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March 6, 2014

This year will mark the 21st anniversary of Station Gallery’s signature fundraiser–Drawing for Art. I’d like to donate one of my latest drawings. Both are inspired by a 1960 Italian film titled “I dolci inganni” (1960). Which drawing should I donate?

Shhh  2014 charcoal on paper 15 x 29"

Shhh 2014 charcoal on paper 15 x 29″

Secret  2014 charcoal on paper 15 x 29"

Secret 2014 charcoal on paper 15 x 29″

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March 22, 2013

The hottest ticket in town has just sold out. This year’s gallery fundraiser is going to be an outstanding event with well-over 100 quality artworks to choose from for lucky ticket-holders. Next week we’ll start hanging and setting up the in-gallery preview. In the meantime, check out the on-line preview here. Now imagine: it’s April 11th. The big night. Drawing for Art emcee and CKDO radio personality, Terry Johnson draws your ticket from the drum. You’ve got first choice! Whose artwork would you choose?

DFA Article

March 12, 2013

With less than a month to go, this year’s signature fundraiser promises to be Station Gallery’s best. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Drawing for Art.

Yesterday evening I had a pleasure of documenting the submitted artworks along with photographer Leif Petersen, who kindly volunteered his expertise and time. At the end of the evening we counted over a hundred pieces ranging from paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings. Pictured below is my drawing inspired by the classic 60’s French movie, Lola. Heather and Bob at Imagine That Framing are the real pros of presentation. The white frame is absolutely exquisite.

With only 100 tickets available, they’re the hottest in town. We’ve sold 60% as of today–and that’s in advance of any selections preview! Having seen the works yesterday, this year’s artistic calibre is outstanding! You’ll see what I mean in a few days…

Stay tuned to the on-line preview this Friday.

"Pick Up" charcoal on paper drawing for this year's DFA.

“Pick Up” charcoal on paper drawing for this year’s DFA.

 

April 23, 2011

Well, I got the Station piece framed for the Station Gallery’s annual fundraiser, Drawing for Art. This year will see the largest amount of work on the gallery walls, 135 in total!

Chucky and me and Drawing for Art

The last ticket drawn will have around three dozen original pieces to choose from. I just managed to pick-up a ticket. The ticket count is down to the single digits, so if you haven’t got a draw ticket yet, you’d better be like the Easter bunny and….

For more details check out: whitbystationgallery.com.

March 25, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was uncertain about which drawing I would part with for the Gallery’s upcoming fundraiser called Drawing for Art (DFA). I posted four works and asked you to vote and comment on your favorite Olex drawing. If last year’s vote was more of a nail-biter with all four works jockeying for first position, this year’s vote had a clear leader. Station was the favorite from the start and ended with just over half of the votes going to the street scene. The next step is to get it framed, matted and ready for hanging for the in-gallery preview that will run from April 14 until the big night on Thursday, April 28. Starting April 1st, you can check-out the high calibre of artists’ submissions for this year’s DFA on the gallery website for the month of April.

It’s most interesting to see the ebb and flow of popular taste. Station is an older work that I’ve shown on several occasions. Many years ago, I displayed it at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition on Nathan Phillips Square. It seemed to go unnoticed. The majority gravitated to the figurative works and pictures with people. The opposite was the case with this on-line vote. How could this be explained? Could it be that people are tired of being indoors all winter and are more interested in outdoor scenes like Station? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts….  

Curious about Station Gallery’s Drawing for Art event?  Click here for details…

It’s that time again—I can’t decide which artwork to part with. Later this month, I’ll be giving one of my drawings to a good cause.  The donation will be in support of Station Gallery’s upcoming Drawing for Art fundraising event but… I need your help!

Once again, I can’t figure which drawing will appeal to the enthusiastic crowd of over 200 individuals supporting the Gallery. So I’ll ask you… my loyal blog readers (and those who casually pop in from time to time) – take a vote, which one should I submit?

Here’s the deal…
Vote on which artwork title you think I should donate. To get a better look, click on the picture to enlarge it. Cast your vote by Thursday, March 24 and on the following day I’ll announce the winner. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment of why you’ve voted – it’ll be fun to see what strikes everyone’s fancy.

So here goes… let the people choose.

