Art

Beach photographer, Janice Hardacre, is holding her annual photography show, called Yours Contemplatively, at  the Leaside Public LIbrary, 165 McRae Dr., now through Jan. 31. This exhibit is part of the Toronto Public LIbrary’s art exhibits program that reflects the diverse cultural interests of the city and its neighbourhoods.
“Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, the word good meaning that our mind is relaxed, open and completely present in the moment,” said Hardacre in a press release. “My series of contemplative photography relates to seeing and capturing an image as it presents itself at that precise moment, free from planning or analyzing composition, light or mood.” Janice has been enjoying photography since she was young, and this is her third solo show.

Beach artist/actor Aron Tager will be exhibiting a potpourri of his recent works from February 2 to 29,  at the Voulez Vous Café, 1560 Queen St. E.
“All art is abstract,” says Tager. “I make no distinction between so-called ‘non-objective’, ‘abstract-expressionist’, ‘figurative’, ‘dada’, ‘blah-blah neo’ or ‘retro’.”
There will be an artist’s reception Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. when you can take the opportunity to discuss art with Mr. Tager. For more information call 416-466-8088.

Art of the Danforth is the unique arts festival that presents a variety of free public art displays and activities along Danforth Avenue between Greenwood and Woodbine. Designed to encourage foot traffic along Danforth, increase community engagement and showcase local talent, the 2012 event will run from May 20 to June 10, and will feature more than 50 public and commercial venues.
Included in this year’s festival is public art, featuring more than 20 large-scale site-specific projects, video documentaries about local residents, interactive installations and on-site theatre performances integrating local art.
Many of the stores in the neighbourhood will display paintings, sculpture and photography. There will be walking tours guided by theatrical performers. The public will be invited to take part in workshop activities such as drumming, painting, crafts, etc.
On the final weekend, June 8 to 10, streets and parks in the area will come alive with performances by local musicians, dancers and interactive performers.
For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact Art of the Danforth by visiting artofthedanforth.com.


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