Anthropomorphic creatures invading Leslieville

A few weeks ago I painted a utility box in Leslieville with these cutiepies all holding hands. What can I say; I’m a cheeseball. Go check’em out on the corner of Queen East and Jones!

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It’s so cool knowing that these guys are just OUT THERE, hanging out on the corner, being seen by hundreds of different people a day, and all these people are being affected by the painting in some way, however small… Neato, man. Hope it brings lots of smiles!

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QWAC STARTS TOMORROW! plus, new small art pieces!

small watercolours

I’ve been watercolouring my original drawings from this series (and there are new drawings, too!), and now I’m making small prints of them on pretty wood panels for the show this weekend. C’mon down!

The Queen West Art Crawl is in Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West) in Toronto, this Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14, from 11am to 6pm both days. I’ll be in booth N29 (near the tennis courts) hoping to see you.

…And the weather forecast just got more promising for this weekend! WOO HOO! Come support local artists in a super cool part of town and hang out in a park with me and lots of other cool cats.

xo!

Wall to Wall 2: Group Show at Art Yard (with reception on May 15)

Heya! Just wanted to let y’all know that I’ve got a couple pieces up in a new gallery just off Queen West called Art Yard. It looks like this inside:

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But it sure doesn’t look that way on the outside – there’s some crazy construction going on in the area, which has unfortunately been extended so that now it’s still rough looking while this show is happening, but it’s okay! It’s lovely inside! If you’re driving or walking through a desolate construction zone, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND SOON YOU WILL BE SURROUNDED BY ART AND WILL GET THE CHANCE TO MEET A LOVELY LADY NAMED NATASZA WHO IS DOING GREAT THINGS INSIDE THIS SPACE!

So c’mon down and hang out with me for the opening reception! It’s on Thursday, May 15 from 7pm – 10pm at 30 Abell Street in Toronto. If you think you wanna come, RSVP here.

mad rabbit apARTment therapy

Right to the point: check out my art in an uber cool Toronto loft here.

The Thinkers in Shelly's loft

So pictured above, hanging out with their new furry orange friend Molly, are three of my peeps with a couple of Kate Domina‘s girls. Remember The Thinkers? Well this is their home, in the chic, funky loft apartment of Shelly and Tim, just featured in Apartment Therapy.

My art, in a very hip apartment, recently featured on Apartment Therapy. 

Having trouble finding images of my work on the A.T. page? Click “open slideshow” under the top image, or any of the images, and click through.

Also nice to see that the creations of mine and Kate’s are still buds – Kate and I did a show together downtown last winter. Her art is pretty sweet – if you haven’t checked it out, I suggest you get to it!

xo

QWAC starts TOMORROW!!!! And ya get me AND my brother. (Sweet.)

Yo yo yo!

Tomorrow is day-one of art in Trinity Bellwoods Park with yours truly. I’ve got lots of new small pieces for your affordable purchasing pleasure *cough* to make it easier for you to take home a lil’ slice of my art, should you happen to want it in your home. Come see!

Once again this year, my bro Trev is gonna be at the show with me, dazzling folks with his killer nature/travel photography. Think National Geographic. His latest website’s not finished yet, but you can still see lots of sweet pictures here.

So! I’ll be in booth N10, and Trev will be in booth L19.

Trinity Bellwoods Park (on Queen West between Bathrust and Ossington).

This Saturday and Sunday (Sept 21 – 22), 11am – 6pm both days.

Free entry.

Show goes on rain or shine.

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                                ^ the bro (L19) ^                                  ^ the sis (N 10) ^

Queen West Art Crawl in 2 weeks!

My next art show is the Queen West Art Crawl: a weekend-long outdoor show in Trinity Bellwoods Park (on Queen Street West between Bathurst and Ossington, in Toronto). 

Show starts 2 weeks today: Saturday Sept 21 and Sunday Sept 22, 11am – 6pm both days.

I’ll be in booth N10. Hope to see you!

