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article imageArtists, Craftsmen Celebrate 50 Years of Art in Toronto Special

By Romeo Marquez     Jul 10, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - Hundreds of people turned up for the biggest arts event in Toronto during the weekend concluding on Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square.
TORONTO - More than 500 artists and craftsmen using 14 different media, are showcasing their finest works at Nathan Phillips Square in celebration of the 50th year of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
The three-day event, billed by organizers as the largest of its kind in Canada, concludes on Sunday, July 10 with art discussions slated in the afternoon.
The most number of participants is in the painting category where there are 95 artists.
The various media and their contributors include: ceramics, 27; mixed media, 23; drawing, 21; jewellery, 20; photography, 16; sculpture, 16; watercolor, 15; glass, 13; printmaking, 13; fibre, 12; wood, 8; digital media, 7; and metal, 5.
The exhibits are complemented by art talks and art walks at the Toronto City Hall rotunda.
One of the attention-grabbers are the exhibits by artist Carina Mae Francioso, a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo. Wet, luscious lips in different shapes and sizes are the dominant themes of her paintings.
"What I like doing the most is capturing the wet feeling on the lips that looks like it's dripping but it's not, and the moisture you can actually see it but it's not actually there. It's just oil paint," Ms. Francioso explains during a brief interview on Saturday (July 9, 2011).
A stand-in for artist Silvia Taylor whose medium is glass.
A stand-in for artist Silvia Taylor whose medium is glass.
A discussion on ways of keeping "the image of a modern Toronto" alive is slated on Sunday at noon with Michael Awad, artist and former professor of architectural design at the University of Toronto; Chris Pommer, founding partner of Plant Architect Inc.; and Samantha Sanella, president and CEO of the Design Exchange.
Art enthusiasts look at the details of several paintings in this booth.
Art enthusiasts look at the details of several paintings in this booth.
At 2 p.m. Art Talk will have Alexandre Castonguay, artist and professor at L'Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) Ecole des arts visual and mediatique; Shauna McCabe, exective director of the Textile Museumof Canada; and Leah Sandala, professional writer and editor. They will discuss "the challenges faced when displayingconemporary art and the role of the audience".
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