A selection of artists are exhibiting and selling their art work every weekend from now until October 16. There are some great artists, craftspeople and food artisans setting up shop in the historic streets of the Distillery District. The Art Market, an ongoing exhibition of art and handmade goods in the outdoor laneways of The Distillery Historic District is a worth a visit. The Art Market is only Friday to Sunday* 11am – 6pm located in The Distillery Historic District (near Front and Parliament Sts.). Of course this includes Mondays of long weekends if you are looking for something to do. Visiting the Distillery Art Market is also an opportunity to explore inside the Artscape Distillery Studios’ Case Goods Warehouse. There are many great local artists that have set up shop in there as well.
Monedarte – Hand Crafted Coin Art and Jewellery
Well, I went to go get my Friday treat at Balzacs and was drawn to this artist and his arts market booth a couple of times. Cordo from Monedarte specialized in handcrafted coin art and jewellery. This big smile artist has carried on a family tradition from Argentina for over 11 years. Always an artist Cordo has taught his partner Emily in the metal art for five years. Cordo is proud of his handcrafted coinart and jewellery, and so he should be. I was impressed with the technical skill and creativity using old discarded coins from around the world. He takes pleasure in recycling these metal objects and it`s truly amazing to see the end result. The price is reasonable and you can look up on his website where it mentions the type of metal of each coin. Transforming the discarded and old, into the beautiful and new, is something that I have always admired. You can tell by his attitude that Cordo is passionate about his art. He was more than willing to show me the tools and the process of his creativity. http://www.monedarte.com
There are a lot other artists and artisans displaying their work at the arts market to explore. I encourage pedestrians in the area to take time and travel inside the four story Case Goods Warehouse that was a prohibition-era storage facility. It is now home to 63 artist studios and 28 arts organization offices. Open studios and free guided tours are offered to the public during each Distillery Art Market weekend. Visitors can also check out eleven ground-floor retail studios, including fine art galleries, textile art shops and a custom jeweler. If you are interested in exhibiting at Distillery Art Market you can inquire to see if they are still accepting submissions! Booths are only $100 + HST per weekend. Contact Wendy Campbell at email@example.com or 416-392-1038 x27. The Distillery Art Market is a partnership between Artscape and The Distillery Historic District.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts. Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and Distillery Historic District neighbourhoods. Collectively, Artscape manages 10 buildings for 863 artist and cultural worker tenants and owners in 417,000 square feet of space. Since opening in 2003,
The Distillery District Creative Vibrant Hub in Toronto
The Distillery Historic District has become a vibrant creative hub in Toronto. A perfect area to explore and discover some of your favourite local artists. The 13-acre arts and entertainment district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America. It has been labeled as a “must-visit” location by the New York Times, Frommer’s, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail. It’s great place to bring your camera or sketch book and explore Canada’s history while also experiencing contemporary arts and culture.