Art Collecting Talk

Art Collecting Talk

Date: November 5, 2016 | Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Open Studio Print Sales Gallery presents a talk and reception on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2-4 PM at Open Studio, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON. NO RSVP Necessary.

Join us for a talk on art collecting by Toronto-based architect, Bill Heartwell, and with his long-time partner, Ed Phillips, consultant and former curator of the Ernst & Young art collection. They will speak about how they began and continue to collect art, covering Bill’s work designing art galleries & museums including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, their art collection, which began in 1976 and includes work by Libby Hague, Liz Parkinson, Jeannie Thib and Cybèle Young among others, as well as their connection to Open Studio.

The talk will be from 2 – 2:45 PM and we invite you to stay to meet Bill and Ed, and artists from our current exhibitions. Open Studio Print Sales and Archive Manager, Astrid Ho will be available for professional fine art print consultation; and we will have a guided tour of Open Studio’s 6, 000 sq. ft. printmaking studio.

Bill Heartwell is a registered architect since 1979 and established his own firm in 1999 focusing on design and renovation of residential and commercial facilities. Most recently he has been researching and writing a book about his childhood home, Fairholme, the Gurd Mansion in Sarnia, Ontario, which his grandfather bought in the 1940’s. The Gurd family were long-time friends and patrons of the members of the Group of Seven, and founded the Sarnia Art Movement.

Ed Phillips is an independent curator and consultant specializing in art management and an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers, with art appraisal specialty. From 1981 to 2010, he was the consulting curator/manager of the Ernst & Young, (now EY) Art Collection, a private corporate collection of over 3,500 historical & contemporary Canadian original print. During its ten year run, he was the organizer of the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, a national competition for printmakers sponsored by Ernst & Young and The Canadian Art Foundation. Since 1986, Ed has been a Volunteer Educator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has also organized and provided tours of both private and corporate art collections. In 2014 he co-curated the exhibition Capturing Canada: Historical Prints from the Collection of E Y for The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa and wrote the essay for the accompanying catalogue. Ed was the Chair of the organizing committee for Open Studio’s 100 Prints fundraising event in 2014 and the Chair of Open Studio’s Editions 2015 and 2016 event.


Photo: Astrid Ho (left) with Bill Heartwell on the far right.

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