So here is what has been going down in the Toronto African Canadian Art scene in the over the past week .
Celebration ! opened in honour of Caribana' s 40th year anniversary and is a milestone event for both the gallery and the artist. This year marks the fifth year Studio Visuals has been in business in Corktown and the first time that Joshua Higgins has exhibited his art in giclee format in Canada. The art was exquisitely framed by Farouk our ever supportive framer. The vibrant colours and characters jumped off the canvas.As Stepanie Skrypnyk put it "A refreshing yet spiritual portrayal of Jamaica". The artist Foluke wrote in the guest book "Your work represents the more vibrant side of life and abstracts it complexities". Art of this caliber from Jamaica has never been seen in Toronto before. Joshua has painted on a full time basis for the past 30 years using Jamaica as his studio which he describes as "a violent , dynamic, creative place, which is his muse".
Oh now back to the event ...
Ms Anne Marie Bonner the Jamaican Concil General in Canada (pictured in the photo receiving a gift from Josh and the gallery ) opened the event with words of praise for both Joshua and I .It was a smashing event with Mento Music in the air . Appleton Rum sponsored the opening event in part with smooth libations and the ever dependable Welsh sisters threw down some wicked platters of food, which were gobbled up by the attendees and washed down with Sunshine Shakes from Ms Joanne Anderson .The past five years and the event could not have taken place without the support of Donna Hansen, Stephanie Skrypnyk, and our talented framer Farouk of Fanak custom frames on Eglinton Ave . Not to mention Corktown Neighbours were out in full force checking out vibe. Check out the website to see pictures of the event and the fabulous attendees http://www.studiovisuals.com/www/events.html
Celebration! will be on exhibit at Studio Visuals at 503 Queen St East , Toronto, Ontario from July 21st - Aug 19th 2007