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Issue: #4April/2012
 Hi pals! 

First of all, HAPPY SPRING! Yay for warmer weather coming our way!

We've had a super busy month in the shop filled with highs and lows. Here are a few highlights;

We tried our first March Break Camp, but unfortunately it didn't run due to low enrollment. HOWEVER, what did happen, was all of you awesome parents let us know what would work better for you. We threw out our week-long camp, and replaced it with drop-in workshops throughout the break instead.  And you know what- it was a HUGE success! So again, we want to THANK YOU for your support and patience.  We feel so lucky that we have such an awesome community supporting us that gives us the chance to make some mistakes, learn from them and GROW!

We also launched our FILL'ER UP Sketchbook Challenge this month and have over 80 artists ages 6-68 making at least one thing in their sketchbooks everyday.  They started on March 12th, and will continue right up to their group exhibition happening April 12-22.  A round of applause for the participants please- a sketch a day is no easy feat!

This may seem small to you, but we have to say, the little heatwave that we experienced in the middle of March meant that we were able to keep our door wide open.  And that was AWESOME.  Our outdoor bench and art-ing plans for the warmer weather are shaping up nicely-can't wait to share it with you!

Oh wait, one more thing... Because of that nice warm weather, and our outdoor planning/scheming, we called the city to ask them to remove the sad abandoned broken bike that has been locked up to the post outside our shop since long before we opened. In a funny turn of events, Miki may or may not have witnessed someone steal said badly broken bike a few days after we called to have it removed...serendipitous, no?

Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely faces in the nicer weather


Heather + Miki 



Here's a video of Miki bungee jumping in Switzerland! Warning: It's really long and there's no sound, so for your viewing pleasure, skip to 1:50 to see the jump and then again to 6:30 to see his reaction. 

....This is how I knew he had the right amount of crazy to be an awesome business partner.
Bungy Jump in Switzerland
Bungy Jump in Switzerland


Our April Workshop Schedule is up!  Go here for more details and descriptions about workshops offered;

Youth Programs 

Top row:
1. aRt Lab/Open Studio for youth in full swing.  We pull out all kinds of materials to make works of art.  Bring your creativity!  
2. Art Escapades: Ecology Collage Shadow Box potential materials? We will be going for a short walk through the neighbourhood to pick up unique supplies.   
3. Family Sunday in full swing.  We made great Texture Monsters GRRRRRRRRR! 
Bottom row:
4. Inspiration for After School Workshop: Fibre Art Sculpture! 
This is a detail of Emily Barletta's fibre sculpture; Horizon (2008)
5. Come join us April 22nd for Earth Day.  We will be making plantable seed paper!
6. This Family Sunday is all about stampin' with unusual objects. Dress to get messy! 


Adult Programs

Top row:
1. Pysanka Workshop: Learn how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs! April 1st 2-4pm
2. Old Treasures. New Love. This is a jewellery repair/rework workshop. Brittany says to bring BOATLOADS of your old broken jewellery and see how you can make them wearable once more- all while enjoying a glass of wine ;)
3. Joan Holben is returning to our workroom April 21st to teach a full day workshop using GOLDEN gels, mediums and grounds.  Spaces are already filling up! 

Bottom row:     
4. If you haven't come out to one of our Crafternoons for grown ups, you really really should.  They happen the last Sunday afternoon of every month.  And they're awesome (just saying)
5. Local artist and musician Christian Masotti leads our Drawing to Music workshop once a month.  I took the class in March, and I learned a lot about how music can be a great tool to help flush out ideas.  This is a great night to come and add something new to your art practice.
6. Life drawing happens every other Thursday evening at the shop from 7-10pm.  It's best to come a wee bit early to stake out a good spot! 

Summer ART camp 2012

APRIL 2012




aRt LaB
*no lab April 9th, 2012 

Art Escapades: Ecology Collage Shadow Box
 Saturday April 14th 10-12pm 
 Friday April 13th : Fibre Art Sculpture
Friday April 27th : Thread & Vellum Paintings 
(ask about our multi-class discount!) 
Family Sunday : Stampin' Stampede 
Sunday April 22nd 10-11:30pm   

Earth Day: Plantable Seed Paper Making 
Sunday April 22nd
12-2pm & 3-5pm
all ages!    
Pysanka Easter Egg Workshop 
Sunday April 1st
This is a family friendly workshop suitable for ages 8 & up 

Drop-In Open Studio
EVERY Monday 7-9pm
*no Open Studio April 9th, 2012  

Drop-In Life Drawing 

Thursday April 5th & 19th 7-10pm

No Instruction


Drawing to Music  
Wednesday April 18th

GOLDEN Acrylics all day workshop:
Create a painting using Grounds, Gels and Mediums with Joan Holben 
Saturday April 21st 


♥ Old Treasures. New Love ♥    
Jewellery Repair/Re-work with Anice Jewellery

Wednesday April 25th  
$20 + Materials 


Sunday April 29th


In the Shop: New furniture (whoo hoo!)


Miki testing out our sweet new canvas rack!

If you've come into the shop recently, you might have noticed that our furniture has been rearranged a wee bit. We want to say a big thank you to our pal Takashi Hilferink. Not only is he an amazing artist (did you see his work in the Earl Selkirk Gallery last month??), but also a great friend. He built this sweet canvas & paper rack for us last month.  By moving the canvas rolls onto this rack, we were able to free up some more shelving space for the new supplies that are coming in. Thanks Takashi! 





For those of you who don't know, last month we challenged YOU, our customers and neighbours to commit to doing at least one creative thing in your sketchbook every day.  We asked you to 'Fill'er up'- to pull out your half-used sketchbooks and complete them.  Over 80 people accepted that challenge- and we were blown away!   


From April 12-22nd you can come to the Earl Selkirk Gallery and take a look at what our contributing artists created! We're so happy that you were as inspired by this project as we were excited to create it.


So, here are a few details; more to come next week! 


Featuring work from over 80 Toronto artist ages 6 to 68
April 12th-22nd, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday April 12th 6-9pm


Samantha Allen | The Craigslist Project
Part of the CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1st-31st, 2012  
Opening Reception: Saturday May 5th 6-9pm 

Micah Adams | SHOW TITLE  
June 14th-July 29th, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday June 14th 6-9pm    

on-going call 
The Earl Selkirk Gallery exhibits work in all media focusing on local Toronto artists.  Proposals for solo, group and curatorial projects are all accepted.  We will also consider one night performances and other out of gallery events and processes.  Exhibitions usually run for 4-6 weeks.  Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing bases. Please allow for 4-6 weeks to review your work.

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ARTICULATIONS is a locally run art store located in the heart of Toronto's Junction neighborhood. We are creative navigators here to provide you with art supplies, cool art workshops, and creative exhibitions.