Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @toomanyphuongnguyens! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Phuong will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Phuong Nguyen is an artist that currently practices in Tkaronto, Turtle Island (Toronto, Canada). She is primarily a painter and has completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at OCAD U in 2014. Nguyen is interested in people and the complexities and simplicities that come with being human. Working with mostly representational subject matter, she aims to evoke emotion, nostalgia, connection, and empathy. She has shown work in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Arts Etobicoke and artist @_khadija_a_ are holding an open call to first generation Canadians, immigrants, newcomers, and refugee residents living in communities across Ward 3 in South Etobicoke. You can apply now to be part of an exciting project called Sites of Significance - an immersive digital art project that combines public art, technology, placemaking, and food! If you have a favourite family recipe that you would like to share please visit https://bit.ly/3aONn6l and answer a few questions to express your interest. Selected applicants will receive an $100 honorarium to make one of their submitted recipes, share pictures, and have a conversation. Visit the link in bio to find out more and apply today!

📷 Khadija Aziz's favourite family heritage fish recipe, cooked by her mom.

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @amnnaattia! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Amnna will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

“In my work, I explore the relationship between myself and my Palestinian heritage. I attempt to reflect this in my textile work by using digitally manipulated traditional motifs executed through hand-stitched embroidery to physicalize the feeling of being disconnected from my heritage. I choose to incorporate dysfunctional excess threads from the region-specific motifs - these threads function as a documentation of what they once were and now are: functional threads that filled the empty spaces within the Aida cloth as well as the empty spaces in my heritage.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @amnna.attia on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Amnna will be taking us through a tour of her home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about this beautiful tatreez embroidery. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative.
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"Tatreez is the Arabic word for a style of Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery. Originating about 3,000 years ago, Palestinian women continue to embrace this form of art using different patterns, textures, and colours, passing it down from generation to generation. Although very beautiful, Tatreez often also tells a hidden story. Different patterns and colours are symbolic, and the tatreez patterns and designs that women wear, oftentimes signify their regional identities. The most important treasure that tatreez holds is national identity. Tatreez is more than just embroidery, it is Palestine and its people. It is the stories of our tetas (grandmothers). It is a piece of home. As a Palestinian-Canadian, I felt disconnected from my Palestinian identity. Tatreez is an amazing way to preserve and connect with Palestinian identity and hopefully a means to pass that identity on to future generations so we never forget about where we come from. Our history, our stories, our people’s resistance, and our mothers and grandmothers are embedded in each and every stitch.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Arts Etobicoke and @ceyastudio are offering a FREE Intro to Illustration online workshop series for youth in the Capri Road community! Join @natalieveryb as she teaches you three distinct illustration styles to channel your inner voice. Visit the link in bio to find out more and sign up today. Priority registration will be given to community members from Capri Road, West Mall, East Mall and the immediate neighbourhood.

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Arts Etobicoke and @ceyastudio are offering a FREE 3D Animation online workshop series for youth in the Capri Road community! Join Melad Jajou @mjajou as he takes you through a step-by-step process of creating 3D characters and animating them using open-source 3D animation software. Visit the link in bio to find out more and sign up today. Priority registration will be given to community members from Capri Road, West Mall, East Mall and the immediate neighbourhood.

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Have you ever wanted to try curating your own art exhibition? Our Online Juried Art Show now includes an exciting interactive component that lets you be the curator! We want to see how you would curate your own exhibition from all of the amazing submissions we received this year. You can select up to 15 images for your exhibition, give it a title, write a curatorial statement and share it on our website. Your exhibition will be displayed alongside other submissions from community members to create a digital catalogue of exhibitions by visitors like you. Visit the link in bio to add your voice!

🎨 'Offworlding' by @ashleybeerdatart

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @a_l_f_a_l_f_a on Instagram Live! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Nicolas will be taking us through a tour of his home studio answering your questions, and telling us about this wooden carved leopard head from Colombia. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative. Visit the link in bio for more information.

“My object of cultural significance is a wooden carved leopard head from Colombia, is a traditional mask from the Barranquilla Carnival festivities but in a smaller size. I got it in Cali, Colombia, the second time I visited this city, where we arranged to meet for the second time with my partner and it was on this journey where we decided to take a step forward with our relationship. We first met a few months before that, in 2018 here in Toronto. For me is an amazing piece of memory and a powerful piece of art. Has travelled with me to Uruguay before coming to stay in Canada.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Arts Etobicoke is thrilled to present this year’s Annual Juried Art Show! "Through the Window…" is a reflection of our collective experiences this past year as we strive to process and adapt to an ever-changing world while trying to stay safe indoors.

The online exhibition features art works from 17 local artists and will run from April 14 - May 29 with a virtual reception on Wednesday, April 28. We will also be launching an exciting interactive component where visitors can experience all of the incredible submissions we received this year and curate their own custom exhibitions to tell new stories. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow Arts Etobicoke to stay tuned for updates!

While our Storefront Gallery remains closed to the public, we hope to make in-person viewings available by appointment once it is safe to do so. You can now see all of the selected works in our Online Gallery by visiting the link in our bio.

🎨 Empty Highway by @janes.art

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @mirloy! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Mirna will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live. She will also be talking about her recent project "Elegy for The Souls on Hold", a Community-engaged art project devoted to loss and grief in COVID-19 times.

The Elegy for The Souls on Hold is conceived as a new media installation that involves video mapping projection and augmented reality features to showcase our loved one's life stories in photos and griever's voices. The project exhibit aims to deliver a beautiful and unique posthumous memorial that will endure forever in grievers' memories and viewers while exposing the most tragic part of the pandemic restrictions: dying and mourning in isolation. Inspired by Jorge Manrique's Hispanic Renaissance Stanzas on the Death of his Father, this project revisits metaphors of life, memory and resilience.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @mirloy on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Mirna will be taking us through a tour of her home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about this beautiful hammock. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative. See link in bio for more information.

