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End your Fair with a bang!

July 11, 2021

This is it. We have come to the end of the 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. It has been a worthwhile ride. 

This year, 80% of the participating artists were online, and all 30 programming events of artist chats, talks, studio tours and our award ceremony were held virtually. We witnessed a wonderful response from all across the country and beyond, including the media and our community at large. We will tell you more about the impact next week. 

We feel incredibly lucky and proud to have been able to pull off this small, rotating in-person showcase at stackt market. It was a symbol of hope and a step forward to coming together. We were all energized by meeting some of the artists in person, by greeting some of our audiences again, and seeing avid TOAF fans coming every other day to connect with artists. With this energy, we felt we created an organic and strong synergy between the physical and digital. Both platforms supported each other in new and exciting ways that have given us more ideas for the future. 

Last year, all of our memories of the fair were left in the digital space, and it was a very strange feeling to say goodbye without having exchanged face-to-face smiles, elbow bumps and air hugs! This year, our digital memories are joined seamlessly with many beautiful encounters, joyful conversations and enthusiastic hugs (air hugs!).

Our last program of TOAF60 is one final Artist Chat and our TOAF60 Send-off. Yesterday’s Art Collectors in Conversation with Rudy Adler was a dynamic and engaging talk about art and new technologies. It is one to remember and if you missed it, you can watch it on our Youtube channel along with our other Art Talks. Today, we come back to the land, the earth and the most familiar genre of art in The Altered Landscape, a collection of unconventional and exciting landscapes by Pennylane Shen. It is also fitting to end this round of curated collections with the poetry of Artist-healer and storyteller, Kristen Sison, in Gesturing at the Divine.

See you for our final day at stackt market!

Banner image: Polka Dot WaterSamantha Williams-Chapelsky, 2020, Acrylic on birch panel. Part of Pennylane Shen's curated collection.

Curated Collections

The Altered Landscape, curated by Pennylane Shen

*Peggy's Cove Gift ShopEsther Eunyoung Park, 2020, Acrylic Ink with Pen on wood

 

Alvar Contradictions, Manitoulin Island OntarioHeather Munsie, 2021, oil on canvas

Gesturing at the Divine, curated by Kristen Sison

Walking in the cloudMichael Hu, 2020, Digital

Algonquin PathChuck Lewis, 2020, Ink and watercolour

 

View Curated Collections


What's On Today

Artist Chats with Deloris Chen & Jinming Li

12:30 pm | Instagram Live
With Artists Deloris Chen and Jinming Li

Join a casual conversation between digital media artists, Deloris Chen and Jinming Li, to get to know more about their creative processes, inspirations, and their works at TOAF60.

TOAF Send-Off

3:30 pm | Instagram Live

We can't believe the fair is already done! Join us as we host our send-off celebration with the TOAF Team.

View Programming Schedule


2021 Award Winners

As An Astonished ContemplationBiba Esaad, 2021, Oil Paint on Canvas, 120.65 x 92.71 x 3.81 cm

 

The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award | Biba Esaad

Supported by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Judged by Joséphine Denis, Curator and Writer

 

Flower For OneAnthia Barboutsis, 2021, sterling silver & Swarovski crystals, 47 x 1.3 x 1.5 cm

 

The Artscape Emerging Artist Award | Anthia Barboutsis

Supported by Artscape Daniels Launchpad
Judged by Joséphine Denis, Curator and Writer

Most Innovative Use of Material Award | Michelle Cieloszczyk

Supported by Lonsdale Gallery
Judged by Stanzie Tooth, Artist

Honourable Mention 2D Works | Dorion Scott

Supported by Above Ground Art Supplies
Judged by Karen Tam, Artist

Ceramics Excellence Award | Émilie Coquil

Supported by Tucker's Pottery Supplies
Judged by Simone Elizabeth Saunders, Textile Artist

Ceramics Excellence Award | Christine Nnawuchi

Supported by The Pottery Supply House
Judged by Simone Elizabeth Saunders, Textile Artist

Student Purchase Award | Yuki Wong

Supported and selected by House of IDEA

Honourable Mention Painting | Steven Restagno

Supported by Gwartzman's Art Supplies
Judged by Daniel Faria, Gallerist

Honourable Mention Photography | Ava Margueritte

Supported by Jeremy Does Art Prints
Judged by Anique Jordan, Artist, Ariter and Curator

Honourable Mention Paper | Sylvain Côté

Supported by The Japanese Paper Place
Judged by Nancy Jacobi, Founder of The Japanese Paper Place

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TOAF60 on the screens of Yonge-Dundas Square!

We thank our friends at Yonge & Dundas Square for their utmost generosity for sharing our beautiful TOAF60 videos on their screens throughout the Fair. This was our first billboard experience, and we are a bit too excited! 

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