Friday 21 December 2012

Our first eight months...

It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I am overwhelmed by this welcoming neighbourhood, where I also live. 
Your reception could not have been more gracious, or more supportive. 
You have made Gerrard Art Space much, much better.
Better than I could have ever imagined.
Thank you from the bottom of my very soul.
Thank you to every person who has ever walked through our door. Thank you to all of you who keep coming back.
I hope you continue to do so throughout 2013.

Yours kindly,

Joanne Filletti

Wednesday 12 December 2012


Our Holiday Show opening reception will be held here as GAS Saturday December 15th from 6 to 9pm. 

This new group exhibition brings together an interesting cross section, as diverse as our fair city, finding that there is harmony in the seemingly discordant.

Thanks to all who brought in works for the show! It's going to look fantastic and we hope you have a great time.


This past December 8th we held our 2nd monthly music venue of EAST SIDE BOOM! A great night was had by all! Come to the next venue Friday January the 18th to hear Sam Cash and Jerry Leger. We look forward to seeing you all!

Friday 7 December 2012


Last Friday, November 30th, the Toronto School of Art, an iconic alternative to mainstream art education, closed its doors for good due to declining enrolment, declaring bankruptcy protection. 

Back in the day when I attended the full time diploma and certificate program in the mid 90s, enrolment was high, the program was a 24/7 all-consuming endeavour and we thrived on its inherent intensity. We loved what we did and we became a passionate group meeting up in and outside of classes for creative extracurricular activities and fun with fellow teachers and students that even after so many years, carries us along together to our present day.

On behalf of GAS, we offer our sincerest condolences to all students and instructors for this terrible loss to the city at large.

We look forward to the potential future opening of a new Toronto School of Art with a reformed program and philosophy that will meet student's needs in today's social context.

Thursday 29 November 2012


Noreen Mallory's "Paint Print Process"

Noreen Mallory's "Paint Print Process" displays selections of her work from the years between the early 80s until now, ranging from paint to the mono print. These works depict her interpretation of the confluence of nature, art, and the process of re-presentation.

Andrew Duff's "Eye to the Sky"

Andrew Duff's "Eye to the Sky" is a foray into a cerebral sci-fi realm populated with dreams of beauty, amidst images of techno-inspired bots and illuminated floating clouds.

Friday 23 November 2012


Tomorrow's opening reception for Noreen Mallory's Paint Print Process and Andrew Duff's Eye to the Sky will be held at Gerrard Art Space (GAS) between 2 and 5pm. 

All are welcome to browse, chat, and view the work. See you then!

Thursday 22 November 2012


FROM THE FRIDGE DOOR art classes for children and youth is beginning this coming Saturday (November 24th) and Monday (November 26th). For registration and more info visit

For the Preschooler and those 4-6 yrs old these 8 week sessions are quality art programs created to develop skills in observation, fine motor, colour sense and use of space. Learning about different artists and their work will help to engage and inspire as we work with watercolour and acrylic paint, charcoal, chalk pastels, clay, plaster and more…bring an apron because things will get messy! Students will also participate in an art show to complete the session!

For school aged 6-12 yrs these 8 week sessions students will work on still life paintings to abstract sculptures students will further develop their creative skills and begin to gain a sense of personal style. Colour theory, composition, line and form will be introduced as students create with a wide variety of wet and dry media and sculpting materials including acrylic paint, plaster, water colours, wood, clay and pastels. Students will host an art show to complete the session!


The next show of EAST SIDE BOOM! is coming up on December 8th

With musical guests: Julian Brown
                                The Volunteers
                                Dave Clark's Woodshed Orchestra

Sunday 18 November 2012


Noella Kyser's "Offerings"

Although Noella Kyser's collages appear as whimsical  eye-candy to the emotional eye, they are upon closer scrutiny, deliberate metaphorical depictions of growth and malleability that bear an essentially hopeful perspective about "life"; a necessary ingredient for remaining humane in today's less than jovial world. As I look around the white walls of the north gallery where Offerings hangs, I'm struck by the work's attitude of freshness and simplicity in symbolic relation. The surrounding white walls are a world in itself, a vessel with ground, nurturing the seeds of art in it's shell both born of and sheltered from the skeptics' world outside.

Joanne F. Filletti's "Glorious Forms"

The colour and movement in the earth tone nature of Glorious Forms provokes a raw reading of the process of creation; namely, in order to grow as an artist and a human being, she always starts at the beginning, her origin. In the dramatic blur of the spontaneous eruption of life, there are no unrealistic aberrations of stylized contours, memorized lines separating negative and positive space, softening of strokes, nor accents of artifice in colour or narrative. Gesture is the original form, tone is the gradation of light playing on the form, and the form itself is rooted on the ground from whence it was born. Joanne Filletti has undertaken the responsive task of leaping from habitual re-production of typical forms into the making of ones more glorious, more aggressive and more real.

Saturday 17 November 2012


GAS is pleased to extend an invitation to view a new body of work entitled "Eye to the Sky" from Andrew Duff and Noreen Mallory's "Paint Print Process" running concurrently November 21st to December 9th, 2012.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday November 24th, 2012 from 2-5 pm

Eye to the Sky
New Work by Andrew Duff
South Gallery, GAS

Paint Print Process
New Work By Noreen Mallory
North Gallery, GAS

Thursday 15 November 2012


Come to an evening celebration with a new music series our EAST SIDE BOOM! taking place here at Gerrard Art Space (GAS) on November the 17th, 2012. Have a look below for event details.

