Found Sculpture Gallery at Humber Bay Park

After lunch with a friend last Monday, I enjoyed a windy walk on the shore of Lake Ontario at Humber Bay Park. Much to my delight, I discovered a spontaneous outdoor gallery on top of a boulder.

IMG_3759 Anonymous artists had created a gathering of small inuksuit sculptures, and I loved how the waves had become co-artists, knocking some sculptures over and leaving others intact.IMG_3778IMG_3764 IMG_3766 IMG_3785 IMG_3786Before I left the boulder gallery, I contributed an inukshuk of my own to say thank you.IMG_3793

Leafy Portal and Carved Rock Collages by Catherine

Catherine Raine, 2015
Catherine Raine, 2015

This photo of an autumnal scene inspired a collage that emerged in spring.

Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016

English Language Learners Recycle Trash into Artful Collages!

ELL Gallery, 2016
ELL Gallery, 2016

Recently I offered a collage session to enrich an ESL textbook’s chapter about trash and recycling. I loved how the eleven international students in the class called on their creativity to transform magazines, leaflets, cards, calendars, old books, music scores, and stickers into individual works of art.

Fred's Collage, 2016
Fred’s Collage, 2016
Jake's Collage, 2016
Jake’s Collage, 2016
Young's Collage, 2016
Young’s Collage, 2016
Arturo's Collage, 2016
Arturo’s Collage, 2016
Jean's Collage, 2016
Jean’s Collage, 2016
Jose's Collage, 2016
Jose’s Collage, 2016
James' Collage, 2016
James’ Collage, 2016
Wilson's Collage, 2016
Wilson’s Collage, 2016
Winnie's Collage, 2016
Winnie’s Collage, 2016
Johnnie's Collage, 2016
Johnnie’s Collage, 2016
Allen's Collage, 2016
Allen’s Collage, 2016

YEARBOOK Collage Workshop at Bluffs Gallery!

In collaboration with Scarborough Arts’ Yearbook Exhibit and Myseum’s Intersections Festival, an opportunity to facilitate a collage workshop arose this March.

Soar by Sarah
Soar by Sarah, 2016
The workshop took place on March 19th in a sunny room in the Bluffs Gallery. On the walls, Reese de Guzman’s striking photo-collages inspired us with images from Scarborough high school yearbooks that dated from the 1920’s to the present.
 
Nadia's Collage
Nadia’s Collage, 2016

Resonating with Reese’s work for the Myseum exhibit, the objective of the YEARBOOK collage workshop was to support the creation of personal collages that explored related themes, such as memory, history, identity, and loss.

Oh Rats! by Alexandra
Oh Rats! by Alexandra, 2016

All art materials were provided, but participants were also invited to bring personal photos or copies of them. Almost all of the eight attendees came prepared with an engaging assortment of photos, beautiful stationery, fabric, buttons, and even driftwood and a glue gun!

Karen's Collage for a Friend
Karen’s Collage for a Friend, 2016

I loved the communal hum of work and conversation that continued throughout the two-hour event. Together we hunted for just the right images when somebody would call out that they needed a picture of a dog or bright colours for balloons.

Anne's Collage
Anne’s Collage 1, 2016

By the end of the afternoon, it was uplifting to see the gorgeous variety of collages that surfaced.

Anne's Collage
Anne’s Collage 2, 2016

Thank you Scarborough Arts and Myseum for creating the conceptual and literal space for the YEARBOOK Collage Workshop! Making art with the support of these two organizations felt both meaningful and fun.

Twentieth-Century Memory, Catherine Raine 2016
Twentieth-Century Memory, Catherine Raine 2016

Celebrating Lake Ontario!

Etobicoke
Etobicoke
Etobicoke
Etobicoke
Scarborough
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount
Scarborough near Kingston and Birchmount

English Language Learners Rock the Collage Genre

Gallery
Gallery

I loved these collages created by eight international students in an intensive English program. In addition to photos of the artwork, I’m including descriptions that the artists wrote to explain their individual collages. (Sending a big thank you to their instructor, Barb, for assigning and collecting the written work).

Rita's Collage
Rita’s Collage

Once upon a time, Professor Monster lived in the house. Although he looked like devil, he like to use magic to help people. He hoped to improve their life, so he gave some rice, bags, and clothes to them. Finally, they were very happy.

Rita's Collage
Rita’s Collage
Rita's Collage
Rita’s Collage
Rita's Collage
Rita’s Collage
A. J.'s Collage
A. J.’s Collage

Don’t believe in money. Believe in yourself.

Misun's Collage
Misun’s Collage

This collage’s topic is Empty. Recently in Korea some intelligent young people think emptiness is an important problem. We use many objects. We have many goods, but we are empty for nature, for earth, for simple human life. Now this is Korea social trend.

