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July 12 – 14, 2024.

TOAF61 Day 5: Award Recipients Announcement

An acclaimed roster of judges is presenting you with yet another extraordinary selection of the most outstanding artists – the recipients of TOAF61 Awards. 

Our utmost gratitude to the esteemed judges for their insight and careful considerations. And, love and appreciation to our awards partners and donors for fostering artistic excellence and craftsmanship by supporting $40,000 cash and in-kind awards

We will be celebrating all the artists and award recipients during the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 15th at 5:30 PM. We will also share artist profiles, in-depth stories, and judges' insights with you in the coming months. 

A few of the award recipients are Online Only artists, so if you have an eye on their work, seize the opportunity to acquire a piece. 

Without further ado, here are the stand-out artists of TOAF61.

PS. Tune in to today's conversation between two StART artists, painter and illustrator, Ren Lonechild and multidisciplinary artist, Yasaman Mehrsa. And, catch the Studio Tour of Montreal-based artist, Jérôme Guilleaume, as he shares his intriguing visual explorations. 

Meet 2022 Award Recipients
Plan your visit on July 15 – 17

2022 Award Recipients

Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair | Vanessa Dion Fletcher | Booth E291

$6,000 by The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation
Judged by Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator

Four DirectionsVanessa Dion Fletcher, 2022, Quillwork on paper

Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder's Award | Jobelle Quijano | Booth A12

$6,000 by The Koffler Family Foundation
Judged by Tiana Koffler Boyman, Co-Chair of the Koffler Centre of the Arts & Flavio Belli, Artist, Curator, & Art Consultant

Town at NightJobelle Quijano, 2020, Oil on canvas

Best of Student Award | Mahir Siraj | Booth A8

$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award
Artscape Award: A residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace (Value $2,500)
Judged by Jacqueline Kok, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Allegory of The SacrificesMahir Siraj, 2022, Acrylic on canvas

Best of Painting Award | Sasha Sutherland | Online Only

$2,000 by Brett Ledger & Patricia Olasker
Judged by Stuart Keeler, TD Senior Curator

Dubai In The SkySasha Sutherland, 2021, Acrylic paint

Honourable Mention Painting | Raoul Olou | Online Only

$500 Gift Certificate by Gwartzman's Art Supplies
Judged by Stuart Keeler, TD Senior Curator


Best of Photography & Digital Media Award | Maureen O'Connor | Booth A125

$2,000 by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Judged by Katherine Takpannie, Photographer

10. RevivalMaureen O'Connor, 2021, Chromogenic photograph

Honourable Mention
Photography & Digital Media | Mina Nowzari | Booth A20

$500 Gift Certificate by Toronto Image Works
Judged by Katherine Takpannie, Photographer


Best of 3D Works Award | Tracey-Mae Chambers | Booth E283

$2,000 by Al Green in Memoriam 
Judged by Carlo Cesta, Artist

#hopeandhealingcanada @ Singwauk Residential school historical siteTracey-Mae Chambers, 2021, Crochet/knit red yarn installation

Most Innovative Use of Material Award | Tracey-Mae Chambers | Booth E283

$500 by Lonsdale Gallery
Judged by Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator

#hopeandhealingcanada @Mississauga Festival of trees Hyperbolic crochetTracey-Mae Chambers, 2021, Crochet red yarn


Best of Craft & Design Award | Brad Copping | Booth B164

$2,000 by Robert K. E. Mitchell & Brian H. Wade of Mitchell Studios
Judged by Lisa A. Pai, Director, L.A. Pai Gallery

Amethyst undula bowlBrad Copping, 2021, Blown and carved glass

Best of Jewellery Award | Carolyn Young | Online Only

$500 by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich  
Judged by Lisa A. Pai, Director, L.A. Pai Gallery

Silver Reimagining Blombos BroochCarolyn Young, 2021, Patinated sterling silver & stainless steel

Ceramics Excellence Award | Karla Rivera | Booth A72

$500 Gift Certificate by Tucker's Pottery Supplies
Judged by Lisa A. Pai, Director, L.A. Pai Gallery

Ceramics Excellence Award | Kirsti Smith | Booth A36

$500 Gift Certificate by The Pottery Supply House
Judged by Lisa A. Pai, Director, L.A. Pai Gallery


Best of 2D Works Award | Dorion Scott | Booth C254

$2,000 by Extrudex Aluminum
Judged by Michael Klein, Director, MKG127 Gallery

Blush (source: Tracey Emin 21st C)Dorion Scott, 2022, Acrylic paint sheer organza wood support

Honourable Mention 2D Works | Kaitlin Mason | Booth A64

$500 Gift Certificate by Tri-Art Manufacturing
Judged by Michael Klein, Director, MKG127 Gallery

A Natural State of Being IMaria Doering, 2018, Monoprint/Linocut on Shoji Baika natural

Best of Paper Award | Maria Doering | Booth A66

$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place
Judged by Nancy Jacobi, Founder, The Japanese Paper Place & Tara Moore-Jones, President, The Japanese Paper Place


Gladstone House Award | Katherine Curci | Booth A57

One-year showcase opportunity & artist fee by Gladstone House ($1,000 Value)
Judged by Lee Petrie, Cuator & Arts Program Manager, Gladstone House

Supermoon in BanffKatherine Curci, 2021, Charcoal and conte crayon on paper


The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award | Esther Doyeon Kim | Booth A60

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery artist membership & publications (Value $1,000)
Judged by Jacqueline Kok, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Artscape Emerging Artist Award | Sofia Escobar | Booth A89

One-year membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad (Value $1,360)
Judged by Jacqueline Kok, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award 
Sandamali Angunawela | Booth C250
Ren Lonechild | Booth D268
Shevon Lewis | Booth A39
Marc Bourgeois | Booth E289

An exhibition opportunity at Propeller Art Gallery (Value $4,000)
Judged by Lex Barrie, Emerging Curator

Thank you to our supporters

What's On Today

Left to Right: BeautifulRen Lonechild, 2019, Print on card stock; One Of Those Days #9Yasaman Mehrsa, 2021, Mixed media

Artist Chat with Ren Lonechild & Yasaman Mehrsa

12:30 PM | Instagram TV
With Artists Ren Lonechild and Yasaman Mehrsa


HeterozygotesJérôme Guilleaume, 2022, Photography

Studio Tour with Jérôme Guilleaume

7:00 PM | Watch on Instagram
With Artist Jérôme Guilleaume

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