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Photographic Art @ Artfest Toronto

Celebrating the Arts in Ontario!
— Artfest

Artfest proudly hosts six successful art and craft shows, yearly - in Ontario.  The jury process is tricky with so many talented artists and artisans across Canada applying to exhibit in our renowned shows. We thank each and every applicant and encourage creativity in the arts where ever you may go! 

Artfest features a collection of photographers who use various techniques including enhancing lighting or using specialized filters or lenses. Drop in to their booths and ask them about their adventures photographing art!  

View a sneak peak of some of their stunning photographic art below: 

Photographers at Artfest Toronto:

Ezio Molinari

Sean Carson

Jerry Maggoire

Lorie Slater

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

Artfest Toronto hosts two outdoor art and craft shows one in the spring and the other just around the corner on Labour-day weekend from Aug 31st to Sept 3rd. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists, you won't want to miss the last Artfest show of 2018. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission.

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Aug 31- Sept 3, 2018 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

Live Music 12pm-6pm, DAILY

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend

Posted on August 22, 2018 and filed under Photography, Wall Art.

Unique Painting Styles at Artfest Toronto

We have an astonishing selection of Canadian artists and painters at all of our Artfest Ontario shows.  Their works incorporate many genres and are breathtakingly beautiful - to say the least!  We invite you at come out to our Artfest Toronto show this May 19th to 21st 2018 and see for yourself!

Artfest Toronto runs from 11-6pm, daily for Victoria Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.  Our jury selection is a difficult task for our Artfest shows as we have many talented Canadian painters to choose from.  So... our final selection features top Canadian fine art painters from across Canada.

Looking for a new painting for your home?  There is something for everyone at Artfest Toronto!   The collection of fine art painters is vast so you are sure to find that perfect art-piece to hang on your wall and gravitate with your home decor.  From Canadian landscape paintings to abstract expressionism, pop art, and surrealism, wander the cobble stone streets and bring home an original art piece ~ YOU deserve it!  

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

Artfest Toronto hosts 2 outdoor art and craft shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission

When: May 19-21, 2018 (Victoria Day Weekend)

Date: 11am to 6pm, daily 

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend!

For more information, contact Lory MacDonald (Show Producer):

2 Townley Street, Nottawa, ON L0M 1P0

Phone Lory - 705-293-2787

Email Lory - artfestontario@gmail.com

 

 

Posted on May 8, 2018 and filed under Paintings, Wall Art.

Photographers at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Historic District was a hit this past Labour Day long weekend! So much fun was had by all and we couldn't be more thankful in supporting Canadian photographers, artists, artisans, gourmet food specialists, art teachers and musicians for all their hard work.  Thank you to everyone for coming together for the final show of the season. There was something for everyone at Artfest Toronto.

We showcase all kinds of interesting art and craft gifts at Artfest as well as a selection of fine photography.  Hopefully you were lucky enough at grab a piece to bring home to add to your home decor.  In case you missed all of our shows this year, plan to come and join in on the fun for one of next year's Artfest Ontario shows.

Four Artfest show events:

Artfest Toronto ~ spring & fall at the Distillery

Artfest Port Credit

Artfest Kingston

Take a look at our slideshow below to view some of the Artfest photo specialist vendors that exhibited their photography. Such amazing works, unique effects and one of a kind, visual works of art.

 

 

Posted on September 5, 2017 and filed under Photography, Wall Art.

Canada's Landscape as Inspiration

Canada’s vast and beautiful landscape is revered highly around the world, hence the 18,000,000 people (in 2015) who came to visit and explore our country, according to Statistics Canada. From the East to the West coast the vistas are truly breathtaking. Artists of all genres get their core inspiration from our rugged country. Their interpretations can result in anything from high realism to abstract art. Artfest has many exhibiting artists who passionately embrace the Canadian landscape as their muse.

Edina Racz from White Lotus Design makes stunning silver jewellery inspired our natural settings. Hiking through forests, viewing shapes in cloud formations and looking at river patterns as it carved its way through rock and sand – all these influences shaped and inspired her unique jewellery designs.

Watercolourist Dave Gordon was privileged, as are many Canadians, to grow up exploring the outdoors. Dave felt a strong attraction to nature, particularly to fields, ponds and woodlots near his parents’ home. His travels introduced him to the wonders of nature and a sense of being at peace in the countryside.  At the time, Dave did not understand the attraction, but the feeling ultimately led him to landscape painting.  Rural scenes are still his calling, focusing on nature scenes, farm houses and barns. His paintings capture the essence of light reflected on our beautiful landscapes.

