Thursday, 1 March 2012

ART FRESH: Emerging artists take the spotlight at Mutual Gallery

FACE VALUE: Olivia McGilchrist's My Dear Daddy 2.

Offering a greatly needed platform for up-and-coming artists, the Mutual Gallery is kicking off its 2012 calendar of exhibitions with Art Fresh, a display open to burgeoning new talent in the fine arts. Set to participate are rising stars Alicia Brown, Kimani Beckford, Leon Dingwall, Raymond Graham, Andrae Green, Cavel Johnson, Robert Joyette, Oliver Myrie, in painting; Krystal Dadag and Olivia McGilchrist in photography; Toorel Asher and Vilya Thomas in ceramics; and Robert ‘Toby’ Grant, who is the lone sculpture/assemblage participant.

According to the gallery, the quality of the pieces being shown this year is high, made all the more noteworthy by the fact that each of the participating artists have less than 10 years worth of experience. For most, Art Fresh will mark their first exhibition or their first since leaving art school. At the same time, several of the participants were selected by a jury comprised of Tina Spiro and Paula Daley, both artists and teachers, and Gilou Bauer, current director of the Mutual Gallery. Green, Joyette, Myrie and Thomas are invited artists.

The exhibition, sponsored by NCB, Carreras, RBC Royal Bank and other entities, opens March 8 and will be on view through April 7 at the gallery. Info: 929-4302.

DARK DEED: Kimani Beckford's Delilah.

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