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Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts

December Editor’s Picks: Art

Irish chain quilt

An Irish chain quilt

ON NOW For many people, quilts bring to mind notions of warmth and an embracing comfort. But upon viewing the array of coverlets displayed at the Textile Museum of Canada, you may find another term to be equally fitting—art. Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, gathers 43 delicate blankets from Canada, England and the United States in a prismatic show of colour and craft, exposing the rich quilting tradition of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries through styles including the pixel-like honeycomb pattern, the log cabin technique with its Canadiana influence, and everyone’s favourite, the “crazy quilt.” Among the most impressive examples: a double Irish chain quilt, comprising 2,965 postage stamp–sized pieces exquisitely stitched into a vibrant diagonal grid.
—Jenelle DaSilva Rupchand

Celebrate 30 years with Gallery 44.

Celebrate 30 years with Gallery 44

DECEMBER 3 TO 19 Shutterbugs have cause for celebration as unique photography centre and production facility Gallery 44 marks its 30th anniversary. Since 1979 the not-for-profit gallery has displayed the works of more than 750 Canadian and international artists in 240-plus exhibitions; this month, the gallery’s Wall to Wall show and sale collects excellent images that span its three decades of existence. Commemorate the occasion by picking up Gallery 44’s newest book, Emergence: Contemporary Canadian Photography, which examines photographic art and its ongoing evolution in this country.
Jessica Napier

Michael Snow's SSHTOORRTY

Michael Snow's SSHTOORRTY

OPENS DECEMBER 11 Art lovers and cineastes find common ground in Recent Snow: Works by Michael Snow, a survey of the Toronto-born artist’s latest video and film installations at The Power Plant. Though successful in many disciplines, Snow’s most consistently innovative efforts have been in the arena of avant-garde cinema. Experimenting with both structural and narrative techniques, these works—2005’s SSHTOORRTY and two brand new films among them—investigate the interplay between artifice and reality, rewarding the keen viewer with a multilayered cognitive and sensory experience.

ON NOW Get creative with your gift-giving this season by picking up eye-catching artwork and other visual ephemera at these unique shops and galleries.

Toronto Antiques on King

Toronto Antiques on King

>> A miscellany of paintings and works on paper is augmented by decorative pottery, sculptures, hand-crafted jewellery and even functional wood pieces at venerable Arts on King.

>> With reasonably priced canvases from dozens of emerging artists, Art Interiors offers an affordable alternative to the more traditional gallery experience.

>> Queen West’s Magic Pony is a mecca for whimsical designer toys and limited-edition prints from the likes of Junko Mizuno and Nicholas Di Genova.

>> Find the perfect coffee-table tome for the graphic designer or (m)ad man in your life at Swipe Books.

>> Toronto Antiques on King houses under one roof a variety of quality vendors who traffic in everything from estate jewellery to Canadian historical art to unique knick-knacks.

Frugal Faves: The Textile Museum and a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

See colourful quilts and much more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission at the Textile Museum.

View colourful quilts and more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission to the Textile Museum of Canada.

PWYC Admission to the Textile Museum
The Textile Museum of Canada showcases more than 1,200 cloth-based artifacts and works of art from around the world, from traditional East Asian garments and Danish tablecloths to feminist embroidery and evocative tapestries. General museum admission ($12) won’t break the bank, but frugal types will want to visit on Wednesday evenings, when you pay-what-you-can to get in. Check out Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, examine South American fabric fragments in In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art, and try different kinds of looms in the fibrespace hands-on gallery, all on the cheap.

Pay-What-You-Can admission at the Textile Museum is in effect every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

See “Businessman” Sculptures for Free
If you’re an art fan but your PWYC budget is closer to $0? Then go on a cost-free sculpture scavenger hunt to find the Businessman. Renowned sculptor William Hodd McElcheran created a number of bronze sculptures of a portly man in an overcoat, tie and fedora. A selection of these famed pieces from the 1980s were placed around Toronto, some fittingly located in the Financial District. Find the Businessman at Brookfield Place standing tall with hat and portfolio in hand, in mid-stride in the Commerce Court East building, bareback on a horse between Brennan Hall and Emsley Hall on the University of Toronto campus, and at other spots. A variety of works by McElcheran are also available for purchase at Yorkville’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries.