A/P Holiday Fundraiser 2022

Opening Night Party: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Open Studio’s A/P Holiday Fundraiser is an excellent way to kickstart or build your art collection, with artwork available at various price points. Opening night is festively competitive, so come early: once a piece is pulled from the wall, it’s gone! The fundraiser continues until…

FUTURE PROOF 2023

FUTURE PROOF 2023

FUTURE PROOF featured a juried selection of prints alongside a curated collection of contemporary art by artists from the Toronto arts community who support Open Studio. Thank you to the participating artists and galleries for generously donating their artwork to support Open Studio and the future of print. Miss your chance to bid on a work?…

Mood Lighting

Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell, On Air, 2017, screenprint, acrylic paint, coloured pencil and varnish on museum board, 24.8" x 33". Photo credit: Charles-Frederick Ouellet.

This new body of work is a continuation of Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell’s surrealist botanical inspiration. The hand-painted screenprints reference the vanitas theme, where vegetables, flowers, ribbons, skulls and birds tumble together in compositions as heterogeneous as they are harmonious. The light source in the works becomes the central narrative element to the compositions, where the dark…

SHELTER

Rebecca Cowan, Advocate, 2017, drypoint, collagraph, monoprint, 16” x 16”.

Rebecca Cowan is a printmaker, book artist and arts educator based in Kingston, Ontario. Cowan’s childhood was shaped by relocation, from pastoral new suburbs to vibrating inner cities. Regularly being the “new kid” encouraged her observation and analysis of others, while simultaneously tightening the ties within her own family. Over the course of her career,…

Group Exhibition: Revisiting the Landscape

Brian Kelley, Waterfall, 2017, stencil, tie-dye and mixed media on Japanese papers, unique work, 8’ x 6’ x 4"(variable dimensions).

The artists in this group exhibition examine notions of the landscape in printmaking, using expressive forms of imagery, challenging traditional constructs. Brian Kelley, known for his intaglio prints and screenprints of Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks, explores the singular element in nature in a new form of expression for the artist. Kelley’s Waterfall is an…

The weight of what cannot be remembered

Emma Nishimura, An Archive of Rememory: Matsuoka Family Portrait, Japan 1931, 2017, photogravure on flax and abaca paper, 3” x 3” x 2.5”.

Emma Nishimura is a Toronto based artist, whose art practice ranges from traditional etchings and papermaking, to installations. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BA from the University of Guelph. Emma’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include: MacLaren Art…

FeO(OH)

Laine Groeneweg, Study For a Rocket Ride, 2017, drypoint and collagraph, 22” x 30”.

Rust is both an indicator of decay and the passage of time. While rusted out objects often represent a failed glory or state of neglect, they also present an inherent beauty that speaks of history and a life once lived. Oxidized, weathered and beaten, the objects in these prints have endured and remain as stoic…

Your story and mine: very short poems with woodcuts

Libby Hague, Insomnia, 2017, woodcut type, woodcut, copper, acrylic on paper, 21” x 16.5”.

Very short “poems” are printed in wood type and accompanied by abstract or figurative woodcuts. Throughout her life, artist Libby Hague (RCA, BFA Honors, Concordia University) has loved to read (and being read to) as much as she has loved making things. As a child, Hague had a large, green, illustrated volume of The Golden…

iterations, duplications – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Pudy Tong, DT Activity Book 2:14:54, 2017, photo-lithograph on kitakata paper, 12.5" x 21.5".

Each year, Open Studio awards two, yearlong residencies to artists of merit. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials allowance, professional development assistance, and tuition-free access to…

Designing with Printed Art

CLOSING RECEPTION February 7, 2018, 6-8 PM. Kate Zeidler in attendance. Curated by Kate Zeidler Featuring prints by Shogo Okada, Liz Parkinson and Tammy Ratcliff Open Studio is pleased to invite Kate Zeidler, one of Canada’s leading interior designers, to curate a group exhibition of prints selected from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery. Focusing…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Tara Cooper Printing

Tara Cooper embraces an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, combining media from print, photography and animation to installation and book arts. Her subject matter draws from meteorology and creative non-fiction, resulting in a series of production-based projects housed under the monikerWeather Girl. The most recent phase of Weather Girl addresses the condition and impact of severe weather, which included two storm-chasing…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Sameer Farooq & Lee Henderson

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Sameer Farooq & Lee Henderson Artist Talks: Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice,…

Press Photo Antarctica

Que Sera Sera lands at the South Pole, 1956. Credit: U.S. Navy.

Kristie MacDonald is visual artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her research-based practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. Her current research is concerned with the phenomena of recollection, remembrance, and forgetting which drive the…

Group Exhibition: Monochrome

Alex Thompson, Sector 1, 2017, etching and aquatint on paper, paper size: 30” x 22”.

By definition, monochrome is the use of a single colour or values of a colour in an artwork. Monochromatic composition simplifies the imagery and injects drama into the work. The artists in this group exhibition—Laine Groeneweg, Alex Thompson and Laura Widmer—create monochromatic works to define the space that their subjects inhabit, creating dramatic effects that…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Dana Tosic, Untitled, 2015, screenprint, 28” x 20″.

Dana Tosic is a Toronto based artist who works in printmaking, installation and digital media. Tosic investigates possibilities of capturing the human body in motion using one reprographic technology (3D scan) to capture a moment in time, executed in another (screenprint). For more information and images please click the link below to visit the Varied Editions website,…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Daniel Barrow & Kathleen Ritter

Visiting Artist Residency Exhibition: Daniel Barrow & Kathleen RitterArtist Talks: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working…

In Development

Jeannette Nguyen

Jeannette Nguyen’s work is illustrative and graphic in style, comical with strokes of whimsy. She works with themes revolving around subconscious anxieties often pertaining to nature, animals, the environment and our human relationship to these things. She often depicts real and magical creatures trying to live life in slightly altered but real environments. At times…

Group Exhibition: Playful Tangents – Curated by Kelly Manikoth

Suzanne Nacha

Playful Tangents is a group exhibition curated by Kelly Manikoth featuring work by artists who previously worked at Open Studio under the auspices of the Visiting Artist Residency program: Suzanne Nacha (2008 – 09), Endi Poskovic (2008 – 09), and Suzie Smith (2012 – 13). Each artist uses traditional printmaking techniques—from lithography to screenprinting—to deconstruct,…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Anna Gaby-Trotz, The Bone Yard, 2013, photo etching, dry point, edition of 6, 9”x12”.

