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.
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.
Light refreshments will be served at the start of the evening. Donations appreciated.
Please come to celebrate our talented Artists-in-Residence!
Ode to Isadora, choreographer: Ashley Ann Burton, performed by York Dance Ensemble, photo by Craig Chambers
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.”
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
Photography Comes Alive with Music, Poetry, Dance
Ekphrasis – responses of other arts (dance, poetry, music) to visual art (photography).
Join us on Saturday, May 6 for the opening reception of “Luminous”, a photo art show.
Seven photographic artists join together with professionals in the fields of dance, poetry and music to present an afternoon of visual art with Ekphrasis performances in response to the photographs.
Photographic artists are Linda Briskin, Sheila Craig, Simone Creed, Kye Marshall, Mary Perdue, Jana Skarecky, and Patricia Stamp.
Performers responding to the visual works are dancers Meiko Ando, Ashley Burton, and Aviva Fleising, musicians Kye Marshall and Jana Skarecky, and writers Josie DiSciascio-Andrews, Bianca Lakoseljac, and Carla Wilson. There will be two different performances beginning at 2 pm and 2:50 pm on Saturday, May 6.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
The photographs will be exhibited from May 4 – 31. To view by appointment or for more information, contact the General Manager at 416-922-3618.
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: email@example.com; an announcement of the newly appointed Artist-in-Residence will be made by May 30.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1 for our “All That Jazz” art show, coinciding with a jazz and blues music concert by the same name on April 21.
Think rhythm, repetition and music. On display will be diptychs, triptychs, multiples and singles, as well as rhythmic pieces that call music to mind – perhaps something reminiscent of the Jazz age, rich with colour and energy, or moody Blues.
The show runs from March 30 – May 3. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 1, from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free.
See the Concert Series on the right side of this page for “All That Jazz” music concert details and to purchase concert tickets.
On Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 7 pm, the Visual Arts Section is hosting its salon featuring the Women of Beaver Hall.
“A very simple group of a few people with no means and big ideas.” That modest yet romantic summation was made in 1966 by Montreal painter Anne Savage, about a group of young women and men who shared studio space on Beaver Hall Hill in Montreal in the early 1920s. They showed work together as the Beaver Hall Group. Savage and the other Beaver Hall painters were celebrated in their time, and were sufficiently modernist to rile a few prominent critics. The Beaver Hall group exhibited together with the Group of Seven and even shared members, including A.Y. Jackson and Edwin Holgate.
The acclaimed exhibition, “1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group” has been shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. If you missed it, you now have the unique chance to enjoy a taste at Heliconian Hall.
On March 21, we are privileged to host a talk and slideshow by exhibition co-curator, Brian Foss, who will discuss why the Beaver Hall Group existed within the Montreal art scene, who its members were, and what its art looked like and why. The relationship with the Group of Seven will be described. Half of the group’s members were women: an unprecedented fact amongst Canadian artist groups up to that point in time.
There will be a cash bar with light refreshments. Tickets are $20 for members and the public, and are available at the link below. Order your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Coinciding with the Visual Arts Salon on March 21: “Women of Beaver Hall”, Heliconian Club artists honour and respond to the works of the women of the Beaver Hall Group and their contemporaries in the 1920s Montreal arts scene. Enjoy tributes from our own artists as we celebrate landscape, portraiture, still life and abstraction in paintings and photography. Please note that all artwork on display is by Heliconian Club artists.The reception takes place on Saturday, March 4 from 1 – 4 pm. The show runs until March 29. Admission is free.
For information on the March 21 Visual Arts Salon and to order tickets for that event, please refer to the previous post.