You can’t really talk about landscape without considering traditional barns. Though once a staple in our daily lives, alas, they are becoming very difficult to find – especially in good repair. Artist Matt Jones (along with his siblings) grew up on a small heritage farm in Saint George, Ontario, working with both livestock and in the family apple orchard. Years later, after moving to Burford, Ontario and raising a family of his own, one of the family barns collapsed in the ice storms of 2015. Matt started experimenting with the barn wood, creating and designing coat racks and eventually barn board flags for gifts.

After inquiries from neighbours and some encouragement from his daughters, Matt started M. Jones Creations in November of 2015. He is passionate about reviving old materials in a way that enhances the character and preserves the history of the wood.

The first step is removing the hundreds of square nails found in each board. The wood is then scrubbed and sanitized before being finished into barn board flags, coatracks, and some specialized furniture. Each piece is hand-painted with proper barn paint before being sealed with a polyurethane spray. All wall-mounted pieces come ready-to-hang as Matt hand-makes and installs wire hooks on the flags and sheldon hangers on the larger pieces. The result is a rustic piece of history, perfect for a cottage, backyard or den.

Check out the slideshow below of some of Artfest Kingston's Artists/Artisans - representing Canadian landscape!  

Posted on June 29, 2017 and filed under Wall Art, Other.

Canadian Landscape Artist awes us at Artfest!

Artist, Donald Graves brings breathtaking Canadian landscapes to life with oil on canvas.  His work is vibrant and captures the true essence and beauty of nature. Find his work at the spring and fall Artfest Toronto shows and Artfest Kingston.

“Life reveals the raw energy of our waterways, the haunting symmetry of our trees and the history that lies deep within our rocks and mountains. Landscapes sing their stories and I capture them with my brush and palette," says Don.

Donald's paintings are a reflection of his life's journey! He participates in several juried shows and art auctions, each year. His detailed landscapes feature Georgian Bay, Algonquin, Muskoka, Bruce Trail, Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau region. His work is described as colour impressionist. You'll find his amazing work in Gallery2, Burlington and at our Artfest shows! Prior to a painting career he served as the Dean of Art at Sheridan College for 18 years.  His is also a professional musician; a man of many talents to say the least!

“Graves’s style is characterized by a wonderfully tense relationship…of a tress leaning to a blast of wind…and the sky a mass of blue and white swirls.”
— Spectator

LIKE Donald on Facebook and thanks for supporting our local artists!

Donald reflects on his passion and intimate experience when painting landscapes and nature:

“Trees, water, rock and terrain, together they offer me a one of kind story.” - Donald

Visit his website to see more of his work:  Donald Graves - Canadian Landscape Artist

Touching the Immortal: Paintings by Barbel Smith

Barbel Smith is a Canadian artist who uses a particular style of Lawren Harris and The Group of Seven. Her paintings are hand crafted using stretched linen canvas and painted with acrylic paint using only primary colours. Each painting is unique and one of a kind. Barbara's own photo references are used and sample sketches are available. Her work will be displayed this Labour Day weekend at the Distillery for our year end Artfest Toronto show.

"As an artist I want to meld and intersect the spiritual with the landscape we live in - to incorporate faith and its impact on art by illumination and light-filled canvases; and to find a deeper sense of space and being.

"My inspiration is from the Canadian Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris and his desire to enlighten, uplift and edify. Art is a way for the soul to reach out and touch the immortal and to catch a fleeting glimpse of God.

"My subject is the ever changing Canadian landscape and the striving of the soul to make sense of the world. Art is a form of communication for me, communication between heaven and earth." 
 

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Paintings.

Entwined2 - Distinct wrapped fibre art at Artfest Toronto!

 Part of a commission for a condominium library.

Part of a commission for a condominium library.

 Detail of a commission for a condominium library.

Detail of a commission for a condominium library.

Intrigued by wrapped fiber, artist Tamara Haberman combines texture, colour and woven structures to create unconventional fiber-based work.  Using wrapping techniques, filament and natural materials (the driving forces behind her work), Tamara creates wall pieces and sculptural basketry that evoke a sense of order, growth and beauty.

Each wall piece, comprised of paper-paste painting and sticks wrapping fiber, is at once spontaneous and intuitive, ordered and systematic.  She uses sticks found in everyday life which include branches, twigs, chopsticks, dowels, matches and shishkabob sticks.

