Thursday, October 02, 2008

EXHIBITION: 1st Annual Parkdale International Art Fair ( Sept.29 - Oct.27)

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convenience announces
1st annual Parkdale International Art Fair
September 29 - October 27, 2008

The first annual Parkdale International Art Fair (PIAF) opens September 29 and runs until October 27, 2008, to coincide with the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF).

Art fairs are de rigueur. They feature prestigious vernissages, are attended by thousands of art-lovers and art-world personnalités, and prices soar into the millions. Ooh la la. During our slightly contracted economy, contemporary art sales continue to set new records and raise new eyebrows.

Art lovers love art fairs. And we love Parkdale.

PIAF showcases the work of twelve Parkdale International Artists. They are:

Diane Borsato
Chris Curreri
Robert Fones
Sara Graham
Melissa Levin
Myles McCutcheon
Jon Sasaki
Judith Schwarz
Shawn Skeir
Monica Tap
Orest Tataryn
Laurel Woodcock

Each artist has been assigned a booth made of plywood, measuring approximately 2 x 3 x 2 feet. The artists have been carefully selected to fit the strict criteria of PIAF: 1. be a visual artist; & 2. live in Parkdale.

Parkdale is a neighbourhood in the south-west end of Toronto. Its boundaries are: Roncesvalles Avenue (west), Howard Park Avenue and Dundas Street West (north), the railway tracks from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West and Dufferin Street (east), and Lake Ontario (south).

Parkdale is roughly one square kilometre of diversity, disparity, and coexistence. A 19th century village turned prosperous residential area, Parkdale since the 1980s has been home to the working class, artists, immigrants, addicts, the homeless and the newly trendy.

Important PIAF dates

PIAF will also include a series of educational/outreach activities in intimate salon-style and public agora-style fora. Audience participation is integral to the interpretative strategy and sales. On the corner of Landsdowne and Seaforth the people can gather on:

Sunday October 5 @ 12:30pm

Get on the performance bus fresh post-Nuit Blanche. If you are still awake, or will reawake in time, take the free Performance Bus from TIAF (Toronto International Art Fair) at the Toronto Convention Centre at 12:30 pm SHARP to the upArt Contemporary Art Fair (Gladstone Hotel) and then on to PIAF, and back again.

Saturday October 18 @ 2pm

On October 18, Parkdale luminaries, long-time residents and ordinary people will discuss such pressing issues as "Where is Parkdale and what can I buy there?" and "Who are the Internationals?" PIAF will culminate with the announcement of the Parkdale International Artist of the Year. Further details to be announced.

PIAF is organized by your friendly neighbourhood international gallerists: Flavio Trevisan, Georgiana Uhlyarik* and Scott Sørli.

convenience is a window gallery that provides an opening for art that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm.

24/7 window gallery
58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto ON M6K 2V9
(at Seaforth Avenue, one block North of Queen)

contact: Georgiana Uhlyarik


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