Artist Testimonials

Hear what past participating artists have to say about their experience at the Fair.

“I spent a few summers in the early 80’s at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair with my work. It was a great experience meeting fellow Torontonians and tourists and having a chance to tell my story. I even sold a few prints which made the experience that much better!"

- Edward Burtynsky, Canadian photographer and artist

 

"I did the TOAF directly upon graduating from OCA (now called OCAD University). There was a small group of us from the art college that all decided to do this together for moral support... I did sell a few pieces at the show and occasionally have run into people all these years later who remind me that they bought a piece there for a very reasonable price and how happy the work has made them over the years. I was happy that they took a chance on me, a young unknown artist... I think all young artists should do this show and learn what there is to be learned from the whole experience!" - Barbara Astman, artist

 

“I really loved being including on one of the art talk tours and being able to answer questions and discuss process with a group of interested art lovers. I had many photographers come to my booth over the course of the weekend just to see my work because I was an award winner! It felt great to connect with my community that way... Thank you again for the experience! It was a memorable and very worthwhile weekend.” - Amanda Arcuri, fine art photographer

 

"TOAF was a great opportunity to showcase my work for the first time. I was lucky enough to have been accepted a few years in a row. The experience was incredible and it was nice to connect with other creatives in the city. This is a great fair to get exposure." - Kathryn Macnaughton, artist (Bau-xi Gallery)

Pasha Moezzi, metal artist at the 58th TOAF. Image credit: Andrew Williamson

"My first year showing at TOAF as a student was definitely a life changing experience. I sold my 3 largest works to a local gallerist within the first hour of the show, and the rest were gone by noon the next day. These were the first paintings I had ever sold. On top of everything, I was selected for the 1st annual Emerging Artist by Emerging Curator Award, which put me in my first gallery show along with some other very talented artists. The whole experience was thrilling, but most importantly gave me a huge boost of confidence to keep working hard and to believe in the work that I make. Big thanks to TOAF and your amazing volunteers for a great experience!" - Cristine Yunyk, emerging artist

 

“2017 was my first time at TOAF. My booth was almost sold out and my sales and commissions from TOAF 2017 exceeded $15,000! One of my pieces was sold whilst I was still unpacking and setting up my booth on Friday morning when an art collector stopped mid-pace to acquire a must-have piece for their corporate collection.” - Anand Jaggernauth, artist

 

"In the heart of a world class city, the TOAF is a great and unique event! With its loyal following it has given us access to customers and galleries who have become core to the growth of our art work and our business. Also, we get to experience the work of other artists, which we find so enriching and thought provoking.” - Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde, ceramicists

 

“I have been an exhibitor at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair since 2013 and strongly recommend this event to any new or established artist. The event is extremely well marketed, organized and attended... From the year-round correspondence to the volunteers who help with set up to the incredibly supportive organizers this event is first class in every respect.” - Mark Brodkin, award-winning photographer

 

"The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair was a huge jumping off point for my career as a fine artist. 2016 was my first time participating in the show, having just graduated from OCAD University. In the course of 3 days, I went from having just a few collectors, to a body of over 30 new loyal collectors who have closely followed my career since. Because of the exposure I had at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, I was able to pack the room at my first solo exhibition, and have had consistent art sales since.” Keight MacLean, artist

 

"I have been exhibiting at the TOAF for 6 years and it has continued to be one of my favourite shows to participate in. The show is well advertised, organized by a great team of staff and volunteers. It is one of the most loved art shows from art collectors and shoppers who want something truly unique, it's encouraging to hear that they remember me every year. Its great for promoting your brand, building your clientele, and establishing an artistic presence." - Theresa Duong, jewellery maker & goldsmith

 

“Exhibiting at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair was a bit of a next step/dream come true all wrapped up into one fantastic weekend show… The experience was everything I had hoped for and more as the crowd were definitely art lovers… Everyone was so friendly and willing to share their knowledge with a newbie like me. It was really a big family out there as we were all there to share a little bit of our hearts and souls - our art.” Noella Upitis Witte, artist