Sasha & Illian

How truly special it is when a beautiful couple share their vows right here at Twist Gallery.

We felt blessed to have had this event take place here. Just imagine all the joy and laughter that was shared! We wish a life time of happiness to the couple, Sasha & Illian.

Check out the amazing photos taken of the wedding by Oleh Bozhyk. Click through the gallery and the sheer amount of happiness captured will surely put a smile on your face.

Artist Profile: Gene Tempelmeyer

They say that smell is one of the most powerful senses, that it will bring up clear memories you haven't thought about in a while. For artist Gene Tempelmeyer, coffee and turpentine bring back the memory of his mother painting.

"My mother was an artist and took her art seriously. However, as a stay-at-home mom in a rural area in the 50's and 60's, she did not have a great deal of opportunity to express that. She gave us lessons as a way to keep us busy while she painted," says Gene, who is showcasing his work at Twist art gallery this September in a show entitled Watercolour and Modern Landscape.

In large part due to his mother's influence, Gene continued painting through high school, teaching himself almost everything he knows. However, he stopped for about 25 years after entering his career.

"[But] In 2003 I was inspired by a wall in Mexico to gather some art supplies and paint again. As soon as one canvas was finished I started another. Gradually people began to ask if they could buy a painting, and I began selling."

Gene's work is strongly influenced by the post-impressionists, as he likes his materials to be evident to the audience - as his mother used to say, "If you want a photograph, buy a camera."

Recently, Gene's landscapes have moved to more colourful interpretations. The pieces going in the show may be of the traditional Ontario landscape but the execution of these scenes is anything but traditional; you will see iconic locations with splatters of colourful paint or vibrate pallets livening up typical picturesque scenes. Gene calls the style "Tom Thompson on acid."

The works will be available for purchase through the show in September in a wide variety of sizes and prices. Come pay these beautiful pieces a visit and possibly take one home so that your home is a little warmer - and much more colourful - in the Ontario winter. 

 

 

INSIDE SCOOP: HOW WE ORGANIZE GROUP SHOWS

Twist Gallery is known for organizing monthly group exhibits. Each month we welcome a new set of artists to decorate our gallery walls with their work! If you have ever wondered how we choose each theme, how we find local artists to showcase, or what exactly goes into planning such an exhibit, here is an inside scoop to how we do it:

1: Monthly Schedule

A lot of planning goes into organizing a group exhibit, so we often start this process months in advance. Twist Gallery does sometimes rent out the space for solo shows and other events, so the first thing we do is choose a month that is yet to be booked and we go from there!

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2: Choosing a Theme

Choosing a theme for the month we are organizing a show for seems like an easy task, but there is a lot of details we need to think about. Firstly, Twist Gallery is also an event venue, meaning we host many weddings, receptions, and business parties. We always try to choose a theme that would be unique and intriguing, but also one that is fairly versatile (we tend to stay away from portraiture, and nudism as that style of art is not everyone’s first choice decor in their wedding photos). Secondly, we have to choose themes that will be somewhat easy to book. If we choose a specific theme that not many artists work with, the chances of filling our gallery walls for that particular month are not as high (sometimes we have to change the theme a few times before thinking of one that works).

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3: Scouting Artists

Once a theme has been chosen, it’s time to look for local Canadian artists that create works of art that would fit the theme (and that can be hung on the wall). Everyone has their own way of searching for artists. Looking for artists online, contacting art schools and various artist collectives, following other organized art shows, and via social media are all great ways we find artists to feature. Sometimes, we will create a post online calling for artists for a specific month, which is also a great way to reach out to our followers who are artists themselves, or who may know someone who they think would be interested in having their work showcased.

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4: Emails, Emails, Emails..

When we find an artist that creates pieces that would fit the theme and is based in the GTA, we give them a shout. We explain our vision for the group exhibit, and see if the opportunity interests them. We email as many artists as we can, and stop searching for artists once all the wall space has been booked!

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5: Autograph Please

To finalize the exhibit, interested artists are required to sign a contract, and pay the fee for their chosen wall size. Artists can choose from purchasing either 10ft of wall space for $150 or 20ft of wall space for $400. Their art is up for the duration of the month, and is available for purchase!

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6: Floor Plan

We plan out where each artists will hang their art prior to them arriving on set up day. We like to find a perfect spot for each artists work to stand out and compliment the works of the other artists!