Anna Gaby-Trotz is a Toronto-based printmaker and photographer. Through her art, she intends to bring the landscape forward into people’s consciousness by showing the fragile beauty that still exists in the most remote parts of Canada. Gaby-Trotz writes the following about her art practice: The landscape is on my mind. We are at a point…

Galleries Closed

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Please note that the main Open Studio gallery is closed from July 22nd through September 13th. Our next round of exhibitions will open on Friday, September 14th, and we invite you to join us. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Saimaiyu Akesuk: Prints 2013-2015 – Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell

Saimaiyu Akesuk, Qaumajaq (Fly), 2014, stonecut & stencil, paper size: 37.3” x 24.4”, $800.

The Cape Dorset Print Collection produced at Kinngait Studios, part of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Kinngait, Nunavut, has annually catalogued collections of between 30 and 60 images as well as numerous commissions and special releases every year since 1959 providing a valuable record of the changes in the community. Pulling from this archive,…

SPEAK FREELY

Jennie Suddick, SPEAK FREELY, installation detail, 2017, paper, dimensions variable.

Jennie Suddick is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada who has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from York University and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Her solo projects have been featured at The Art…

Transforming Colours

EXTENDED TO: Friday, July 28th, 2017. Walter Procska’s prints are filled with shapes that are often strongly mathematical. Like Kandinsky and other artists as well as scientists, he feels a strong sense of spirituality in mathematical forms. Notwithstanding the circuitous course of our daily lives and our thought processes, many of his lines fight to…

The Inhabitants of Space

This exhibition is a Featured Exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The Inhabitants of Space, featuring work by artists Miles Collyer, Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas and Alexis Dirks, takes its title from the dedication of Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novella Flatland (1962), which breaks down the geographical, architectural, and social structures of the world…

Wear Me

Dorona Zierler, Wings, 2016, photograph of screenprint on fabric

Closing Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM People always say to be yourself. The difficulty arises from the assumption that the self is a solid, secure entity born of choice rather than various fragments composed of experiences, memories, learned behaviour, and defense mechanisms. Early on as an artist, Dorona Zierler went through…

Field Notes: Group Exhibition

Morgan Wedderspoon, Traces, 2016, woodcut and digital print on paper, 22” x 30”, 1/3, $300

This group exhibition features Anna Gaby-Trotz, Morgan Wedderspoon and Meggan Winsley, three artists who employ digital media as either a primary process or as a component in their work. The stories that the photographic or photo-based works tell are varied, but are centred in visual dialogue, using observations and methods of organizing to tell the images’…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Born into a traditional Chinese family in Taiwan, Carlina Chen came to Canada to study printmaking at OCAD University, and then decided to stay to pursue her art practice. The dual cultural living experience has enabled  her personal growth, enriched her life, and inspired her art practice. When she has qualms, she resigns to: I…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Pudy Tong, bruise-02, 2016, photo lithograph, Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect Makeup: 003 Shell, varied edition of 5, 12.8” by 10”.

Pudy Tong’s art practice draws on elements from journalism as the subject through which our experience of contemporary, media-saturated society is refracted, re-interpreted and re-imagined. Not only is the newspaper an interesting material artifact due to its ephemerality, also presents therein a distilled snapshot of the world, a multi-dimensional mosaic that weaves together a wide…

A Body Called Paula Exhibition and Performance

Closing Reception and Performance: Saturday, March 18, 2:00 – 4:00 PM A Body Called Paula has been risen. The work has been done. Thank you for your information Toronto. Hold the whispers of the knowledge. Carry them with the dignity. A Body is true. Who are you? It is time for the celebration of the…

Points of Abstraction

This exhibition of new work by Astrid Ho explores images of various architectural interiors and exteriors in abstract compositions. The subjects of her work are based on personal photos taken from her phone in the summer of 2016 as a passive visitor of the locations. She sees formalist and abstract compositions in the everyday. In…

New Work

Christine Koch is a printmaker and painter based in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her practice balances between her working studios (in downtown St. John’s and in Woody Point) and a variety of field-based residencies that have taken her to remote environments in Canada’s North: the Yukon, Nunavut, and northern Labrador. For the past decade, her work…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Irina Schestakowich spent her childhood in Montreal and has been in Toronto since the 1980’s. Irina graduated from the University of Victoria, BC in Fine Arts. She specialized in printmaking and early classical Buddhist imagery. She is an active member of Open Studio. Irina Schestakowich likes the challenge of confronting disorder and struggling to translate…

Dwell

The installation Dwell, by Carolyn Wren, consists of a wooden table, two chairs, and a linocut printed linen tablecloth. Culture implies a transformation of nature, and Dwell embodies an evolutionary imprint of nature to culture, to nature and back to culture. Because nature provides raw material for cultural products, flax is the inspiration for the…

CYCLiC

The three works in Cyclic are the result of layering of material and of subject. The figurative narratives, which include expressions of desire, courtship rituals, and the act of giving birth, are woodblock and linoleum printed on opaque silk. This is the “back story” in front of which are woodblock and softoleum printed circular shapes,…

Design in Printmaking

Featuring work by Lorna Livey, Laurynas Navidauskas, Shogo Okada & Yorodeo This group exhibition features original prints by Canadian artists whose work has a design aesthetic. Each work has a strong sense of design that is either intentional or unintentional. These artists utilize elements of design—line, shape, form, colour, space and texture—blurring the boundaries of art and design….

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Walter Procska’s prints are filled with shapes that are often strongly mathematical. Like Kandinsky and other artists as well as scientists, he feels a strong sense of spirituality in mathematical forms. Walter Procska was born in Quebec and has lived in Toronto since 1994. Procska studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. He received the Helen…

Church Playground

Artist talk at 6:30PM on March 24th, 2017 followed by an opening reception. Gabriela Jolowicz captures fleeting scenes of everyday life in one of the oldest and most traditional visual media, the woodcut. Depicting modern still life images and dense scenes of metropolitan life, Jolowicz freezes an already fading afterimage of reality in a disjointed…

You Are Listening

Special Opening Performance: Violinist Gloria Yip will be performing at the opening on Friday, March 24. Yip will begin her 20 minute performance at approx. 7:30pm. The full title of the violin piece she will be playing is: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 1. Grave 2. Fuga 3. Andante 4. Allegro…

Group Exhibition: Cut. Woven. Folded.