LIKE them on Facebook.  Thanks for supporting your local artists: https://www.facebook.com/Entwined2.

Posted on August 28, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Other.

New Images from Stonefolio Mosaics:

Natural Stone and Marble Mosaics at Artfest Toronto!

Artist Statement:

"Captivated by the mosaics all around me while growing up in northern Italy, I set out to explore the potential of this ancient art form in the contemporary world. My focus is to apply traditional methods to modern subjects, realistic and abstract.

I harvest natural stones from the shores of Lake Ontario, following the traditions of the ancients who combed riverbeds for the palette to depict their stories. I approach my mosaics with care, meticulously choosing the stones that best suit the subject. Playing with the hues and textures the stones provide, I cut each piece — called a tessera — by hand with traditional tools: hammer and hardie.

Every tessera is unique and a sculpture in itself. I allow the qualities of the stone to be the colour and the canvas at the same time. I strive to give each piece an organic feel, spatial dimension, and sense of movement. My quest is to create mosaics that bridge this ancient art form with contemporary concepts. Grasping the ever-fleeting inspiration, I give my ideas a life as timeless as the stone itself.

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under Glass, Wall Art.

Portrait of a Photographer: Shirley Brigden

Photographers Story:

"I am a Windsor based photographer with a passion for travel, photography and for participating in art shows. I love to travel and photograph around the world, accompanied by my husband Michel. We are always looking for new locations to introduce to our shows, in fact three of our new locations were suggested by clients, Sicily, Puglia and Abruzze.

We have been selling photographs at shows for 13 years now. With our British and French heritage, we both have a love for Europe, in particular the old walled towns, with the ancient architecture and the old cobblestone alleys.

The colour and texture of the old stone and stucco inspires me, and when you look at the images, you are drawn into the scene. Another of our loves is Africa, we have travelled 5 times to Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, countries we have fallen in love with. The American Southwest was added to the list as it reminds us very much of Africa, with the red rock, the colours of the desert, and the wide open spaces with fresh air."

Shirley Brigden

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Photography, Wall Art.

Artfest Show Producer Lory MacDonald inspires us all!

The Artfest team would like to thank our dedicated, talented, and superb show producer, Lory MacDonald.  We all know how much work Lory does to make Artfest as successful and fun as it is and we couldn't thank her more for all that she does in keeping creativity alive!

 Artfest Toronto began eight years ago, Artfest Kingston, four, and new this year, we welcomed, Artfest Port Credit (which will continue on to be amazing as the location is a perfect fit!).

Lory MacDonald's art is continually evolving. The ability to explore techniques, ideas, and create new imagery keeps her art fresh and interesting. Her work has a whimsical 'thread' that ties all the series together.

A high energy, creative self-starter, with an artistic knack for arts of all types, Lory is continually tackling new and thought-provoking challenges.  And this is quite apparent with ALL that she does to produce these one of a kind art and craft shows! Lory has extensive training in fine art, graphic design, giftware product design, computer graphics, marketing and advertising, and has, for as long as she can remember, been involved in art.  

Her artwork is colourful, uplifting and energetic, while the process she uses in creating her vibrant pieces is rather complex.  All of her imagery comes from either a root or base drawing, derived and inspired by nature. Using her imagination, Lory combines symbols, imagery, and patterns onto a series of drawings.  Check out her website and see for yourself just how truly talented Lory really is.

Lory will be showcasing her work (and hosting) at the upcoming Artfest Toronto show at the Distillery Historic District so be sure to thank her for her inspiration, positive vibes and continued creativity in the arts!

See you soon!
 

Denial Art Mural Artist at Artfest Toronto!

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 Murad~ Denial Team Member

Murad~ Denial Team Member

DENIAL is a Canadian stencil and mural artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition. 

Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year travelling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

http://www.denialart.com/

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under Wall Art.

Diana Rosa brings tropical exoticism to life in her work!

Diana's images reflect memories of her Cuban experience!

