May 1 to July 31, 2017
Prints and Drawings by Alan Li
Alan Li is an artist with a focus on nature. He supports conservation efforts through the sale of his artwork and is active in volunteering. Alan believes that drawing can open people’s eyes to the planet’s wondrous diversity and show them that it matters.
Allan currently pursues his own projects, teaches nature drawing workshops and collaborates with grass-roots environmental groups.
To purchase prints or connect with Alan, please visit his website: www.alanlidrawings.com
August 1 to 31, 2017
A Celebration of Canada 150th Anniversary through its Native and Indigenous plants
The Botanical Artists of Canada is presenting a Juried Botanical Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings depicting native and indigenous plants of Canada. The exhibition will celebrate the existence, beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Canada’s native and indigenous plants (including fungi); connect people with plants and botanical art through the artist’s creative expression; and inform the public of how our native plants sustain our lives, our habitat and the natural world
The Botanical Artists of Canada
The Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) supports members by promoting public awareness and appreciation of botanical art. Throughout history, botanical illustration has encompassed both science and aesthetics. BAC’s definition of botanical art continues this tradition. Our members’ work combines scientific accuracy with aesthetically pleasing presentation, criteria that are central to our communications and exhibitions.
BAC’s mission is to provide a sustainable and supportive community promoting, encouraging, and inspiring excellence in traditional and contemporary botanical art within Canada. Our vision for botanical art and illustration is to have it be acknowledged and respected as a significant art form recognized for scientifically capturing the essence and characteristics of plants and fungi and to encourage ecological awareness, conservation, and the protection of the diversity of species for future generations.
We value accuracy and a high standard of artistic and botanical excellence through the fusion of scientific analysis and precise detail with the creative visual process of art. Membership is open to artists, collectors of botanical art and those interested in botany, horticulture, ecology and conservation. BAC encourages its members to extend their knowledge and skills by learning through classes, workshops, and lectures. We also seek to collaborate with other like-minded organizations to bring botanical art to broader audiences.
Further information about BAC can be found on our website at: http://www.botanicalartistsofcanada.org/
September 1 to December 2017
Yugen Artists is a group of six artists from multi-cultural backgrounds involved in the practice of Sumi-e in Toronto. Led by Hiroshi Yamamoto, a renowned Japanese Canadian artist and mentor to the other 5 members of the group, Mr. Yamamoto has held over 20 exhibitions in Toronto and Japan. The other members are Elizabeth Rittinger, Nicole Tamir, Neli Iordanova, Kate Cherney and Azra Rashid, each with over 15 years of Sumi-e study and practice, and participation in several exhibitions around Toronto.
A part of Yugen Artists’ mission is to promote this ancient form of brush painting to a wider audience locally and to demonstrate the diversity of interpretation while still adhering to the aesthetics and philosophy embodied in Sumi-e. This exhibition will showcase both classic and contemporary forms, sources of inspiration, and cross-cultural practice of Sumi-e by non-Japanese artists. It is also hoped to inspire greater interest in learning and appreciation among a multi-cultural community.
The theme for this exhibition will be nature-oriented, as befits both the traditional subjects of sumi-e and the proposed location, with emphasis on plants, flowers, seasons etc.
Rotating exhibitions are displayed in the Weston Family Library. Open to the public during library hours.