Cut. Woven. Folded. is a group exhibition featuring artists Judith Klugerman, Annyen Lam and Ann Unger. The three artists use traditional printmaking techniques such as intaglio and lithography as the basis of their artwork. Each artist transforms their print through different techniques such as paper cutting, folding and weaving. The artists create unconventional prints with…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

William Steinberg writes the following about his art practice: Architecture inevitably erodes and as it moves towards entropy, it transforms. No longer part of the new and useful, it takes on a new persona and character—the ruin. It now possesses the remnants of its past glory, the physicality of its present existence, and the potential…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Anne Abbass is a Toronto-based artist and printmaker. She holds a BFA from Queens University (1993). Abbass was awarded the Don Phillips Scholarship at Open Studio in 1994 and has been an artist member of Open Studio since then. Her prints are created through the process of combining images, hand written script and areas of colour…

Inbetweening: Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards two, yearlong residencies to artists of merit. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials allowance, professional development assistance, and tuition-free access to…

Waking Gates – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards two, yearlong residencies to artists of merit. The Don Phillips Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who has just completed an undergraduate art program with a printmaking major at an accredited Canadian institution and who will not be returning to full-time studies. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to…

The Fall of the River Don

Watersheds are living entities with richly layered histories, narratives and morphologies. In her work, Menard explores boundaries where the Don River and our city, Toronto, converge. The Don is constantly changing because of climate change and urban development and human interaction. Along its course, most native plants and animals are threatened or extirpated, but some…

Diyan Achjadi & Brendan Tang: Residue: Tracing the Lore

Residue: Tracing the Lore, a collaboration between Brendan Tang and Diyan Achjadi, explores the ways that ornamental motifs can reveal or reflect histories of migration. Through imprinting fragments of images onto their own skin, as well as those of close relatives, this project asks how familial lore and traditions are transmitted, and the residues that…

Shikoku Views

Amy Uyeda is a Toronto-based printmaker who works primarily with colour lithography. Amy holds a BFA from Queen’s University and has printed at Gravity Press in North Adams, Massachusetts, The Glasgow School of Art, and St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A dedication to mastering the art of lithography is what drives her work….

Makeshift Tales

Elizabeth D’Agostino has spent the last few years building fictitious environments merging elements both real and imagined. As a child D’Agostino curiously watched her father graft his backyard fruit trees. She would watch him carefully join separate varieties of trees and as a result would produce various varieties of fruit from a single tree in…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Sonya Filman is currently a Master’s Candidate in Fine Art at York University. She received Open Studio’s 2014/15 Don Phillips Scholarship, and has held positions at the Blackwood Gallery, Open Studio, C Magazine, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Utilizing print media, photography, sculpture and drawing, Filman explores the ideological influences and power dynamics…

Summer Salon

Opens: Friday, August 5th, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 2 – 4 PM Exhibition extended until Friday, August 26th, 2016 Over the past 45 years Open Studio has amassed a collection of original prints by significant Canadian artists through fundraising proofs artists provide from their printed editions and work donated by the artist…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Mario Doucette & Liza Eurich

Artist Talks: Friday, June 17, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting…

Discourse

Jae Lee’s works capture special stories of trivial, mundane or disappearing things that are detected in her life.  Even though they are not flashy or leave profound impressions, they contain unique histories that create extraordinary images. Lee has been collecting various kinds of plants from her garden and letting them dry naturally. Eventually, they are transformed—twisted, faded, and curved….

Beyond Paper: Group Exhibition

Paper is a common print surface in printmaking, but many contemporary print media artists are exploring alternative print surfaces. Beyond Paper is a group exhibition that presents work which utilizes alternative print substrates such as ceramic, fabric and wood rather than solely paper. Work by Laura Bydlowska, Pam Lobb, Liz Menard and Theresa Morin examines the fragile existence of…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Cheryl Kaplan spent the first portion of her career as an art director in advertising, developing internationally acclaimed, award-winning campaigns for packaged goods, financial institutions, cars, beer, liquor and numerous charitable organizations. Her focus is now exclusively on her art, as she divides her time between her studio at home and at Open Studio in…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Stephanie Cormier & Jacob Robert Whibley

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Stephanie Cormier & Jacob Robert Whibley Artist Talks: Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice,…

The Edge: Ancient Light

The Edge will feature work from Curry’s series Ancient Light. This body of work was begun during a 2015 artist residency in New Zealand as an exploration into the ever-changing nature of the edges of islands. Ancient Light is a series that continues to develop and will also form part of a collaboration in book…

Book | Print: Group Exhibition

 Featuring work by Rebecca Cowan, Victoria Cowan, Sandra Haar, Kevin Haas, Loree Ovens, and George A. Walker, this group exhibition focuses on the handmade book as artwork. The artists included explore various subject matters, utilizing traditional bookbinding techniques, such as accordion folding and hand binding to create contemporary artist books.

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Susan Fothergill, is a Toronto-based award-winning fine art printmaker. Fothergill’s provocative images are immediately recognizable, and reflect a tension of opposites within the feminine, being both strong and soft simultaneously. Visit the Varied Editions website by clicking below.

