Canadian athletes celebrated on canvas

News Mar 03, 2010 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

According to Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, artists and athletes have a lot in common.

"We have the same philosophy in life, love what you do and do what you love," said the North York artist and founder of the Portrait Society of Canada.

The likeness of artists and players of sport will be on display in the form of portraits and sculptures during an exhibit by the Portrait Society of Canada at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., until March 26.

The exhibit, on the heels of the Vancouver Olympics, will feature 34 portraits and two sculptures by 25 artists from across the country.

The exhibit, titled Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art, will be made up of portraits of living Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, mostly in oils and acrylics.

The idea of dedicating an exhibit to Olympic athletes was tossed around a year ago, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, adding with the 2010 Olympics held on Canadian soil, she thought the exhibit could be presented during the Games in Vancouver, but plans didn't pan out.

"The John B. Aird Gallery said they would accommodate our show," she said.

Portrait subjects include Donovan Bailey, Sylvie Frechette, Marc Gagnon, Clara Hughes, Joannie Rochette, Simon Whitfield and North York judo Olympian Sasha Mehmedovic, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, noting most of the athletes sat for the artists at least once.

"This is the first time Canadian athletes and artists have collaborated in this manner," she said.

The pieces, including sculptures of engaged sledge hockey team member Billy Bridges and women's hockey player Sami Jo Small, will be for sale during the exhibit and will range in price from $800 to $16,000, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said.

"The exhibit will appeal to art lovers, from the very abstract to the old masters, and sports lovers as well," she said.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who has maintained her Willowdale art studio for 15 years, has exhibited internationally and in 2002 won both a first prize and the People's Choice Award in the International Portrait Competition in Toronto.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Moscow State University, worked in restoration and operated her own studio in Germany. She was also featured in a new television series Star Portraits, which screened last fall on Bravo!

An opening reception for Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art will be held Thursday, March 4 at John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is open free to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Canadian athletes celebrated on canvas

Portrait exhibit dedicated to Olympians and Paralympians

News Mar 03, 2010 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

According to Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, artists and athletes have a lot in common.

"We have the same philosophy in life, love what you do and do what you love," said the North York artist and founder of the Portrait Society of Canada.

The likeness of artists and players of sport will be on display in the form of portraits and sculptures during an exhibit by the Portrait Society of Canada at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., until March 26.

The exhibit, on the heels of the Vancouver Olympics, will feature 34 portraits and two sculptures by 25 artists from across the country.

The exhibit, titled Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art, will be made up of portraits of living Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, mostly in oils and acrylics.

The idea of dedicating an exhibit to Olympic athletes was tossed around a year ago, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, adding with the 2010 Olympics held on Canadian soil, she thought the exhibit could be presented during the Games in Vancouver, but plans didn't pan out.

"The John B. Aird Gallery said they would accommodate our show," she said.

Portrait subjects include Donovan Bailey, Sylvie Frechette, Marc Gagnon, Clara Hughes, Joannie Rochette, Simon Whitfield and North York judo Olympian Sasha Mehmedovic, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, noting most of the athletes sat for the artists at least once.

"This is the first time Canadian athletes and artists have collaborated in this manner," she said.

The pieces, including sculptures of engaged sledge hockey team member Billy Bridges and women's hockey player Sami Jo Small, will be for sale during the exhibit and will range in price from $800 to $16,000, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said.

"The exhibit will appeal to art lovers, from the very abstract to the old masters, and sports lovers as well," she said.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who has maintained her Willowdale art studio for 15 years, has exhibited internationally and in 2002 won both a first prize and the People's Choice Award in the International Portrait Competition in Toronto.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Moscow State University, worked in restoration and operated her own studio in Germany. She was also featured in a new television series Star Portraits, which screened last fall on Bravo!

An opening reception for Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art will be held Thursday, March 4 at John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is open free to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Canadian athletes celebrated on canvas

Portrait exhibit dedicated to Olympians and Paralympians

News Mar 03, 2010 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

According to Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, artists and athletes have a lot in common.

"We have the same philosophy in life, love what you do and do what you love," said the North York artist and founder of the Portrait Society of Canada.

The likeness of artists and players of sport will be on display in the form of portraits and sculptures during an exhibit by the Portrait Society of Canada at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., until March 26.

The exhibit, on the heels of the Vancouver Olympics, will feature 34 portraits and two sculptures by 25 artists from across the country.

The exhibit, titled Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art, will be made up of portraits of living Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, mostly in oils and acrylics.

The idea of dedicating an exhibit to Olympic athletes was tossed around a year ago, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, adding with the 2010 Olympics held on Canadian soil, she thought the exhibit could be presented during the Games in Vancouver, but plans didn't pan out.

"The John B. Aird Gallery said they would accommodate our show," she said.

Portrait subjects include Donovan Bailey, Sylvie Frechette, Marc Gagnon, Clara Hughes, Joannie Rochette, Simon Whitfield and North York judo Olympian Sasha Mehmedovic, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said, noting most of the athletes sat for the artists at least once.

"This is the first time Canadian athletes and artists have collaborated in this manner," she said.

The pieces, including sculptures of engaged sledge hockey team member Billy Bridges and women's hockey player Sami Jo Small, will be for sale during the exhibit and will range in price from $800 to $16,000, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan said.

"The exhibit will appeal to art lovers, from the very abstract to the old masters, and sports lovers as well," she said.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who has maintained her Willowdale art studio for 15 years, has exhibited internationally and in 2002 won both a first prize and the People's Choice Award in the International Portrait Competition in Toronto.

Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan, who holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Moscow State University, worked in restoration and operated her own studio in Germany. She was also featured in a new television series Star Portraits, which screened last fall on Bravo!

An opening reception for Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art will be held Thursday, March 4 at John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St., from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is open free to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.