Art Exhibits

2020

#WeAreIndigenous (James N. Wilson, M. Hungrywolf, Niigaanii)

2019

This is Garbage (Sandra Van Ruymbeke & Constant Van Ruymbeke) 

Experiment in Colour (Sarah Lefresne) 

In Your Eyes (Community Exhibit) 

2018

Good Grief (Susan Schellenberg) 

Life - In Colonel Samuel Smith Park (Irene Cholewka) 

The First Light (Taku Kumabe) 

2017 

Route 501 (Sheila D'Atri-Karpis) 

Secrets of an Ever Changing Landscape (Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward) 

Through a Lens, Brightly (Nancy Barrett) 

#WeAreIndigenous

Artists: James N. Wilson, Marissa Groulx (M. Hungrywolf), and Emma Petahtegoose (Niigaanii) 

 

Through the original artwork of James N. Wilson, M. Hungrywolf, and Niigaanii, #WeAreIndigenous explored the process through which storytelling challenges us to rethink, reorder, and reimagine the world. Complimented by insightful and reflective video interviews, the exhibit built on themes of temporal continuity, activation, and relatedness. 

Role Highlights 

The design of the exhibit was a collaborative process by the Curatorial Team that emphasized the creative sovereignty and individuality of each artist. I contributed to this process, working directly with the team on the installation. I also assisted in the recording of the interviews, supported our Intern who produced the final videos, and edited the content for marketing purposes. 

Programming 

Interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic only a short time after opening the doors, we worked with the artists and our partners at Indigenous Education and Engagement to reframe the exhibit for a digital presence. Pre-recorded video interviews with each artist were shared online weekly as we moved towards the unveiling of a longer group interview in which the artists discussed their work within the context of their personal histories, contemporary Indigenous relations, and their hope for future generations. This reveal coincided with a live artists' reception hosted online where the artists explored their work further and engaged directly with public attendees.    

February 10 - May 29, 2020 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Jonny Devaney, Photography and Videography Intern  

Regina Hartwick

Kevin Vose-Lavalier

Quazance Boissoneau

Exhibit Partner: 

Humber College's Indigenous Education and Engagement (formerly, Aboriginal Resource Centre) 

This is Garbage

Artist: Sandra Van Ruymbeke and Constant Van Ruymbeke 

 

Created collaboratively by artists Sandra Van Ruymbeke and Constant Van Ruymbeke, This is Garbage challenged our relationship with discarded materials and questioned what we label as "garbage." Featuring high gloss studio photographs of items collected from nearby landfills and accented with gold leafing, the collection reframed our waste as coveted objects of beauty. Interactive components of the exhibit invited visitors to colour in a large outline of a landfill on the wall and to sign mailer cards that called on various levels of government to adopt sustainable projects geared towards decreasing our collective waste. 

Role Highlights 

I took the lead in working directly with the artists to translate their vision for the collection and supported the installation. I also designed the exhibit labels, introductory panel, and promotional materials.   

Programming 

To launch the exhibit, we hosted an artist's talk with Sandra Van Ruymbeke who provided a critical analysis and exploration of garbage. During the run of the exhibit, we also toured Humber classes and community groups through the collection. 

November 14 - February 22, 2019 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Phillip Goodchild, Curatorial Intern 

Experiment in Colour

Artist: Sarah Lafresne 

 

What began as a volunteer research project of the varied plantlife found in Colonel Samuel Smith Park ended in a beautiful collection of oil-based landscape and macro paintings. Artist Sarah Lefresne based the collection on individual plants she was drawn to during her research that she initially found herself categorizing by their unique colours. The project also saw the artist step out of her comfort zone, moving outside of watercolours and earth-tones to experiment with colour, oils, and life in the Park.  

Role Highlights 

I provided support to both the artist and exhibit curator by sharing feedback on the design plans, proofreading copy, and contributing to the installation of the exhibit.   

Programming 

To play on the spring theme expressed within the collection, we hosted a public "tea party" launch to open the exhibit. 

May 11 - August 10, 2019 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Exhibit Curator: 
Nadine Finlay

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

In Your Eyes: Community Art Exhibit

Artists (in alphabetical order): Laura Andrews Moschitto, Ala Asadchaya, Nancy Barrett, Jem Cain, Irene Cholewka, Sheila D'Atri-Karpis, Joanna Foote, Elaine Gurney, Sharon Kawabata, Taku Kumabe, Keith Moreau, Emma Pagacz, J. Robert Schott, Joshua Sena, Elif Serin, Susannah Smith, and the Humber Galleries 

 

In Your Eyes was the first community art exhibit hosted by the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. Curated by Nadine Finlay, local artists were invited to submit original multimedia works that were inspired by the Lakeshore Grounds. The submissions further connected on one or more of the exhibit themes: History & Legacy, Space & Place, and Experience & Memory. 

