Nicholas Crombach’s exhibition in Ottawa

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A gift that leaves a legacy

September 12th, 2017

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Al Green was an inspiring philanthropist, city builder and a longstanding friend and advocate of the AGO. A Trustee of the AGO Board of Directors for over 14 years, Al’s contributions to the Gallery were extraordinary, from his support of several major exhibitions to his leadership gifts to major initiatives such as Transformation AGO. An accomplished sculptor, collector and lover of art, Al integrated public sculpture into his many building projects throughout the city. He established the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School in Toronto, creating an open, accessible, not-for-profit space for artists to create sculpture. In 2002, Al was honoured with the Order of Canada for his devotion to community service.

It is fitting that through a recent donation from his daughter Lindy Green, through The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation, we have named one of our newest gallery spaces in Al’s honour. The Al Green Gallery, which is located on Level 2 of the AGO, is adjacent to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.

You might think this space has simply been renamed. But the Al Green Gallery is actually a brand new gallery created last summer through an ingenious design. A construction team lifted and levelled an old ramp that had been closed for many years, crisscrossing from the east side of the AGO’s building up into the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre’s general area. After removing the wall that enclosed the former ramp, the space was transformed into a 1,200 square foot gallery with high ceilings and natural light.

The Al Green Gallery will present sculptural works either made by or in dialogue with those of British sculptor Henry Moore. Currently on display in the gallery are a number of bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso, among others. According to the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art Kenneth Brummel, “it’s a quiet, contemplative space where visitors can enjoy sculpture as three dimensional objects.”

In addition to naming this new gallery in honour of Al, the Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation has created the Al Green Fund, an endowment that will support the presentation, conservation and acquisition of sculpture at the AGO. Funds have also been established to further our mission to support art, access and learning, especially where it concerns decreasing barriers and increasing access to the Gallery and its programs.

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View of the Al Green Gallery. Photo: AGO

The memory of Al Green will forever live on here at the Gallery and in the hearts and minds of community members that benefitted so much from his remarkable spirit. Next time you are at the AGO, please come by and visit this new and special gallery!

The current installation in the Al Green Gallery is included in general admission, and AGO Members see it free.




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As the director of the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School, I can highly recommend Blake Wards lecture “360 Silhouettes” Blake presented this talk to my sculpture studio and school in 2015, and we all found it to be most informative, especially for but not limited to figurative sculptors. Blake was classically trained and the techniques he acquired and mastered are disappearing from today’s fine arts educational institutions. His knowledge of the human form is extensive; he is able to distill his techniques down to a comprehensible level that even a beginner can understand. Blake illustrates the importance of preparation when approaching sculpting from life, and shares his insights into the current art market place.

One can only profit from Blake’s lecture, and the exposure to these old world techniques and practices that enhance one’s understanding and appreciation of figurative sculpture.

Guests are welcome please RSVP: 416-963 9909

Studio member Veronique Ouaknine is participating in a group exhibition at Gallery 1313

Opening Artist talk Saturday September 2, 4pm gallery hours Wednesday- Sunday, 1-6pm

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Studio Instructor Nicholas Crombach has been on a residency in London England, at The Florence Trust .This exhibition marks the end of that adventure.

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Our Community Partner,

@TOAEART’s Exhibition is this July 14th to 16th at Nathan Phillip’s Square! Come and visit visual artists working in all mediums showcase their work at the city’s largest contemporary outdoor art fair. For more information about visiting please visit:


Studio Member Frantz Brent-Harris has been selected to show his sculptures at Yonge-Dundas Square for PRIDE Thursday June 22 4-11pm

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Studio member W.W. Hung has his work on display at the music festival at Koerner Hall and at Oeno gallery in Prince Edward County

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Studio Member Lisa Johnson is having an exhibition of her paintings in London Ont.