How to Eclipse a Photograph

How to Eclipse a Photograph is an exhibition that considers artificial vision analogues. As technology marches toward artificial intelligence, data-driven sensory apparatuses will fill the data mines. What will life be like as a series of data points? Ian Rubenzahl is a Toronto-based artist and has been a member of Open Studio since 2011. A…

Lumos

Loree Ovens’ work is influenced by intersecting and overlapping patterns, both in a linear and abstract sense. The actual path of our daily routine interacts with others and our environment as though our footprints create sheet music or are part of a dance. “Tension and vibrations are formed between lines and objects producing surface energy,…

Fragility to Resurrection

During a visit to Japan, after the immense earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, Shinsuke Minegishi witnessed the disorder and chaos in this urbanized system and realized just how fragile and vulnerable human civilization could be. It was terrifying to recognize that a nation that took thousands of years to develop, and the security people…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Meggan Winsley explores the technical reaches of the four-colour separation screenprinting process. The images she screenprints often reflect a state of deterioration. Her work highlights the elegance found in decay and brings new life to otherwise dying or abandoned subjects. Each photographic image is broken down to create a new composite work. In this way, the printing process parallels the subject matter featured in Meggan’s work. …

Truss

The term “truss” refers to a rigid framework of wooden or metal beams, which supports a structure. This small body of work is an extension of Yael Brotman’s series of extra-dimensional prints, Scaffolding, in which she references architectural models and construction processes, and considers our urge to build. Brotman began to incorporate lights into her…

Echolalias

Performance: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM Angela Silver is a visual artist working with the residue of language. Her research focuses on the itinerant ways language inhabits the body. Silver’s work raises questions about the way texts function in society, public and private spaces, and authority and agency, while offering hopeful alternatives to…

Shadow Flight

Sandi Ralph’s Shadow Flight takes its inspiration from creatures in the natural world—butterflies, birds, wolves. Ralph’s print-based wall sculptures are intricately hand-cut from Japanese paper and formed into three dimensions with the use of silver pins and beads, punctuated with Swarovski crystals. The works subscribe to a recurring theme in her work, construction and deconstruction….

Varied Editions Featured Artist

My current work is based on photographs and drawings made during trips to Newfoundland and to Western Japan. Though very different, Newfoundland and Japan are island-bound societies where the geography impacts powerfully to shape their unique cultures and values. My work contains landscape elements affected by intrusive memories and observations suggesting the process of personalization…

Artifacts

In a new series of screenprints, Dana Tosic investigates possibilities of capturing the human body in motion using one reprographic technology (3D scan) to capture a moment in time, executed in another (screen print). The images depicted portray glimpses of quotidian activities and gestures captured using a continuous 360-degree, 3D scan of a single motion….

Selected Work from the Print Sales Gallery

Open Studio’s Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This exhibition will feature a selection of framed prints from the Print Sales Gallery with work by Mary Baranowski-Lowden, Janice Carbert, Libby Hague, Christine Koch, Lorna Livey and Luke Painter. Also in the Print…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Laurie Zinkand-Selles’s work considers time and memory, contrasting the brevity of our human experience with that of historical/architectural structures and environments. Her recent series of photo based screen prints, draws on historical images of Toronto and considers the evolving nature of the city. They are narratives of the past within an architectural or geographical context….

Artist Proof Sale 2015

31st Annual Artist Proof Sale Opening Night Party: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 PM Continues to Saturday, December 19, 2015 in our galleries and online. The Artist Proof Sale is an excellent way to kickstart or build a growing art collection. And you can do it without breaking your holiday budget! Hundreds of…

Au revoir – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. In addition to rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials assistance, professional…

That Reminds Me of…

Shogo Okada’s work—with simple lines and colours, and no up or down, or left or right—criticizes people’s lack of consciousness. In the current cultural context of excess accumulation of information, in which people don’t think about what they are seeing, and just take in information passively, this exhibition aims to activate viewers, to stimulate attitudes,…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Using relief print media, including linocuts and woodcuts, Pamela Dodds explores the complexities of human relationships. She creates from a feminist, queer sensibility that listens to, embraces and explores the interconnectedness of humanity across time and space, and as a part of the natural world. Women and women’s agency are central to her ideas and…

Screen Play: Print and the Moving Image

Timed to correspond with TIFF, Screen Play: Print and the Moving Image is a group exhibition of artists whose practices incorporate print-based animation techniques, filmic themes and sensibilities, and moving images. From experimental video, to cut paper and stop-motion animations, this exhibition highlights the ways in which contemporary artists are expanding the boundaries of print,…

Sandra Haar: Selections from Permitted

The Permitted series takes as its subject a scene from a first-run feature film ( הסיפור של יוסי / Yossi, dir. Eytan Fox) viewed in a Tel Aviv cinema. It depicts, from memory and from re-viewing, the climactic scene of a filmic love story between two men. The scene’s portrayal of longing realized is thematically mirrored in the artist’s process. While waiting…

La Bouche

Invited by Open Studio to realize a  print media project, celebrated Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut worked with master lithographer Kevin Haas to create a series of three prints titled La Bouche. Hurlbut writes: Like my predecessor artist Joyce Wieland, who kissed the lithographic stone to form all the words of O Canada (1969), I’m following…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Walter Procska’s prints are filled with shapes that are often strongly mathematical. Like Kandinsky and other artists as well as scientists, he feels a strong sense of spirituality in mathematical forms. Notwithstanding the circuitous course of our daily lives and our thought processes, many of his lines fight to be straight, to find the shortest…

The Open Studio Sessions: Celebrating 45 years

The Open Studio Sessions: Celebrating 45 years Group Exhibition July 30 – August 15, 2015 Opening reception: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Remarks at 7:00 pm in the Open Studio Gallery 45th Anniversary Party in the studio to follow reception Established in 1970 as a small storefront studio on Queen Street West,…

Galleries and Office Summer Closure

Please note that Open Studio’s galleries are closed from August 16 through September 10th. The Open Studio office will be closed from August 1st, reopening on September 1st. We will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible in September. Our first exhibitions of the fall will open on Friday, September 11th.  We hope to see you…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Joscelyn Gardner’s practice probes colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives in order to explore her (white) Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective. Visit the Varied Editions website by clicking below.

