To celebrate our 60th Anniversary this year, we are collecting stories and memories from past and present TOAF participants.
I think this was 1974. I had been a part of TOAF (then called Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition) about 3 times… This picture was my first year participating. What a great time I had! From there, I was invited to other shows and galleries and since then, I have never stopped creating. This year, I have submitted work to TOAF once again and would be delighted be part of this great art community.
In 1962 or 1963, I was in my 2nd or 3th year at the Ontario College of Art, taking the Advertising Design course when I was part of the TOAF. I do remember having my paintings hanging from a low fence by the Four Seasons Motor Hotel on Jarvis Street. The paintings were done in the “Fine Art” portion of the Design Course,it was the first time I had ever displayed my work outside of school. I was thrilled and nervous. It had a clumsy presentation – no theme, no frames – hastily applied wiring. There was some outstanding work on display, and I was certainly in awe and intimidated. However, someone thought my work was worthy so I was all in. I was nervous at first but quickly discovered I enjoyed talking to those who inquired about my work, discussing motivation and technique. Some were painters themselves so I learned a lot about art and the business of art from that experience.
It was through this event I realized I enjoyed displaying my work and meeting a diverse audience. In 2004, I was accepted to participate in TOAF again. Over the years, I have participated in many outdoor shows, thanks to that sunny weekend on Jarvis Street.
Are you an artist, art collector, long time visitor with a connection to TOAF? Do you have any memories you’d like to share? Email us!