Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm: Get to know our Artists-in-Residence!

We are pleased to present, for the first time together, our three Artists-in-Residence at the Heliconian Club this past season, representing Visual Art, Literature and Dance.  They are collaborating on an inspiring event being presented on Tuesday, June 13 at 6 pm at the Club.

Anja Karisik will show a short video of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia and describe this area’s influence on her work on display in her solo art show, “A Lasting Presence”, which runs throughout June.

Marcia Walker will read a segment from her novel in progress,  speak about her experience in Banff, and discuss the purpose and experience of residency, as well as how projects transform over time.

Anja Karisik and Marcia Walker

Dancer and choreographer Ashley Ann Burton will give a solo performance followed by a Q&A, and conduct a participation seated event drawn from her immersion in the work of American modern dance pioneer, Isadora Duncan.

Ode to Isadora

Light refreshments will be served at the start of the evening. Donations appreciated.

Please come to celebrate our talented Artists-in-Residence!

Images:
Anja Karisik
Marcia Walker
Ode to Isadora, choreographer: Ashley Ann Burton, performed by York Dance Ensemble, photo by Craig Chambers

Saturday, June 3, 1 – 4 pm: “A Lasting Presence” Art Show Reception

Mark your calendars for June 3 from 1 – 4 pm for the opening reception for Anja Karisik’s solo show. Entitled “A Lasting Presence”, Anja’s pastels will be showcased. Admission is free.

“Beauty and proportion, a sense of stillness and lasting presence can be found in the most ordinary things. Whether painting vegetables, florals, or seashells, I look for the innate character of nature’s roots, structures, and relics. I breathe intimacy with the past without being overtly symbolic. My paintings are studies of balance, rhythm, and light. They are honest and quiet; a far cry from the passions and uncertainties of daily life. Still they are a part of life, or they point to how life could be: simple and undistracted.”

Memory Vessel

Anja Karisik was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, in 1987 and moved with her parents to Canada in 1996. She graduated from the University of Toronto, Hons. Fine Art History, cultivating her artistic spirit alongside her artist father, Ciba Karisik.

The show runs from June 1 – 28. To view by appointment or for more information, contact the General Manager at 416-922-3618.

Image: “Memory Vessel”, 24 x 26″, pastel on paper

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.