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Sasha Pierce and Jim Verburg

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Integral Decay

Currently based in Toronto, Meggan Winsley received her BFA from York University in 2004 and the Art Fundamentals Certificate course from Sheridan College in 1999. Her work consists of hand-drawn and photo-based screenprints. Her work addresses the relationship between preservation, decomposition, and the beauty that can be found in the presence of decay. Her work…

On Your Marks: Group Exhibition

In celebration of sport, On Your Marks… is a group exhibition that features artwork by 15 artists whose work depicts a variety of sporting goods and accessories used in athletic pursuits. The athletes’ equipment can enhance their strengths and weaknesses, marking them as winners or losers. Representing a wide spectrum of sporting events, this exhibition celebrates the art…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Hazel Meyer and Beth Stuart

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Lace

Lace is an exhibition of prints on paper and clay, that explore Morin’s interest in textile pattern, history and relationships. Theresa Morin is a Toronto based visual artist who works in printmaking and pottery. She has been exhibiting her artwork in public and artist run galleries throughout Ontario since the mid 1980s. Morin graduated from the University of…

Print-by-Colours: Group Exhibition

Print-by-Colours engages the playfulness of the childhood “paint-by-numbers” activity books. Colours abound as every hue in the colour spectrum are represented in this group exhibition. Open Studio’s Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This exhibition will feature a selection of work by…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Jennie Suddick is a multi-­disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her work deals with issues of identity, place and meditated relationships to nature. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from York University and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Advanced Visual…

Embellish: A Group Show in Memory of Jeannie Thib

In memory of Jeannie Thib, Embellish features work by Thib and eight additional artists who utilize pattern and graphic motif, which were the foundation of Thib’s aesthetic and conceptual practice. Jeannie Thib was a talented artist and cherished member of the Open Studio community, who passed away in 2013. She approached ornament as both strategy and process,…

LOVE LACE: le cœur dans tous ses états

The symbolic heart has always been a part of Isabelle Hémard’s work; a deceptively simple yet powerfully relatable and universally understood image. In childhood, the heart is an expression of the purest form of love and happiness. During adolescence, unrestrained love expressed with a knife carving of initials into wood. In our fully formed adult…

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For almost 40 years McCall has been passionate about printmaking, spending over half of that period screenprinting and in the last 15 years she has been actively pursuing collagraphy. Since the beginning of her printmaking career, she has been exploring the subject of nature. In her 2009 Nature découpée  series, McCall explores the fundamental details found…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Sandra Haar is a Toronto-based artist and printmaker, who works in installation, bookwork and flat formats. Throughout her artistic practice, she has focused on issues of representation and subjectivity, investigating a range of personal and cultural concerns. Galut and crown are two bodies of work that are based in popular icons and idioms, rooted in…

Varied Editions Feature Artist

Born into a traditional Chinese family in Taiwan, Carlina Chen emigrated to Canada in 1997.  After graduating from OCAD University, she joined the Open Studio community in 2001. Chen’s recent work combines traditional printmaking techniques with drawing on paper and other material. Chen enjoys addressing the cultural tensions that exist between her heritage and her…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership; this online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Click below to view this online exhibition. Kaleena Stasiak studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario and at l’Ecole…

The Prints of Alanis Obomsawin

Guest Curator: France Trépanier Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. For the past 25 years, she has also worked as an engraver and printmaker, creating an important body of work, which has been exhibited in Canada and Europe. These visual artworks often deal with the same…

Moments In Time

Moments in Time utilizes the type of spontaneous images made possible by the ubiquity of smartphones. In Abbass’s daily life, she is often on foot and takes the opportunity to notice the day-to-day changes the seasons bring in the lawns and gardens of her neighbourhood.  When she sees a flower in bloom, or brightly coloured…

Vestiges

Shawn Reynar’s current work explores the connections between traditional media and how it interfaces with digital technologies specifically aimed at the growing vocabulary of print-based processes. As a springboard for the creation of these abstract works, his research explores the history of mark-making and the notion of digitally generated lines in relation to medical disorders…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Tyler Bright Hilton (Canadian, b. 1979), is based in Toronto, Canada. Since 2011, Hilton has been at work on the second installment of a 3-part narrative series of etchings and drawings titled Minmei Madelynne Pryor on the Trail of a Liar. This sprawling project fuses themes exploring adolescent solipsism, escapism and bodily alienation with disparate…

Open Spaces

Joani Tremblay is interested in the notion of open spaces within a Neo-Ornamentalist practice of drawing, print media and embroidery. Her research looks at the idea of psychogeography as defined by Guy Debord in 1955, which suggests that a geographical environment, like invisible or created spaces, acts on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. In…

Ecstasy // Normal

Ecstasy // Normal is a project which explores appropriated imagery used by illicit drug manufacturers to brand ecstasy tablets. Using research sources such as online pill testing databases and news reports, Tobias Williams has created a series of screenprinted works inspired by the colourful, brand-fuelled visual vernacular of MDMA drug culture. Because of the illicit…

Selected Artwork from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery

The Open Studio Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This group exhibition will feature a selection of work by artists featured in our past off-site exhibitions in 2014 including Perspectives on Nature at the Capital One North York Office, and Art Toronto…

Artist Proof Sale 2014

30th Annual Artist Proof Sale Opening Night Party: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6 – 9 PM Continues to Saturday, December 20, 2014, in our galleries and online. Forgo the rush and hassle of mall shopping, and choose instead from hundreds of original, affordable works of art during Open Studio’s annual Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio—one…

Traces – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. In addition to rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials assistance, professional…

Annyen Lam: Wayfinding – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Don Phillips Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who has just completed an undergraduate art program with a printmaking major at an accredited Canadian institution and who will not be returning to full-time studies….

Undertow, Part 1

Pamela Dodds’ work explores the complexity of human relationships through a feminist lens. Working primarily, though not exclusively in figurative imagery, she seeks to reflect, mirror, question and challenge norms and assumptions around gender, memory, history, and our relationship with Nature. She is inspired by the interface of personal/political where a personal or intimate act…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership. This online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Varied Editions featured artist from October 24 – November 22, 2014 is Susan Fothergill. Susan Fothergill, a Toronto native, works primarily in print,…

Floods and Shelters

Sean Caulfield’s creative research involves the production of artist’s books, prints, drawings and installations that explore the impact of technology on the environment and our bodies. He is interested in creating visual images that blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, and challenge viewers to consider the implications of…

Yesterday’s News

Jeannette Nguyen is a Toronto-based artist and screenprinter. She graduated from OCAD in 2006 with a major in Photography. After having lived abroad, Jeannette began to focus and specialize in illustration and printmaking. She currently works as a Scenic Painter in film and television, and prints at Open Studio in Toronto. Her work is illustrative…

Conversations In Silence

Daryl Vocat’s work is an on-going search for representational accuracy, a search for flaws and misunderstandings in social constructs and an examination of relationships. By recontextualizing and manipulating existing images, he discusses their shortcomings and turns the images on themselves, exposing an alternate point of view. His work seeks to reach beyond, and acknowledge, the…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership; this online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Varied Editions featured artist from September 12 – October 18, 2014 is Jae Lee. Click below to visit Varied Editions. Jae Lee was born in…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Katie Bethune-Leamen & Mitch Robertson

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

OH! CANADA!