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7: Set Up Day (Yay!)

Each artist is responsible for hanging up their artwork the way they want it!

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8: Advertising

To generate buzz about the new exhibits we print flyers to give out, and we regularly update our website and all our social media outlets! We also send out reminders and invitations to our subscribed mailing list!

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9: Opening Night

We organize an opening reception to introduce the exhibit to the community! This event is open to the public; people love meeting the faces behind their favourite works of art! We send out invitations to our subscribed mailing list and always encourage everyone to spread the word of this fun night! ...and yes, refreshments are provided!

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Contact: The World’s Largest Photography Festival

    By: Marryiam Niazi

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Some photos are so immensely meaningful, they span an entire city. This month of May, 2018 marks the 22nd annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

   Contact Photo Fest: A Historical Lens

   Just like the photos it features, Contact has unique origins and history. The festival was founded in 1990. It had its first run in the same year. There were three main reasons behind this large venture:

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1. Expanding The Arts Industry

    The original aim of CONTACT was to explore the hidden potential of Toronto’s art community. The festival provided a way for photographers to work in sync, and even collaborate together. They could pitch their portfolios and installations to galleries and business points. If selected, these artists would receive awards and accolades. They could even sell their high-quality work. All in all, the city-wide recognition itself was a compelling value factor provided only by CONTACT.

    The festival aimed to cater to two main types of curations: Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations. In both cases, the artists selected displayed INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, which pricked the social conscious of citizens. The featured works each year continue to be depth focused, and stand apart from others, due to their distinctive take on the subject matter. Through its curatorial form and guidelines, CONTACT encourages healthy competition, development and innovation in Toronto’s creative industry.

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2. Localizing the Global

    The 1990's are widely regarded as the sitcom and dotcom bust years. Contrary to pop culture satire, the 90's marked a dramatic shift towards increased globalization and great economic interdependence between countries. This also meant that Canadians were exposed to the grim realities of life in other countries. Even more so, they were at the heart of the conflict. Being a neighbouring country to the world’s biggest economy was not exactly a smooth sail. Threats of war, terrorism and nuclear war were well underway by 1990. Contact Photo Fest was pinned as the backdrop to showcase the volatile global political climate of the 90's. This trend has continued well into the third decade of the festival. This year, the festival includes poetic video stills commenting on the ongoing conflict over the land of Palestine. Available until June 30th, this collaboration by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme are just as impressionable, on the mind, as the current death toll from the conflict itself.

                 "Incidental Insurgents" Video Still, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

                "Incidental Insurgents" Video Still, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

 

3. Exposure for Fresh Talent

    Lastly, Contact Photography Festival was a move towards equity and equality. It is no secret that Toronto’s art scene is as lucrative as it is competitive. Contact Photo Fest sought out to redress these challenges of represenration. They allowed entries by emerging and established photographers. In doing so, both types of artists got their work displayed alongside each other every year. This gives new comers a chance to seek out mentorship, training, representation and career development opportunities in the future.

 

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CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL is the largest photography festival in the world. TWIST GALLERY is proud to be in partnership with CONTACT to showcase the work of Ann Leese until May 26th.

5 Ways to Have the COOLEST SUMMER WEDDING

“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.”

                                                                                                                   - Anne Hathaway

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By: Marryiam Niazi

Summer is the season of opportunity. A chance to get outdoors. A chance to eat Gelato and ice-cream. Music and Fairs. Food Festivals. Pomegranates and Promenades. On a more sentimental note, it's WEDDING SEASON!!!

Is there a bigger milestone than your own wedding?

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Maybe. However, we can't seem to think of any. Weddings bond couples and families for a lifetime of happiness, bliss and surprises. It's no wonder planning a wedding is so taxing, both financially and emotionally. Having a summer wedding only adds to this heat. No matter which part of your wedding planning journey you're at, TWIST GALLERY is here to support you. We're rooting for your success in marking the beginning of your eternal bliss. Here are 5 tips to start you off.

1. Serve Sparkling Lemonade:

The most vibrant part of summer is the yellow sun. The sweetness and yellow hues of cold lemonade capture this essence. Starting your wedding reception off with lemonade is a great way to cool off your guests. Every time they drink a lemonade, it will always remind them of your wedding. Every time they drink a lemonade, it will always remind them of your wedding. Plus, it's much cheaper than champagne. 

