On my walk yesterday I went further than I have in months. It was a cool but gorgeous day as I made my way over to the Assembly Hall. It was about a 6K walk there and back. When I reached the hall I discovered that there was an art show on display called Herstory. It was put together by a group of Women from the Niagara Women’s Collective (SWFT) showcasing unique stories of women with overlapping experiences.
Some of my favourite pieces were the soft sculptures by Debra Jackson-Jones and Mori McCrae.
I also enjoyed Francie McGlynn’s paintings that included soft woven patches of fabric and hard edged buttons.
For those of you who live close by, the show runs till March 29, 2023 at the Assembly Hall Gallery at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Toronto, ON.
Denyse Thomasos was a Trinidadian-Canadian painter known for her abstract-style wall murals that conveyed themes of slavery, confinement and the story of African and Asian Diaspora. Sadly she died tragically in 2012. The first time I saw her work was at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, an art museum in Kleinburg, Ontario. I instantly liked her work and looked forward to seeing her show at the AGO.
The show is title: Denyse Thomasos, just beyond. It brings together more than 70 paintings and works on paper that she produced spanning the last 15 years of her short life. The first thing I noticed at this showing was the size of her canvases. They were large and some of them went from the floor to the ceiling.
One of my favourite shopping neighbourhoods in Toronto is Bloor West Village. After I dropped my daughter off at her home, just east of this community I drove along Bloor Street and parked on one of the side streets. Even though it was raining I wanted to check out the green grocers and some of the dress stores.