Call for Visual Artist in Residence 2017-2018

The Visual Art Section of the Heliconian Club is seeking an Artist-in-Residence for the upcoming season, 2017 – 2018. The Artist-in-Residence will have complimentary membership in the Club and in addition be able to attend Life Drawing sessions, free-of-charge, every Monday in the Club’s heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. The Artist-in-Residence will be able to show her work in Heliconian Hall in a solo show in June 2018 (no charge for exhibition space but 20% commission applies to sales made during the show).

We seek an emerging female artist. Applicants will submit five images (digital files) of original work, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum) and a CV. Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum). A short list of applicants will be invited for interviews to make the final selection.

Heliconian Art Section members look forward to observing progress midway through the year (February) as well as at the formal show in June. It is expected that the candidate will share her artistic vision with members by means of a tutorial, demonstration or workshop. Interactions with members from other sections are encouraged and will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season. If the candidate chooses to become a Club member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.

Deadline for email applications is Monday May 1, 2017 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office: info@heliconianclub.org; an announcement of the newly appointed Artist-in-Residence will be made by May 30.

Tuesday, November 8, 6 pm: Sisters of Calliope: The Literature Section Salon

You and your friends are cordially invited to a culinary and oral feast: an autumnal dinner prepared by the Kitchen Witch plus tales told by firelight. Readings by new and seasoned Members of the Toronto Heliconian Club. An oral cornucopia of poetry, memoir, essay, short story and excerpts from two novels will be presented.

M.C.: Marcia Walker, Jessie London Writer-in-Residence.

Please join us at the club on Tuesday, November 8th, 6 p.m. for 6:30. The cost is $30. Please reserve through Emma Walker at the office by Thursday, November 3rd.
Literature Salon November 8

Saturday, September 10, 1 – 4 pm: “Spectrum” – New Members’ Show reception

Don’t miss the new members’ show – “Spectrum” – where five of our newest Heliconian Art Section members present their work. Please welcome participating artists: Anja Karisik (this year’s Artist in Residence), Ruthia Pak Regis, Brenda Segall, Nelli Tkachenko and Alison Melville. Visual delights include paintings, pastels, prints and artistic craftwork. The opening reception takes place at 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville on Saturday, September 10, from 1 – 4 pm. The show runs until October 5. Free admission.

Spectrum New Members Show

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 4 pm: “Manipulated Contemplations” Ruthia Pak Regis reception

Painting No. 1Please join us at the opening reception for our visual-artist-in-residence Ruthis Pak Regis whose solo show of new paintings takes place in June. The show opens on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in Yorkville.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ruthia has always been creating. She attended York University graduating with a BFA, specializing in painting and drawing, and has since been painting and exhibiting work in Toronto.

Her recent works focus on abstracted landscapes composed with an interest in the sensations of colours, shapes, lines as found in nature. The interactions of these visual elements, she believes, mimic the internal workings of a person.

Painting No. 6“Manipulated Contemplations” is a visual exercise in working towards a clear sense of raw beauty unadulterated by sentimentality. She uses photo references as a focus in her contemplations, allowing her affections and satisfactions to attach to certain aspects of the image. During this process she examines her intentions with the image. This then develops into a dialogue between those intentions and the medium, playing out in the application and subtraction of colour. As the “conversation” ends with the medium, the painting becomes complete.

The show runs until June 30.

Images: Painting No. 1 and Painting No. 6, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
More at Ruthia’s website: http://www.ruthiapakregis.com/about.html

Call For Applications For Visual Artist-In-Residence

The Visual Art Section of the Heliconian Club is seeking an Artist-in-Residence for the upcoming season, 2016 - 2017.  The Artist-in-Residence will have complimentary membership in the Club and in addition be able to attend Sketch Group, free-of-charge, every Monday in the Club’s heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto.  The Artist-in-Residence will be able to show her work in Heliconian Hall in a solo show in June 2017 (no charge for exhibition space but 20% commission applies to sales made during the show).

We seek an emerging female artist. Applicants will submit five images (digital files) of original work, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum) and a CV if available.  Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum). A short list of applicants will be invited for interviews to make the final selection.

