Elizabeth Greisman returns to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Summer 2009

For the second summer in a row, Elizabeth Greisman will be continuing her landscape series at Tyrone Guthrie to include some house interiors as well. She is curating a show of photographs of the work of the Artist Cooperative of Canada, and four guest artists (whom Elizabeth met on previous residencies in Spain, the US and Banff, Canada) to be shown in her studio on an informal basis to visitors.

Guest Artists will include:

Hortense Gerardo – Boston, MA
Pauline Mathrick – Australia
Claudia del Rio – Argentina
Ximena Berecochea – Canada

Elizabeth received a Residency Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

(Photo courtesy of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre)
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche October 3rd 2009 – "WILD!" at Spadina Museum

The Artist Cooperative of Canada, plus guest artist Ximena Berecochea, will be returning to Spadina Museum in October for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009. This year’s show is entitled “WILD!” The Spadina Museum is located on 285 Spadina Road beside Casa Loma. The show will be open from 7 pm October 3, 2009 and closes 7 am the next day. Above is the show’s promotional photograph.

(Photo credit: Jalani Morgan.)

NUIT BLANCHE A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Artist Cooperative of Canada at Scotia Bank’s Nuit Blanche on Oct. 4th 2008 at Toronto’s Spadina Museum grounds & gardens. The event was a huge success and has received excellent feedback and reviews, and the ACOC has been invited to participate again in 2009!!!

Here are some photos from the night:

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(Elizabeth Greisman)
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(Gloria Stein)
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(Alina Lloyd)
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(Frith Bail)
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(Special Guest Ximena Berecochea)

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THE MOOD OF NUIT BLANCHE:

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Nuit Blanche – The Sounds of Shadows

This show will portray an interpretation of nature themes and the role of women at Spadina around the gardens and house historically. A pathway will be provided to guide the viewer around the grounds and gardens of Spadina Museum. Moonlight and lighting will illuminate the focal points in the exhibit.

The intent of the Sounds of Shadows will be to bring into focus the past of Spadina Museum and link it to the present time.

www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/spadina.htm

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Artist Cooperative of Canada shows pieces at Elizabeth Greisman’s studio at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre

In Summer 2008, Elizabeth Greisman was in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. Each artist sent 5 pieces with Elizabeth. She showed them informally to guests to her studio throughout her residency. Along with the Artist Cooperative of Canada, Elizabeth brought the work of two guest artists, Ximena Berecochea and Hortense Gerardo.

Introducing the Artist Cooperative of Canada

Elizabeth Greisman:

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Born in Toronto, Canada in 1954. Her work as a painter draws upon her training and experience as a dancer, educator and landscape designer.
Elizabeth completed her diploma in Dance at the Laban School of Dance in London, England in 1977. She holds degrees in Visual Arts and Education from York University, Toronto, 1978, and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, 1989. She has been a guest visual artist in the studios of the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Dance Theatre, The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company in Toronto and The Burklyn Ballet in Vermont.
Elizabeth’s recent residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, The Banff Centre (Canada), the Pouch Cove Foundation (Canada) and the Vermont Studio Center (USA) have afforded her the opportunity to paint landscape from a singular vantage point. During her 2007 residency at Fundascion Valparaiso in Spain, Elizabeth worked on horticultural elements from ancient times. She is currently focusing her attention on the natural resources of Canada. She works in oil on paper and canvas primarily. Elizabeth has recently begun to paint with silk dyes on organza and vintage bridal gowns.

Elizabeth has exhibited her work in Canada, U.S.A.,and through Open Studios at Residencies in Spain and Ireland , since 2000.

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Alina Lloyd:

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I was born in the Soviet Union. My paintings serve as a record of my experience of the world around me. I collect images and feelings about my world and try to reproduce my impressions visually. The themes of nature intrigue me because of the difference in my state of mind when I am surrounded by nature. I want to provide the viewers a springboard, a trigger for familiar feelings or images. If there is something in a painting that talks to you, it’s only then that you can truly appreciate it.

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Gloria Stein:

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Gloria Stein was born in 1953 in Toronto, Canada. After completing Secondary School, she attended the Ontario College of Art for two years in the Fine Arts program, moving on to York University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She then taught Art at a Toronto High School for several years.

After taking off some time to care for her two small children, she returned to school and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture. While she worked in residential architecture, she continued to explore her own artistic projects, eventually finding that her work had evolved into a synthesis of architecture and art – a most personally satisfying outcome.

In her most recent work, she is experimenting with large-scale oil drawings that are executed on tightly stretched transparent heavy-gauge vinyl. These panels create spaces through and around which the viewer can move. The structures and mechanisms that raise and lower the vinyl, and hold it in place, are an integral part of the work.

Ms. Stein’s work has been exhibited at the Toronto City Hall, the Hummingbird Centre, the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Gladstone Hotel (‘Glad to Be Here’), 224 Wallace Open Studio Shows and, most recently, at the ‘Making Room’ art event in Toronto.

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Frith Bail:

Frith Bail is a ceramic artist who obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy (M.P.S., A.T.R.) in 1981. In 1975, she began focusing her artwork on the creation of figurative work in clay, cement, and bronze. She has taught clay and sculpture classes from 2002 to the present. She worked for thirty years as an Art Therapist.Her shows have included:
– Glad to Be Here, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, 2004
– Celebrating Spirit, Victoria Spa, Toronto, 2004
– Fusion Fireworks 2005 Exhibition (Juried, 2 year traveling show)
– Women’s Art Association of Canada, Beecroft Fine Arts Show, Toronto, 2006
– Passages, Mad and Noisy Gallery, Creemore, Ontario 2007
– Purple Hills Studio tour, Glen Huron, Ontario, Juried show, 2007
– 1001 Pots Show, Val David, Quebec, juried show, July-August 2008

Artist Statement

Since I was a young child, my hands have always been in clay. I have been a sculptural artist since 1975, working part-time on my art and part-time as an Art Therapist. In 2001, I committed myself to working full-time as an artist; I also teach ceramics and sculpture to adults. I have always been drawn by figurative art, particularly the female form. After going through treatment for breast cancer, my figurative work deepened to explore the inner dialogue we have within each of us and the deep bonds between people. During these periods I created two series of work: the Canoe and Vessel Series and the Rock Series. In the Canoe series I explored mould-making and working with large textured slabs to convey a sense of women in canoes on journeys – the journeys that we embark on with ourselves and those with the important people in our lives. The Rock Series recreated scenes of women in connection with each other while sitting on the glacial boulders of the Laurentian Mountains. The ‘rocks’ are made from clay that I burnished and then sawdust-fired. My work reveals pure deep emotions, from vulnerability to serenity and all the way to joy and strength.

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