Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @oksana.berda! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Oksana will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.
Oksana Berda is a contemporary visual artist working and living in Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in Creative Writing, which informs the narrative quality of her work. Her paintings explore interactions between organic shapes found in nature. She reassembles them as ghostly washes, braids of graphing pencil, and soft pastel lines which contain the forms that might otherwise stretch out and over the edge of the paper. Berda treats colour as character; in her work forms interact and converse: they are introduced, they marry and separate. The landscapes are actively constructed and deconstructed within the process and by the viewer. Berda is an avid hiker and gets her inspiration from trips to various parks surrounding Toronto and spending time on Lake Ontario.
To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Simply find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!
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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @arianapickard! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Ariana will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.
Ariana Pickard is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. She works with digital and traditional illustration, ceramics, and printmaking practices. A key aspect of her work is the heavy use of text, both with and without corresponding drawings. The intersection of art and words is fundamental to the function of her work, being to involve the viewer and allow them to reflect inward. The subject matter for said work revolves around universal experience, sharing moments of fear, guilt, insecurity, and self-love. She does however practice and produce both conceptual and material/aesthetically concerned work.
To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Simply find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Check out this week’s Crafting in Quarantine video with our talented instructor, Marjan Verstappen as she shows you how to create your soap carvings. See all of our Crafting in Quarantine videos plus our interactive online gallery, artist studio visits, and more online programming on our Arts in Isolation page. See link in bio.

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Learn to think on your feet with improv! Check out our new Introduction to Improv Theatre class with Samara Stern. Improv is a skill that teaches you how to break the cycle of self-judgment and is helpful both as a space to play and to build confidence. Registration is now open for our Online Saturday Art Classes. These classes usually fill up quickly so be sure to register now to reserve your spot. This class is for youth ages 10-14. To find out more and to register, see link in bio.

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @sashabatemanceramics! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Sasha will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Sasha Bateman is an emerging artist who graduated from Sheridan College’s ceramic program in 2018. Sasha has been known to explore some of the more curious elements of nature through her sculptures and has most recently been experimenting with the use of other materials to incorporate into or augment her work. At times contentious and antagonistic, and other times soothing and harmonious, Sasha’s sculptures provoke the viewer to explore elements of nature through their own predispositioned lens.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Simply find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Arts Etobicoke would like to thank all of the incredible and talented performers who made Wednesday night’s #SpotlightEtobicoke such a success. You all did an amazing job and showed us how the arts can lift people’s spirits and keep us feeling connected when we need it the most.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch the show and support our local artists. If you missed the live event there is a recording of the full show available on our website. See link in bio.

We would also like to send a big thank you to the Telus @friendlyfuturefoundation for sponsoring our Arts In Isolation programming and to our Food Sponsor @kitchenhubfoods for providing the evening’s catering.

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @shane.ackerley! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Shane will be taking us through a tour of his home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Shane Ackerley is a contemporary artist living and working in Toronto. He attends Etobicoke School of the Arts for its Contemporary Art program and will study Astrophysics at Western University in the fall of 2020. Deeply inspired by astronomy and cosmology, Ackerley investigates ties between humans and the Universe we exist within. To convey what he learns, he uses metaphors that manifest physically in a spectrum of ways. Establishing links between his relationships with the things that surround him and the function of matter in spacetime, Ackerley is able to simultaneously learn about himself and the cosmos we inhabit.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Simply find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Looking for a fun craft to do this weekend? Check out this week’s Crafting in Quarantine video with our talented instructor, Marjan Verstappen as she shows you how to create recycled candles. See all of our Crafting in Quarantine videos plus our interactive online gallery, artist studio visits, and more online programming on our Arts in Isolation page. See link in bio.

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Our first-ever SPOTLIGHT ETOBICOKE is coming up soon! Join us on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm for an exciting live streamed talent showcase. This event features local Etobicoke musicians and performing artists showcasing their incredible talents live from inside their homes. Today we would like to introduce you to House on 10th Street!

House on Tenth Street is a local band of Humber Music students and Alumni living together. @luisanselmi4, @camilalozadm, and @vareysound perform international Latin and World music, classic jazz standards, and contemporary pop hits. See them and more than a dozen amazing performers this Wednesday, May 13. See link in bio for more info.

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @jkrish54! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Jacintha will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Jacintha Krish is an artist and instructor living and working in Etobicoke. She teaches primarily at Neilson Park Creative Center as well as at other art organizations in and around the GTA. Working in different mediums such as acrylics, mixed media, as well as watercolor and ink, Jacintha is constantly experimenting with colour and form. Her inspiration lies in the rich biodiversity of Canada, my home. The sights and sounds of the world around her constantly challenge her to push her boundaries to paint the ever-changing mosaic that is quintessentially Canadian.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Simply find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!
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Online Gallery

Dana Zivkovic

Born 1985 in Zadar, Croatia, Dana Zivkovic currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor degree of Fine and Applied Arts from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. A self-employed artist, Dana works as an art educator, curator, charity activist, looking for a new show, a gallery for exhibition. Her work explores relationship between natural heritage and the products of the modern society seen through a surreal prism. It is both formalistically representational and occasionally abstract. Recently she started developing the series which brings awareness on pollution.

Darlene Kulig

After a successful career as a graphic designer, Darlene began painting full-time ten years ago. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique, very personal approach that “feels” Canadian. Darlene’s award winning work has been featured in magazine and can be found in Canadian Embassy buildings, the Mayo Clinic, and art galleries across Canada and internationally. Pomegranate Communications has licensed Darlene’s work to be reproduced as contemporary Canadian content in their international product line. Most recently, she has created a line of fundraising face masks to raise money for her nephew’s memorial fund, The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund, to fund cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. If you are interested in purchasing more products from Darlene Kulig such as calendars, puzzles, gift cards, and pillow slip covers, please contact our gallery manager akshata@artsetobicoke.com for inquiries.

David Chinyama

David Chinyama is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work is inspired by color, form, movement and texture. His work is a representation of personal fascinations and experiences often shaped by his upbringing and cultural memories of different African traditions. Working in multimedia, he explores subject matters centered upon aspects of identity, socio-economic, political and religious connotations. These compositions are made out of found fabrics and recycled fibers that are cut, stitched and painted together on canvas to form varying patterns and shapes. His practice can best be described as a form of adaptation and response to influences of various cultures within different urban settings. Working in a spontaneous approach, he experiments with the use of unfamiliar materials on how they relate to each other when placed in different frames that assign to them a new function.

Jacintha Krish

As a visual artist and art instructor, Jacintha Krish’s work is primarily in mixed media as well as watercolour and ink. Constantly experimenting with pushing the boundaries of colour and form has made her the artist that she is. Jacintha’s love of teaching has broadened her horizons and helped her get to know and understand people and their different forms of artistic pleasure. Art is an interesting and fulfilling journey and she feels fortunate indeed to be able to share in the experiences of many wonderful people along the way. Jacintha’s inspiration lies in the rich biodiversity of Canada, her home. The sights and sounds of the world around her constantly challenge her to paint the ever changing mosaic that is quintessentially Canadian.

Mr. Hydde

Mr. Hydde an artist living and working in the Toronto area. He shows his work under the pseudonym Mr. Hydde. He completed his B.F.A at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and his M.F.A. degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Mr. Hydde lived in Tokyo Japan for 2 years, where he became familiar with Japanese printmaking techniques and started to become interested in Japanese Pop and Street Culture through his artistic contacts. His artwork is represented by Coldstream Fine Arts in Toronto, by Gallerie Pink E Space in Montreal, and 3rd Ethos Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Mr. Hydde is a member of the Brooklyn NY based Bushwick Collective. He has painted murals for the Bushwick Block Party for the past 3 years. He painted in the Dec. 2018 MOS Miami as an invited painter.

Natalie Very B

Natalie Very B. is a Polish-Canadian illustrator, muralist, and educator. She is passionate about facilitating art workshops with a strong focus on the therapeutic aspect of creative expression. Her large scale murals depict modern female empowerment and can be found all across the city of Toronto. She makes art with the goal of changing preconceived notions of feminism and promoting self-love and body positivity in the world.

Philip Cote

Philip Cote, MFA of Moose Deer Point First Nation is a Young Spiritual Elder, Indigenous Artist, Activist, Educator, Historian and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper. Philip is a graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design Masters program. He is engaged in creating opportunities for art-making and teaching methodologies through Indigenous symbolism, traditional ceremonies, history, oral stories, and land-based pedagogy. His art and teaching philosophy evolves from his practice of experiential learning and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge. Philip has shared his knowledge with numerous institutions from York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Peel District School Board and the TDSB. Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story” since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years. Philip has won numerous TABIA awards for his public Street Art Murals Across the City of Toronto.

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