Cultural Goods Gallery Opening Reception
The evening of Oct. 26 saw fashion designer Kim Newport-Mimran and her husband, fashion entrepreneur Joe Mimran open the doors to their latest venture, a gallery and art hub dubbed the Cultural Goods Gallery. Tucked away in a quiet industrial strip on Dupont Street in Toronto’s west end, the area, long home to a number of flourishing galleries, now counts the Mimran’s 2,500-square-foot venue among them. The space opened with works from New York-based artist Al Diaz. Titled FROM SAMO©… TO SAMO©… EVOLUTION OF STREET: ART & TYPE, Diaz is a key figure in New York’s street art scene who collaborated with a young Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The invite for the opening of the gallery was billed as a reception, but it was more of an opening party, with fashion folk like stylist Adrienne Shoom and Fashion Magazine’s Bernadette Morra. They squished shoulder to shoulder with art movers like gallerists Jane Corkin and Daniel Faria and curator David Liss. Also circulating, society pals of the Mimran’s including Rocky and Rene Pantalone, Trinity Jackman and Cleophee Eaton and Scott McFarland. Exhibition curators Grace Zeppilli and Jason Halter were on hand too, as were art scene regulars Dr. Parambir Keila and lawyer Anjli Patel, in attendance with their baby daughter Ajuni. The exhibition, which also includes a selection of new works by Toronto-based artists including Javid Jah, Danilo Deluxo McCallum and Nicolas ‘Alfalfa’ Sanchez, runs though Dec. 17.
Art Toronto Opening Night Preview
The following evening, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre was once again transformed into Canada’s most important annual art fair. More than 90 galleries gathered from across the country and beyond for the four-day showcase, which kicked off with a VIP opening on the evening of Oct. 27. New at this year’s fair was the Focus Exhibition, a space to encounter new and ambitiously scaled works. Curator Marie-Charlotte Carrier of the Hayward Gallery in London was responsible for this first go, “held open”, which explored works by Nan Goldin (from gallery Caviar20), Maureen Gruben (from Cooper Cole) and Laura Hudspith (from Zalucky Contemporary), among others. Talks and tours dotted the weekend, and rather importantly at an art fair, from what I heard (and saw with all those red dots), loads of works went to new homes. Among them out on opening night: Border Crossings Magazine editor Meeka Walsh; artists Tony Scherman, Margaret Priest and Nathan Eugene Carson; collectors including Sheldon Inwentash and Lynn Factor; Carol Weinbaum and Nigel Schuster and Heather Gotlieb; gallery CEOs including Contemporary Calgary’s David Leinster, the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Shelley Falconer and the AGO’s Stephan Jost (the AGO acquired a number of works for their collection including Ghazaleh Avarzamani’s monumental Game of Goose from Galerie Nicolas Robert) and of course, there too, was Mia Nielsen, director of Art Toronto.
PROFILE: Christine Hager a behind-the-scenes pillar of local art
Behind every local art event and program are those who make it all happen, and one person who works hard to make Orillia’s arts community thrive is Christine Hager.
Since moving to Orillia more than 20 years ago, Hager has found herself involved in a variety of non-profit organizations in the city.
She has volunteered full-time at Couchiching Jubilee House, served as executive director of the Sharing Place Food Centre and, for the past eight years, has worked as secretary for the Orillia and District Arts Council (ODAC).
One might think Hager, given her resumé, has had a lifelong passion for non-profit work and the arts, but her involvement in Orillia’s creative scene stems from a background in business, and her artistic career is limited to her hobby of sketching horses while growing up.
“I am not an artist. I do not paint or sculpt anything … but I love art,” she told OrilliaMatters. “It’s part of your soul. Everything around you is art. People just need to open up their eyes and recognize that.”
Originally from Sudbury, the soon-to-be-70-year-old Hager comes from a background in inside sales. She spent much of her career working for mining companies.
She said her current path began through making connections with others.
“You get tapped on the shoulder by somebody, you go for coffee, people ask you something,” she said. “I moved down here around 2002, and that’s when I kind of fell into doing not-for-profit work.”
Her background in business and sales has helped Orillia’s arts scene grow. Most arts programs and events in the city need funding, after all, and that’s where Hager shines.
She recently stepped down from her position as secretary to take a role in revenue development for ODAC.
“That’s what we need right now. We need the stability to be sustainable. We can’t depend on grants. You have to have a diversified revenue stream,” she said. “I’m the best one to do that because I have the most contacts.”
Her transition to non-profit work happened smoothly, and it continues to bring her great satisfaction.
“It’s given me that sense of satisfaction that, when I tell someone I can understand how (they’re) feeling, it’s because I’ve been there, and I can empathize with what they’re going through,” she said. “One of my favourite things at the food bank was until you walk a mile in somebody’s shoes, you have no right to criticize them.
“It’s always teaching and educating the public. That’s all these positions have always been. The public needs to know the reality of not-for-profits and vulnerable people, homeless people, and hungry people — and the arts people, too. They are trying to make a living as well.”
When Hager joined ODAC in 2014, “the board was very thin,” she said, but the organization now boasts an array of opportunities for local artists, thanks to the work of Hager and others.
ODAC hosts numerous art exhibitions for members, local and county art projects, public events, and more, on top of advocating for its members and other local artists.
One new program rolled out through ODAC is its Helping Elders with Arts (HeARTS) program, which provides seniors with the chance to learn a variety of art styles, art history, and enjoy physical activity on a regular basis.
With all her work helping the local arts scene thrive, Hager — who said she enjoys Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles — does not take much downtime for herself.
She also volunteers with St. James’ Anglican Church through its Sunday breakfast program, social justice committee, and community garden.
While she hopes to eventually take a bit of a step back from her responsibilities, Hager said she loves connecting with people.
“It’s nice meeting people. I love meeting people and developing the network that I have,” she said. “That’s been one of my big things: just getting to know people, building relationships, and then finding opportunities.”
Looking to the future, she hopes to see ODAC gain a full-time staff member and become a true “umbrella” organization that provides opportunities and advocacy for all local artists.
More about ODAC can be found here.
Great news: The future of Catholic art is alive and well – Aleteia
Amazing contemporary art is compiled into a gorgeous new volume … a wonderful thing for all fans of sacred art!
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Take a walk through any art museum and you’ll see the glorious heritage of Catholic art.
Catholic sacred art is central to the history of Western art. There are countless beautiful examples of art depicting Christ, the Bible, the saints and the angels in museums and churches all over the world.
But most of these works were made centuries ago, and we might wonder whether they will be followed by anything comparable in our present age. After all, much of modern art doesn’t exactly inspire a sense of admiration for truth, beauty and goodness.
The good news is that the future of Catholic sacred art is alive and well. And there are plenty of examples to show you.
Neilson Carlin | Courtesy of Ignatius Press
One of today’s great artists, Marco Caratelli, lives and works in Siena, Italy. He specializes in the rare, ancient and beautiful egg-yolk tempera technique. His work draws comparisons to Fra Angelico and other all-time great artists.
Another is Christopher Alles, a sculptor of sacred art who works in Poughkeepsie, New York. He studied European sacred art in Italy, and today, his award-winning work is both inspired by and reminiscent of Michelangelo.
Even closer to home, there are a number of contemporary Catholic artists producing truly extraordinary works. Samples of their work are now compiled into a breathtaking new volume … a wonderful thing for all fans of sacred art!
Courtesy of Ignatius Press
This new art collection, The Catholic Home Gallery, makes it clear that Catholic art is not something of the past. The volume showcases 18 works of sacred art by contemporary artists, revealing the beautiful diversity of their impressive talents.
The nine artists represented in the volume are Matthew Alderman, Neilson Carlin, Bernadette Carstensen, Matthew Conner, Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs, James Janknegt, Timothy Jones, Michael D. O’Brien, and Elizabeth Zelasko. The collection is the perfect introduction to their work, and can be a jumping-off point for exploring it in greater depth.
Timothy Jones | Courtesy of Ignatius Press
The editor of the collection is John Herreid, a graphic designer and illustrator for Ignatius Press. He brought a discerning and experienced eye to choosing the artwork for the collection.
Herreid explained some of the inspiration behind the collection, saying, “Most people are familiar with great Catholic art from ages past. But what many don’t realize is that we have many, many great Catholic visual artists working today. My hope for The Catholic Home Gallery is that it will introduce people to a few of these artists, as well as lead them to seek out, discover, and support others!”
James B. Janknegt | Courtesy of Ignatius Press
He has been moved to see the positive response to the volume, saying:
It’s been extremely heartening to see the response The Catholic Home Gallery has generated thus far. It shows that, far from being a static heirloom from the past, Catholic sacred art is an ongoing, dynamic force that can’t help but move those who encounter it.
Best of all, each work in the collection is printed on an 8” x 10” detachable page, so you can easily remove it from the book and frame it in your home. What a perfect way to build your own collection of sacred art!
France buys new masterpiece for Orsay museum with LVMH gift
PARIS (AP) — France has acquired a stunning Impressionist masterpiece for its national collection of art treasures, with a donation from luxury goods giant LVMH paying the 43 million euros (nearly $47 million) for “A Boating Party” by 19th-century French artist Gustave Caillebotte.
The oil on canvas shows an oarsman in a top hat rowing his skiff on languid waters. The work, remarkable in its realism, delicate colors and almost cinematic perspective, as though the artist was in the boat with the rower, went on display Monday in the Musée d’Orsay. It is the latest addition to the Paris museum’s already impressive collection of Impressionist art.
The painting was sold by Caillebotte’s descendants. It had been one of the last Impressionist masterpieces still in private hands, said Jean-Paul Claverie, an adviser to LVMH boss Bernard Arnault.
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