Local painter captures popular Parkdale landmarks for a good cause

WhatsOn Sep 04, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

For the past six years, local painter Benjamin Edward has called Parkdale home. His admiration for the neighbourhood extended to its people, particularly a man named Navneet Sondhi — or just ‘Nav,’ as he knew him.

He passed away in March and Edward was saddened to hear the news.

“I casually knew him from living here for so long. I’d give him change every once in a while and he would ask me how my day was. It was just really nice to see him (in the neighbourhood) and he was really nice,” Edward told The Villager.

“It was hard to find out what happened to him because it put things into perspective. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and pretend everything is OK, until it happens to someone you know and you realize this is a much larger problem.”

It was after Sondhi’s passing that Edward heard about the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) and the work they do in the community, providing social services, programs and meals to marginalized residents. He realized then that he “had to do something,” and he wanted to help PARC continue to help others like Sondhi in the community. So, he created a series of 11 paintings of Parkdale landmarks in his signature watercolour style for an exhibit that will donate 70 per cent of the proceeds to PARC’s Art Group.

“With PARC being such a good piece of the community and helping out with all aspects of the community, I figured that’s the best place to donate,” said the Tyndall Avenue resident.

There’ll also be 15 additional paintings for sale that aren’t Parkdale-specific, but 15 per cent of sales from those pieces of art will still be donated to PARC.

He chose “iconic places” that have been part of the Parkdale community for years, and a few that he and his friends frequent as well — some of which include the peace globe in front of Parkdale Library, the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel, Sam the Chandelier Man and the Sunnyside Pavilion.

“I wanted to be able to capture part of Parkdale and pieces that people could relate to, but it was hard to choose. I took a bunch of photos, but those were the ones that resonated the most with me, just from my own personal experiences in the neighbourhood,” said Edward.

It’s a series Edward hopes to continue in some form beyond the exhibit’s run, while still donating proceeds to PARC.

“I’m really excited to bring some more awareness to PARC, because there are plenty other people who don’t know the good things they do for the neighbourhood and all the programs they have to offer,” he said. “I hope I can give a large donation.”

The exhibit runs from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30 at 1664 Queen St. W. A public reception and meet-and-greet with the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

The artwork is in 11-by-14-inch frames and costs between $350 and $450.

Local painter captures popular Parkdale landmarks for a good cause

A portion of the proceeds from art exhibit will be donated to PARC

WhatsOn Sep 04, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

For the past six years, local painter Benjamin Edward has called Parkdale home. His admiration for the neighbourhood extended to its people, particularly a man named Navneet Sondhi — or just ‘Nav,’ as he knew him.

He passed away in March and Edward was saddened to hear the news.

“I casually knew him from living here for so long. I’d give him change every once in a while and he would ask me how my day was. It was just really nice to see him (in the neighbourhood) and he was really nice,” Edward told The Villager.

“It was hard to find out what happened to him because it put things into perspective. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and pretend everything is OK, until it happens to someone you know and you realize this is a much larger problem.”

It was after Sondhi’s passing that Edward heard about the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) and the work they do in the community, providing social services, programs and meals to marginalized residents. He realized then that he “had to do something,” and he wanted to help PARC continue to help others like Sondhi in the community. So, he created a series of 11 paintings of Parkdale landmarks in his signature watercolour style for an exhibit that will donate 70 per cent of the proceeds to PARC’s Art Group.

“With PARC being such a good piece of the community and helping out with all aspects of the community, I figured that’s the best place to donate,” said the Tyndall Avenue resident.

There’ll also be 15 additional paintings for sale that aren’t Parkdale-specific, but 15 per cent of sales from those pieces of art will still be donated to PARC.

He chose “iconic places” that have been part of the Parkdale community for years, and a few that he and his friends frequent as well — some of which include the peace globe in front of Parkdale Library, the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel, Sam the Chandelier Man and the Sunnyside Pavilion.

“I wanted to be able to capture part of Parkdale and pieces that people could relate to, but it was hard to choose. I took a bunch of photos, but those were the ones that resonated the most with me, just from my own personal experiences in the neighbourhood,” said Edward.

It’s a series Edward hopes to continue in some form beyond the exhibit’s run, while still donating proceeds to PARC.

“I’m really excited to bring some more awareness to PARC, because there are plenty other people who don’t know the good things they do for the neighbourhood and all the programs they have to offer,” he said. “I hope I can give a large donation.”

The exhibit runs from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30 at 1664 Queen St. W. A public reception and meet-and-greet with the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

The artwork is in 11-by-14-inch frames and costs between $350 and $450.

Local painter captures popular Parkdale landmarks for a good cause

A portion of the proceeds from art exhibit will be donated to PARC

WhatsOn Sep 04, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

For the past six years, local painter Benjamin Edward has called Parkdale home. His admiration for the neighbourhood extended to its people, particularly a man named Navneet Sondhi — or just ‘Nav,’ as he knew him.

He passed away in March and Edward was saddened to hear the news.

“I casually knew him from living here for so long. I’d give him change every once in a while and he would ask me how my day was. It was just really nice to see him (in the neighbourhood) and he was really nice,” Edward told The Villager.

“It was hard to find out what happened to him because it put things into perspective. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and pretend everything is OK, until it happens to someone you know and you realize this is a much larger problem.”

It was after Sondhi’s passing that Edward heard about the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) and the work they do in the community, providing social services, programs and meals to marginalized residents. He realized then that he “had to do something,” and he wanted to help PARC continue to help others like Sondhi in the community. So, he created a series of 11 paintings of Parkdale landmarks in his signature watercolour style for an exhibit that will donate 70 per cent of the proceeds to PARC’s Art Group.

“With PARC being such a good piece of the community and helping out with all aspects of the community, I figured that’s the best place to donate,” said the Tyndall Avenue resident.

There’ll also be 15 additional paintings for sale that aren’t Parkdale-specific, but 15 per cent of sales from those pieces of art will still be donated to PARC.

He chose “iconic places” that have been part of the Parkdale community for years, and a few that he and his friends frequent as well — some of which include the peace globe in front of Parkdale Library, the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel, Sam the Chandelier Man and the Sunnyside Pavilion.

“I wanted to be able to capture part of Parkdale and pieces that people could relate to, but it was hard to choose. I took a bunch of photos, but those were the ones that resonated the most with me, just from my own personal experiences in the neighbourhood,” said Edward.

It’s a series Edward hopes to continue in some form beyond the exhibit’s run, while still donating proceeds to PARC.

“I’m really excited to bring some more awareness to PARC, because there are plenty other people who don’t know the good things they do for the neighbourhood and all the programs they have to offer,” he said. “I hope I can give a large donation.”

The exhibit runs from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30 at 1664 Queen St. W. A public reception and meet-and-greet with the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

The artwork is in 11-by-14-inch frames and costs between $350 and $450.