Pieces of Me

Work by ARAS assistant Andrea Currie will be on display in Toronto on May 1.

PomonaLIFE is building a community for creators to collaborate on arts projects and exhibits across multiple disciplines, and showcase their personal authentic style and voice as a part of a layered whole. It is a safe, nurturing space to teach, learn and inspire.



Sunday, 1 May 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar


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Art by Andrea Currie. Pieces of Me. Live Music Ft. Brooke Blackburn

A new season and a new show in TORONTO! Once again, I am excited to bring art and community together with another PomonaLIFE event. “Pieces of Me” showcases my newest works and collections, including some past favourites. The afternoon festivities also features live music from Brooke Blackburn of the 2015 Juno nominated jazz band, “Blackburn.”
My art depicts the spiral of how we live and grow in a constant flux of revisiting, revising and renewing ourselves. Like trees, we build on these layers as cycles in our individual growth, making us taller, fuller and wiser.

Andrea’s education includes an Honors English Literature degree from the University of Guelph with emphasis in classical studies and creative writing. She has a Diploma of Education from Newcastle University, Australia. Andrea has travelled the world as both student and teacher, applying her passion for creating, learning and connecting through her artistic expression which she calls PomonaLIFE.

Pomona, a goddess in Roman mythology, nurtured fruit trees, gardens and orchards.  She was meticulous in the craft of cultivation. Creators mirror Pomona’s strengths, layering hours, days and sometimes years fostering their craft.

Portraits in Exile

Pieces by ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic are featured alongside the work of Bernard Gamoy at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont (41 Avenue Saint-Just) in Montreal until April 24.

Bernard Gamoy and Sadko Hadzihasanovic, preferring drawing and figurative painting, have for many years observed the increasingly present impact of globalization on various minority groups, either by money or uniformity of thought.

A native of the former Yugoslavia, Sadko Hadzihasanovic is interested in building the identity of the new generation of the Balkans. He focuses on certain minority groups on the margins of mainstream society, using photos or sketches taken from life in meetings with Gypsies (Young Romi) or young hunters (Hunter & Hunted), unemployed and living on the edge of large cities, resulting in a gallery of portraits full of humor and irony, which open a window to the tumultuous past of these young people left behind.

Hadzihasanovic’s pictorial approach uses a subtlety that asks the viewer to go beyond a first impression of ‘Non Finito’ (aesthetic of the unfinished). A closer reading of the portraits reveals the artistic complexity and depth of sociological thought of the artist.

Sadko Hadzihasanovic has lived and worked in Toronto since 1993. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in Bosnia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, particularly in Serbia, and has received several grants from the Arts Council of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council, including a support grant for the production of his latest series, Hunter & Hunted.

His works are part of collections of various Canadian and foreign museums.

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Postcards at Café Titanic

ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic will be featured by Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Café Titanic in Montreal, beginning April 22:

Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to once again participate in Foire Papier – Papier Art Fair, an art fair for contemporary works on paper. This year’s edition takes place in Hangar 16 at the Port in Old Montréal.

Featured artists include Stephen Andrews, Dennis Day, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, Gary Evans, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Nelson Henricks, General Idea, Zachari Logan, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mélanie Rocan, Gretchen Sankey, Ho Tam, Carol Wainio and Joyce Wieland.

Concurrent with Papier 16 we are opening an exhibition of watercolours and works on wallpaper by Sadko Hadzihasanovic at Cafe Titanic, 445 Saint-Pierre in Old Montréal. A breakfast vernissage will be held on Friday April 22, 10-11:30am. Sadko’s work is also in an exhibition at the Galerie d’art d’Outrement, 41 Saint-Just, Montreal closing Sunday April 24th.

Also on view at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal until August 7, 2016 are paintings by Carol Wainio in the group exhibition “Her Story Today”.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends and associates in Montreal and greeting friends from other parts of Canada attending Papier 16.




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Soft Turns, a collaboration between instructor Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Oleynik, presents an upcoming exhibit at the Modern Fuel Gallery in Kingston, Ontario, from Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Opening Reception: April 30, 2016 at 7 pm).