March 29, 2010

The results are in, and I must admit I am pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response that this vote elicited! A few weeks ago, I was uncertain about which drawing I would part with for the Gallery’s upcoming fundraiser called Drawing for Art (DFA). I posted four works and asked you to vote and comment on your favorite Olex drawing. It was a close race, and in many ways a hard one to predict. This is how it looked in the end:

 Spitting Image          22 %

Silent Actress            23%

Leaping Diver             25%

Abstract                     30%

Daytime Durham, Roger's Television - March 22, 2010

According to the vox populi, Abstract takes the cake. The next step is to get it framed, matted and ready for hanging for the in-gallery preview which will run from April 16 until the big night on Thursday, April 29. Starting April 1st, you can check-out the high calibre of artists’ submissions for this year’s DFA on the gallery website for the month of April.  

Your feedback was amazing!

The discourse was lively, pithy and insightful. In many ways, your comments changed the way I look at my work. These pictures are, as you might have guessed, moments from movies. Spitting Image is from a macabre Italian movie from the 60s. Although many of you thought this was a portrait of a young woman, in actuality it’s the lead actor taking a soak in the same bathtub he later drowns his brother. Silent Actress is a portrait of French movie star, Lili Damita. Conceptually, I enjoyed Leaping Diver. It’s a freeze frame of a diving woman watched by a man. The fact that we can see his bald spot indicates that the shot is taken from a high angle. I worked on the piece from a low angle, and the forced perspective creates a dynamic tension in the piece. Let’s not forget the winner; a two-for-one piece featuring abstract portraits behind a realistic, albeit blurry, portrait of the Italian actress, Monica Vitti.

On behalf of Monica, Lili, the balding guy, the diver and the spitter, I’d like to thank everyone for your generous guidance in helping me determine this year’s DFA selection. This was a fun challenge and I’m sure to be just as indecisive next year, when we’ll do it again for DFA 2011!  

 Check out Abstract along with all the submissions from this year’s artists in the on-line preview. Click here for details…

March 11, 2010  

This month I’ll be parting with one of my many works of art – but it’s for a good cause.  I’ll be donating a piece in support of Station Gallery’s upcoming Drawing for Art fundraising event but… I need your help! 

I can’t decide which work of art would appeal to the enthusiastic crowd of over 200 individuals supporting the Gallery.  “Ask the blogasphere” said Paige, the Gallery’s Marketing & Event Manager.  So I’ll ask you… my loyal blog readers (and those who casually pop in from time to time) – take a vote, which one should I send? 

Here’s the deal…
Leave a comment with the artwork title you think I should donate, do so by Monday March 29 and that Tuesday I’ll announce the winner.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment of why you’ve voted – it’ll be fun to see what strikes everyone’s fancy. 

So here goes… I’ll let the people speak. 

"Abstract"

 

"Leaping Diver"

 

"Silent Actress"

 

"Spitting Image"

Your thoughts?

February 27, 2010

Just as the Olympic torch was passed in Durham a few weeks back, so too will another torch pass on in the community. This evening will mark Richard Toms’s “Freedom 45” retirement party from the VAC (Visual Arts Centre) in Bowmanville as James Campbell takes on the Executive Directorship. Richard has made a significant and long-lasting impression on the arts in Durham. We are fortunate that this is where Richard burnished his expertise and know-how. He has been energetically involved in the Durham arts community for over twenty years. His expertise touched many facets in the area including visual arts instructor, print-shop technician, education co-ordinator, and of course the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville since 2001. It’s true that he treated these responsibilities as an artform—with sustained concentration, robust engagement, levity and lots of good-humour. But his true passion and acumen lays in his own studio production. Relocating to Prince Edward Island, Richard will now strictly concentrate on his business and fine art pursuits. In the coming months Richard and his wife Stacey will be opening a sweet shop and art gallery in Georgetown, PEI called The Maroon Pig.

For many years, he was a great friend and resource to us at Station Gallery—whenever we had questions about the printmaking process, Mr. Toms was the expert. Richard has kindly donated an outstanding print to Station Gallery’s upcoming Drawing for Art fundraiser. I won’t be the only one who will have eyes for Richard’s lithograph on April 29th. We wish you happy trails and all the best with your new beginnings on the Island. Bon Voyage, Richard and Stacey!

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