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2 Oct

Stripes!

Before the art gallery of Ontario (AGO)  was transformed by Frank Ghery, I had never been. In the past two weeks, I have been to the art gallery three times. They have an incredible Canadian art selection, cool exhibitions (like the Julian Schnabel exhibit that happened last year) and talented artists like Gary Taxali stopping by for meet and greets. Plus, admission is free on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Weston Family Learning Centre, AGO

AGO has also been embracing the world of social media.  With the new opening of the Weston Family Learning Centre, they invited 40 Toronto bloggers out to the gallery  for some tasty sandwiches, libations and to take a tour of the new centre. This night was extra special because we got to take a peek at their new artist in residence, Paul Butler during his Nuit Blanche exhibition, “The Other Painting Competition,” an art competition for emerging artists.

Art is always more fun with a sandwich...and a beer. You can get both at the AGO Cafe. Nom.

As stated on the AGO’s site:

“The artwork created that evening will be exhibited in the Learning Centre’s community gallery until January 2012, when the winner will be announced. Chosen by public vote, the winner of the 12-hour painting challenge receives a solo exhibition in The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s retail space.” 

Nuit Blanche Exhibit: Paul Butler - The Other Painting Competition

Pretty cool stuff.  The Weston Family Centre is not only for kids, but for businesses.  There are seminar rooms for meetings and presentations.  Plus, I think an award for best coat hanger device needs to go to the AGO. Check it:

The tres cool coat hanger that raises and lowers at the Weston Family Learning Centre

Thank you to Holly for inviting me to such a fun event. I hope there are many more in the future!

Art *is* for everyone.

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