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GLADSTONE OPENING TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

Howdy! So tomorrow’s the big night, and I’m pretty stoked. Hung up the show today and gotta go back to straighten it out, as I ran out of time this afternoon. HOWEVER. I kinda like how it looks all cock-eyed as such. Perhaps I’ll leave it..??? Perhaps I’ll go back tomorrow to mess it up some more! Crookedify EVERYTHING! Hang chairs from the chandeliers! Turn all the tables upside down staple my business cards to the ceiling. (The Gladstone won’t be able to wait to have me back again.)

So, at present, this is what one wall looks like:

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Awesome, right?!

If you wanna see what I do with it – leave it, straighten it, muss it up more – you’ll just have to come by to find out! The party starts tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm on the SECOND FLOOR of The Gladstone (at Queen and Dufferin). 

ALSO. The Gladstone put a sweet lil’ promo up for me on their site, BUT they screwed up the date on it, so don’t let it confuse you: the opening reception IS TOMORROW, which is the SIXTEENTH, and yes, that is a FRIDAY. Tomorrow. 7pm. We party.

ANOTHER ALSO. Further exciting news: I finally built a new website that I know how to update, so now, me arts can be kept current! WOAH! Check it out!!! 😀

HOPE TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!!!! 

xoxoxo

SOLO SHOW AT THE GLADSTONE

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Did you know I have a solo exhibition coming up at The Gladstone? It’s almost here: I’ll be setting things up Thursday morning and then this Friday is the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 7PM – 10PM, SECOND FLOOR OF THE GLADSTONE HOTEL.

The show runs from August 16 – September 2nd on the second floor. Regular viewing hours are 12pm – 5pm.

Let’s high five and drink wine in a hotel! Come on down! Hope to see you Friday night. 🙂

xo
Candace

 

More TOAE recap

Okay, so it was one of the soggier shows I’ve done…

But a couple people snapped photos for blogs and whatnot between rainfalls, so you get to see those now, if you want to.

Photograph Brian Labelle snapped a shot for his series Portraits of Toronto, in which he documents local artists with their work. Here’s mine.

The Gladstone blog named me one of their top 4 fav’s of the show this year. Shucks, thanks guys!

And the National Post wrote about me in an article about the show. Cool beans and many thanks!

That’s the buzz on my TOAE press. Thanks for the love!

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Day One of the TOAE (of three): CHECK.

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Oh boy, did it rain!

But the forecast for tomorrow says no rain. Ergo, you should come to the show.

(Nathan Phillips Square, 10:30am – 7:30pm, booth yellow 15)

So, first of all, I got some blog love right here which was very, very sweet indeed (and from the Gladstone, too! Thanks, Max-the-Gladstone-Guy!). I was selected as one of the Gladstone’s top 4 fav’s of the show (goodnessme!) and if you check it out, you can see me braving the rain with a smile.

And now, a sleepy bedtime thought about today before I pass out (HARD):

So I’ve noticed…

A lot of people make funny faces when they look at my art, and I love that. I think people often make funny faces at art in general, especially when it confuses them or makes them think.

My favourite is when people look at my work and smile. Not just a polite little smile for me; when, regardless of me, they get a happy, goofy grin for the art itself, and sometimes they even laugh. And if I can make people smile and laugh by doing something I love – well. I don’t know that it gets better than tat.

It’s just this tiny moment shared with another, whether they know I see them or not, and that’s what makes doing these shows feel so good.

(That and getting crazy inspired by other super cool artists that I get to meet!)

Another beautiful thing: when a couple people or more come to my booth together, and they smile at the art, then they often they start telling stories.

“You know, when I was a kid, I used to…”

“This makes me think of:

  • this one time when…
  • this guy I know…
  • this book I read…”

I catch the beginning as they walk away, sharing something inspired or remembered by an image I created. Happy heart, right here.

Or, if I’m really lucky, they’ll tell that story to me. I’ve collected them over the years. They can be beautiful, tragic, charming, or wildly funny.

You never know what will comes out of someone’s mouth after being exposed to some product of creativity: something symbolic that they can attach a piece of themselves to, or that will make an association in their mind and pull something out from deep within; something that in someway, for reasons you probably will not know, touches their heart.

We really are just walking collections of stories.

Come to the show tomorrow and add to mine.

 

xo
candace