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Hillcrest Village Fibreworks – June 12 – July 17, 2011

Every year (at least for the last four or five years) I look forward to participating in a textile arts show in my community. We started out in a church, and graduated to this offbeat gallery space adjacent to an accounting office at 1080 St. Clair Ave. West. The Side Space Gallery is unusual in that visitors must view the display through the glass walls. You only have one chance to go inside and really see the exhibit, and meet the artists, at the opening reception on Sunday, June 12, from 2 – 6 p.m.  I’d love to see you there!

There are about 10 artists participating this year, and of course we each approach our craft from a unique perspective.

A small portion of "It's a Small World"

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the pieces I will be showing. I’m holding back on my second piece, because I want it to be a surprise!

If you’re an artist or a crafter, I highly recommend a program on PBS (WNED) that I stumbled upon: Craft in America. Each episode profiles several crafters and really gets into their stories. Heaps of inspiration and an endorsement of our role as teachers for the next generation of crafters.

Other sources of local inspiration – one I have seen and one I plan to see! Abstract Expressionist New York, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. I attended the Members Preview at the AGO Friday evening, and although it was awfully crowded, I was particularly moved by the Jackson Pollock pieces on display. His work has always intrigued me, and having the chance to see these original pieces and to ponder his exploration of colour and technique (and his brief life) reminds me why I live in Toronto!

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