This exhibition considers curious objects and circumstances that are difficult to comprehend. Google maps locates the Terra Nova islands off the east coast of Antarctica, but since 1989, they have been known not to exist. Ptolemy’s ancient elaborate system of ‘epicycles’—a brilliant design to map out the heavens—falls just short, placing the earth at its center. Displays of handmade botanical models, artifacts of archaic 19th century teaching methods, sit behind warbled glass, interfering further with our ability to comprehend their strange codes of function.

Disproven theories do not necessarily fall into an oblivion of the false—they can surface through revisions, linger as histories of error, stand in for once held truths, or recur simply as amusing, obscure references. Their being may be crossed out, but not completely wiped away; they may reappear unexpectedly like a chunk of text that is copied and cut out of the canon of truth and then filed, ready to be pasted back in another paragraph.

relatively gentle ways of touching follows a series of copy, cut and paste procedures. Models modeled on other models, reflections of reflections, slow processes and intricate movements. Works seem to be in the process of decay or irreversible (perhaps dangerous) change. Yet what should disappear is reconfigured, repeated; this excess of material and content spills over into some shelving, various objects and several videos, as each work resonates with an aspect of another.

Soft Turns is the collaborative effort of Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik.

White Lines: An Animated Documentary

Hanna Jovin is a previous assistant at the School, and was the art director and illustrator on this short documentary. The film is a finalist for TVO’s Short Doc Contest. You can vote here!

Inspired by the animation of Jonas Odell, this raw and confessional
documentary explores the ease with which somebody can slip into
addiction, their desperation when they hit bottom, and the determination
it takes to dig ones self, slowly and grimly, back to real life.

Producer, Director, Animator: Jessie Posthumus
Art Director, Illustrator: Hanna Jovin
Score and Mixing: Adam Duke

Thank you to Travis, for sharing your story.

Niam, one of our students, has created a painting to help Light It Up Blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.

Celebrate the start of Autism Awareness Month at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 2016, at 5 pm. Join them to learn more about Niam and explore his artwork through the  gallery and Light It Up Blue.

Samsung, Autism Speaks, and Niam have partnered to help raise awareness about autism. In addition, Samsung Canada has donated 200 tablets as part of The Look at Me Project, designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. The Samsung tablets were preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families living with autism

The Look at Me app aims to improve an individual’s ability to make eye contact through digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

A multidisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and psychiatrists have dedicated their participation in developing the app’s curriculum. The app is currently under clinical testing to verify its effectiveness through research.

The app keeps children motivated and highly concentrated by using the camera function of digital devices that often appeal to children’s interests. It also features a point system, themed missions, various rewards, and visual or sound effects to keep children engaged. Levels can be customized based on the children’s achievements. Each mission in the app requires interaction between parents and their children to encourage positive relationships and connections.




A Mod, Mod World – Instructor Joseph Romantini’s art featured in House and Home

Artwork by our instructor Joseph Romantini has been featured in the April 2016 edition of Canadian House and Home.

The painting is from his Vento series that we recently featured on our blog.

View more of Joseph’s work on his website. You can pick up your copy of the magazine on newsstands today!

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Honsberger Award Medal Design

IMG_2271Our very own Susie Whaley designed and sculpted a medal for the Toronto Lawyers Association Honsberger Award. Susie’s late husband Bruce Whaley was John D. Honsberger’s nephew.

The Honsberger Award is named in honour of John D. Honsberger, President of the Toronto Lawyers Association in 1967-68 and historian of the association’s first 100 years.  Through his extensive legal scholarship and contributions to the Toronto legal community, Mr. Honsberger exemplifies the three pillars of the TLA: Information, Education and Advocacy.  Among the many honours he has received in over 60 years at the Bar, are the Law Society Medal and the TLA Award of Distinction. In fact, he was the first recipient of both awards.


Instructor Profile: Allison Beula

Allison Beula holds an Honours BAA in film and is a recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award. She furthered her training at The Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts, for whom she currently directs, choreographs, and instructs. Allison is also on faculty with Arts For Children and Youth of Toronto and has led workshops and classes for Mirvish (Lion King), The Toronto and Catholic School Board, and OISE. She has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), Dance Manhattan, and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program. Her recently choreographed video, Jeff Straker’s Hypnotized hit Much More Music’s Top Ten. Allison is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for Artists in Education. Allison’s first musical, The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go!, which she wrote, directed and choreographed, made its debut at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Patron’s Pick and Best of the Fringe. It has received critical and public acclaim and was a part of the January 2012 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

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