Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love and The Berkeley Castle Gallery in Toronto - February 11th to February 22nd, 2010

The Berkeley Castle Gallery has just opened its doors inside a historic building in downtown Toronto, next door to The Canadian Stage Company and the Théâtre Français de Toronto (TFT) and in close proximity to Toronto's Distillery District.

On February 11th and 12th 2010, the gallery, currently run by Dianne Acey, AOCAD, has hosted a community art event, an exhibition dedicated to love and whose theme resonated with Valentine’s Day.

Dianne Acey, OCAD, who runs the Berkeley Castle Gallery.

The gallery received more than 100 submissions to be included in the exhibition - from the community in the area, friends of the gallery, George Brown College students in the Art explores Psychology classes, local artists and art lovers.

Karen McMillan, the curator of the exhibition, passionately describing the exhibits she selected. 

The curator of the exhibition, Karen McMillan, has told me of the many hours spent in selecting and arranging this very eclectic exhibition and of the decision making process of “what goes where” to fully bring forth the artistic message of….well, love.

In the end it all came together in a beautiful gallery space, whose structure invites to creative musings.

Leslie holding up her artwork

If I had to qualify this exhibition in a word, it would be “imaginative”.

The theme of love was rendered by contributors through exhibits created in various techniques and with unbridled creativity.

It was also a great opportunity for the community to come together.

I had the pleasure to chat with Dianne Acey and to find out of her vision for art in the community.
I met Christine Kim, a Studio Art major (Concordia University) whose painting “Binary” (36 by 24 inches , oil on canvas ) drew praise.

"Binary" (36" x 24", oil on canvas) by Christine Kim, Studio Art major (Concordia University)

Two picto-poems, “Englyn” and “Hiatus” - posters (30" x 20") from paintings by Tatiana and poetry by me were also part of the exhibition.


Two picto-poems by Tatiana and me.

Overall, exhilarating moments for the artists, friends and art lovers that enjoyed this exhibition put together by Dianne Acey and Karen McMillan with the help of volunteers. A beginning that bodes well for future similar cultural events.

So the celebration of art and love is alive and well  in Toronto. To quote one of the artists that were part of the exhibition – “love, a pink elephant in the room”.

The exhibition is open till February 22nd, 2010.

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