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Please join us for Bricolage an exhibition of new works from the members of the studio

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Action Statue: Opening night

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Laird Henderson, studio instructor and member Frantz Brent-Harris are participating.
A Group Exhibition
Action Statue
March 23rd, 2017 – April 2nd, 2017

Opening Reception is March 3rd 7pm – 11pm : Free Admission
Licensed event. Drinks will be available for purchase  : Free Penny Candy Bar
Unlovable General
1415 Dundas Street West
Toronto, On M6J 1Y4
The work will be available for purchase simultaneously in person and online. (exact time of launch and online link – coming soon)

Action Statue is an inclusive group exhibition showcasing all of the known toy artists in the Toronto area. Every piece is an original character derived from the artist’s imagination. An imagination that is heavily influenced by our shared love of toys and pop culture. Techniques vary between artists, but each piece is produced through an intensive process of sculpting, mold making and casting. This method results in handmade, limited edition multiples. These sculptures act as playful explorations of contemporary character design and challenge our conceptions of what an action figure, doll or play-thing can embody.
Featuring work by:
The Angry Beast : Darth Salesman : Lab Monkey Number 9 : Frantz Brent-Harris
Naomi Knaff : Rawzzzy (Liege Toys) : Modulicious : GreatBeard : Mason Mummery
ROOOK : Washykong : Squiggly McPickins : Laird of Toy





Studio director Melanie Chikofsky and part-time member Doug Guildford  are participants in this benefit for The Paperhouse Studio,

February 24  6-9pm


Paperhouse Studio
Unit 102
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

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From our community partner TOAS

July 14 – 16, 2017
Nathan Phillips Square

Works by Christopher Reid Flock, Winner of 2016 Best of Ceramics Award – Photo by Sean Howard


Early Deadline: March 1, 2017
Late Deadline: March 14, 2017 (Late Fees apply)

Calling visual artists working in all mediums and makers in craft & design, to submit applications to the 56th annual juried Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’s Awards Program is unprecedented and unique in North America. Last year we took a huge step forward to make a major increase in our historical awards. The vision behind our awards is to create opportunities for the selected artists in order to truly advance their careers, to provide public recognition, and to make a significant financial contribution to their practices. We are proud to announce that we will be keeping our commitment to the awards increase for the 56th edition of the Exhibition and will be awarding over $30,000 cash and in-kind prizes to the best artists in their practices. Here is the list of awards for 2017:


  • $5,500 to the winner of Best of Exhibition Award
  • $5,500 to the winner of Founding Chairman Award
  • The Mayor’s Purchase Award which brings the winners’ artwork into the City of Toronto’s significant art collection
  • $2,200 Artscape Award for Best Student
  • $3,000 exhibition at Propeller Gallery for Best Emerging Artist
  • $2,000 for the Best of each category: Craft & Design, Painting, Photography and Digital media, 2D works and 3D Works
  • $2,000 Cash & Purchase Award for Best of Ceramics
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award
  • And many more cash and in-kind awards for Honourable Mentions

These awards are generously donated by a passionate circle of donors, historical patrons, and community partners who truly believe in advancing the arts and artists’ careers. The winners will be selected by industry experts and seasoned art professionals during the Exhibition. Apply now to have a chance to get your work seen by 100,000 art lovers at Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor art fair and win one of our prestigious awards. Make sure to read Top Ten Reasons to Exhibit at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and our application guidelines before submitting your applications.


About Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first and Canada’s largest, longest-running juried outdoor contemporary art fair. Founded in 1961, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition was established to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary art to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 320 contemporary visual artists, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to design and installations and attracts 100,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
401 Richmond Street West, Unit 264
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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Studio member, Mary Anne Grainger and studio director, Melanie Chikofsky, both have artwork, in the group exhibition “Black & White” at  the Propeller Gallery, 30 Abel Street, Toronto Opening February 2 , 6:30-9:30