 Diana’s paintings start with a number of sketches on paper. A sketch is selected and then drawn full size onto canvas.   Diana's Technique:   Over the years, Diana has developed a unique technique using sharp brush strokes, palette knives, contrasting textures, a variety of acrylic mediums and multiple layers of her very distinctive and rich colour palette to help create the complex nature of her paintings. Diana’s works include abstracts, objects, elements and floral. The forms of which are precisely rendered, yet still unreal, surreal, fixed like symbols or fantastic motifs.  Diana’s paintings are known for her use of rich exoticism of tropical vegetation, images that reflect from her memories of her Cuban experience. Imagery from the source of all imaginary are executed with amazing sophistication and concentrated into monumental emblems and effects of pure color, independent natural appearances on a radical simplification of forms.  Her work has come to possess a freedom of movement, spontaneity and gentleness inspired by the color of the Fauves (Henri Matisse) and the archetypes of the Naïve art (Henri Rousseau). Elements of Cubist and Surrealist art seem blended, offering a refreshing and youthful version of the abstract, rich in modern symbolism combined with many elegant touches of the classical school.  The whimsical nature of her personality is present in her tropical vegetation and is also evident in the sophistication of her suave abstract composition. By concentrating on the interactions between the visual elements of forms, color and textures, her work acquires its abstract aesthetics.  Diana’s work is strongly influenced by her origins, and her memories of the small village near the ocean where she spent her youth. Her works contain references to symbols of identification, and there is a spiritual message conveyed by the colours she chooses, the elements she employs including the umbrella, the family, the fish, the bird, musical instruments and the four universal elements. Her treatment of her symbols creates a feeling of stability and serenity. Her painting is much like an epic poem where human life is in harmony with nature.

Diana’s paintings start with a number of sketches on paper. A sketch is selected and then drawn full size onto canvas.

Diana's Technique:

Over the years, Diana has developed a unique technique using sharp brush strokes, palette knives, contrasting textures, a variety of acrylic mediums and multiple layers of her very distinctive and rich colour palette to help create the complex nature of her paintings. Diana’s works include abstracts, objects, elements and floral. The forms of which are precisely rendered, yet still unreal, surreal, fixed like symbols or fantastic motifs.

Diana’s paintings are known for her use of rich exoticism of tropical vegetation, images that reflect from her memories of her Cuban experience. Imagery from the source of all imaginary are executed with amazing sophistication and concentrated into monumental emblems and effects of pure color, independent natural appearances on a radical simplification of forms.  Her work has come to possess a freedom of movement, spontaneity and gentleness inspired by the color of the Fauves (Henri Matisse) and the archetypes of the Naïve art (Henri Rousseau). Elements of Cubist and Surrealist art seem blended, offering a refreshing and youthful version of the abstract, rich in modern symbolism combined with many elegant touches of the classical school.

The whimsical nature of her personality is present in her tropical vegetation and is also evident in the sophistication of her suave abstract composition. By concentrating on the interactions between the visual elements of forms, color and textures, her work acquires its abstract aesthetics.

Diana’s work is strongly influenced by her origins, and her memories of the small village near the ocean where she spent her youth. Her works contain references to symbols of identification, and there is a spiritual message conveyed by the colours she chooses, the elements she employs including the umbrella, the family, the fish, the bird, musical instruments and the four universal elements. Her treatment of her symbols creates a feeling of stability and serenity. Her painting is much like an epic poem where human life is in harmony with nature.

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under Paintings, Wall Art.

Stained Glass Magick exhibiting at Artfest Kingston!

Mosaic Stained Glass Art by: Deb Monteith

The Artist's Thoughts:

I am a stained glass artisan from the Niagara Region. What began as a hobby over 27 yrs ago has turned into a full-time occupation and a labour of love. Since no two pieces of art glass are identical, items created are unique in their construction and personally handcrafted.

In addition to working with glass, I love to add natural findings to my work, such as shells, stones, gemstones, geodes, etc. I am especially fond of crystals that can give an item that added sparkle with the coloured rainbows they project. I also work with glass/cement to create various outdoor décor pieces. I encourage all to celebrate life through art, explore the magick of colour, and enjoy!

Kindest Regards, Deb Monteith

Posted on June 26, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Glass.

Portrait of an Artist ~ Enjoy D3N!@L ART

Dan has a unique approach to his art, combining photo imagery, stencils and mixed media.

Visit: http://www.denialart.com/.

DENIAL is a Canadian stencil and mural artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition.  Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year travelling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

Posted on June 23, 2015 and filed under Wall Art.

Practical Metal Art exhibiting at Artfest Kingston!

Practical Art by Michael McNeil was established in 1992.  The vast majority of their pieces are fabricated using a MIG welder.

They also use various industrial benders and tools as well as lots of elbow grease. After a piece is completed, it is cleaned/polished and sent to be industrially powder coated. Afterwards, they apply automotive paints using a hand held airbrush for any of the pieces that require additional colour.

