A new exhibition at Northern Contemporary Gallery features hundreds of art pieces under $100!
Looking for an inspirational gift for your artistic friend? Acrylic Sugar Skull, Coffin Jewelry Boxes, Drake-inspired painting, and many other interesting and affordable pieces are waiting for you at the art-show, Under 100.
The exhibition introduces you to talented North American artists and makes your holiday shopping entertaining in itself.
“You can get something that is really unique,” said Emily May Rose who runs the gallery. “Every kind of theme is covered because we did no theme for the show.”
Rose said they wanted to make it affordable for people to buy gifts for their friends and family. The artists could submit a work of any theme and medium, but it had to be priced $100 or under.
The idea worked out perfect. The gallery was full with customers on Dec. 8, the first day of the exhibition. They were scanning the walls with juicy paintings, breathtaking photos of Toronto, and funny digital illustrations.
“People mostly chose to do reproductions of their work like prints because you can set the price a little bit lower for those,” Rose said. “You can’t really do a big painting and sell it for under a hundred dollars.”
Some of the artists decided to use shampoo jars and broken pieces of cups in their mixed-media-works.
An OCAD University student Kevin Pham submitted two digital illustrations and one watercolour painting that he did for school. He said the exhibition is a good opportunity for him to show some of his work and get gallery experience.
“This one is about my grandmother,” Pham pointed at his watercolour painting. “She passed away. So this is her caring for thirteen kids.”
Rose said her favourite artist in this show is Ann Somers who submitted six pieces.
“She has a very painterly but still graphic style,” Rose said. “She did a lot of pop-culture references like Kim Kardashian or Stranger Things TV show and little Drake pieces. Those were very cute.”
The exhibition runs until Dec. 22, at the Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
The beginning of June is a great time of year in the city. We have long nights, patio friendly summer weather, and the city is alive with people finally making their way out of the winter hibernation. Along with all the positive summer vibes, this is the first time of the year in the retail calendar where 2016 spring/summer collections will finally be on sale at your favourite retailers.
This is a great time of the year to be shopping. You’ll be able to get some great deals on pieces that were just released two months ago, and once you make those purchases it does not have to sit and rot in your closet since the purchases are pretty perfect to be worn now with the summer weather.
To get you on your way to start doing some damage to your bank account, here are some menswear items that are on sale that deserve that to make that dent in your bank account.
A.P.C. Spring Shirt
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Engineered Garments Banded Collar Long Shirt
I think I lost count on how many times I’ve written about band collars this season but I’m not going to stop because they’re just that good. This Engineered Garments Banded Collar Long Shirt is not for style beginners but more for men who are comfortable with wearing a band collar and are comfortable playing around with proportions due to the elongated fit of the shirt. The shirt features a cotton linen blend, two front chest pockets.
Norse Projects Thor Light Ripstop Mac
As much as we wish it was sunny everyday during this time of year, that is simply not the case. Having a solid piece of outerwear goes a long way when we get some pretty freakish thunderstorms that can rain down on a moment’s notice. This mac coat from Norse Projects is the ideal coat to be wearing on a rainy summer’s day. It’s made from a ultra fine ripstop nylon, and lined with the same outer fabrics.
Eyts Mothers Suede Cream
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