Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SUMMER SHOWCASE: Art Sale & Fundraiser

SUMMER SHOWCASE: Art Sale & Fundraiser

Monday, August 22, noon – 6 pm
Tuesday, August 23, 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, August 24, 10 – 5 pm.


Maya Foltyn, OSA
Tony Batten, CSPWC
Karolina Varin, OSA
Marc L. Ganon, CSPWC
Sam Paonessa, OSA
Mary Ellen Farrow
Lucie Simons, OSA
Robert Montgomery, OSA
Carol Westcott, OSA, CSPWC
Alejandro Rabazo, OSA, CSPWC
Mo Jamal, OSA

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Making Sense / Making $.cents

Making Sense

From June 28 - July 22 the gallery presents Making Sense, an exhibition showcasing works by a selection of leading contemporary Canadian artists and craftspeople: Kai Chan, Chari Cohen, Brad Copping, Magdolene Dykstra, Marc Egan, Ryan Legassicke, Susan Low-Beer, Susan Rankin, Lois Schklar, Judith Tinkl. The artists in this exhibition are deeply engaged with materials and "making". Their materials are more than just the medium behind the work. They are central to the pleasures each artist derives from the making and in the viewers enjoyment and reading of the work. These artists works excite and explore the senses, the carnal and fleshly ones and those that stimulate consciousness and awareness.

Come out to our Strawberry Social, Making $.cents, on Thursday, July 14, 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of an opening reception for our current exhibition, “Making Sense”, the gallery is hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, July 14, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event, “Making $.cents”, is a summer social for friends of the Aird. Please come out, enjoy the exhibit and support the gallery. All funds raised will directly support our exhibition programme.

Monday, May 30, 2011


OCAD University's Material Art & Design Graduating Class

The John B. Aird Gallery presents HAND WORK from May 31 - June 24. This exhibition introduces the work of the 2011 graduating class of OCAD University's Material Art and Design program. The Material Art & Design program offers areas of concentration in Jewellery/Metalsmithing and Fibre. The curriculum allows students to work from either an art or design perspective, and is structured to provide an opportunity for students to achieve their creative potential through the development of concept, visual language, technical skill and personal expression. An opening reception will take place on Friday, June 3 from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Photo-OP 2011

Photo-OP, May 3 - 27, 2011

PHOTO-OP showcases excellence in photographic art practice. This 3rd annual juried photography exhibition runs from May 3 to 27 at the John B. Aird Gallery and features 37 original artworks by emerging and professional photographers. Jurors Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Simon Glass, a Toronto-based photographer and Associate Dean, Faculty of Art at OCAD University viewed 263 images from 125 artists. From these they selected works for the exhibition and awarded prizes to Chloe Norman (1st Prize), Laurie Kang (2nd Prize), Neil Fenton (3rd Prize), Walter Segers (Currys Artist Materials Prize), and Anna Soper (Currys Artists Materials Prize).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PHOTO-OP 2011 Call for ENTRY

The Gallery is now accepting entries for PHOTO-OP 2011. Entry forms for this annual juried photography exhibition can be downloaded from our website (under 'Open Calls') or by emailing and requesting a form.

The jurors for this years exhibition are Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Simon Glass, Toronto-based photographer and Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, OCAD University.

The deadline for the receipt of entries is Thursday, April 21, 2011.


Ontario Society of Artists' 138th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

The John B. Aird Gallery is pleased to present the Ontario Society of Artists' 138th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Memory. Memory... the power of the mind to remember things, the capacity of substance to return to a previous state or condition after having been altered or deformed, something remembered from the past: a recollection.

The exhibition is on view from April 5 - April 29, 2011. An opening reception will take place on April 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Friday, March 11, 2011

CALL for Exhibition Proposals

The John B. Aird Gallery is seeking exhibition proposals from visual artists (individuals, groups of two or more artists, artists' collectives), curators, and art associations.

Proposals should include the following:

a) Visual documentation, in digital format, either of artworks to be exhibited or works that are representative of those to be exhibited. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of work, media, and date of production.

b) Artists' biographies including exhibition history, background, education/training.

c) A statement of exhibition purpose describing why you are proposing this exhibition, why you think the John B. Aird Gallery is an appropriate venue for it, what milestones you hope to achieve through this exhibition.

d) Statements from participating artists outlining their artistic vision, and/or a curatorial statement that notes why a particular exhibition of artwork(s) is noteworthy, who the audience will be, what the goals are in presenting the work.

e) A description of what will be presented, including the number of works (no more than 40), and making note of any special installation requirements, equipment or display materials.

f) Statement specifying the preferred month for the exhibition, giving first, second and third choices.

g) Statement of preliminary plans for publicity, opening reception, exhibition signage and promotion.

h) Covering letter stating willingness to work with the Gallery Director in the realization of these plans, and recognizing his/her right to approve printed materials and installation plans. The letter should also indicate awareness of the rental fee and of the guidelines and rules for the use of the Gallery.


The John B. Aird Gallery charges exhibitors $2,000 for a four week exhibition. This fee helps us off-set the cost of hosting the exhibition in our 2,400 sq. ft. space. It also goes towards the production and distribution of electronic invitations (e-vites and pdfs); and the marketing of the exhibition on the gallery's website and via social media. Over and above these expenses the gallery further subsidizes every exhibition by covering the cost of the exhibition installation, lighting, signage, insurance up to a maximum of $85,000, and electronic surveilance of the gallery by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Propsals can be submitted in writing to:

John B. Aird Gallery

c/o Dale Barrett, Director

900 Bay Street

Toronto, ON

M7A 1C2

For further information, please contact the Director, Dale Barrett, at

Friday, February 11, 2011

Drawing 2011

DRAWING 2011 presents 36 original works by emerging and established artists that demonstrate the skill and creativity of the discipline at its best. This year, 115 artists from across Canada submitted more than 200 works in a variety of styles, media and techniques for consideration. From these, two jurors (Sadko Hadzihasanovic and Dale Barrett) selected the 36 works in the exhibition and awarded the following prizes.

The jurors awarded First Prize to Olexander Wlasenko of Oshawa, Ont. for a 5’ x 12’ charcoal drawing entitled The Waiting. The second prize went to Midori Fullerton of Tottenham, Ont. for a large format graphite, watercolour and india ink drawing entitled Moth. The jurors awarded two third prizes. One to Hanna Hur of Toronto, Ont. for a pair of colour pencil drawings entitled, Home Run Who Cares and Slam Dunk So What. The other to Scott Waters of Toronto, Ont. for an oil, pencil, and gesso drawing entitled The Glory Days. Honorable mentions were also awarded. Amanda Burke of North Bay, Ont. received the Japanese Paper Place award for a pair of charcoal on paper drawings, Dual (Cecrops) and Dual (Dooley and Healey). Saba Moghtader of Toronto, Ont. received the Curry’s Art Store award for her videoFriedrich–Google”.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Ernestine Tahedl: PASSAGES, Works Inspired by my Travels is on view from January 11 to February 4, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 13, 6-8 pm.

Ernestine Tahedl is an internationally known artist and longtime resident of King City, Ontario. This latest large-size series of acrylic paintings by the artist is co-presented with TRIAS GALLERY, Toronto. The artist states, “I explore and try to find the balance between the realistic image and pictorial values in my paintings. The concept of multiple canvases and panels has always fascinated me. It leads me towards the medieval concept of religious paintings and their spirituality. Spirituality and serenity are integral to my work. Colour and light are additional factors that guide me. Colour to me is light.”