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2. Book a Venue in Advance:

Summer weddings are a big trend, especially in western countries. Summer is a very small window of opportunity for outdoor weddings. However, couples share this space with other event managers. The supply of venues is equally matched, if not surpassed for demand. Weddings have to compete alongside festivals, trade shows and shopping/media fairs for space. It is always a good idea to book your wedding well in advance. This will help ensure you get the setting you desire, minus the headache and last minute add-in costs. At TWIST GALLERY,  our venue starts to book a year in advance for summer wedding receptions. The best time to book a summer wedding is when it's still cold outside. 

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3. Embrace Summer Themes:

The most popular and vibrant summer colours are similar to summer produce. Bright hues of orange, yellow and white. Speaking of white, it really is all about you and the dress. To top off, you can include lavender flowers as centerpieces, green goblets and feminine, sky blue bridesmaid dresses.

4.Throw Lots of Shade:

Summer Weddings are probably the place where throwing shade is acceptable. Make sure to cover your outdoor wedding with tents and cool shelter. Depending on how hot it is, you may want to consider putting up fans or offering extra ice cubes by the buckets. This will be especially necessary if your wedding vows run the length of River Nile. Which is actually a GOOD THING! 

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5. Try Ice Cream Cake:

Like winter, traditional wedding cake are white and layered. However, a summer wedding calls for a summer style cake. Ice Cream Cake are the Holy Grail of summer. You can choose from an assortment of custom-made ones for your wedding. Did someone say BASKIN-ROBBINS? The Ice cream will appeal to everyone's inner kid. You can get away with it too. It's still a cake!! These cakes go well in the spirit of a summer wedding: fresh, creamy and cold. Just the perfect complement to your warm and glowing love. 

 

 

May your wedding bloom like sunflowers.

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The Introspective Nature of Architecture

By: Marryiam Niazi

    April showers bring may flowers. Here at Twist Gallery, they also bring concrete and glass. We kicked this rainy weather off by showcasing our much-awaited installation series, called Cityscapes.

    Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, behind New York and Los Angeles. This city is a diverse hub of people from all walks of earth. The different neighborhoods of Toronto vary by their cultural distinctions, commercial investments and gourmet delights. The link between all areas of Toronto is the strong architecture that connects the city. In an attempt to explore this common thread, Twist Gallery decided to put Toronto’s architecture up for public introspection.

 

  Artwork from The Toronto Sunrise Series Collection by Taku Kumabe

Artwork from The Toronto Sunrise Series Collection by Taku Kumabe

  Marzena Kotapska`s vibrant acrylics of Toronto capture its energy and people

Marzena Kotapska`s vibrant acrylics of Toronto capture its energy and people

 

     The artists featured in Cityscapes are fellow Torontonians. They have a first-person account of what the city feels and looks like. These urban dwellers have channeled the inspiration from architecture into art. This is no easy process. It involves hours of observation, people watching and deep introspection. These steps are just the beginning. The next step in their work involves carving out hours of isolates time slots, gathering materials/resources and making art out of architecture. In doing so, they have managed to provide Twist Gallery patrons with visible nuances and perspectives on the same city.

    Our Cityscapes exhibit includes a mix of art styles. Kotapska’s version of Toronto is colorful and energetic scenes of the city in motion. Meanwhile, Lorie Slater prints her city on metal. Her pictures are a more jagged edged perspective on the fast-paced realities of city life. One of the pieces that seems commonplace, yet very significant is the image of a subway station car (Finch Car). Many people associate architecture only with buildings. However, architecture is not just stationary shelter. In her collection, Slater argues that moving objects ( streetcars, subway trains etc) are equally important and connected to large infrastructure. In fact, one might even refer to them as “Connecting Architecture”.

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King & Bay Streetcar, Lori Slater


 

TWIST GALLERY invites you to come check out your city, from a fresh pair of eyes. Cityscapes runs for the full month of April. We want to hear what you have to say. After all, it is YOUR CITY!

Students in the Spotlight

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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This month, Twist Gallery is pleased to be featuring artwork created by students from the Visual Arts Claude Watson program at Earl Haig; a high school located in North York. The program gives talented students professional training in their field and experiential learning opportunities that help them develop their art and individualism. The school prioritizes their talent as much as their academic careers, shaping their minds and letting them express themselves through dance, drama, film arts, music, and of course, visual arts. 

