Plant a Pollinator Corridor

This year, the focus of the Homegrown National Park is on planting pollinator corridors within the city to encourage the return of monarch butterflies and other critical pollinators.

My photo of the kids holding a newly hatched monarch butterfly is included in the campaign. The photo is featured on various sites online, on the big screen, and on postcards:

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/03/citizen-scientists-can-help-monarch-butterflies/

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The Artist Project

Some exciting new pieces that I’ve worked on with Sprout Guerrilla and Jennifer Illet will be on display at the Artist Project, Contemporary Art Fair this weekend.

www.theartistproject.com

Feb 20-23

Better Living Centre

Exhibition Place

 

Living green moss on felt, with more to come!

 

 

 

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Palmerston Square Art Lives on….

It appears that some lovely neighbours have expanded the fence art in Palmerston Square!   That’s the spirit!

Hopefully, others will feel inclined and invited to join in….

 

Colourful bubbles in wintertime

Colourful bubbles in wintertime

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Palmerston Square – Tubular Fun Project

After much preparatory painting, stenciling, and knitting, neighbours came out on Saturday September 28 to install some interactive art in their Square.

 

The Tubular Fun Project recreates the fridge magnet poetry concept on a larger scale:  for interactive play on large fences.   Words can be moved around to create phrases, sentences, and poems.  The concept originated with Annex-based artist – Ksenija Spasic – and was sponsored in Seaton Village, as part of the Homegrown National Park Palmerston Square Project, by Yu Li.  We installed knit and textile pieces, and did shadow painting along the lines cast by knit pieces.

 

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Homegrown National Park Project – on our Street!

Today we became a satellite park of the David Suzuki Homegrown National Park!   With the new sign installed, and the knit-bombed bench in place, we were ready to dream big green dreams about turning our street into a fabulous extension of our neighbourhood park.

 

www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/wildlife-habitat/projects/the-homegrown-national-park/help-us-create-a-homegrown-national-park/

 

Within minutes, the bench became an epicenter of activity.  Kids love the knitbombing and the bench anchored activity.  Suddenly, we have more lingering visitors and hopscotch on our sidewalk.

 

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‘Cool Aid’ Group Show at the Hangman Art Gallery

Come to Leslieville and check out the new ‘Cool Aid’ group show at the Hangman Art Gallery. I have some new pieces in the show which opens this Thurs Aug 8, 7-9pm. The show runs August 6-25.

Hangman Art Gallery | 756 Queen Street East | Gallery Hrs. 12 – 5 PM Tues. – Sun.

“Cool Aid”. “For this summer, it’s about cool aid. At Hangman Art Gallery this Artists’ Network members summer group exhibition will ease the viewer from the heat and humidity. The splashes of colour and styles of the art can only provide joy and relief so come by and take a visual sip from the art works and refresh your self this summer.”

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44N 79W Opening Night

Opening night for our 44N 79W CONTACT Photography show was wonderful.    We packed the Communication Art Gallery and had a lovely evening capped with dinner and drinks at our local favorite, the Boulevard Café.

 

Earlier in the week, we enjoyed good media coverage for the show, starting off with mention in a Canadian Art article on the CONTACT festival:

 

… there is a show called 44° N 79° W” at the Communication Art Gallery at 209 Harbord Street. For anyone who commutes west along Harbord, the gallery is well known for an ample window space that opens up its shows to be seen by traffic stopped by a red light at Bathurst. The title represents rounded-off latitude and longitude coordinates for the city of Toronto, and the images are likewise focused on documentary landscape. For photographers Natasha Milijasevic,
 Mario Voltolina and Patty Zuver, home is where the heart is, and while Milijasevic and Zuver are represented by lyrical, soft-focus images, Voltolina delivers a gem of nighttime residential Toronto in the clutches of winter. His Untitled (2012) is an image where the streets are justly abandoned. A snowy intersection is lit by a harsh overhead streetlamp and there seems to be a correspondence between the crispness of the light and what must have been the below-zero temperatures that froze the outlines of a few car tracks on the road. It is a photo of Toronto at its worst, but also at its most intimate. Silence reigns, activity has retreated to the inner-lit upstairs rooms visible in the modest houses. For months of the year, this is the city at night.

http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2013/04/30/contact-2013-the-feast-and-the-pecking-order/

 

The next day, we were noted in a Toronto Life article: “Contact Photography Festival Guide: 10 must-see exhibits at the world’s largest photography festival”:

 

44° N 79° W
Natasha Milijasevic, Mario Voltolina, and Patty Zuver
Communication Art Gallery, 209 Harbord Street
From landscapes to documentary photos to abstract images, the trio’s art reflects a profound attention to detail stemming more from loving curiosity than an impulse to record or document. Their work has been aptly characterized as “visual love poems to Toronto.”

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/toronto-culture/2013/05/01/contact-photography-festival-guide/#comments

 

And ended the week noted in NOW magazine’s “Must see CONTACT shows”:

 

http://www.nowtoronto.com/art/story.cfm?content=192394

 

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44°N 79°W

Coming Soon! 

44°N 79°W

CONTACT Photography 2013

 
Natasha Milijasevic, Patty Zuver and Mario Voltolina

 
Communication Art Gallery

209 Harbord Street, Toronto

www.communicationgallery.net
 
Thursday 9 May to Wednesday 23 May, 2013

Opening Night Reception: Thursday 9 May, 7-10pm

Scotiabank Contact Photography 

 

 

 

 

Beauty forces pause; leading us to take in that which we pass when bustling through task-driven life.  Natasha Milijasevic, Patty Zuver, and Mario Voltolina present their visual love poems to Toronto.  Their digital and film photography searches for city-layer mysteries — the hidden, the sidelined, the memories — that create the intricacies of cosmopolitan life.  From landscapes and documentary images, to the abstract, 44°N  79°W is Toronto.
 
Natasha Milijasevic presents resin-cast landscape and abstract images from the wilds of Toronto:  Leslie Spit, Rouge Valley, and the many City ravines.  

Patty Zuver presents dreamy images of the Toronto shoreline that are part memory, part landscape;  captured through pin-hole photography.
 
Mario Voltolina presents documentary urban images that evoke movement.

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