Practical Art has a team of three talented artisans working together to create unique metal art.

In their words......

"Practical Art was established over 20 years ago. We started by manufacturing unique modern furniture and a few smaller pieces to help accent the furniture. It was quickly realized that these smaller accent pieces were more widely appreciated by our customers.

After this revelation we switched our focus to creating and enhancing these smaller pieces for both interior and exterior applications, and often with some form of practicality as well. Practical Art continuously strives to improve every aspect of our artwork, resulting in new and unique pieces every year. We attend many high level art and craft shows across Canada." 

Posted on June 22, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Other.

Feederart: Funky, Whimsical, Wall Art!

Home decor and more at Artfest Port Credit!

A Note From Anite Landry:

Welcome to Feederart. My love child so to speak. Since i was a little girl I was fascinated with all things sparkly.

I found that I was always dabbling in anything artistic,painting,drawing,stained glass , photography etc etc... It all seemed to come together for me when I started doing my glitter art.

I found I was able to meld all sorts of artistic skills I had picked up and honed over the years into something creative and exciting. All of my pieces are special to me and have significant meaning . They are all derived from memories and the beauty of everyday things spun up with sparkle and humor.

Since all of my work is made to order colours may slightly vary. If you want something in a specific colour just let me know. 

Sincerely ,
Karen Landry

Posted on May 28, 2015 and filed under Other, Wall Art.

Dorval Designs is taking custom orders at Artfest Port Credit!

New to Artfest is woodcrafter Ray Dorval.  Ray is a master with the scroll saw.  He has the ability to carve detailed art works using a technique called fretwork. It is almost like a sewing machine for wood.

Ray specializes in portraits, but also makes incredibly detailed landscapes and illustrations.

“Funny thing is, I can’t even draw a stick figure! But give me some wood and my saw, and it just happens.”
— Ray Dorval

Order a custom portrait, company logo, or other personal symbol at Artfest Port Credit this weekend!!  From May 29 - 31!  

 Ray Dorval hard at work!

Ray Dorval hard at work!

Ray's work has also been found at One of a kind CNE Kempenfest, Port Credit, Niagara on the Lake, Coburg and numerous smaller shows throughout Ontario

He's a self taught scroll saw artist that has been honing his skills since the year, 2011.  Be sure to check out his original wood work at Artfest!  You'll be amazed!

Posted on May 27, 2015 and filed under Other, Wall Art.

Animal Letters come alive at Artfest Kingston!

Zoodonyms Name Puzzles at Artfest Kingston!

Zoodonyms Names Puzzles prides itself as an all Canadian company while creating imaginative gifs for children from beautiful name puzzles to delightful creative clocks, full alphabet and number puzzles. 

Creator and puzzle designer, Mary Ann Parkinson, uses a computer based drawing program with a machine to cut the puzzles out.  All painting is done by hand including the detail and faces.  Now in their 35th year of business, Zoodonyms continues to provide quality toys for children of all ages and to also bring a smile to the face of any youngster.

Zoodonyms puzzles are designed using a computer drawing program. Each puzzle is unique. Letters and animals are designed in order to fit perfectly together using a special machine.  All of the painting is done by hand including the faces. This new process was developed by Mary Ann and her husband Mark, updating the technology which was used by the original Zoodonyms for 30 years. All materials are now proudly made in Canada.

Zoodonyms has been creating colourful fun puzzles for over 35 years.  Exhibiting at the new Artfest Kingston show again this year!  

Posted on May 3, 2015 and filed under Children, Wall Art.

Reenie Marx Fine Art Photography at Artfest Kingston!

Fine Art Photography!

Reenie Marx Photo Art arises out of a deep reverence for nature.

Reenie's Words:

"My love affair with photography began at age 17 when my father gave me his old Leica camera. I immediately started a course of self study using books, visits to the Art Institute of Chicago where I studied the work of Steichen, Adams and many other artists, and experiments in my own dark room under the guidance of a group of professional photographers whose studio was near my apartment.

When I immigrated to Canada in 1973 my passion for photography took a back seat to a fulfilling career in education and only resurfaced powerfully in 2005 when I retired. Within a year I had taught myself the basics of digital photography and began exhibiting and selling my work professionally in Quebec, Ontario, and the United States. Since then I have had two solo exhibitions in Quebec and participated in several group shows in Ontario. I am currently part of Arbor Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art in Vankleek Hill, Ontario."

Find Reenie's stunning art photography at our upcoming Artfest Kingston show, from July 1st-4th!!