Works included in the exhibit are created by students from grades nine to twelve, and feature a variety of mediums, such as watercolour, graphite, acrylic and photography. The students were actively involved in aspects of exhibit curation and the set up process.

The exceptional work and attention to detail is truly inspiring. It is no wonder that the exhibit has received great feedback from the public so far. 

Encouraging individualism, creativity, and self expression at a young age, allows youth to develop their talents and reach their true potential. Gaining exposure and gallery presence as an emerging artist is exciting and beneficial. Such opportunities allow the students to gain experience and exposure, which can lead to great successes in the future. 

Come visit Twist Gallery to see the refreshing perspectives of Toronto youth. The exhibit is up for the entire month of March! 

Artist Project 2018

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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Thinking of things to do this weekend? Consider checking out the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair taking place at the Better Living Centre (Exhibition Place, Toronto). Here for a short time only, from February 22th to 25th, the Artist Project is hosted in Toronto for the 11th consecutive year, and has yet to disappoint. The art fair features various works from over 250 local and international artists and appeals to artists and art lovers alike. 

Guests have the opportunity of chatting with the artists and purchasing art directly from them! Find out exactly what inspires your favourite artists! 

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Aside from a guaranteed good time, there are various exciting events and installations that take place during the fair. There is an Art Battle held on Friday February 23, featuring 16 selected artists competing in a 20 minute live painting competition. The audience plays an interactive role in the event and has the opportunity to vote for the best painting! 

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OCAD University, one of Canada’s largest art and design universities, partners with the Artist Project to put on a presentation called ‘Under Construction’ by James Knott. This presentation runs throughout the weekend, and explores reality, its notions and challenges, through a queer perspective. Showtimes are listed on the Artist Project website. 

The UnTapped Emerging Artists Competition, presented by DeSerres, features 20 selected emerging artists. Chosen out of hundred of applicants, these artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space at a professional level art fair, free of charge. This allows them to gain exposure and network with other artists. This competition is dedicated to supporting the development of students and emerging artists and to bridge the gap between professional and emerging artists.

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You may even run into some of Twist Gallery’s very own at the fair. Artists such as Michelle Vella, Carolina Vargas, Lori Mirabelli and Zoey Zoric, have showcased their work at Twist Gallery in the past, and will be featured at the Artist Project. You can even get a sneak peak of the upcoming April exhibit at Twist, by admiring Lorie Slater’s work at the fair. 

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If you are from out of town - Artist Project has got you covered. Located in downtown Toronto, the fair is accessible by TTC, Go Train, and is surrounded by public parking for those who decide to drive. Artist Project has also partnered with the Gladstone Hotel to offer those who choose to stay the night 20% off their stay. All direction and promotional details can be found on their website; www.theartistproject.com.  

 

Twist Gallery: The Wedding Venue You’ve Been Looking For

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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Picture yourself on your wedding day, surrounded by loved ones, good food, even better music, and.. art! Twist Gallery, a charming, loft-style art gallery located in the heart of downtown Toronto, is the ideal venue for your wedding and/or wedding reception. Our staff are here to help you make your special day, and all the planning leading up to it, seem effortless.

This elegant venue can accommodate both your wedding and the reception, without any additional setup required. Whether you would like a buffet or seated meal reception, Twist Gallery staff will take care of all the set up and clean up necessary to make the evening run smoothly.

We partner with local vendors to create the wedding you have been imagining. We will help you take care of details such as finding the perfect DJ to curate the soundtrack of your night, to choosing a florist that will put together flawless floral ensembles to decorate the space.

In hopes of helping you check those details off of your wedding checklist, here are some of our favourite vendors:

 

Wedding Officiant

Sarah Bunnet Gibson

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Catering

Gusto Catering

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Photography

 

Fusion River Photography

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Leonardo Films Photography

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Niv Shimson

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Christine Lim

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Music

DJ Danny Floh Back

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Florists

Scarlets Table

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June Bloom Events

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Flora & Forage

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Petals & Stems

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Coriander Girl

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DeLight Floral Design

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Anthi

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Together with your chosen vendors, we guarantee that your special day will be no less than perfect.

For more information on renting our venue, click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab or contact us at 416-588-2222.

