It was a wild ride from beginning to end. I left Halifax just before the storm hit the Maritimes with a vengeance, drove through a whiteout in New Brunswick and arrived in a snowy, icy cold Toronto ready to set up for my first experience at the Toronto Artist Project.
What is it they say about the best laid plans...? Seeing my 10' x10' x 10' booth with it's 11 foot high walls, changed all the plans I'd had for the installation of the work. The extra high ceilings and wide corridors do make a difference! With the help of my friends Cory Hill, Berta Amaral and Deanne Bennett, the show was installed and the party dress was donned in time for the opening gala. Let the art show begin!
Over 250 artists set up their booths with stunning artworks: paintings, sculptures, photography and installations. Visitors came to be inspired, to meet the artists and to add to their art collections. Whether it was high school students who came on a school project, other artists who came to be inspired or buyers on a mission to purchase new art, the crowds flowed in and stayed steady throughout the weekend. A record attendance was recorded, despite some wicked winter weather. Nothing keeps Torontonians from enjoying some culture.
For me, the highlights were the conversations I had with so many people who expressed interest in my art, who had questions and comments that touched me deeply. Friends I hadn't seen in years came out to show support and enjoy the show...a few even came from far away! Connecting with so many other talented artists was a great learning experience as well. Three and a half days of standing on concrete floors, talking non-stop, and finding little time to eat or drink was worth it! I'll be returning next year with lots of new artwork.
Exciting news: John A. Libby Fine Art Gallery now represents me in Toronto. I look forward to a long and successful relationship, introducing my work to a wider audience.
And finally...a few pictures from the show.
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