Here’s a glimpse of the crowd enjoying the afternoon sunshine in the courtyard at 6pm on Sunday May 2oth. It was a beautiful sunny long weekend with record crowds at Distillery District enjoying the food and drink, one-of-kind shops, breathtaking art, photography and live performances.
The Art Market hapens every weekend in the summer, from May to September, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. The party is especially magnificent on long weekends. Its a gathering of local artists, craftspeople and food artisans. Participation fees are only $100 +HST per weekend, and a large portion of the rent they pay goes to support local charities.
The Distillery District has been labelled a “must-visit” destination in Toronto, and attracts between 2,000-5,000 tourists and Torontonians each and every weekend in the summer. This traffic volume provides exhibitors with a fantastic low rent opportunity wherein they might sell their work o sell, expand their contact list and network with other creators in a completely unique outdoor exhibition environment. To find out the latest developments, please subscribe to Artscape email newsletter
Tammy Nesbitt at Lavender Boutique was up from Niagara Falls
Tammy Nesbit of neob lavender caught my eye because she was selling lavender oil products at the Lavender Boutique, and while wearing a lavender striped shirt. I found the combination to be quite irresistible and did succumb to her intoxicating potions and personality. Her passion for all things lavender is really inspiring. The word ‘neob’ which I notice is never capitalized in any of their literature, stands for Niagara Essential Oils and Blends. She told me that they grow lavender and distill their own essential oils at their permanent location at 758 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara on the Lake which is a few minutes north of Niagara Falls Ontario. The farm and processing operation can be toured daily and contains a natural perfumery, among other agricultural attractions. There is also a retail store which affords boutique shopping over a wide selection of homemade botanicals and aromatherapy products . On this location there is a distillery apparatus and supporting buildings opposite a large greenhouse.
Pepi Arden is a world class gold and silver, Swarovski crystal jewelry designer
Pepi Arden uses Swarovski crystal and other semi precious stone in her jewelry creations – the bejeweled ornaments are heavy with the true weight of authenticity, and smooth to the touch and beautiful to behold. Some of the pieces she made were inspired by her dreams, and some were made to match clothing ensembles in a recent fashion show. Pepi sources her jewelry making materials from many different places besides Swarovski ; she buys stone from Native American traders and she buys gold and silver from Ottawa gold buyer where, not many people realize, you can both buy and sell gold. This makes it easier for jewelry designers, and even electronic circuit board designers who want to work with this expensive material.
Christian Aldo Brought Robots to the Distillery Art Market
Extraordinary artist Christian Aldo is becoming known for his brilliant bright coloured high bass relief portraits of musicians, athletes and action heroes enjoying life. But some of my most favorite pieces are of alien spaceships landing and unloading tiny yellow diamond chested figures on bizarre looking blue and green alien worlds.
Most recently, Christian has brought us his robots. The wonderful large 1950 classical sci-fi robots are new at the Art Market this year, and they are already getting a lot of attention. Here he is acting like a robot for the camera beside his friends, who agreed to act like robots, but then didn’t.
Would you like to be featured in Art Market this year? A limited number of spaces remain available on select dates. To inquire about becoming an Exhibitor, please view the Call for Submissions. http://www.torontoartscape.org/distillery-art-market/call-2012
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