Newly available works and new exhibitions are on deck this June at the gallery.  Arts & Letters: Barker Fairley and Florence Vale opens Saturday, June 3rd and runs through until the 22nd.  Travis Shilling's fresh series Spring Thaw will also be featured on the walls this month.  In addition, recent arrivals from the studios of Andrew Bell, John Doyle, Shelley Mansel and David Michael Scott are part of our June programming.  Please find further on the artists and new works ahead in this issue of Ingram Art News.  We always look forward to welcoming you at the gallery.  Especially so this month as not only is Yorkville jubilant in June, the neighbourhood also plays host for the first time this year to the Toronto Jazz Festival (June 23 - July 2).

Arts & Letters
June 3 - 22 . 2017

Florence Vale lived at 90 Hazelton Avenue and Barker Fairley called The Annex home.  Living so close to Ingram Gallery's location (24 Hazelton Avenue), they shared in even more than geography -- as they were both accomplished poets in addition to pioneering fine artists.  Arts & Letters brings together for the first time at the gallery the works of Fairley and Vale alongside their numerous poems, poetry books, and other fine examples of their written word.

The exhibition is comprised of many newly available works by Florence Vale -- including  works on paper, her stellar collages as well as pieces that have been part of public gallery exhibitions in the past -- including Flight to Ontario (1976) which was exhibited at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston in 1980.  Shown here Out for Lunch (1974) is featured on page 43 of Florence Vale - Selected Drawing & Verse (1979).

Equally exceptional are Barker Fairley's minimal and modernist landscapes, figurative works and rare still life paintings that shape the exhibition.  Of interest, Fairley's life spanned the exact years, a century: 1887-1986, as fellow artist Georgie O'Keeffe -- whose iconic work is on exhibit this summer at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Of great importance to all three artists was to be who they were meant to be as creators, as thinkers, as artists -- and humans.

Here for you, timeless in its meaning and messaging -- is James Purdie's introduction to Florence Vale - Selected Drawing & Verse (1979):

Without Florence Vale, who could we turn to for the fuel that fires enough quiet passion in the blood to see us through our various losses and the long winters?

Who would call to our delighted attention the eddies of romance and laughter still to be found in an environment grown heavy with selfishness, isolation, and technological alienation?

Who would assure us that the yearning we feel for a return to true love and the faith of childhood is healthy and universal?

And who would sing, as she once did, in a work acquired by the Canada Council Art Bank, of the consummation -- sultry, languorous and Persian -- to be sensed and enjoyed in the slip-slap, click-clack action of a Chargex card being processed?

And who else would design, as she does in this book, a corrective hat for ladies or bottoms and legs of blue?

Florence Vale's art, verse or drawing, is made up of questions for the heart as well as the mind.  We join minds with it, filling in answers from memory and experience.



Spring Thaw

Many new works by Travis Shilling have arrived at the gallery, including a series of works capturing the spring thaw in a most unique visual vocabulary.  The series is complemented by narrative works, too -- including Rainbow featured below.  Recent news from community curators, sees Shilling with two upcoming public gallery exhibitions in Ontario.  Please stay tuned for more news -- as the first of these two shows is scheduled for as soon as November of this year. 


Andrew Bell has been with the gallery since 2002.  Continually advancing, his inventive approach to his art practice is to be commended.  From his wall works to his conceptual sculptures, Bell shapes works that create a feeling inside you, something that lasts forever and grows with time.  His new series, the almost men is a great testament to his unique vision.  New in at the gallery are three works from the series -- with KMPNT featured here (right).  Currently in studio, Bell will also be exhibiting new sculptures in our upcoming sculpture exhibition H x L x W this September.

Shelley Mansel has just returned from a residency in Maine.  Before she attended, Mansel sent three new large-scale works from her studio in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia.  Meditative canvases that explore the rhythms and patterns of nature have long been part of Mansel's practice.  In these new works, large in scale and scope, the ripples and rings of rain drops on water's surface make for both reflective symbol and shape.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with you at the gallery this month.  Please click the underlined links here to preview the works of John Doyle and David Michael Scott, as well as others.

With direct links to our website in all issues of Ingram Art News, along with the exceptional traffic to our site directly -- we make a point to keep up to date, content rich and ever-evolving. 

Highlights is a new feature on our site and now complements the individual artists' estates and historical selections that we feature.  With the contemporary and historical artists that we work with all of their pages are linked back through the years at the bottom.  As example, Sean Yelland's lauded and memorable solo exhibition sonder this past spring -- can be as easily viewed as his very first, Good days and bad years in 2003.

Our mandate sees us manifesting a novel approach to art and the gallery experience that is dynamic, welcoming and above all else dedicated to the love of art.  We are here to assist with all aspects of your enjoying, appreciating, acquiring and selling notable Canadian art.  From our front bench as a popular neighbourhood rest and photo-op spot through to the gallery's many walls -- Ingram Gallery is your home away from home and trusted go-to for art in Yorkville.

With good wishes,
Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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