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Hi-Fructose Feature & Solo Exhibition Hello everyone, I hope this newsletter finds you all well. As always I have been busy working away and creating in my studio. I finally have a moment to surface and share with you a couple of exciting things happening this month. I am pleased to announce that my sculptures are featured in the October issue of Hi-fructose Magazine Vol.41 The feature consists of 13 beautifully designed pages filled with photos and an insightful article by Mike Mariani. Here are a few sneak peeks… I am also extremely pleased to announce the opening of my solo exhibition // BACK INTO THE OCEAN October 20 – November 19, 2016 Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec 5226 Saint-Laurent boul. Opening Night // October 20th, 6-9pm In this most recent collection I explored the theme of sinking into the ocean as a final moment. This theme of water and surface led me to new materials including clay and resin. For more information visit Galerie Youn or visit my newly updated website. Hope to see you at this exciting event! A million thanks for all your continuing feedback, love and support! Sincerely, Gosia










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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist travelling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

Artist: W.W. Hung

W.W. Hung is a sculptor and installation artist based in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Exploring the human condition through contemporary figurative sculpture, W.W. Hung uses the human body, placed in abstract spatial contexts, to suggest different narratives and psychological states. Since 2010, his sculptural works have been exhibited regularly at galleries in Canada and the US, and can be found in many private collections. W.W. Hung is the recipient of the 2015 Al and Malka Green Sculpture Award, presented by the Sculptors Society of Canada.

W. W. Hung & Guy Gavriel Kay
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sculpting New Reads

This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Four local artists have been paired with four 2016 Canadian books. Each artist has been challenged to create a new installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audience and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process.

*While the artwork will be on-site all day, the artist will be present during this time slot*


Monomania is a compelling exhibition of the work of three artists, each with their own unique vision. This exhibition marks the culmination of several years of concentrated themed based explorations realized through the sculptural and the photographic process.
The show opens on September 22 from 6-9pm and continues on the 23 & 24 from 12-6pm

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We will be having an exhibition of new work by the members of the studio honouring  the memory  of Al Green, at the Canadian Sculpture Centre , 500 Church Street. Opening reception  May 5 2016, 6-9pm and continuing until June 1, 2016

Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Friday 12noon-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

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The studio hosted a workshop on February 20 for
16 make up bloggers were instructed by Nicholas as to how to sculpt the planes of a face, and then their make up artist Trinidad demonstrated how to apply a Pro Sculpting Palette from their new line.


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W.W.Hung, a member of our studio will be exhibiting at the The Canadian Sculpture Centre in their New Members exhibition.


W.W Hung will also have some of his work on view at this years Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair in the Installation Zone.

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An artist talk will be given  by Blake Ward which  will take place in the studio Tuesday November 10 at 7pm.
I highly recommend that the figurative sculptors in particular attend this talk , but I imagine it would be interesting for anyone.
I would like to be assured that this talk will be well attended. I ask that you let me know if you will be able to attend, and to save that date. Studio members will be given preference as space is limited, however we welcome interested sculptors to attend. Please RSVP 416-963-9909

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You can view more of his work on the site below.

SCULPT 2015  OPENING: Thursday November 26, 2015 6 -8pm


The studio now has a blog  designed specifically for posting interesting news and views from exhibitions, conferences and places of interest for our sculpture family. Stayed tuned for postings from Art Toronto, The Feature Art Fair, October 23-26, and the Sculpture International Conference in Phoenix Arizona November 3-8, 2014. Please follow us at:



Peter Shepherd; studio member and photographer will be conducting a photography demonstration and workshop on how to shoot your work employing our new lighting system on Saturday October 25 at 1pm.


Janet Hunter will be giving an Informal talk at the studio on her experience at the 2015 Venice Biennale on Monday October 19, 2015 at 1pm

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Peter Shepherd,  a studio member, is happy to announce the premier, at Planet in Focus Festival in Toronto, of LAST HARVEST, a film he had the pleasure of producing.  Planet in Focus selected LAST HARVEST as the closing night film.If you are in the area, please get your tickets and come out to the film, to be shown immediately after the Award Ceremonies at 7:00 p.m., Sunday October 25, 2015 at the Bloor Cinema.


Exhibition of  new work from the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School

at the Al Green Gallery, 64 Merton Street


OPENING: Thursday November 26, 2015 6 -8pm

Show will continue until Saturday December 5, 2015


Check out our artists participating in Oeno Gallery’s 2015 Sculpture Garden Exhibition






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