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The Brain Project


The Brain Project is a large-scale, outdoor exhibit that brings brain health, art and imagination to the streets of Toronto.

As The Brain Project returns for its third year, a variety of artists from around the world will transform blank brain sculptures into beautiful, energetic and thought-provoking pieces of art. These sculptures, sponsored by corporations and philanthropists, and placed on display in more than 15 locations around the Greater Toronto Area. Funds raised are in support of the Baycrest Foundation. Sandra will be one of 50 artists who have created a brain artwork. Brain artworks, artists and exhibiting locations will be announced soon.

For more info and social media links visit brainproject.ca.

ARAS instructor Sandra Tarantino will be featured.

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Now You See Me (Maybe)

Join Offsite this Thursday May 24th for Now You See Me [Maybe].


This exhibition brings together five artists, including ARAS instructor Stella Cade, walking the line between private life and public expression. Surrounding themes of identity, representation, and internal/external worlds, they are all drawing on personal experience and questioning how much to reveal and how much to conceal in their work. As unrepresented artists that are speaking from queer, trans, and feminist perspectives, questions are also raised about visibility and vulnerability in the arts and in society.

Opening Reception
6 – 9 PM May 24, 2018

On View
May 24 – July 2, 2018

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Salone di Cultura Presents “Beyond Bella”

Beyond Bella

Artistic Director Daniela Nardi tackles the myths surrounding Italian-Canadian women with Beyond Bella, the seventh edition of the bold and engaging Salone di Cultura. Coinciding with Italian Heritage Month, the June 8, 2018 Salone celebrates Italian-Canadian women artists and creators. For the first time, the Salone takes place at Toronto’s 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, where Nardi was recently appointed Executive Director.

ARAS instructor Sandra Tarantino will be featured.

Salone’s Beyond Bella is presented in collaboration / partnership with: Villa Charities/Carrier Art Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Hamilton Arts Council and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Full press release can be found on the Salone di Cultura Facebook page.

Other artists for the evening include:
Espresso Manifesto (Music)
Andrea Ramolo (Music)
Julie Campagna (Artist)
Frances Patella (Artist)
Cinzia Cavalieri (Artist)
Terri Favro (Writer)

Tickets for sale online at Eventbrite.

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Step Into The Forest

Step Into The Forest
Pictured: Step Into The Forest

Student Warren Eberlin presents his show Step Into the Forest at McMaster Fitness Studio (1820 Bayview Avenue) on May 6, from noon-4pm.

View his work on his website: https://warreneberlin.com


Step Into The Forest

“Creating art that suggests uncharted opportunities for your life journey. Exploring the challenge of what happens next, portrayed with an atmospheric quality.”

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Bid Online In The 10th Annual Holiday Silent Auction!

Bid today and tomorrow in our 10th Annual Holiday Silent Auction.
We have a wide variety of items to bid on, including paintings, gift baskets, theatre tickets, gift certificates and more! Drop by our lobby to view the items and to place your bid or visit our website!

All proceeds from the auction will go to the Arts Access Fund, an organization that offers support to deserving young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue artistic excellence under the guidance of professional artists.

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Work In Progress by Pete Smith

Habitat painting
Habitat, a wall painting project at the Oshawa Centre for The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

From Akimbo:

Pete Smith’s mural is a collaborative initiative between The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Oshawa Centre. This is the second of its kind, both having local artists paint temporary murals on hoarding on future retail locations. The RMG continuously looks for opportunities for public art to increase the community’s interaction with and awareness of contemporary art. Having an original work of art within a mall offers a different experience for the Oshawa Centre visitors. Local artist Pete Smith painting live during the mall’s opening hours allows for direct public engagement with both the artist and process.

Pete Smith is an artist and writer who lives in Bowmanville. His recent work explores the collective anxiety around environmental change. Smith has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Open Letter at Bowmanville Town Hall (2017), Southern Pastoral at No Foundation, Toronto (2017), Postscript at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (2015), New Frontier at Kelowna Art Gallery (2015), Initial Public Offering at Station Gallery in Whitby (2013), New Drawings at Colorida Exposicoes in Lisbon, Portugal (2012) and Proverbs for Paranoids at Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver (2010). His work is included in numerous private and public collections in Canada and abroad including TD Bank, The Colart Collection, Imago Mundi (Italy) and The Art Gallery or Guelph. His writings on art have frequently appeared in Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines. Smith has held teaching positions at OCAD University, Western University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto. He teaches Fine Art in the School of Media Art and Design at Durham College.


Website: www.petesmith.ca 

Instagram @petersversion

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Call to Artists – Toronto’s First Anonymous Art Show

ARAS students are involved with the Art for Cancer Foundation’s annual art show:

The ART for Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce “Toronto’s First Anonymous Art Show- Year Three”.  This group exhibition and fundraising event will feature work from established as well as emerging artists, including many of our workshop participants.  This event is an important fundraiser for the many free creative programs delivered by ART for Cancer Foundation, for people living with cancer.

Hundreds of original paintings created in a diverse style and subject matter will be available for sale all sized  8” x 8” x 1½” (gallery style) canvas or wood cradled panel. Each piece is priced at $100.

The artist remains a mystery, until after the purchase. Purchased paintings are immediately taken off the wall and given to the purchaser. In its place a sold tag will hang revealing the artist’s name and a photo of the art. Tax receipts are available to the artist once a piece is sold.

The opening reception and sale is Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, at AFC Place- 1884 Davenport Road and the sale continues until Sunday, December 3,2017, giving the community an opportunity to purchase original art in time for the holidays, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause.

Learn more at their website and SUBMIT!