Leslie Schniffer was born and reared in Toronto, Canada. He received a B.A.Hons. from York University, and has received additional art training at Humber College, Three Schools of Art, Toronto School of Art, Open Studio, and College Street Atelier. He taught art at Bishop Strachan School, and is a member of Open Studio. OH! CANADA!…

Open Studio National Printmaking Award Shortlisted Artists

The Open Studio National Printmaking Award was launched in 2008 to recognize and reward excellence in the Canadian printmaking community. Open to all printmakers in Canada and Canadian printmakers working elsewhere, the awards are presented in conjunction with Open Studio’s annual 100 Prints event. Combining elements of a fine art exhibition and a lottery, 100…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership; this online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Varied Editions featured artist from June 27 – July 26, 2014 is Mary Baranowski-Lowden. Click below to visit Varied Editions. Mary Baranowski-Lowden has worked primarily in…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Roula Partheniou & Shaan Syed

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Threshold

A threshold is a point of access, or a moment for beginning; a space in time that can remind us that nothing is permanent and everything is fleeting. Threshold, an exhibition by Laura Bydlowska, is an examination of parallel environments and the imaginable entry point that may at times join the two. In many of Bydlowska’s…

The Spaces Between

The Spaces Between, an exhibition by Emma Nishimura, focuses on the complicated experiences her paternal grandparents endured throughout their internment as Japanese Canadians in the Second World War and in the years after. Exploring the relationships and interactions between the sites where these experiences occurred and the stories and memories themselves, the work investigates the…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership; this online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Varied Editions featured artist from May 23 – June 21, 2014 is Tobias Williams. Click below to visit Varied Editions. Tobias Williams’ work is conceptually…

Threatened, Endangered, Extinct: Artists Confront Species Loss

Curated by Matthew Brower Featuring: Bill Burns, Emmalee Carroll, Sue Coe, Roger Peet and Jenny Pope Threatened, Endangered, Extinct looks at artistic responses in contemporary printmaking to species-level threats generated by human activity. To mark the centenary year of the loss of the passenger pigeon, the exhibition presents work by artists whose practices highlight some of the…

Glass Slide Compositions

Hazel Eckert’s practice is a form of visual research: a process-oriented investigation of her environment. Eckert spends her days in a commercial letterpress print shop working with analogue technology, where she scavenges materials off of the floor and out of recycling bins.  These discarded offcuts and byproducts constitute an ever-expanding collection of fragments and ephemera….

Elusive Plume

Elusive Plume is about unraveling and capturing the fragile complexity of a feather and its relationship to other natural objects. The feather specimens along with other collected organic pieces are the artist’s “treasures of nature,” as she likes to call them. They become stills for the small yet intricate scenes that are captured in her water-based…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Varied Editions is a virtual exhibition space showcasing the work of Open Studio’s Artist Membership; this online gallery features a rotating schedule of solo exhibitions of work by Open Studio’s artist members. Click below to view this online exhibition. Isabelle Hémard’s work is deeply influenced by her French upbringing  surrounded by history, culture and man-made beauty….

O.W.N. (Object Work Notation)

Curated by Richard Sewell Featuring: Yael Brotman, Laura Bydlowska, Pamela Dodds, Elizabeth Forrest, Libby Hague, Isabelle Hémard, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Liz Parkinson, Irina Schestakowich and Penelope Stewart. O.W.N. is a visual occurrence of 33 located objects by 11 Open Studio members, curated by Richard Sewell, one of the co-founders of Open Studio. O.W.N. as occurrence is evolved…

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Elizabeth D’Agostino’s recent work combines printmaking with sculpture, creating installations that examine human interaction within settings surrounded by environmental and physical change. Hybrid forms are created from human artifacts, anatomical references, insects, vegetable and animal life. Within these invented environments, relationships in space and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified and influenced by…

The Print Process – Drypoint

This group exhibition examines the intaglio medium of drypoint on paper. By drawing directly onto the plate with a steel needle, the artists produce a “furrow” or rough line that leaves metal burrs on either side of the groove. These burrs hold ink and print in a characteristically fuzzy manner. The three featured artists utilize…

Varied Editions Featured Artist

In this Varied Editions gallery, Emma Nishimura features a number of pieces from her recent MFA thesis exhibition titled Geographies of Story. The work investigates the complicated family narrative of her paternal grandparents internment as Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Exploring the landscape where past memories occurred, the work acknowledges the shifting nature of…

Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up

Open Studio is pleased to present Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up, an exhibition by Montreal-based artists Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight from January 10 – February 15, 2014. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Montreal-based artist, Caroline Cloutier. Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up borrows from the visual code of construction sites, utilizing a…

In-Flight Views

Astrid Ho’s abstract works reference the environment and images of nature. Her new abstract monotypes on paper continue to reference nature, within the context of the aerial perspective. The images of her work are based on passing snapshots during her flights to/from Thunder Bay, Vancouver and New York City, between August to November 2013. The…

Ring in the New

This annual exhibition highlights new artists that have joined the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery over the past year. The focus is on emerging artists to watch for, and their contemporary perspectives within the tradition of printmaking. Featuring: Anna Gaby-Trotz, Zavi Lerman and Amy Uyeda.

