Artisans at Work, 2071 Danforth Ave. at Woodbine, is hosting the Artistic Family show during the month of February. The show will focus on families with two, three or more contributing members hanging their artistic output in any medium.
On Friday, Feb. 7 between 7 and 10 p.m., stop by for First Friday, the opening night party for the Artistic Family show. Live music, food and drinks add to the festive atmosphere at the monthly art party for the East Danforth shop.
Artisans at Work will also be hosting a Family Day event called Art Attack on Monday, Feb. 17, in conjunction with East End Arts.
Groups of people – either families or not – are given a three by three foot canvas, acrylic paint and brushes, and three hours to create a masterpiece. Outside materials are okay, but must be used on the supplied canvas.
After the ‘attack’ part is complete, work will be juried and prizes will be handed out. The community is invited to attend an evening exhibition of the work created.
To sign up for Art Attack or for more information, visit eastendarts.ca. For more on Artisans at Work, including hours, current exhibitions, classes and the weekly indoor winter farmers’ market, visit artisans-at-work.com.
Anyone thinking of heading west to check out The Artist Project might consider stopping by between 7 and 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, for the Why We Ink exhibit at the event’s opening night party.
Started by Beacher Jules Fitzsimmons, Why We Ink is an online community where people from around the world share the stories behind tattoos inspired by, or in memory of, those with cancer.
A number of well-known Canadian celebrities have added their stories to the mix, and some of their photos will be included in the exhibit.
Fitzsimmons started the project after getting a tattoo of doves in memory of her brother Owen, who passed away from cancer in 2010. She quickly realized there were many more similarly inspired tattoos out there, both memorials and celebrations of survival, and Why We Ink was born.
The end goal of Fitzsimmons’ project is a coffee table book of professional images, but in the meantime, a number of photos will be on display at the event. The Artist Project is donating $5 of every $23 ticket to patient and caregiver services with the Cancer Society. To trigger the donation, use the code WHYWEINK when purchasing tickets at theartistproject.com. For more on the project, check out whyweink.com or facebook.com/WhyWeInk.
Gerrard Art Space presents The Heart Show, on now until Feb. 16.
The work by various artists is described as “for or from, about or because of, biological or anatomical, medical or spiritual, these works showcase all matters of the heart.” Artists in the show include Jyne Greenley, Sue Parisella, Cyril Williams, Evan Kelemen, Nicola Woods, Melanie Isis Tinken, Philip Hare, Dana Green,Carmen McCabe, Aina Tilups and Liane Odze-Silver.