One of the reasons I love living in East End Toronto Beaches is that I feel connected to the passing of Seasons and often pause for some personal reflection. As I was putting the recycling bins on the sidewalk, it occured to me that in our day to day lives there is very little that we buy that is designed to last for centuries. Works produced by fine artists and gifted artisans definitely fall into that category. Given that I can barely draw a straight line with the help of a ruler, I am always impressed by the creativity and range of skill shown by our local artists, especially when given an opportunity to view exhibits during the Beach Studio Tour.
Date and Time For the Fall Studio Tour in the Beaches
The Fall 2010 Beach Studio Tour (BST) takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving, October 15th, 16th and 17th. If you have never done this walk-about, it is well worth your time. You might even get some Christmas shopping done for the art lover in your life! Painting, photography, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and textile arts are all showcased in 13 homes and studios south of Kingston Road (with one exception). Free refreshments are offered in each location and there will be a prize draw for a piece of work donated by the artist(s) showing there.
The BST in fundraising for the Toronto Wildlife Centre this Fall tour. Look for the special BST fundraising pieces at each location. A portion of the proceeds of each designated piece sold will be donated to the TWC.
p.s. #1 For a sneak preview of what will be exhibited, check out the display at the Bank of Montreal at Hambly and Queen.
p.s. #2 How to justify spending money on art:
a) Amortized over the next 20 years, a $1000 purchase will cost you $50 a year, or the equivalent of approximately 1 large latte per month!
b) Art appreciates in value over time, with no expiry date
c) You can move art from room to room and house to house with no heavy lifting required
d) Unlike teenagers, art can be enjoyed every day!