Heliconian Art Section members look forward to observing progress midway through the year (February) as well as at the formal show in June.  It is expected that the candidate will share her artistic vision with members by means of a tutorial, demonstration or workshop. Interactions with members from other sections are encouraged and will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season.  If the candidate chooses to become a Club member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.

Deadline for email applications is Monday May 2, 2016 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office:  info@heliconianclub.org; an announcement of the newly appointed Artist-in-Residence will be made by May 30.

Application for 2015-2016 Dancer-in-Residence

Dancer

photo credit: Aria Evans

The Dance Section of the Heliconian Club is once again seeking a Dance Artist in Residence for the upcoming season, from September 2015 to August 2016.  The Dancer-in-Residence will have regular access to rehearsal space, subject to availability,  in the Club’s large, unobstructed and well-lit heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto.  For more extensive use of the space, there is a nominal hourly fee.

Sarah Hopkin_photo by Aria Evans

Sarah Hopkin photo by Aria Evans

We seek an emerging female dancer/choreographer;  applicants will submit two video pieces (through YouTube) of original choreography, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum).  Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum), and submit a letter of recommendation which includes contact details of the referee.

photo of Sarah Hopkin_Sarah Jones_Candice Irwin_photo by Aria Evans

photo credit: Aria Evans

Heliconian Club members look forward to observing a dance rehearsal-in-progress midway through the year as well as an informal production in June.  Collaboration with Club members from other sections is encouraged and opportunities will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season.  If the candidate chooses to become a member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.

Deadline for email applications is Tuesday 21 July 2015 to the Heliconian Club office:  info@heliconianclub.org, with an August announcement of the newly appointed Dance Artist in Residence.

Literature Section Chooses New Writer-in-Residence

Karen Shenfeld, poet and filmmaker, has been appointed Heliconian writer-in-residence for the 2014-15 season.

Karen has published four books of poetry and is an accomplished reader.  She also has considerable experience in editing and has written many feature articles for major Canadian publications, including but not limited to, The Idler, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

Karen is also the maker of several documentary films and is currently writing a screenplay for Canadian director Bruce McDonald.

Members of the Literature Section look forward to collaborating with Karen and with other Sections and are confident that she will make a valuable contribution to the section and to the entire Heliconian Club.

Application for 2014-2015 Writer-In-Residence deadline extended!

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATIONS INVITED The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer- in- residence for a one year period for the 2014- 2015 season. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), editing, or journalism. A woman interested in applying for the post of non-paying writer-in-residence should submit a resume of her work experience with a complete list of published works (where and when) as well as some examples of her writing. Short excerpts of longer works, not to exceed 2000 words, are acceptable. As well, an applicant should explain why she is interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to her and how she, in turn, could benefit the Toronto Heliconian Club and its members. A writer-in-residence is expected to attend several events over the year, and to present her work to an audience at one or more readings and/or workshops. She may have the opportunity to work on a project or workshop with other writers and with musicians and artists from the club. Details of the residency will be discussed on an individual basis upon acceptance. The Toronto Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually, the club holds to its original purpose while responding to the changes of contemporary life. The Club was founded by professional women in music, writing, painting and drama who later were joined by those in dance, sculpture, architecture, and other professions related to the humanities. The members range in age and experience from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers. The Club is currently composed of six sections: music, art, literature, dance, drama, and humanities. The latter section is composed of women who, while not professional practitioners in the above categories, have a keen interest in and knowledge of the arts. Each section meets monthly. As well, the Club holds events on a regular basis. Several times a year club members are invited to speak about their lives and careers. Guests are invited to talk about their work on a regular basis.  Members pay for lunch or dinner when they attend an event. Regular art exhibits, music concerts and literary events are held and trips are occasionally arranged. Should the appointee wish to stay on as a regular member, the Club initiation fee of $75 would be waived but the regular annual membership fee, currently $300, would be payable. Letters of application should be sent  to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3 or by email to info@heliconianclub.org.  The deadline for applications is June 7, 2014. April 2014