An Orillia business that has had a downtown presence for almost half a century will likely be closing its doors.
Mario Tulipano, owner of Art’s Clothing and Shoes, is holding out hope someone will purchase the business at 20 West St. S., but, sale or no sale, one thing is certain: He’s retiring.
“You get to an age where you think, ‘OK, it’s time to move on,’” said Tulipano, 62.
While retail is “starting to become a young person’s game” with online shopping and advertising, he said the business is viable.
“It’s the type of business I could run until the day I die,” he said.
Art’s Clothing and Shoes has survived the changing times, remaining popular through recessions and the encroachment of big-box retailers.
Tulipano’s father, Art, opened the shop across the street from its current location in 1972. It was one of the first three businesses in Orillia to sell lottery tickets, which proved to be “an inexpensive way to attract people to come into the store,” Tulipano said.
He and his brother, Carlo, took over in 1986. Tulipano has been the sole owner since 2006.
When it first opened, Art’s Clothing and Shoes catered mainly to those in manufacturing and farming.
“Carlo and I expanded our focus. As factories shut down and farming was on the decline, we were losing customers, so we had to get into more casual products,” he said. “We didn’t diversify to the point that we got into the real fashion side. It was more about everyday things that were durable.”
Customers have appreciated what the business has had to offer. Its regulars have included generations of family members.
“It shows we obviously have done a good job over the years and we carry quality products. The service we provide is that hometown kind of feel,” he said. “In a lot of ways, I hate to leave those steady customers without a place like this because there are very few places like this anymore. That’s why it’s difficult for me to end things, but I have to look after myself.”
Word of Tulipano’s retirement is already getting around. He’s had many people wish him well and he’s seen a surge in business.
“Normally, we are busy anyway, but we’ve been exceptionally busy,” he said.
The store will remain open until the rest of the inventory can be moved out, and Tulipano expects that will take a few months.
Ideally, someone else will take the reins.
“It’s been a going concern for 48 years, so we’re always looking for a buyer,” he said, noting both the business and the building are for sale.
He thanked everyone who has supported the business over the years.
He’d been planning for a couple of years to retire and, like many facing that type of freedom, had hoped to travel with his wife. He looks forward to doing that eventually, when travel is safer. For now, he’ll spend some time golfing when the warmer weather returns, skiing and tending to his garden.
“I just want to step back and appreciate what’s around me,” he said.
Hariri Pontarini To Design Art Gallery of York University – Urban Toronto
Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) have been selected to design a new, stand-alone art gallery at York University. The new building will become a centrepiece at the Keele Campus, building upon the rich history of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and magnifying its reach into the local community and the world beyond.
Rendering of the winning design. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Boasting a contemporary, contextual design with the firm’s signature curves, HPA’s proposal stood out in the online design competition which saw a wide show of interest from strong contenders in the architectural community. Moriyama and Teshima Architects and gh3 were also on the shortlist. All three firms have received Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.
The new building will be located at the heart of the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, steps from the subway station. The three-storey building will highlight contemporary and historic art and include a ground level event space with four separate gallery spaces set within a xeriscape garden.
AGYU’s collection currently contains 1,700 works including…
- prominent donations of works by Norval Morrisseau and Andy Warhol
- 200 prints and sculptures by renowned and influential Inuit artists including Kenojuak Ashevek and Kananginak Pootoogook
- paradigmatic work by Canadian “Automatistes” Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas
- American Modernists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland
- RISE, an internationally acclaimed film by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, featuring performances from some of Toronto’s most influential spoken word and rap artists.
Aerial: The new building will sit at the heart of York Keele Campus’ School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, between the Accolade East Building and the Centre for Film & Theatre. Image courtesy of Googlemaps.
Founding Partner Siamak Hariri cites his excitement to help reimagine the AGYU’s future, “To signify this transformation, we were inspired by metaphor and nature. Like a butterfly, each of the five wings of the new gallery extend their reach out to the campus and of course beyond. Responding to the AGYU’s aspiration to expand the social and civic role of the gallery, the building will have a powerful presence, a new presence, embracing the full University Common, and welcoming and attracting visitors to all the wonder it has to offer.”
The AGYU opened in 1988 and moved into its current 3,000 ft² in 2006. The new building, combined with the AGYU’s existing space, will form a unified art institution and an important hub for artistic engagement. “The new design reflects our vision of an accessible and collaborative art gallery that serves as a space for creation, exhibition and appreciation of diverse art and culture,” says President & Vice- Chancellor Rhonda Lenton.
Philanthropists and art collectors Joan and Martin Goldfarb donated $5 million towards the gallery, kicking off this expansion and flagging the importance of the arts on campus. The eponymous Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery will honour the Goldfarb’s long history of supporting the arts at York University.
Rendering of the winning design, aerial view from across the Harry W. Arthurs Common. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.
With this win, HPA adds to its notable cultural and institutional portfolio, which includes the recently opened Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, and the internationally award-winning Bahá’í Temple of South America.
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Province puts up $100K to get more art into public places on P.E.I. – CBC.ca
The province has set aside $100,000 over the next two years to develop a public art policy for the province.
Michelle MacCallum, director of cultural development with Innovation PEI, says it will enable the province to commission and acquire public art for government sites such as hospitals, schools and parks.
“I love seeing artwork all over our province,” she said.
“I think about how much it delights and engages and sometimes challenges people when they come upon public art.”
Different than art bank
MacCallum said it will also be another opportunity for Island artists to display their work and earn money from it.
She said it will be different from the provincial art bank.
“This is more specific to sites. So if we were building a new school or some kind of provincial government office building, if you think about it, the building in and of itself is a public entity. But there’s nothing, there’s no art around it. It doesn’t say anything about it, about the people that use it, about what it’s for,” MacCallum said.
“So public art is there to augment the site specifically rather than just acquiring a catalog of the best of art, which is what the art bank does.”
Selected by jury
MacCallum said they will consult with architects and developers of potential sites, then put out request for proposals. The art will be selected by a jury.
She said there are a few sites being considered, but it’s too soon to disclose the locations.
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