“This colourful hammock was created in the small town of Tintorero (Venezuela) on a two-thread loom and pedals and woven with cotton wick thread and organic colours. It is big and heavy. We had to ship it from Venezuela within a big box and arrived four months after our landing. Since then, it is our inseparable companion during summertime. To me, as for many Venezuelan, a hammock is an essential part of my life. It connects me with my childhood memories and family. A white cotton hammock was my first sleeping cradle that mom swing while sang lullabies. I did it too with my siblings. There were always two hammocks in our backyard to play and swing or to lay down, read, talk, or escape the hot and take a nap. This hammock is home.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Join us this Wednesday, April 14 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm for a professional development workshop on Public Engagement and Your Collection hosted by @ontartgalleries. Executive Director Wendy Rading and Programs and Gallery Manager Akshata Naik will be discussing Bringing Art Collections to Life through Technology and presenting our upcoming Augmented Reality in the Village of Islington project.

Art galleries and museums have been notorious for being spaces where you can look but cannot touch. Housing thousands of works behind glass, institutions have been focused on preservation and collecting rather than being a space for public engagement. How can institutions engage the public in a meaningful and impactful way. This workshop will answer the questions such as, what is the balance between collection-based vs. independent programming? How can broad thematics be used to create a seasonal approach to content, and create dynamic, multiple entry points for new audiences, such as using digital to enhance and increase public interaction with artworks from their collections.

For more information and to register, please see the link in bio.

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Online Gallery

Dana Zivkovic

Born 1985 in Zadar, Croatia, Dana Zivkovic currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor degree of Fine and Applied Arts from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. A self-employed artist, Dana works as an art educator, curator, charity activist, looking for a new show, a gallery for exhibition. Her work explores relationship between natural heritage and the products of the modern society seen through a surreal prism. It is both formalistically representational and occasionally abstract. Recently she started developing the series which brings awareness on pollution.

Darlene Kulig

After a successful career as a graphic designer, Darlene began painting full-time ten years ago. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique, very personal approach that “feels” Canadian. Darlene’s award winning work has been featured in magazine and can be found in Canadian Embassy buildings, the Mayo Clinic, and art galleries across Canada and internationally. Pomegranate Communications has licensed Darlene’s work to be reproduced as contemporary Canadian content in their international product line. Most recently, she has created a line of fundraising face masks to raise money for her nephew’s memorial fund, The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund, to fund cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. If you are interested in purchasing more products from Darlene Kulig such as calendars, puzzles, gift cards, and pillow slip covers, please contact our gallery manager akshata@artsetobicoke.com for inquiries.

David Chinyama

David Chinyama is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work is inspired by color, form, movement and texture. His work is a representation of personal fascinations and experiences often shaped by his upbringing and cultural memories of different African traditions. Working in multimedia, he explores subject matters centered upon aspects of identity, socio-economic, political and religious connotations. These compositions are made out of found fabrics and recycled fibers that are cut, stitched and painted together on canvas to form varying patterns and shapes. His practice can best be described as a form of adaptation and response to influences of various cultures within different urban settings. Working in a spontaneous approach, he experiments with the use of unfamiliar materials on how they relate to each other when placed in different frames that assign to them a new function.

Jacintha Krish

As a visual artist and art instructor, Jacintha Krish’s work is primarily in mixed media as well as watercolour and ink. Constantly experimenting with pushing the boundaries of colour and form has made her the artist that she is. Jacintha’s love of teaching has broadened her horizons and helped her get to know and understand people and their different forms of artistic pleasure. Art is an interesting and fulfilling journey and she feels fortunate indeed to be able to share in the experiences of many wonderful people along the way. Jacintha’s inspiration lies in the rich biodiversity of Canada, her home. The sights and sounds of the world around her constantly challenge her to paint the ever changing mosaic that is quintessentially Canadian.

Mr. Hydde

Mr. Hydde an artist living and working in the Toronto area. He shows his work under the pseudonym Mr. Hydde. He completed his B.F.A at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and his M.F.A. degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Mr. Hydde lived in Tokyo Japan for 2 years, where he became familiar with Japanese printmaking techniques and started to become interested in Japanese Pop and Street Culture through his artistic contacts. His artwork is represented by Coldstream Fine Arts in Toronto, by Gallerie Pink E Space in Montreal, and 3rd Ethos Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Mr. Hydde is a member of the Brooklyn NY based Bushwick Collective. He has painted murals for the Bushwick Block Party for the past 3 years. He painted in the Dec. 2018 MOS Miami as an invited painter.

Natalie Very B

Natalie Very B. is a Polish-Canadian illustrator, muralist, and educator. She is passionate about facilitating art workshops with a strong focus on the therapeutic aspect of creative expression. Her large scale murals depict modern female empowerment and can be found all across the city of Toronto. She makes art with the goal of changing preconceived notions of feminism and promoting self-love and body positivity in the world.

Philip Cote

Philip Cote, MFA of Moose Deer Point First Nation is a Young Spiritual Elder, Indigenous Artist, Activist, Educator, Historian and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper. Philip is a graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design Masters program. He is engaged in creating opportunities for art-making and teaching methodologies through Indigenous symbolism, traditional ceremonies, history, oral stories, and land-based pedagogy. His art and teaching philosophy evolves from his practice of experiential learning and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge. Philip has shared his knowledge with numerous institutions from York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Peel District School Board and the TDSB. Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story” since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years. Philip has won numerous TABIA awards for his public Street Art Murals Across the City of Toronto.

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