Just over a year ago, on a trip to my local art store, I picked up a brightly coloured post card , with the odd word TWAC emblazoned on its surface.
TWAC, as it turned out, is the acronym for Toronto West Arts Collaborative, an Etobicoke based not-for-profit arts organization offering exhibition, learning and networking opportunities for emerging and mid career artists.
Intrigued, I checked out their website, twac.ca, and as usual, lost track of time while looking at art.
Recently, I had moved into an area completely unknown to me, and I was feeling logistically out of reach from the art world I knew.
As well, my present paintings of polar bears and dark water, were of a theme dramatically different to past portraiture and figurative landscape work. I was far from being an emerging artist, but it did seem as if my creative process was starting anew, too.
What hadn’t changed, is that I knew through experience, that there is no faster way to connect to an artistic community, boost one’s creative and business knowledge, combat isolation and be open to opportunity, than to join an art group.
I joined TWAC.
A colourful palette of artist activities followed- art shows and sales, educational lectures, workshops, classes, paint nights, and networking events.
My personal highlight? Through TWAC, I learned of the Canada wide call to artists for the 3rd annual juried art show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.
My polar bear painting “Dark Water 1”, was accepted into this show, and was on display in the Arts and Crafts Building for the length of the CNE .
One day, I even painted on location at the juried show exhibition. I had a fabulous time talking with the pleasant, thoughtful CNE visitors – including some pretty amazing children – about my painting, polar bears, the north, and climate change.
I am also pleased and honoured to announce that “Dark Water 1” was awarded the juried show’s Juror’s Award.
And about that opportunity that can come from joining an art group? Well, I wasn’t promising anything in specific, but, for me, as it turns it, the resulting opportunity is an artist’s dream. As the recipient of the Juror’s Award, Artworld Fine Art Gallery, will exhibit a solo show of my polar bear art in March 2018.
Pencil in your calendars, my TWAC friends, as you are all invited!
Curious about TWAC? Check out TWAC info.
Special Thanks to Christine Montague for this post.
Learn more about Christine and her artwork … CLICK HERE