Natalia's Collage
Natalia’s Collage

My collage is about lovely story. Everyone have a dream about your ideal and everyone goes to his dream.

Brian's Collage
Brian’s Collage

This animal is the woman’s pet. The woman is so happy because everyone has a dream for her son. Although the dream is very naive, it is like a diamond purity.

Brian's Collage
Brian’s Collage
Ariel's Collage
Ariel’s Collage

The old man in the small picture is the monkey’s conscience. He says, “Don’t worry. She (the doll) is crazy about you. Repeat after me, I’m the Best.”

Jaden's Collage
Jaden’s Collage

Man: Hey girl! Look at me! I’m soccer superstar.

Donkey: No! Look at me! I’m the super donkey. Ha! Ha!

Penguin: You are really funny. I’m the super penguin. See me fly!

Jason's Collage
Jason’s Collage

It is free and dream. Many people are not free because of work and life. “The world is very big. I want to see anything!” This sentence is a catchword in China.

Scotland 2015

Pollok Park, Glasgow 2015
Pollok Park, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glagow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glagow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Merchant City, Glasgow 2015
Merchant City, Glasgow 2015
The Kelpies, Falkirk 2015
The Kelpies, Falkirk 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
New Lanark, 2015
New Lanark, 2015
Capelrig Burn, 2015
Capelrig Burn, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015

The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream (Collage and Poem)

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Response to the Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream

Transitions define my body.

Look how the current splashes my legs turquoise,

the moon silks my chest,

and wild solitude cools my nimbus to blue, white, and lavender.

Behold the purple eye that guides my canoe down the Amazon,

riding the night rapids in a dream of passages, openings, and

confluence.

And see how curving shapes in the dark transport me to waterways

that empty into wider and wider rivers

until the open Atlantic receives my vessel at journey’s end.

Shipwrecks and Voyages: A Collage Journey by Catherine

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015

In this collage series inspired by sea and river voyages, shipwrecks tilt on the ice, abstract shapes go swimming, and an arctic hare chews on a twig. Meanwhile, a famous Norwegian explorer inhabits a turnip-shaped kayak, and a tapir chooses a canoe for his journey downstream.

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
Amundsen’s Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
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Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016

Picture Your Success!

Facilitating several collage workshops on the theme of “Picture Your Success” was a rewarding experience, especially when I saw how much the resulting artwork meant to the participants. I love the colours, stories, and messages contained in the collages featured below. They help me picture peace, fun, success, hope, freedom, love, and inspiration!

Fatima's Collage
Fatima’s Collage
Jennifer's Collage
Jennifer’s Collage
Mohammed's Collage
Mohammed’s Collage
Beth's Collage
Beth’s Collage
Manleen's Collage
Manleen’s Collage
Rebecca's Collage
Rebecca’s Collage
Shruti's Collage
Shruti’s Collage

Evening and Morning at Parkdale Library (1964)

2012

On my way to see a friend’s exhibit on Queen Street West one winter evening in 2008, a blue and white TPL sign stopped me in my tracks. Not wanting to waste a library-visit opportunity, I took a quick art detour to Parkdale Library, which was the 45th branch on my pilgrimage. (Four years after this evening visit, I returned to the site with my camera).

To walk into a warm library on a cold night is very comforting, like visiting a favourite aunt after a neighborhood snowball fight. She naturally offers you hot chocolate and fusses over how chilled you are.

Hot chocolate wasn’t available at Parkdale, but its main level had a vibrant mural that nourished the eyes with colourful shapes. Though the shapes were abstract, I could still identify a whale, a cow, a bird, and some eggs. (I liked how the clock seemed more egg-like than most clocks because of its proximity to the mural eggs).

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On the west side of the library, I saw a homework room, two quiet study rooms, and a community outreach office. In this office, a staff member was talking to numerous clients in a friendly, respectful manner.

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Along the south wall and part of the east wall were books in Vietnamese, Polish, Gujurati, French, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. (On my 2012 visit, I saw Tibetan and Tamil books but not Russian ones).

I was impressed by the variety of activity at Parkdale Library. For example, I observed a computer class in progress, three men discussing social issues at a study table, and all of the children’s computers in use. The homework room hosted two families studying intently, and one student was camped out near a potted palm in an armchair, his books, notebooks, and backpack strewn about comfortably. With so much light and energy inside, the room was a haven in contrast to the cold and darkness outside I experienced on my initial visit to Parkdale.

2012

As I exited the library after my second trip, I noticed an art-gate that had escaped my attention previously (even when I passed it on the way to a Gaga Dance program earlier in 2012). A companion piece to the globe sculpture outside, it was decorated with eight red book spines that bore an unfortunate resemblance to dynamite. The books represented eight countries: Sweden, Russia, France, Slovak, Spain (with the “s” scraped off by a vandal), Italy, Germany, and Poland.