Varied Editions Featured Artist

Sally Ayre’s Traces series revolves around a collection of family letters, early 20th century botanical drawings by her grandmother and amateur botanist Agnes Marion Ayre and her own personal collection of scanned objects and photographic images. The work is a further examination of Ayre’s Newfoundland roots and the landscapes and objects that trigger, layer and construct her…

Sally Ayre: Traces – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an Artist Member. The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship is awarded to an artist in the beginning stages of their professional…

Heather Smith: Cut Wood – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process Heather Smith, recipient of the Don Phillips Scholarship, graduated from the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University (2012). She is from Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, and primarily uses this area for her source imagery, which she…

Meghan Price: Astronautics – Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. Meghan Price,  recipient of the Donald O’Born Family Scholarship, is an artist and educator born in Montreal, now living in Toronto. She holds a degree in Textile Construction from The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles…

Overtones

Overtones, an exhibition by Baltimore, MD-based artist, Shannon Collis was presented September 13 – October 12, 2013, acompanied by a text by Toronto, ON-based sound artist, Darren Copeland. Overtones features a series of ongoing experiments that explore the relationship between sound and visual form. In this exhibition, Collis investigates the sonic behaviors of different material…

New Work

Kaleena Stasiak is fascinated by the ways in which people attempt to transcend loss. In a society that typically sugarcoats or ignores mortality, she forces us to confront it. Stasiak’s work shows a continual presence of her interest in craft and women’s work and its representation of the creative potential of life. Kaleena Stasiak attended…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Micah Adams and Alexei Vella

Visiting Artists

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Covering the Story

Long-time member of Open Studio and Toronto artist Susan Cunningham exhibits a series of screen prints begun at a residency at Atelier Graf in Montréal entitled Covering the Story. Cunningham worked with Claude Fortaich the technician at Atelier Graf to create digital prints of dust jackets from 1940’s and 50’s novels. As she silkscreened layers…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Kristiina Lahde and Suzie Smith

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Antecedent

“Even nothing cannot last forever.” Neil Gaiman, American Gods This recent work explores notions of time, place, memory and transformation. It began with historical photographs from The City of Toronto Archives, sifting through more than a hundred years of life and change in this place. Amanda Nicole White is interested in the shared histories that…

What Lies Beneath

Featuring: Laura Bydlowska, Susan Cunningham, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Jennie Suddick and Daryl Vocat Open Studio is pleased to present What Lies Beneath, an exhibition highlighting the work of six Open Studio artist members from April 4 – May 11, 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Jenn Law. What Lies Beneath features…

Margin

The works in Margin, by Elizabeth Forrest, began with photographs and drawings of lake and sky, inspired in part by the vertical format of many 19th century Japanese colour print landscapes. As with earlier work, Forrest found herself most drawn to capturing the subtle shifts of light and colour which her chosen medium of mokuhanga…

It’s All Gone Pear Shaped

It’s All Gone Pear Shaped is a series of intaglio/relief prints and sculptures created directly from the body of an airplane. By deconstructing the remains of an aircraft — a pointedly perfect symbol of post-industrial-revolution modernity, according to Collings in the accompanying essay — Pinheiro reclaims and recycles these discarded objects and alludes to the…

Saint

The act of printmaking has made Brant Schuller acutely aware of the interaction of the printed image and the materials upon which they are printed; specifically how images superimposed on the built environment can reinforce or weaken their meaning. In Saint, Schuller explores the ways in which the printed word is used to symbolically fabricate…

Liz Menard: Nature of the River – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process.The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an Artist Member. To learn more about our Scholarship/Fellowship program, please click “Scholarships” in the menu to the left. Open Studio…

Inlandsis

The landscapes we believe to be permanent can sometimes transform to the point where certain world representations vanish. Inlandsis deals with this shift. Through a site-specific installation constructed out of 5000 pieces of screenprinted and folded paper, the artist places the viewer in a space between real landscape and its imagined transposition. Calling to mind…

Makers, Believers

Laine Groeneweg’s Makers, Believers looks at and inspires conversations relating to notions of work and play. At what point did play become work, and when did the innocence of it all become so real? Conversely, when does it all become play again? How is it possible that some of us never lose touch with that sense…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Derek Sullivan & Tom Ngo

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Visiting Artists Exhibition Mark Crofton Bell & Catherine Lane

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Proof

Mark Franchino’s work explores our constructions of everyday environments and events, and the nature of human dynamics that evolve within, around, and through them. His work addresses seemingly mundane spaces and activities as physical constructions that reinforce and perpetuate implicit value systems. What are the rules? What purpose do they serve? In the Proof series,…

Invocation

From February 24 – March 31, 2012, Open Studio was pleased to present Invocation, an exhibition by Mankato, MN based artist, Erik Waterkotte. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Minneapolis, MN based writer Brandon Cooke. Invocation is a word that connotes magic. It can be a prayer of entreaty or a formula for…

Micropolis 2.0

From January 12 – February 18, 2012, Open Studio presented Micropolis 2.0, an exhibition by Montréal-based collaborators Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Banff-based artist and writer Lisa Borin. Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore’s Micropolis is an ever-expanding and evolving installation comprised of collaged screen and digital prints,…

Tara Cooper: Weather Girl’s Field Guide to Lightning – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

From October 27 through November 26, 2011, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2011 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring artists Tara Cooper (Nick Novak Fellowship), Lauren Nurse (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Flora Shum (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access…

Flora Shum: RLPA2011THF – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

RLPA2011THF (an acronym for The Rules of Life – Project A: To Have Face, 2011) explores identity and the need to save face and conceal personal weakness. The work reflects the artist’s compulsion to dissect identity, carefully angling a scalpel and shaving off a slice, sticking it between glass, and sliding it under a microscope….

Lauren Nurse: There’s always room on the broom – Donald O’Born Family Scholarship Exhibition

From October 27 through November 26, 2011, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2011 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring artists Tara Cooper (Nick Novak Fellowship), Lauren Nurse (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Flora Shum (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access…

Everyday Ephemera

From September 15 – October 22, 2011, Open Studio presented Everyday Ephemera, a solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Dana Tosic. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Toronto-based writer and artist J. Eric Steenbergen. Focusing on fleeting, intimate, moments Everyday Ephemera explores notions of time and memory, and the body’s potential to infer a…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Meredith Setser and Jennie Suddick

Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Setser and Suddick are the result of this intensive work period. — Meredith Setser is a printmaker and textile artist and assistant…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Caitlin Erskine-Smith and Joy Walker

Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Erskine-Smith and Walker are the result of this intensive work period. Caitlin Erskine-Smith’s work deals with the ideas surrounding the use of…

Project for Calendar Studies

From March 31 – April 30, 2011, Open Studio presented Project for Calendar Studies, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn, New York-based artist David Eustace. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Slocan Valley, BC-based curator Deborah Loxam-Kohl. Project for Calendar Studies includes large canvas monoprints created by hanging the canvases at three-month intervals along…

Home and Away

From February 17 to March 26, 2011, Open Studio presented Home and Away, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Kristie MacDonald. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Toronto-based artist and writer Jen Hutton. Combining installation, printmaking, sculpture – and even a fully functioning printing press installed in a set of dresser drawers –…

