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Member News - July 2017

Member News - July 2017

07 July 2017   YRAC Member News

Arts Society King (ASK)

Take a self-guided tour of some of the gorgeous gardens of King Township at the Schomberg Garden Tour. NEW this year: ASK artists are paired with each Garden! For more information and tickets, click here

ASK will also be hosting their annual Schomberg Street Gallery event on September 17th, complete with a juried exhibition and quality fine art & crafts available for sale. Admission is free to all visitors, with live entertainment, a complimentary rickshaw service, and many local shops and restaurants close by. Click here for more info.

Aurora Cultural Center

The Aurora Cultural Center has named Suzanne Haines the incoming Executive Director as of June 5, 2017. According to President of the Board of Directors, Craig Mathers, Suzanne “comes at an exciting time as we complete our new strategic plan” and “[she] brings a great deal of experience in the area of not-for-profit organizations, especially in the field of arts and culture”. Ms. Haines is looking forward to taking on the position, and plans to continue to develop a “strong and vibrant cultural strategy for the residents of Aurora and beyond.” 

Town of Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is proud to announce the 2017 artist in residence – the Karma Project. Featuring performances by Hasheel Lodhia and Robert Halley, the Karma Project will premiere Intercollective, an interactive experience where music and movement come together, to honour the diverse fabric of Canada and the residents of Richmond Hill.

This engaging and socially conscious performance will examine the questions: who are we, why are we here and how can we make the world and our community a better place? Connect as a united community through creative collaboration, dance, spoken word, and reflection at some of Richmond Hill's most inspiring outdoor spaces.   

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection

On June 3, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection's sixth annual signature fundraiser, McMichael Moonlight Gala 2017, returned to dazzle hundreds of guests with a memorable evening under the stars. Hosted by CTV News Toronto anchor Ken Shaw, attendees were treated to a culinary extravaganza, a live auction, and special musical performances by leading Canadian artists. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward more than 6,000 artworks in the McMichael's permanent collection.  

The McMichael has released its lineup of recent and upcoming exhibits, including: Passion Over Reason by Tom Thomson and Joyce Wieland, Higher States by Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries and Size Matters by Steve Driscoll and Finn O'Hara. 

Explore the art of guitar making inspired by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson at the new, exciting exhibition. Select paintings and drawings by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson accompany the extraordinary handmade guitars, as well as a performance film showing in the interactive and innovative gallery space. 

The Latcham Gallery

The Latcham Gallery is thrilled to present The Amended Landscape, an exhibition of photographic works by Edward Burtynsky, Eve Gane, Marco Francisco, Shivon Madden and Moira Ness from July 6 to August 26. Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most respected photographers. His work is accompanied by lens-based work of four emerging artists who seek to mirror the many ways we leave our mark upon the landscape. Together the imagery in The Amended Landscape asks us to reflect upon our relationship to the places where we live and on our relationship to the planet on which we depend. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these provocative works together.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre

There are a number of community events happening at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre in July. From now through Dec 9th, come to the museum to see the exhibit: “Canada’s 150th – Then and Now”. On Thursdays (July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and August 3rd) they will be hosting Animal Tales for kids aged 2-5, where children can read and stay for art activities.  On August 10th, the community centre is hosting a Teddy Bear Tea for children including activities, stories, and crafts. Lastly, they will host The 44th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show on August 13th.  Exhibitors will display antique & classic cars, and live entertainment, food vendors, and heritage activities available. 

Improvability & Motus O Dance Theatre

Improvability!  partnered with Motus O Dance Theatre to create the recent production "Moving Stories".  The performance presented several short visual vignettes of real life stories shared by people with autism and with Aphasia.  Executive Director Alana Shields Barker performed live, and two Social Improv™ Players were featured in video vignettes.  The show ran the gamut of emotion and offered a message of positivity and hope.   

Linda McIntosh

Linda McIntosh has partnered with company VIDA to launch her first collection of wearable art. From scarves to tops, she has created a socially conscious process that allows artists to create beautiful fashion products. Take a look at her collection here 

Diana Tso

Diana Tso is proud to be a part of two amazing plays, “Bakkhai” and “The Komagata Maru Incident” at the Stratford Festival this season, speaking, singing and celebrating stories about women and about equity. Click here and here for details.

Diana will also be speaking as one of the panelists on July 19th @ 10:45 am at the FORUM’s “Woman: Goods or Goddess?” alongside playwright Anne-Marie MacDonald and author, academic and activist Shereen El Feki. They will be “[speaking] to their experience as female writers in diverse social and cultural contexts, discussing how the female voice and perspective has shifted over time in literature and what that shift has meant, particularly to women in society.”

Josée Savaria

Josée Savaria invites you to the 56th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square, starting Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16. The Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada's largest and longest running outdoor art exhibition with hundreds of new artists at the newly designed exhibition grounds at Nathan Phillips Square. This free public event features creations by 340 contemporary artists in painting, photography, mixed media, jewellery and ceramics. Josee will be located at booth NA-06 (Exhibition Map)

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