNOWS NOT OF: April 11 – May 12, 2019

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April 11 - May 12, 2019
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

Working with clay actively engages the body. The artists in this exhibition trust that their lived experiences, stories, and skills are indwelled in the muscles used to make their work.

Each of the artists in this exhibition took part in the Muscle Memory International Ceramic Symposium & Residency, which was programmed and founded by Mimi Kokai in collaboration with the International Ceramic Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary and took place in both 2017 and 2018.

Experiences of injury and recuperation informed the theme to the Muscle Memory symposium. One of the purposes of the residency is to demonstrate the power and the skill of artists with disabilities.

During each of the residencies the artists became a strongly knit community. Many of the artists have noted the mentorship, and guidance they received from their fellow participants. It is remarkable to imagine the strength and trust that was built and cultivated not just within their own bodies as they worked with clay, but also with each other.

All of the works explore various themes surrounding tacit knowledge, and the body’s ability to bounce back, grow, resist, and remember.

ARTISTS:

ANDREA PILLER
ANEELA DIAS-D'SOUSA
ANNIKA HOEFS
BERNADETTE PRATT
CATHERINE JONES
GRACIA ISABEL GÓMEZ CANTOYA
HEIDI MCKENZIE
LESLEY MCINALLY
LISA WALTER
MARY MCKENZIE
MIMI KOKAI
SUSAN LOW-BEER

*The title of this exhibition was inspired by the title of Mari Sorri’s seminal article The Body Has Reasons: Tacit Knowing in Thinking and Making, which was inspired by Blaise Pascal who wrote “the heart has reasons which reason knows not of”.

Mari Sorri, The Body Has Reasons: Tacit Knowing in Thinking and Making
Journal of Aesthetic Education
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer, 1994), pp. 15-26 (12 pages)
Published by: University of Illinois Press

Image credit: Float by Annika Hoefs

 

Housewarming: January 19 - March 2, 2019

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January 19 - March 2, 2019 
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

Juried by: Suzanne Morrisette, Susan Fohr, and Sajdeep Soomal

Housewarming explores the idea of home through objects that make references to habitational spaces, activated through the routines of day-to-day life.

Works in this exhibition range from functional to representational forms, and many share a relationship to the body through suggestions of sustenance and care. Other works may problematize the idea of the home, gesturing instead towards a subversion of stereotypical images, questioning whether or not these are always welcoming spaces.

All of the work in the exhibition shows a skillful deployment of materials in ways that speak to varied and complex relationships with the idea of home.

ARTISTS:

AMANDA MCCAVOUR
ANDREAS KRÄTSCHMER
CHIHO TOKITA
ELYCIA SFA
HOLLY FEDIDA & CHRISTOPHER MENDOZA
NICHOLAS HAMILTON HOLMES
JUDY MARTIN
LAURA PITKANEN
MATTHEW MCINTYRE
MICAH ADAMS
QUEENIE XU
RACHAEL WONG
WANXING WANG
VANESSA DION FLETCHER

 Image credit: Rug by Micah Adams

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