Mexico Inside Out: Group Exhibition

From January 6 to February 12, 2011, Open Studio presented Mexico Inside Out, a group exhibition featuring José Chán (Xalapa, Mexico), Alec Dempster (Toronto, ON) and Daniel González (Los Angeles, USA). This exhibition brought together the work of three established Mexican printmakers who use linoleum and woodblock to explore specific geographical, historical and personal histories…

Shannon Gerard: Unspent Love, or, Things I Wish I Told You – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

From November 4 through 28, 2010, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2010 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring work by artists Shannon Gerard (Nick Novak Fellowship), Nadine Bariteau (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Tobias Williams (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and…

Tobias Williams: Ecce Cheeto – Don Phillips Scholarship

Presented in the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, Tobias Williams’ work Ecce Cheeto also ironically glorifies a mass produced product – the familiar orange snack food of the title. Featuring large format images of Cheetos and other processed foods and hand-printed wallpaper, Williams’ Cheetos become objects that are regarded with both disgust and reverence. The works…

Nadine Bariteau: Consecrated Multitude – The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

From November 4 through 28, 2010, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2010 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring work by artists Shannon Gerard (Nick Novak Fellowship), Nadine Bariteau (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Tobias Williams (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and…

40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers: Open Studio Members’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition

40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers Open Studio Members’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition September 16 – October 30, 2010 From September 16 – Ocotber 30, 2010, Open Studio’s George Gilmour Members’ Gallery and Print Sales Galleryfeatured 40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers, in celebration of Open Studio’s 40th anniversary. This comprehensive exhibition highlights the extraordinary range…

Three-Dee Realms Plus

From September 16 to October 30, 2010, Open Studio presented Three Dee Realms Plus, by Yorodeo, Halifax-based collaborative printmaking duo Paul Hammond and Seth Smith. Hammond and Smith create screenprinted images that can be viewed with anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D glasses. Hammond and Smith explore the potential of the 3D medium, creating works with layered depth…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Kate McQuillen & Greg Staats

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Chicago-based artist Kate McQuillen and Toronto-based artist Greg Staats are the result of this intensive work period, and the…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Bill Burns & Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Toronto-based artist Bill Burns and Montréal/Berlin-based artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay are the result of this intensive work period, and…

The Reconceptualized Universe of the Anti-Logo League Girls

Open Studio presented The Reconceptualized Universe of The Anti-Logo League Girls, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier from April 8 to May 15, 2010. Stephanie Cormier’s Anti-Logo League Girls are warriors created from society’s detritus. Fashioned from appropriated advertising images and discarded packaging, Cormier’s characters exist to defend the environment and protect us…

Silence

Open Studio presented Silence, a solo exhibition by Tampere, Finland-based artist Janne Laine from February 25 to April 3, 2010. Janne Laine works primarily in the medium of heliogravure, an intaglio process that produces detail and tones similar to a photograph (also known as photogravure). The works exhibited in Silence describe idealized landscapes that depict…

Far Off Kin

Far Off Kin, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Celeste Toogood, ran in the Open Studio Gallery from February 5 – 28, 2009. Toogood’s mixed media prints reveal images of isolated and uninhabited landscapes— images which guide the viewer through a “negotiation of the natural in an age in which nothing goes untouched and in…

Shelf Life

Open Studio presented Shelf Life, a solo exhibition by Red Deer, Alberta-based artist Lisa Turner from January 14 to February 20, 2010. Lisa Turner’s artistic practice has been concerned with using popular imagery to examine mass media, material culture and consumerism, with a specific interest in how contemporary buying behavior is influenced by the 24-hour…

Pamela Dodds: Memory’s Witness – Nick Novak Scholarship

Open Studio presented the 2009 Scholarship Exhibitions from November 5 to 28, 2009 by artists Pamela Dodds (Nick Novak Scholarship), Hazel Eckert (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Kelsey Schuett (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access to studio facilities to…

Hazel Eckert: [MONUMENTAL] – The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

Open Studio presented the 2009 Scholarship Exhibitions from November 5 to 28, 2009 by artists Pamela Dodds (Nick Novak Scholarship), Hazel Eckert (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Kelsey Schuett (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access to studio facilities to…

Mary had a Little Lamb

Open Studio is presented Mary Had A Little Lamb, a solo exhibition by Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania-based artist Marilee Salvator from October 8 to 31, 2009. Using collected and appropriated imagery, Mary Had A Little Lamb incorporates three installations that explore the artist’s past and address broader, historical issues surrounding the roles and stereotypes of women. The…

Situational Prints

Situational Prints, a solo exhibition by London, England-based artist Denise Hawrysio, was presented at Open Studio from June 25 to July 18, 2009. Denise Hawrysio has worked in a variety of media over the course of her career. Hawrysio’s conceptualized prints are rooted in the experiential and combine elements of performance and socially engaged collaboration….

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Tine Bech & Suzanne Nacha

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions featuring London, England-based artist Tine Bech and Toronto, Ontario-based artist Suzanne Nacha were the result of this intensive work period…

Continuum Ininterrompu (Uninterrupted Continuum)

Influenced by the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Continuum Ininterrompu investigated perceptions of time and the difference between time as a physical phenomenon and time as a personal experience. According to Barbara Balfour in the accompanying essay, Ledent’s installation—printed in a restrained palette of red and black—“draws in the viewer from the open doors of Open…

Snowball

Snowball: Kyle Bravo, Jenny LeBlanc, Claire Rau March 5 – 28, 2009. Opening reception: Thursday March 5, 6-9pm. Snowball, a print-based performance project and “printstallation” by American artists Kyle Bravo, Jenny LeBlanc and Claire Rau, was exhibited in the Open Studio Gallery from March 5 to 28, 2009. As Toronto-based writer and artist Andy Fabo…

Reliquary

Reliquary, a solo exhibition by Windsor-based artist Victor Romão, presented Romão’s hybrid self-portraits and reliquary objects, which reflect on ‘traditionally masculine roles’, through a combination of two- and three-dimensional work. A brochure with an essay by Toronto-based artist and writer Luke Painter accompanies this exhibition. Grounded in the artist’s experiences growing up in rural Southwestern…