Role Highlights 

I provided support to the exhibit curator by sharing feedback on the design plans, proofreading copy, and contributing to the installation of the exhibit. I also sewed together a large quilt of fabric squares created by community members that was installed on the feature wall of the space. 

Programming 

Leading up to the public call for contributions, we hosted an interactive booth at the Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days event where attendees were invited to share their thoughts of the Lakeshore Grounds and surrounding community by sewing or drawing on fabric squares that were later sewn together into a quilt. To open the exhibit, we hosted a large public launch with the featured artists. 

August 21 - September 28, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Exhibit Curator: 

Nadine Finlay 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar

Good Grief

Artist: Susan Schellenberg 

 

Good Grief featured the egg tempura "dream paintings" of artist Susan Schellenberg. A former nurse, wife, mother of five, and patient at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Susan explored her mental illness through the life history revealed within her dreams.The exhibit set these often fantastical scenes within the context of Susan's history of institutionalization at the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital through her collaborative written reflections with Dr. Rosemary Barnes, interview excerpts with her medical team, and a 22-square metre display of her patient records. In connection with the painted collection, Susan also shared displays of her hand-made egg tempura paints along with instructions on the process and reflections on the importance of making one's own art supplies.   

Role Highlights 

I took the lead in working directly with the artist to bring her vision for the collection to fruition. I supported the installation, proofread copy, and created two 10-foot x 4-foot panels of collages of Susan's institutional records to include as part of the exhibit. 

Programming 

In addition to a public launch event for the exhibit, we invited Susan Schellenberg and her long-time collaborator, Dr. Rosemary Barnes, to participate in a panel discussion as part of Humber College's Mental Health Month events. Susan and Rosemary shared their stories, conversations, and reflections concerning the contributions and limitations of conventional mental health care and their search for alternatives, such as art therapy.

September 20 - December 15, 2018

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Emma Pagacz, Curatorial Intern 

Life - In Colonel Samuel Smith Park 

Artist: Irene Cholewka 

 

Life - In Colonel Samuel Smith Park was a photography exhibit that featured the work of Irene Cholewka. An award-winning photographer and avid birder, Irene's work combines an aesthetic beauty with education: with her collection she aimed to draw awareness to the varied life in Colonel Samuel Smith Park and call on each of us to take a stand in protecting it. 

Role Highlights 

I provided support to both the artist and exhibit curator by sharing feedback on the design plans, proofreading copy, and contributing to the installation of the exhibit.   

April 4 - July 7, 2018 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Exhibit Curator: Nadine Finlay 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

The First Light: Capturing the Sunrise Along the Etobicoke Waterfront  

Artist: Taku Kumabe  

 

The First Light featured original photographs from Taku Kumabe's Toronto Sunrise Series. Kumabe's breathtaking photographs transport viewers to that serene moment at dawn when the first light of the sun dances across the shoreline of Lake Ontario. 

December 6, 2017 - March 17, 2018

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Route 501: A Nostalgic View

Artist: Sheila D'Atri-Karpis  

 

Route 501 featured the ink and wash paintings of Sheila D'Atri-Karpis. Drawing inspiration from archival photographs, D'Atri-Karpis' paintings invite visitors to step back in time to travel the streetcar route through historic sites across Mimico, New Toronto, and Long Branch. 

August 30 - November 4, 2017

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Ben Mitchell, Assistant Curator 

Nadine Finlay, Curatorial Intern

Secrets of an Ever Changing Landscape: The Tunnel Exhibit

Artists: Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward 

 

A one-day pop-up exhibit hosted in the underground tunnels of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital - the first exhibit to use the space. Secrets of an Ever Changing Landscape began as an Instagram Takeover before it was a physical exhibit and combined a range of multimedia pieces including pastels, oils, and animated gifs. Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward based their collection on the changes over time that can be seen on the landscape of the former mental health institution and conducted extensive archival research to inform their work. 

2017 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Underground Tunnels 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Ben Mitchell, Assistant Curator

Kara Seguin, Curatorial Intern 

Through A Lens, Brightly 

Artist: Nancy Barrett  

 

The inaugural exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, Through a Lens, Brightly, featured the original photography of Nancy Barrett. A self-taught wildlife and nature photographer based in Toronto, Barrett's collection captured the wide variety of flora and fauna that define Colonel Samuel Smith Park. 

January 26 - April 29, 2017

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Ben Mitchell, Assistant Curator

Kara Seguin, Curatorial Intern 

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