Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – 2016

16-25 No Man's Land 24 x 30I’m very pleased to announce that I have been selected to participate in this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). I was also privileged to be part of the exhibition in 2015.

This year’s event will take place at Nathan Phillips Square (at the corner of Queen Street West and Bay Street, in front of Toronto City Hall), on July 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  The exhibition will run from 10:00 to 20:00  on July 8 and 9, and from 10:00 to 18:00 July 10.  Please visit the TOAE web site at torontooutdoorart.org for more information.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair showcasing the work of visual artists in every discipline from painting to sculpture to fabric arts. The TOAE attracts an audience of over 100,000 people annually.  The TOAE is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

If you’re in  Toronto in early July,  come by to say hello.  I will be in booth 17, located just west of the entrance to the City Hall building.  I look forward to seeing you then. Until then, drop me a line at jdcoto950@gmail.com if you’re looking for art, or if you just want to see what I’ve been up to.

 

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – 2016

16-25 No Man's Land 24 x 30I’m very pleased to announce that I have been selected to participate in this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). I was also privileged to be part of the exhibition in 2015.

This year’s event will take place at Nathan Phillips Square (at the corner of Queen Street West and Bay Street, in front of Toronto City Hall), on July 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  The exhibition will run from 10:00 to 20:00  on July 8 and 9, and from 10:00 to 18:00 July 10.  Please visit the TOAE web site at torontooutdoorart.org for more information.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair showcasing the work of visual artists in every discipline from painting to sculpture to fabric arts. The TOAE attracts an audience of over 100,000 people annually.  The TOAE is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

If you’re in  Toronto in early July,  come by to say hello.  I will be in booth 17, located just west of the entrance to the City Hall building.  I look forward to seeing you then. Until then, drop me a line at jdcoto950@gmail.com if you’re looking for art, or if you just want to see what I’ve been up to.

 

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (part two)

Ten days to go for the 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). The TOAE is an annual juried art fair that takes place at Nathan Phillips Square, the plaza in front of Toronto City Hall.  This year’s exhibition will be on September 18, 19 and 20, from 10:30 to 18:30 each day.

I was very pleased to have been selected to participate in this year’s exhibition.  I will be in booth A8, in the northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square.

I’ve been painting pretty much every day since I returned from Ireland in late March, so I’m ready to go…  Well… almost.  Here are a few samples of the paintings that I will be showing at the exhibition.  You can also check out my new paintings under the Oil Paintings tab.

If you’re in the Toronto area at the time of the exhibition, come look at art and say hello.

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Painting the Night

I love the night, when the world falls asleep and the shadows come to life, with their mysteries and their surprises.  The unknown lurks behind a tree or beyond a corner.  The night can be a time of quiet meditation. For some, it can also be a frightful time.  The night has inspired many musicians and painters and novelists and poets.

In music, a Nocturne is a short piece that evokes the night.  Nocturnes tend to be quiet, often played on a single instrument.  Chopin’s nocturnes may be the best known today, but Irish pianist and composer John Field is considered to be the originator of the nocturne.

In painting, the term Nocturne was used by American artist James Whistler to describe some of his night paintings, though he was of course not the first to paint night scenes.   Nocturnes are night scenes, but they’ve also been described as gloomy, moody, atmospheric.  In 2004, the Art Gallery of Ontario held a beautiful exhibition of the works of Turner, Whistler and Monet: Impressionist Visions. The exhibition was also shown at the Tate Britain in London and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  What really struck me in this exhibition was how these three wonderful artists created stunning nocturnes.

Over the years, I’ve painted a number of pieces that were inspired by the night. Here are a few recent ones.

  

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

I’m very excited to have been selected to participate in the 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. This year’s event will take place at Nathan Phillips Square (in front of Toronto City Hall) on September 18, 19 and 20.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair showcasing the work of visual artists in every discipline from painting to sculpture to fabric arts. The TOAE attracts an audience of over 100,000 people annually.  Yellow - TBA

I look forward to seeing you at the TOAE in September. Until then, drop me a line at info@jdcoto.com if you’re looking for art, or if you just want to see what I’ve been up to.

Exhibition – Inspired by Landscape

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An exhibition of my paintings continues until Sunday, November at Artscape Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell Street, Toronto.  I will be at the Gallery fron 2:00 tp 6:00 each day.

Cill Rialaig Project

I’m very excited to have been awarded an art residency in 2015, as part of the Cill Rialaig Project, in Ballinskelligs, co. Kerry, Ireland.  I’ll spend a few weeks painting, exploring the landscape, the sky and the ocean on the Irish coast.

The Cill Rialaig Project is the brain child of Noelle Campbell Sharpe, past owner and editor of the IT Magazine.  In addition to the work she does with the Cill Rialaig Project, she runs the Origin Gallery in Dublin.

The Cill Rialaig Arts Centre describes the origins of the project as “in 1991, the Cill Rialaig Project began the rescue and restoration of a small pre-famine village on Bolus Head at the very end of the Iveragh Peninsula, thus creating an artists retreat that has attracted over the years over 3,000 artists from Ireland and the world.”