 

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The Step by Step Guide to Taking Part in a Group Show Exhibit at Twist Gallery

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Step One: Contact Us!

If you are interested in showcasing your work at Twist Gallery, send us an email or stop by to show us your work! There are twelve months in a year, meaning twelve new and unique exhibits hosted at the gallery and twelve months of opportunity. We love showcasing all local artists, no matter if you are well established, emerging, or a student!

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Step Two: Be Picky

Once we determine that your artwork is a perfect fit for an upcoming exhibit, we ask that you show us samples of your work that you would like to feature. This helps us visualize the show and select wall space in the gallery which would best compliment your work.

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Step Three: Wall Space

Depending on how many pieces of your collection you would like to showcase, and how you envision them to be hung up during the show, let us know how much wall space you would like to purchase for the month.

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Step Four: Getting Down to Business

Now that we know what pieces you are interested in showcasing at Twist, and how much wall space you would like, we send you a contract illustrating all the details of the show! Signing it and sending the payment confirms your interest and secures your spot in the exhibition.

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Step Five: Let Us Get to Know You

It’s time to start putting together advertisements. We ask that you send us samples of your work, and any information about yourself that you would like to include in the flyers. We'll take it from here. Our subscribed mailing list will receive exhibition alerts and reminders as the time approaches as well as an invitation to the opening reception when the time comes. All of Twist Gallery’s social media outlets will be updated with information about you, and the exhibit in the upcoming weeks and during the month of the exhibit!

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Step Six: Time to Celebrate!!

The month of the exhibit has finally arrived. Once you hung up your artwork on the wall and took a selfie with it for your own Instagram, all that is left to do is attend the opening reception, meet the other artists taking part in the show, and the people who came to admire you and your art!

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Toronto: Art is who we are

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

The City of Toronto has a diverse identity, thriving in arts and culture. Toronto is home to 66% more artists than any other Canadian city. This is directly reflected in the numerous galleries, local eateries, museums and startups that make the city so interesting; the opportunities to create and experience art are everywhere! Toronto hosts 80 film festivals, is home to 10 city owned museums, 200 professional internationally known performing arts organizations, and hosts numerous annual events that support art culture, such as Nuit Blanche, Doors Open Toronto and Cavalcade of Lights. Such attractions and events contribute to the city’s sense of involvement and community. Toronto celebrates local talent and often showcases it throughout the city; there are more than 200 city owned public art works and historical monuments located throughout the city contributing to the generally urban landscape. There are often new installations appearing in new spots throughout the city, such as the annual Waterfront BIA exhibitions of lakefront art (up until February 25, 2018); encouraging city dwellers to pause hibernating during this cold season and explore.

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The plethora of cultural hubs and attractions in downtown Toronto make it easy for seemingly anyone to find something they are interested in experiencing or pursuing. Annually, Toronto’s cultural economy contributes approximately $11.3 billion to the city’s GDP, which is more than the energy, agriculture, mining, and forestry industries contribute combined!

Most attractions such as museums, galleries, and artistically driven neighbourhoods are located in and around the downtown core, such as the West Queen West BIA (coincidently where Twist Gallery is located) making it a desirable area for many tourists and Torontonians to visit. These areas are also home to some of the city’s most recognizable, and photogenic works of graffiti and street art created by local artists such as Ben Johnston, Kellen Hatanaka, and Arturo Parada (also known as DUROTHETHIRD).  Each of their works can be seen along Queen Street West, extending the charm of Queen Street’s infamous Graffiti Alley to other areas of downtown. Their work brightens up our city by adding colour and artistic flare while keeping it from becoming a boring concrete jungle. No wonder Queen Street West was noted as one of the hip-est streets on the globe in 2014 by Vogue Magazine!

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Being part of the city, we at Twist Gallery, love to support the community and local artists. Our April group exhibit will do just that: support local artists and showcase Toronto cityscapes through their unique perspectives.

 

Meet the Artists Behind This Month’s Exhibit

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

This month, Twist Gallery is hosting an encaustic art exhibit. For those less familiar with the term, encaustic paintings are created by layering pigmented hot wax onto various mediums and manipulated to illustrate the artists’ vision. This unique technique results in beautiful textured artworks.

Each artist featured in this month’s exhibit creates encaustic work that is mesmerizing and unique.

Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton is a Canadian photographer and artist; she combines both passions to create her pieces. Photographs are often the main element in her works, while using beeswax and other materials to enhance the image and how it is perceived.

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Dania Al-Obaidi

Dania Al- Obaidi is a local artist, living and teaching art in Toronto. Throughout the years, her love for abstract painting has developed into a passion for encaustic art. She believes that art should come from within a person, and is a reflection of their lifetime, skills and experiences.

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Anastessia Bettas

Anastessia’s encaustic abstract pieces connect the urban developing world with the world of art. She uses grid to portray urban sprawl, loss of open space and imaginary territories. Her work can be admired in various commercial and public galleries throughout Canada and the USA.

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Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher combines her interests in printmaking and photography with encaustic techniques to create beautiful art pieces. Susan shares her talents and expertise through private workshops, and is part of various solo and group shows throughout Canada and the USA.

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Claudia Mandler McKnight

Claudia  Mandler McKnight uses encaustic painting to express landscape and its reflective presence of place. Her work and its imagery is often inspired by the physical painting surface, its imperfections, and the overall process of creating the work. She is a visual arts teacher and maintains a private practise as an art therapist.

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Maggie Doswell

Maggie creates work that combines geometric shape and pixilation using wax and ink compositions, describing the transition from reality to abstraction, inviting the viewer to look more closely at the compositions and its meanings. She believes that visual art is a connection of material and artist through a process.

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Joya Paul

Joya Paul is a mixed media visual artist, often including a combination of collage, photography, found objects, drawings, pastel and oil paint in her work. She opened up Second Door Studio in 2015 and continues to work on her art and exhibiting, while also teaching workshops. She hopes to inspire others to discover art as an outlet to express emotions.

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Ann Sheir

Ann Sheir’s background in fine art, pottery and graphic design influences her work as an encaustic artist. Ann’s work can also be admires at her gallery/studio in the Distillery District and at Second Door Studio; she teaches workshops at both locations.

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Carolanne MacLean

Carolanne is a local Toronto artist. She creates work that is figurative and abstract, seeking to illustrate the absolute point of beauty through colour, form and texture.

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Kato Wake

Kato is a graphic designer and painting instructor in Prince Edward County. Kato believes that the creative process of painting is playful dialogue in which the conversation between the canvas, materials and the artist. It is a symbolic and physical experience in which colour plays a significant underlying role. Once the dialogue stops, the painting is finished.

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Ian Varney

Ian Varney is a local artist, using bright colours and linear motions to create encaustic works of natural scenery. Ian’s goal is to integrate unrelated images to create new places that are not found in reality.

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Support Toronto’s Art Scene- It’s the cool thing to do

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Local art galleries, like Twist Gallery, are a significant part of Toronto’s art and design culture. Such institutions support local artists’ passions and assist them by providing additional exposure and opportunities. Toronto is developing as a city, and there are more and more local art galleries and ‘artsy’ spaces in Toronto. Local art galleries continue to open up in various neighbourhoods, graffiti is adding colour to the city, coffee shops and restaurants feature local artists’ paintings on their walls, and craft shows are hosted almost every weekend! Supporting the artistic and cultural sprawl is becoming the norm of the city, and it creates a new sense of community and cultural development. This artistic switch changes the way we as a society interact with one another, and with the city. 

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Museums and galleries are a communication medium, projecting knowledge and different perspectives upon visitors through artwork and installations. The larger institutions, funded by the government, are infamous for their well known art pieces and exhibits. Although supported by many, these galleries do not allow exposure on a local scale. Unfortunately, sometimes larger institutions may also have an unapproachable look or reputation, discouraging some individuals or groups to explore the space. Although such places are a great way to spend an afternoon, they are often filled with regular membership visitors and class field trips. 

Twist Gallery’s role is the community is to bring all local artists and community members together in a completely welcoming, relaxed, social environment. This type of social setting allows anyone and everyone to simply walk in and admire art! Showcasing only local and Canadian artists, of all levels, the gallery blurs the lines between emerging and established artists. An opening reception is organized at the beginning of each month to start off each new show, this type of event allows visitors to mingle with one another and meet the artists behind the works featured that month! Twist Gallery often encourages art students to feature their projects in group exhibits and share their talents, and works closely with various art collectives, always searching for new talent to expose to the constantly changing Toronto art scene. 

