When Phyllis Lipman joined the studio in 2003, she was not only immediately hooked by the studio and it’s members, but she also enlivened the space with her grace, talent, good humour, and beauty. Phyllis was one the most expressive sculptors I have encountered, who possessed an innate talent for sculpture. She mined her her own life to create works with a vigour that was enviable at any age. Phyllis was an inspiring woman, who infused everything with her zeal for life. Even after her diagnosis Phyllis chose to host a party for the studio members which sadly was the last of the many occasions we enjoyed in her company. She shall be dearly missed.
Check-out Layne Verbeek’s interview about his glass process on Ottaw’s CTV news!
The Art Gallery of Ontario is deeply grateful to The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation for naming the Al Green Gallery – an extraordinary gift in honour
of her father and his meaningful legacy at the AGO.
The second tour took place at Zahner. “For over 120 years Zahner has pushed the limits of metal craft and design. Truly at the intersection of art and architecture their team of expert artisans, engineers, and craftspeople bring decades of knowledge to each project with a focused, collaborative approach.” They have worked with such architects like Frank Gehry and the late Zaha Hadid, along with numerous sculptors ie: Jan Hendrix, Ewerdt Hilgemann, Anthony Howe, Suikang Zhao and the late Sol LeWitt. Their concerns go beyond the fabrication and Installation with Metalabs a Zahner affliliate to ensure the longevity of their metal works through maintenance and restoration services. They are in the final phase of their new office building. Not ones to do anything in a less than extraordinarily innovated way, they willingly test their new concepts on themselves with the aluminum and zinc clad structure. The interior space is spectacular with an exposed sculptural structure, raised metal rimmed compressed concrete tiles that hide wires, heating etc. that can be reconfigured if needed. Unfortunately my pictures do not do the exterior justice, as the shadowed ripples were not visible to the naked eye. Coincidentally the president of the company parents live in Toronto around St Clair Avenue West. azahner.com
“Like many other modern origin stories, Nikki Ashworth’s “Little Shop of Hearts” was the result of the internet and dumb luck.
A custom anatomical heart cast in resin that was originally offered in exchange for a party dress on the popular Toronto Facebook page ‘Bunz Trading Zone’ created an unexpected demand from those who had no frock to swap. Nikki found her dress, and went on making hearts for others after identifying a niche demand. That furthered into wearable heart pendants, complete with an on line shop and various socials media accounts to promote her brand. She had struck upon her own personal “pet rock”.
The original heart design was part of a bigger concept piece. In the midst of the heart demand, Nikki has put her initial project on hold but does plan to complete it.
A genuine passion learning how to sculpt turned into a Little Shop of Hearts.”
A number of the studio members went on a little trip to the Varley Gallery in Unionville, to see this enchanting and intriguing exhibition.