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.

Saturday, April 1, 1 – 4 pm: “All That Jazz” Art Show Reception

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.

All That Jazz Art Show

All That Jazz Music Concert

Sunday, April 2 at 3pm: Fundraising Concert, “Jean Edwards and Friends in Concert”

 

Jean Edwards will present a fund raising concert for the Heliconian Hall Foundation in honour of her late husband Stan Edwards who helped establish the foundation. The gala takes place on Sunday, April 2 at 3 pm in the Heliconian Hall, celebrating life, music, laughter and love! Among Jean’s friends appearing will be Maria Soulis, Meredith Hall, Penelope Cookson, Peggy Mahon. Pianists Nataliya Lepeshkina and Brahm Goldhamer will also show their talents.

The Heliconian Hall Foundation:
In 1990 the Heliconian Hall Foundation was established as a charitable organization to accept funds to restore and improve the historic hall. Heliconian Club members and friends have been generous donors to the fund over the past 27 years.

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

 

Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 6 pm: Humanities Salon, “John Lyle’s Toronto”

John M. Lyle was an influential Canadian architect in the early 20th century. His granddaughter, Lorna Harris, will give a talk about his work focusing on his Toronto designs, including Union Station and the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and his leadership in architecture and urban planning in the city. She will also talk about his role as a passionate Cultural Nationalist.

The evening will include an opportunity to enjoy a curated historical display of Lyle’s work including family materials, archival photos and blueprints, documents and books. Lorna has been presenting at Doors Open events at John Lyle buildings across Eastern Canada since 2010.  You can hear more about Lyle’s work and life in Lorna’s audio talk at Portrait Sonore at the following links:  http://portraitsonore.org/en/interviews , http://portraitsonore.org/en/playlists/toronto

The event is Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm with refreshments and a cash bar, cost is $25. The talk starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets available by CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, March 21, 7 pm: Visual Arts Salon “Women of Beaver Hall” SOLD OUT!

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!

Women of Beaver Hall Tickets 

Saturday, March 4, 1 – 4 pm: “Remembering the Women of Beaver Hall” Art Show Reception

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 7 pm: Drama Salon – “Maud of Leaskdale”

Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe Drama Section presents Maud of Leaskdale on Tuesday, February 28th.  Maud of Leaskdale describes Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life, in the small Ontario town of Leaskdale where her husband was the Presbyterian minister for fifteen years.  It was here that she raised her two children and wrote the majority of her novels after she published Anne of Green Gables.

Jennifer Carroll’s one-woman show, composed of Montgomery’s letters and diaries, captures the happy and sad moments of Lucy’s life.  Scenes involving her stillborn child and her husband’s bouts of depression are very moving and the audience marvels at Montgomery’s strength of character in the face of these tragedies. Anne shares many of her creator’s qualities.

Perhaps Montgomery looked no further than her own life when creating the spunky and outspoken Anne who confesses “there are such a lot of different Annes in me and I sometimes think that is why I am such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

The event begins at 6:15 pm with refreshments and a cash bar. The performance starts at 7 pm with an intermission. Cost is $25. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Paul at 416.708.7668.

Purchase Maud of Leaskdale tickets here