2012
2012

Thinking I had finished my blog work, I started walking east along Queen Street West. I had tucked my camera away too soon, though, for a mural by Maureen Walton next to the library building immediately captivated me. It was the perfect visual to summarize a morning immersed in the dynamic urban creativity of Parkdale!

2012

Forest Hill (1962): A Library with a Crest

2012

Forest Hill branch presides on a rise of land located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West, just east of Bathurst. It has a wide central aisle flanked by four large arches that span rows of shelving. Each arch contains a wavy piece of metal, and silver mesh occupies the space between the curved metal and the apex of the arch.

2012
2012

I enjoyed walking down the main aisle, noting the large fiction collection, young adult nook furnished with a red recliner, solid ESL offerings, and a Hebrew and Yiddish section. Apart from some kits for learning Russian and French, Forest Hill branch didn’t have the diverse multilingual collections I was used to seeing in Scarborough.

Without a patron or stroller in sight, the Forest Hill children’s section was completely quiet. A forlorn train set rested on a ledge above the raised and semi-enclosed pre-school area. The train’s body was composed of five boxes in varying sizes and covered in fading red, yellow, and blue construction paper. The sixth box, the engine car, was decorated in black and sprouted a paper-towel spool for a chimney. For steam, an opaque white plastic bag puffed out of the chimney. All six boxes carried a word, which together announced, “All Aboard the Forest Hill Express!”

Looking through open window of pre-school area to the north windows in the children’s section. Photo taken in 2012.

On my second visit, the train had left the station permanently, but many positive features remained. I liked the ivy on the windows, the wall-hanging with a Medieval crest, and the sculpture of a bear mama and her cubs in the pre-school room.

2012
2012

The rewards of return also netted peaceful views of the newspaper reading area, yellow frames of sturdy study carrels, and an empty program room with chickens roosting on the puppet theatre.

2012

After I left Forest Hill Library, I walked in a small garden that helped the branch earn its name, for the pines and rocks evoked a forest so successfully that I tuned out the insistent traffic on Eglinton Avenue.

Forest Hill, thank you for your green arches, folksy crest, and theatrical poultry! Your garden and quiet shelves offer peace in the wilderness of chaotic urban life.

2012

Welcome to Saint Clair/Silverthorn (1981)

2012

To reach Saint Clair/Silverthorn, I travelled to Saint Clair West subway station and caught the westbound 512 bus. Then I rode along Saint Clair West until I heard the automated announcement for Silverthorn. Familiar blue TPL lettering on a white sign soon caught my eye, making feel at home in a neighbourhood that was unknown.

Similar to Mount Pleasant, Saint Lawrence, and Kennedy/Eglinton branches, Saint Clair/Silverthorn occupied a storefront building, Consisting of one large room, it had a friendly scholastic atmosphere that seemed to say, “Come on in and do your homework!”

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2015

Apart from the pretty fern pattern on the carpet and a window bench, the library’s interior decor was somewhat bland, especially compared to the previous branch I had visited, Wychwood Library. However, on my second visit, I noticed a fine specimen of a pumpkin and ghoulish characters strung on fishing line that enlivened the atmosphere.

2015
2015

Saint Clair/Silverthorn’s energy increased dramatically when a kindergarten class from across the street arrived for a program. As the group assembled near the entrance, a child belted out a happy greeting to the pumpkin by just hollering, “PUMPKIN!”

2012
2012

The uncarved Jack-o’-lantern was in better shape than some unfortunate Halloween creatures who had fallen behind the bench that doubled as a low bookcase and perch to watch passing streetcars. From the rusty vent below, a ghost cried out for help.

Help!

On the opposite end of the library from the hapless ghost, three shelves were reserved for the ESL collection. As part of the collection, ESL kits, abridged readers, and TOEFL study guides hung from two silver rods by the handles of tough plastic bags.

Four other shelves showed off an impressive selection of graphic novels, and nearby were lots of romance novels and books in Portuguese.

Two titles from the Romance collection stood out: “Three Brides for Three Bad Boys” and “Wrangling the Redhead.” Even though I wanted to wrangle the editor who had approved such a sexist titles, I was nevertheless grateful to Saint Clair/Silverthorn for its welcoming atmosphere, wooden window-bench, and Halloween whimsy.

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2015

A photography visit in 2015 increased my gratitude to the library, for it provided the visual gift of two storefront displays that celebrated Black History Month and Chinese New Year. Thank you, Saint Clair/Silverthorn for rounding out the seasons with your commitment to community education!

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… by Catherine Raine