Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 6, 7 & 8, 2012
NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:30am-7:30, Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm
My visit to Canada s biggest outdoor art show started in the early hours of the first day of the show, July 6, at 11 am. It was set to be a record breaker for the temperature in Toronto. You could feel the heat from the pavement at the City Hall . Artists came prepared with hats, plenty of water and sun glasses. Paramedics stood ready and the staff and volunteers were sorting out last minute problems.
The show receives over 100,000 visitors and it was early when I got there but people were coming out looking at the work of several hundred artists. This is the 51 first year for the outdoor show which has had its share of hurdles such as rain and garbage strikes.
This years exhibition seemed to have plenty of strong works. Artists were ready to deal with the heat expected to reach 43 degrees with the humidity.
This exhibit provides buyers and collectors with a unique opportunity to talk with the artist and make a purchase directly from them. For gallery owners it is a good opportunity to scout for new artists or their roster.
Encaustic artist, David Brown had a slightly shaded spot and was happy to have a little shade for his art works made from beeswax.
For everyone it is a good chance to see what artists in Toronto and other cities are working on and to appreciate the cultural activity that keeps the city vibrant and alive.
Text: Phil Anderson