Nuit Blanche in Toronto is an all-night art affair. For the first time Acadia Gallery at 680 Queen's Quay is taking part in the event. The gallery is located at the Acadia Co-op, a building whose residents are all artists.
Stephanie Tjelios is one of the driving forces behind Acadia Gallery being part of the annual Toronto art event. It was a long process that began last year in December. Tjelios said tonight at the gallery that they were just a bit too late to be part of the city's funded projects but knew that the gallery should be part of the independent programming.
Thirteen of the local artists have a piece in the gallery and outside with a neon light display. The featured artists are no strangers to the Toronto art scene.
Robert Anderson has been part of the community for 2 decades and works with the National Ballet of Canada.
Maxyne Baker uses art in their day job as an environmental designer.
Sylvia Bosgra is an internationally known designer working mainly in the textile trade.
Reid Dennison, a film editor and light artist, designed the light sculpture "Transit in Colour" for tonight's event.
Louis Kestler creates 'magical realism' with his photography.
Eric Lapelpha's life drawings have been part of numerous exhibitions. He has taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Royal Ontario Musuem.
Carol Matson, a former Concordia art professor, has had her paintings in collections throughout North America.
Nerville Hadfield is a 'jack of all trades' artist with sculpture and paintings. His work with silicone prosthetics has been seen in feature films.
Edie Steiner is a local photographer and film-maker with showings at international film festivals.
Kathy Sorensen has a love of painting that she uses in her career as a visual art, visual design and drama teacher.
Victoria Piersig is an renown photographer and painter. Her work is in private collections throughout North America.
Greg Watson is spending his retirement concentrating on his artistic endeavors. One of his stone sculpture's is in the permanent collection at the University of Western Ontario.
While Tjelios does not have a piece in tonight's collection she is well known for her work as a set and costume designer. For the past 23 years she has been the Resident Builder/Co-coordinator in the Prop Shop of the Canadian Opera Company.
Tonight Tjelios and the other artists greeted visitors to the gallery, many of whom were unaware that it existed.
That is one of the true beauty's of Nuit Blanche, bringing awareness to the small art galleries that go unnoticed. Once they have been featured during the event's programming they become a mainstay for the city's art fans.