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Graphic Design Competition: Scarborough Arts’ Thank You Cards

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14th April

DEADLINE: April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Scarborough Arts is holding a special graphic design competition for our new Thank You cards. The competition is open to any Scarborough Arts member in-good standing, only. An honorarium of $250 will be awarded to the winner.

The Thank You card specifications are as follows:

no bigger than 4″ x 9″ folded (8″ x 18″ flat)
black & white or full colour on both sides or just one side, and
include one or more spectacular images, Scarborough Arts logo, and Thank You in English as well as any other languages you see fit.

Please also note the following:

The deadline for concept submissions is Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.
As submissions will be juried, we ask that you send the files in PDF or jpeg format, each not exceeding 1 MB. Please do not submit original pieces of artwork with … Read More »



April 2015 Member of the Month: Sheila Thadani

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9th April

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I joined Scarborough Arts some years back.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I paint in oils. My paintings are realistic, and my subject is usually nature: landscapes, seascapes, etc. I also paint portraits; I have been painting them since I was in my early teens. I remember I submitted a piece to an exhibition at that tender age and won the first prize.

My paintings try to represent subject matter truthfully; I do not try to reshape it to my own fancy. I do not include exotic or implausible elements in what I see or perceive, as I think nature is beautiful and does not require unnecessary additions. I subscribe to the principle that “painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist … Read More »



Deadline Extended! Call for Submissions: InspirAsians: A Celebration of Asian Heritage, Culture and Arts

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7th April

Deadline Extended: Monday, April 20 at 9 am

Scarborough Arts celebrates the rich, cultural diversity of the Asian continent throughout May with InspirAsians!

Starting from the gorgeous textiles of the East, to the magnificent tapestries of Central Asia and the intricate dance forms of the South, Asian cultures have shaped almost every part of the world through the arts. Scarborough Arts aims to stimulate this end of the city of Toronto with its own celebrations and invites artists to submit visual and media arts pieces under the theme: InspirAsians: A Celebration of Asian Heritage, Culture & Arts. Applicants are asked to submit pieces which represent the vibrant and diverse nature of Asian artistry.

We want to present an immersive, multi-media exhibition so submissions in all visual and media arts mediums are eligible.

Here are the submission guidelines:

Scarborough Arts members and non-members of all ethnic … Read More »



Celebrate the New Season with Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour

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6th April

Spring is a celebration here at Scarborough Arts!

We are pleased to present Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour, an exciting and eclectic mix of events that celebrate our members and our anticipation of the spring season. All month long, The Bluffs Gallery will host a series of free events, including visual arts exhibitions, an opening reception and open mic night, a lunch and learn, and a paint night. We hope to see you at one or all of these events!

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITIONS
April 7 to 28, 2015 | Bluffs Gallery Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road
Scarborough Arts members will showcase visual arts pieces that illuminate the theme Bright Flight through colour, light, texture, and content. Exhibiting artists include: Craig Caucasian, Margaret Chown, Tiffany Dawe, Shirley Delang, Cheryl Duggan, Shakil Akram Khan, Lowell Lo, Leah … Read More »



Register NOW for the EAST Professional Development Workshops!

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24th March

Scarborough Arts’ EAST Collective is pleased to offer free professional development workshops for youth aged 16-24. Learn about the business side of being an artist; find out where you can access resources to plan, fund, promote and successfully execute your event or project; and network with arts management and music industry professionals.

Here are the workshops being offered:

Thursday, April 9, 2015: MARKETING YOUR BRAND
Facilitated by: Priya Ramanujam, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Urbanology Magazine

What’s in a brand? You will learn about various marketing strategies that will allow you to effectively promote and/or sell your practice, craft, or brand. The workshop will also touch upon how arts managers can identify and craft a specific marketing strategy for someone else’s brand or creative practice.

With social media being the widespread mode of promotion nowadays, the workshop will additionally focus on social media etiquette and on identifying how to leverage … Read More »



Perform at the Open Mic Night of Bright Flight!

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16th March

Calling all musicians, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all ages and stages!

Come and participate at our Open Mic Night and help us celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of a new season and the Opening Reception of our new Spring Members’ Exhibition, Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour in front of a live audience! Register for a spot today! Email exhibit [at] scarborougharts [dot] com with your name, title, and length of your piece by Thursday, April 2 at 5 PM. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Call for Member Submissions: Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring & Colour

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13th March

Spring into action with Scarborough Arts!

As the season warms up and new life begins to sprout, Scarborough Arts aims to invigorate The Bluffs Gallery with a flourishing display of light and colour. And so, for our April exhibit, Scarborough Arts is inviting its members to submit visual and media arts pieces which illuminate the theme, Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour. Members are asked to submit pieces which amplify the excitement of the spring season via colour, texture, and content. As we want to present an immersive, multi-media exhibition, submissions in all visual arts mediums are eligible. Send us your most brilliant and striking expressions of the spring season!

Here are the submission guidelines:

Scarborough Arts members are invited to submit visual and media arts piece/s that relate to the theme Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour.
As submissions will be … Read More »



March 2015 Member of the Month: Anne Martin

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11th March

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I have been a member of Scarborough Arts for 12 years.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I have been painting since 2001. I find it very exciting to take a blank canvas and create something unique from an infinite source of subject matter. However, I do love to experiment with a variety of media: pastel, oil, acrylic, coloured pencil, and mixed media (collages) – basically everything except watercolour. Depending on my mood, each medium becomes my favourite!

Tell us about the pieces we are featuring today. 

I did this piece recently as a result of a class with Gary Smith, a great artist and teacher. My style tends to be somewhere between realism and abstraction. I like to mix representational elements with less defined ones. … Read More »



Carole Staveley Invites You to Our Unsung Sheroes’ Lunch & Learn Event

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11th March

Scarborough Arts welcomes Carole Staveley, author of the book Not Lying Down, on Friday, March 13, from 12 noon to 2 pm for a Lunch & Learn event at The Bluffs Gallery. Carole will inspire and share with us her personal wisdom and successes as illustrated in her book, Not Lying Down — a motivational story about successfully navigating through chronic pain and significant challenges to accomplish great, sometimes unimaginable things.

Here’s Carole giving us a brief summary of her book:

Listen to Carole Staveley talk about her Unsung Shero:

Here is Carole personally inviting you to join us at our Lunch & Learn event! Now there is no excuse for you not to come.

Everyone is welcome at this event! There will be a FREE buffet lunch and refreshments, plus a chance to win a Scarborough Arts Gift Bag with a signed copy of Carole Staveley’s book.

ALSO: We will be … Read More »



Unsung Sheroes Literary Compilation

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9th March

Pear
By Sidrah Maysoon Ahmad

I’ll take it from here, Mom.
your head leaned back against the couch
with The Weather Network left on
reflecting blue light in the glasses
put on before you fell asleep
your still face draped with flat black hair

Mom, I’ll take it from here.

making salmon burgers and smoothies
as you brave chemo
choking down hospital liquid you say tastes like chalk
you ask me to chop off your braid
so it’s not messy when your hair falls out slowly
I’ll wrap it in a cloth for you
and save it for when you’re better

Mom, I’ll take it from here.

you sewed elastics on the backs of my hijabs so they wouldn’t slip
I tucked grey flyaway hairs in behind your ears
we matched our hijabs, skirts, and lipsticks
and gave the world a chance to stare
I’ll take it from here, Mom.
Mom, I’ll take it from here.

let’s go back to the library
we used … Read More »




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