I managed to attend a few summer artsy events this year including “Postcard Flash Fiction” put on by East End Arts with facilitator Hunan Hazime. She really seems to get around the city with a number of get-to-gethers including locations such as Workmans Arts and Inkwell Workshops! It was a pleasure not only doing some quick writing (the group exercise was especially fun), perusing 1950’s Postcards that Hunan picked up in some London Ontario shop, and seeing a few familiar faces…one of which must be at least 5 years since I saw her last! And bonus…we sat cozy peering through the windows at the torrential downpour flooding Toronto during the afternoon.
My local neighbourhood community group The Pocket Association also kept people busy during the summer, including a nearby Jewish Cemetery Tour (I hopes this happens again in October), Movie nights at Phin Park and Art in the Park events. Speaking of Phin Park…it’s new official name (previously Phin Ave. Parkette) had a celebration for new signage.
No…that is not the new signage stuck to the tree! This was the very first minute of one of the Art in the Park events. I am very busy making a butterfly mask.
I made a pit stop to Arton’s Beads before they switch ownership after 30+ years supplying Toronto’s bead o’holics. This area on Queen Street West is a popular area for tourists to take photos with iconic murals as the backdrops.
With summer winding down I have been preparing for a few September outdoor events as a vendor. A sponsored spot by CAMH during the Queen West Art Crawl (Sept 22nd) and a table during the Pocket Party (Sept29th). Will be my first year for the Pocket Party (includes a beer garden I believe) so really looking forward! Both are celebrating 15 years for these events. Because these are low/no-cost-to-me-events my prices will be the same as website! And per the Pocket a donation will be made from each sold item (including $2 small bracelets with the funds donated directly to the PCA) from moi!
During these events I will be launching this years “minis”… 6″ x 6” paper mounted on canvas paintings for $30.00. I’ll write more about these in the Baubles section once they are available on-line later in the Fall. A little peek at the minis to end your day!