One of the pleasures of city life is the chance to meet painters and photographers and see innovative new work. St. Clair W is home to many artists, and local café Stella’s Lunchbox is fast becoming a new art hub.
Last Saturday, April 23, a new exhibition opened there featuring print-making, photography and painting, with the promise of live music and spoken word performances. Art at Stella’s is organized by local painter Gwyn Jones and his niece, York art student Miranda Jones. This is their second exhibition in this space – the first, last December, was live-streamed to a corresponding simultaneous event in the UK.
Participating artists are from the St. Clair W community and from the York University fine arts program. They are: Armando Lulu, Miranda Jones, Lauren Goldthorpe, Lauren Elcock, Eleanor Szydlowska, Helen Ilcott, Jalani Morgan, Ivona Jozinovic, Elina Iskoz, Grainne Carberry, Ed Burden, Miles J and Gwyn Jones. Here’s some of the work:
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Stella’s is an intimate space. With its high ceilings, wide neutral wall space and bright windows, it accommodates a salon-style exhibition very well. Tony Merante, the owner of Stella’s Lunchbox and an enthusiastic art supporter, provided complimentary hors d’oeuvres to accompany wine and craft ales or of course excellent espresso.
Stellas is located around the corner from St. Clair W at 145 Lauder Ave (adjoining Desotos). This exhibition will be up for at least the next four weeks. Drop in often, more art will be going up when this comes down. There’s always something stimulating to taste and see.
– Schuster Gindin
Photos by Schuster Gindin