Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit

9 years, 4 months ago 2
Posted in: Art, Toronto Artists
It’s been a few years since I had checked out one of my favourite art shows in the city, but thankfully all went according to plan this past Sunday as we headed out on a hot and sunny day.  The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit was celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and i must say, how pleased i was to find some really great new talent.  

I left the show inspired and happy to have met and discussed art with some lovely new people!

Sometimes when you walk into a booth you want to be transported into a magical space that you want to be in forever.  This was what i felt when i walked into Amanda’s booth.  This installation made me feel as if i was underwater and bright orange jellyfish befriended me..the photos don’t do it justice, check out her work for sure.  Really magical.
Installation by Amanda McCavour

If you know me, you know that i am particularly enamoured with slightly dark and whimsical art.  I also love all things tiny, so i was happy happy happy to come across the work of So Yeon Michelle Kim.  Her dioramas are so captivating that i could stare at them for a long time.  

Red Sun
Beautiful dioramas by So Yeon Michelle Kim

Now let me first say that i was slightly repulsed by the large taxidermied racoon when i first saw it, but after talking with artist Kate Puxley, I understood and appreciated where she was coming from.  As an artist who creates pieces based on roadkill, she felt it wrong to dispose of the bodies after creating art with it, so she decided to learn the ancient art of taxidermy to honour the animals.  I fell in love with this small weasel.   She had mentioned that many people became enraged and angry with her, but i sort of found it fascinating as to how she took care of animals that so many people simply drive by.
A sleeping taxidermy weasel by Kate Puxley

And now for something completely different.  Every year when we go to this show we like to find a new artist and buy a small piece of art.  After looking at many pieces we settled upon an embroidered piece by Lucky Jackson.  Her work was fun, nostalgic and had such a sense of humour that i just couldn’t help but want it in my house.  

The amazing work of Lucky Jackson!
Check out all of these artists and let me know what you think! Who were your favourite artists?

2 Responses

  1. martha brown says:

    I think that those were all my favourite too! I loved Kate Puxley’s work! This was the first year that I came home empty handed 🙁 I’m trying to save money….

  2. Lisa PN says:

    We came home with a Lucky Jackson embroidered piece which i LOVE! Kate is great!