In 2022 we lost a few members of our community, all who will be dearly missed. Two great artists, Roz Hermant and Josée Savaria, Edith Yeomans a long-time TOAF board member and Jini Stolk, our beloved Chair of the board. Please take a moment with us to remember their contributions to our community.
Jini Stolk, our beloved chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, passed away on August 25th, 2022. Jini’s impact on the arts community reached far beyond TOAF, she touched so many and was a chamption of arts workers and the arts in Toronto. We want to share the news about the launch of the Jini Stolk Creative Fellowship, supporting arts managers. Jini was passionate about the health of arts organizations and this initiative truly honours her vision. The Jini Stolk Creative Fellowship Fund has been made possible through the generous support of Sandra and Jim Pitblado, and Tim and Frances Price. Donations to the fund can be made to the Ontario Arts Foundation. She is dearly missed.
Edith Yeomans, FASA, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022. “Edie” had over 35 years of experience in the arts in Canada, including being a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition from 1991 until 2012 and was Chair for three years.
Roz Hermant passed away October 12, 2022. She participated in TOAF over six times, and most recently in TOAF61 in 2022 at Nathan Phillips Square. Her work was inspired by her many travels, and has been shown in various galleries in Toronto and Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
The Road Less Travelled, Roz Hermant, 2020, Paper, glass, foil and pigment ink
Josée Savaria passed away October 7th, 2022. She participated in TOAF over five times, and most recently in 2022 as part of the Online-Only fair. Her art was influenced by the endless variety of forms found in the creatures that inhabit our blue planet. Her paintings are currently held in corporate and private collections around the world.
Millefiori, Josée Savaria, 2021, Acrylic, acrylic pen and image transfer on canvas