ONE OF THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO’S PRIZED POSSESSIONS – ELVIS I AND II BY ANDY WARHOL

<‘Elvis I and II With Me’ , photo by Ross Winter><‘Elvis I and II With Hat’ by David Sky – http://www.seemsartless.com.  A gift from the Women’s Committee Fund in 1966. ‘Elvis I and II’ is a silkscreen painting created by Andy Warhol in 1963-64. It’s worth upwards of $50-million, probably more.The painting is likely based on a still from the 1960 film ‘Flaming Star’, starring Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden.The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca

ANDREW OWEN (AO1) DEPICTS A MULTIPLICITY OF PERSONA AND A RANGE OF MOODS

As a professional artist, and a pioneer public art producer, ANDREW OWEN (A01) was one of the first to recognize the value of street art in 1980’s TORONTO.  His projects – paintings, photo-based works and pieces made from repurposed materials – have been shown in Vancouver, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of China.  He lives and works in TORONTO and VANCOUVER.You’ll find some of Andrew’s public photo-based works in the Spadina Avenue/Kensington Market area.

MASTER PRINT MAKER, DAVID BLACKWOOD’S GIFT TO THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

242 works were given to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1994 by the artist, DAVID BLACKWOOD, and his wife, ANITA.  Seventy of these, along with letters, photographs, nautical artifacts, flags and historic maps are all parts of the gift.  Blackwood, 78, is a Newfoundlander, now living in Ontario.A master printmaker, he portrays the mythology, people and culture of his hometown of Wesleyville and the outport, Bragg’s Island, in blue, gray, black and white – with sudden splashes of red, orange and yellow.David Blackwood’s collection of works draw on childhood memories, superstitions, dreams, legends, and the realities of life around Bonavista Bay.

SUMMER OF THE MOOSE/2000 – THANKS TO THEN-MAYOR MEL LASTMAN & CHARLES PACHTER

In the summer of 2000, then-Mayor Mel Lastman asked sculptor/painter Charles Pachter to design 326 moose sculptures.  He did.  With coupons  for paint and a long list of sponsors, the naked moose were painted up by TORONTO artists and distributed around the city (map above).  Some were awful; many were beautiful; a few still exist.  PHOTOS: Sherbourne Street (SimonP), Old City Hall, CN Tower mountie (MKuhn), New City Hall pool (Boldts.net)<And here’s a real moose – photographed crossing a northern Ontario road – by Bryan Blenkin/Alan Rowe>

THE NORWAY MAPLE VERSUS THE SUGAR MAPLE – THERE’S A DIFFERENCE

Little did we know when a Norway Maple seedling began to grow into a gigantic tree. It’s a beauty, but has been hollowed out three times at considerable cost. We also have two more Norways in the front of our house. They were planted by the city, and have also been cut back. I spend half the summer sweeping up seedlings.North America’s Sugar Maple is another story.  It has pride of place on Canada’s bank notes, and the Canadian flag. The Sugar Maple has three wide lobes (or main points), each with a few irregular wavy teeth, plus two one-point lobes near the stem. The Norway Maple’s leaves have seven lobes.