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In addition to showcasing local art to the public throughout the week, Twist Gallery prides itself in organizing various community engaging events, such as the annual Holiday Market, and existing as a charming event venue, perfect for wedding receptions or corporate events! Events such as these further provide the featured artists with additional exposure to professionals and various community members. 

Toronto’s Art and Design District would not exist without the many local art galleries and shops supported by the community. As Toronto develops further, as a city and cultural hub, we encourage everyone to continue to explore these spaces and support our local artists. 

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Your Happily Ever After Starts at Twist

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Soooo you said YES!!! Now it’s time to find the perfect dress, the perfect cake, and of course, the perfect venue. There are so many details to think of when planning your dream wedding, but Twist Gallery is here to take one of those details off of your hands - the perfect venue. 

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Twist Gallery is an art gallery and event space located in the heart of Toronto’s infamous Queen West. The 5,000 square foot New York- style loft is truly the perfect venue to say “I do” in. This cozy space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a standing reception or 140 seated guests. It’s loft inspired, rustic aesthetic looks beautiful decorated with floral arrangements and lights. You and your guests can dance until dawn by the French Arch windows overlooking the city streets, or catch up with loved ones while admiring art made by local artists!  

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Specializing in wedding receptions and a variety of social events, our gallery is known for its incredible space and personalized care. Each detail will be attended to, and your special day will be as unique as you are. 

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Why Everyone Should Support Local Artists

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

It’s no secret that purchasing a piece of artwork for your business or home will improve the aesthetic of the area. It is where and from whom you purchase the work of art that makes all the difference though. Supporting local artists by visiting local art galleries or purchasing their work creates a relationship between culture and community. One’s form of expression can be another’s inspiration.

Visiting local art galleries and art shows to admire local art empowers the artists’s freedom of expression, while potentially allowing the visitor to gain a new perspective or to be inspired. You don't have to be an artist to like art. Plus, the artworks displayed in shows are often available to be purchased!

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Purchasing art from a local artist, is not only supportive to the local artists community, but leaves you with a unique work of art! Buying pieces of art or prints from larger corporate stores means that you and thousands of other people have the same piece. So if you're thinking of purchasing a new work of art, shop locally and support your local artist community.

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Twist Gallery prides itself in supporting local artists and always looking for new talent to feature their art in a group show. Each month there is a new exhibit organized, always featuring local Canadian artists!!

Pop Art: What they got away with

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

There is a lot of discussion regarding who originally said the quote ‘Art is anything you can get away with’. Both Andy Warhol, a famous American artist, and Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian media influencer have said the above quote.  Both men shared a passion for the influences of art and media. The message is widely interpreted, however can be reflected in all forms of art, specifically in pop art. 

Art is a form of expression reflecting aspects of current societal influences. It gives us the opportunity to look into the past, as well as observe the present through a different lens. Pop Art is a post WWII art movement, that was largely media influenced and inspired by popular culture (hence the name, pop art). 

This art style is inspired by comic books, popular culture and mass media. A lot of pieces are images with a twist on advertisements and consumerism. The post WWII media boom is reflected in many artists pieces, as they mimic images, norms and ads of that era. For example Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962, combined consumerism and commercialism of the time through the use of image arts. This differentiated pop artists from other artists; they presented seemingly regular objects and images in a unique style.

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Andy Warhol also created prints of actress Marilyn Monroe, one of the most popular figures of the era. These prints are recreated and mass produced to this day.

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In the month of November, Twist Gallery invites you to see Toronto’s local pop artists and admire their representation of popular culture through art. Come see what these local artists got away with. 

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The Holiday Market: The Most Wonderful time of the Year

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

 

What: Twist Gallery’s Annual Holiday Market

Where: 1100 Queen St W

When: November 25, 2017 from 1-9pm

Who: Everyone!! This event is FREE to the public!

 

The weather is getting colder, meaning the holiday season is fast approaching! Tis’ the season for various gatherings and festive activities. We all know that there are more than twelve days of Christmas, and they start on November 25, 2017 at the Holiday Market hosted by Twist Gallery!

