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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Hot Date: A Great Big See at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

From Where I Sit by Brett Orr

JULY 6 TO 8 What began more than 50 years ago as a modest weekend art display has become Canada’s largest outdoor emporium for everything from paintings and photography to ceramics and woodwork. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition brings visual impact to the downtown core as over 300 emerging and established artists and craftspeople—including Brett Orr, who makes photo-based works, and sculptural ceramicist Julie Moon—offer their creative expressions for sale. Like what you see? Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the artists to gain even more insight into their pieces. Nathan Phillips Square, free admission; call 416-408-2754 or visit here for further details.

Hot Art: Outside Art

Crash by Mark Stebbins

JULY 8 TO 10 Canada’s largest juried, open-air art show celebrates 50 years of presenting contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and more. Over 20,000 artists have offered their works at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition since it’s inception five decades ago; the golden anniversary edition features hundreds more established and emerging creators. Last year, local artist Mark Stebbins drew “Best in Show” and “Best in Drawing” accolades from the exhibition’s judges. His innovate combination of traditional textile-based practice and modern electronic media can be seen anew at the 2011 show in pieces such as Crash.

Hot Art: Outsider Art

A ceramic sculpture by Michelle Mendlowitz

JULY 9 TO 11 Fresh air and fine art make the perfect match as nearly 400 emerging and established artists and craftspeople—plus an expected 100,000 visitors—converge on Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Now in its 49th year, this open-air juried art fair has become the largest show of its kind in North America, offering a bazaar-like atmosphere where all manner of art creators and art lovers can mingle amidst contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures—such as ceramic works by award-winning artist Michelle Mendlowitz—and much more.