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Painters Eleven April 30, 2019

Painters Eleven was an influential artists’ group from Toronto in the 1950s. They were instrumental in helping to introduce abstract painting into the mainstream of Canadian art. Beginnings In 1950, Toronto was still dominated by the art of the Group of Seven. But in 1952,  Alexandra Luke organized the first public exhibition of abstract artists in Ontario. That exhibit included seven of the members of the future Painters Eleven group (Jack Bush, Oscar Cahén, Thomas…

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Coloring Is Good For You April 29, 2019

Have you ever heard of the ‘amygdala’? That’s the section of the brain that becomes activated whenever you feel stressed or scared. Of course, every child knows about the joy of coloring. Well, researchers have discovered that coloring is good for you, too! This activity actually has a positive effect on your state of mind, and helps to relax your amygdala. Five Benefits of Coloring 1. Relieves Stress Coloring activates the parts of the brain…

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The Art of Tom Thomson April 27, 2019

Tom Thomson‘s landscape oil paintings offer up an enduring image of the Ontario North. His art reflected and reinforced a developing Canadian nationalism. Although he was associated with the Group of Seven, he was not a member. Yet, he is still considered to be an iconic figure of the Canadian art world. The Early Years While living in Toronto, Thomson attended art classes at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design, and studied with…

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Woodworking Art April 25, 2019

Woodcarving is one of the oldest art forms. It has existed since Man first began using tools. In today’s world, it’s often incorporated in furniture design,  and in architecture, not to mention sculpture and printmaking. Wood is a very light material that can be easily cut, and allows for very fine detail.  It’s also much easier to sculpt than stone. Readily prevalent and versatile, wood has always been an attractive medium for artists to work…

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The Art of Science April 23, 2019

Many might think that art and science have little in common. On the contrary, artistic and scientific disciplines are often intertwined. For example, the architectural and design professions rely heavily on fundamental principles from both fields. And many inventors have had artistic training or influences. Here are some notable artist-scientists who have had a major influence on our world of today. Samuel Morse Morse studied art under the 18th century painter, Benjamin West, at London’s…

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Is Literature ‘Art’ April 19, 2019

Art as Expression The Oxford dictionary defines Art as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Can we, then, consider literature to be Art? It certainly qualifies as an expression of creative skill and imagination. And a writer certainly uses his words to ‘suggest a narrative picture in his reader’s…

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Interior Design and Art April 16, 2019

Wall Art is the Color Palette Choosing the ‘right’ color can be one of the hardest decorating decisions you’ll have to make. It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for the room. An easier approach might be, leave the paint chips behind, and focus on choosing some wall art instead. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use…

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It’s All About eMotion April 13, 2019

Pretty much everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether at home, in the car, or in a mall, music is a part of our lives, everywhere we go. Of course, music is an auditory medium. But it shares something in common with the ‘visual’ arts in one very important respect. The function of both is to create an emotional impact, one that doesn’t rely on any verbal description. That’s why the fine arts, whether music, painting,…

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Lawren Harris – One of Canada’s Great Painters April 11, 2019

Lawren Stewart Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1885. His family was wealthy, having developed a successful farm machinery business. In 1891 the family business merged with the Massey firm to create the  iconic Massey-Harris company. The young Lawren Harris was basically free of money worries for the rest of his life. The Early Years Harris took up  painting  at an early age and studied in Germany from 1904 to 1907. In 1911 he met J. E. H. MacDonald, whose  landscape…

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Things To Do at Granville Island April 10, 2019

There’s plenty to see and do here on the Island, whether you are looking for art, food, gifts, or just some fresh air and great scenery.  A Bread Affair Start your tour at Bread Affair, for some of the most scrumptious breads and baked goods you will ever taste.  They use only the freshest organic ingredients from local farmers, and best of all, everything is made by hand.  Shop the Market Vendors, farmers, and butchers…

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