It’s going to feature top-notch music right here in Little India with cash bar. 
It’s going to be a community and culture thing.
It’s going to be a monthly thing.
It’s going to start SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17TH FROM 8-11PM with two great groups:

Paul Kolinski and Heavy On The Willie" and "Callan J. Furlong  "Heavy On The Willie lovingly and loosely interprets personal favourite tunes of the great Willie Nelson and some of his riding partners. Led and guided by the ghost of Count Ryman, the Country Man, Heavy On The Willie stirs up the sawdust with a touch of soul."
It’s good times in the making - especially if YOU come on out.
If you’re interested in helping out with this series – with promotions, graphics, door, suggesting bands, getting on stage or anything else – let me know.
See you on NOVEMBER 17TH @ THE GAS! 

Wednesday 24 October 2012


GAS is pleased to present a new body of work entitled "Glorious Forms" from Joanne Filletti and Noella Kyser's "Offerings" running concurrently October 31 to November 18, 2012.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday November 3, 2012 from 2-7pm.

Friday 28 September 2012


Running concurrently at GAS
October 10 - 28
Opening Saturday October 13, 6-9 pm

Gary Mulcahey in the South Gallery  
Rea Kelly in the North Gallery 


Friday 14 September 2012



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th FROM 10.30 AM to 3.30 PM


Toronto artist Noreen Mallory accidentally discovered MONOPRINTING 25 years ago while learning lithography. She soon realized that, while THE MONOPRINT was definitely fascinating in its process on a press and what it produced, the experience surprisingly enriched her practice of drawing and painting.


Eager to share empowerment she developed ways of MONOPRINTING WITHOUT A PRESS during the many years of teaching drawing and painting at the Saidye Bronfman Center School of Fine Art in Montreal and in her own studio. Anyone can MONOPRINT on their own when they know how.

We have all loved working with the process, what it produces and what we have learned from it. All art making will benefit from the MONOPRINT experience.

It is truly  “SERIOUS FUN”

To find out more about Noreen, please refer to her website

This course is $125 + HST. Please sign up for this course at GAS.
In person- debit, cash, visa, m/c
Or slip a cheque under the door!!

Basic materials available in class include some 12’ X 12’ sheets of high quality printing paper, more may be purchased during the class at a reasonable fee, water based printing inks, brushes, scrapers, pallets, acrylic paint, acrylic medium for glue, some various standard tools such as scissors, exacto knives, erasers and jars, rags, paper towels as well as some crayons, pencils etc.

PLEASE BRING 2 or 3 small jars of water, rags, scissors, crayons, pastels, and/or watercolours, 
whichever you like best.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Upcoming Show



    September 19 - October 7
    Reception   Saturday September 22, 2 - 6pm

   David Hunter creates meditative images that offer a 
   contrast to our highly mediated lives, exploring themes of 
   refuge, quietude and spaciousness both internal and external.

Friday 7 September 2012

Opening Day

We're pleased to be open again to the public.  The floors in the south gallery are complete and, while we won't claim them as art, they are lovely to behold. 

Bangladesh Art Society Opening

We hope neighbours, patrons and friends will join us this Saturday evening, September 8, from 6 - 9 for the opening reception of the Bangladesh Art Society of North America's 2nd Annual Exhibition of Paintings. 

Sixteen artists present vibrant works that project the current trend of Bangladeshi fine arts outside of the country. Among the participating artists a number, such as Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed, Nilutpal Debnath and and Babul Mahmood are well regarded in Bangladesh.

The show runs to September 16.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

New Floors. Open Doors.

GAS will open again on Friday September 7.  
Our hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 - 6. 

Saturday 1 September 2012

Bangladesh Art Society Group Show

GAS is pleased to welcome the Bangladesh Art Society of North America who will launch our Fall season with a group exhibition of paintings.  

Saturday 11 August 2012

Kids' Art Classes Return

Nicola Maguire of From the Fridge Door is returning to GAS with an autumn slate of children's art classes:

Early Bird Registration! 
Register by August 27 for a 10% discount! 
Preschool, 4-6 yrs. - $150/8 wk session
Students will create a variety of work while developing their skills in observation, fine motor, colour sense and use of space.  Learning about different artists and their work will help to engage and inspire as we work with watercolour and acrylic paint, charcoal, chalk pastels, clay, plaster and more...bring an apron because things will get messy!
Students will participate in an art show to complete the session!

Monday 1 -2 pm  September 10 - November 5 (no class on Oct.8 due to holiday)

School Aged, 6-12 yrs. - $150/8 wk session
From still life paintings to abstract sculptures students will further develop their creative skills and begin to gain a sense of personal style.  Colour theory, composition, line and form will be introduced as students create with a wide variety of wet and dry media and sculpting materials including acrylic paint, plaster, water colours, wood, clay and pastels. Students will host an art show to complete the session!

Monday 4-5pm September 10 -November 5 (no class on Oct 8 due to holiday)

Saturday 10-11 am September 15 - November 3