May 9, 2015

Are you a major art fan? Want to see gorgeous works of art while enjoying the beautiful weather? There’s a perfect way to combine the two at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE), which will take place on the weekend of September 18th at Nathan Phillips Square. In its 54th year, this event attracts an audience of over 100 000 every year, and exhibits the works of over 350 artists from 14 different categories. In their own words, this event gives the artists a chance to “interact directly with the public in an informal setting” (torontooutdoorart.org,) dismissing the formality of traditional art gallery events.

This unique art exhibition showcases traditional forms of art such as paintings and sculptures, but also jewelry, ceramics, digital media, printmaking, and wood. Not only does the TOAE host art pieces of various styles, it also produces another outdoor exhibition that consists of “non-commercial contemporary art” called Art Now. This hopes to put a rest to the myths surrounding contemporary art practices, such as “installation and performance art in an informal setting.”

The TOAE offers a range of prizes as well, recognizing the artists that really stand out. Some of these include the People’s Choice Award (judged by visitors), the Ceramics Award, and the Digital Media Award.

This event seems like a great way to offer amateur and professional artists support, and to educate people on contemporary art, all while enjoying the fantastic weather. Students at VP who are fans of art, artists themselves, or both, may consider getting a chance to talk to the artists who have their work displayed, and voting for their favourite pieces. In fact, the website probably says it best: Fresh art, in the fresh air since 1961 – who could ask for anything more?