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Come see Twist Gallery transform into a Holiday Market; the perfect setting to welcome the holiday season and to enjoy with your family and friends! The artistically decorated gallery will be free to the public from 1-9 pm. The market will have interactive entertainment, such as a DIY Christmas tree (which guests will help decorate) and a holiday photoshoot (where you can make your own props), which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit! It’s a great place to find unique stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones from our local vendors. Sip on hot chocolate and shop while enjoying live entertainment.

The holidays are also a time for giving, so we will be accepting food and toy donations for the local food bank!

The Queen Street West Holiday Market is definitely a place to visit, so save the date and help spread the holiday spirit!

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/theholidaymrkt/.

Day @ Queen West

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Queen Street West is packed with various shops, restaurant and attractions that’ll make your day trip to Twist Gallery THAT much more fun! Aside from checking out the monthly exhibits Twist has featuring local artists, you can explore everything Toronto’s Art and Design District has to offer.

Cafe NEON

1024 Queen St W

www.cafeneon.ca

To start your day off right, visit Cafe NEON for some great drip coffee and brunch!

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@cafe_neon

El Almacen

1078 Queen St W

If you enjoy the aesthetic of a rustic cafe, stop by El Almacen for some Mexican style brunch; they're known for serving authentic yerba mate and empanadas.  

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@jessemilns


Sweet Olenkas

1056 Queen St W

www.sweetolenkas.ca

Sweet tooth? No problem. Sweet Olenkas is just a few doors down from Twist Gallery and will, without a doubt, satisfy any craving. This family run business makes their own ice cream and has desserts that are both gluten free AND vegan! All treats are beautifully detailed and designed. Need I say more?  

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@sweetolenkas

Dynasty

1086 Queen St W

www.dynastytoronto.com

It’s always a good idea to surround yourself with greenery. While in the area, check out Dynasty, a Toronto based boutique, which carries various tropical botanicals and vintage planters! This shop is just as aesthetically pleasing as their Instagram page. You’ll likely leave with a plant.. or two!  

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@dynastytoronto

Peace Collective

131 Ossington Ave

www.peace-collective.com

Stop by the Peace Collective flagship store, located just north of Queen and Ossington and purchase their infamous ‘Toronto vs Everybody’ apparel. They partner with local charities; for every piece they sell, $2 is donated to a good cause. If that isn't enough- they even have an assortment of Peace Treats, such as gourmet milkshakes!

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@peacecollective

The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen St W

www.thedrakehotel.ca

If you are interested in food, Toronto merchandise, the arts, or events- this boutique hotel is definitely a place to visit. It is even a venue for local artists to perform and display their work! What’s not to love?

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@thedrakehotel

‘You've Changed’ Mural

This mural created by Jesse Harris is a common spot for a classic Toronto photo-op, located right at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt. It pays tribute to the ever changing city, and the neighbourhoods' recent gentrification, as well as sending a positive message to the patients at CAMH just next door.

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Art: How it Benefits Everyone

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Art is good for you! Yes, you read that right. The process of creating or experiencing art, whether it be a painting, music, writing, you name it, has positive benefits on one’s psychological well being! Engaging in a creative activity will result in ample health benefits.

Distraction From Everyday Life

Art is a great way to get distracted from that crazy daily routine. We are all constantly bombarded with information and notifications. Taking a moment (or two) to slow down and create something is a great way to unwind and get distracted from all those responsibilities and tasks you've been thinking about all day.

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Stress Relief

Its no secret as to why art and creativity are used as a form of therapy. Research has shown that the right kind of art can affect a hospital patients’ well being by stimulating their brain, taking their mind off their worries and decreasing their stress levels! Art is a form of meditation, and is used to nonverbally express emotions. So yes, go buy yourself that adult colouring book you were eyeing!

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Sense of Accomplishment

Creating something, anything, will trigger an individual’s sense of accomplishment. Feeling accomplished, could result in an increase in self esteem and happiness. Be proud of what you create!

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Problem Solving

By creating art, you challenge your imagination and ability to continue working on a project, making mistakes and facing potential obstacles. This can promote personal growth and problem solving skills which can be reflected in various situations in your life.

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Critical Thinking

Creating and experiencing art can help develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in all areas of one’s life. A recent study at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas found that students that were taken to the museum improved their ability to think critically! Other benefits of visiting the museum included historical empathy and a sparked interest in art museums.

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There is evidently a relationship between creativity, individual development and healing. So create something beautiful or visit a gallery… Art is for everyone!

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