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Nov 26, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Community pride evident in Who ART Thou? art show, sale

City Centre Mirror

For the second straight year, a group of emerging artists from the Christie Pits, Annex, Seaton Village and surrounding areas will bring their work to a larger audience.

More than a dozen artists will showcase their talents at the Who ART Thou? art show and sale, which was organized by area residents Monica Gupta and Dawn Vrablic.

Silkscreener Ginny Brett is one of the artists whose work will be on display. She will exhibit and sell silk-screened images depicting scenes from the neighbourhood.

“Last year, I printed traditional Toronto street signs with the street names in the area on T-shirts and that was wildly popular,” she said. “We had people buying shirts from streets they didn’t even live on.”

This year, her work will include local scenes such as Bill Bolton Arena, though the images feature a twist.

“I’ve been playing a lot with light, and the light in the arena is so bad,” she said.

“I changed things to give the images a bit of a California feel.”

While the community features a number of talented artists, Who ART Thou? focuses on those who are not as well known outside the immediate area.

Some of those exhibiting works are relatively new to actually bringing their work to the public.

Brett herself has taken art courses but has seen art more as a hobby until last year’s event. She got involved because she was friends with Gupta and has seen her skills blossom due to her involvement in Who ART Thou?

“Doing this last year, I was forced to use my training for the show,” she said.

“I had just finished an art program and I find my art has really grown (since) the last (Who ART Thou?) show.”

Brett has lived in the area for years and finds the community focus a great change from so many other art shows, particularly given the neighbourhood pride evident in the Annex, Christie Pits and Seaton Village areas.

“It’s a nice theme and it brings out a lot of familiar faces, which makes it even easier to enjoy,” she said.

As with last year’s inaugural Who ART Thou? show, this year’s exhibit and sale will take place just in time to give patrons a chance to get a head start on their Christmas shopping.

Who ART Thou? will take place from Thursday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Beit Zatoun Gallery at 612 Markham St.

There will be an opening night reception starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

For more information on the show, including details on some of the participating artists, visit

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