UNTIL APRIL 26TH AT THE TD GALLERY ‘ART OF THE BOOK’ – RARE PRESS & ARTIST-MADE BOOKS

The TD Gallery within the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, is showing rare books from its Special Collections. Some were printed as early as the 1400’s, with richly-decorated covers, whimsical miniatures (there are lots of those), and contemporary forms showing us what books can be. Guided tours – Tuesdays at 2 pm.<‘Roses‘ by Robert Wu, Robert Chia-Yu; illustrations by Pierre Joseph Redouté. Toronto: Little Gem Press, 2006.><‘Wymps: And Other Fairy Tales’ by Evelyn Sharp, illustrated by Mrs. Percy Dearmer. London; New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897.><‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. Czech Republic: Jan Sobota and Jarmila Sobotova, 2006.> For the curator’s complete reading list go to – http://www.tpl.ca/artofthebook >

‘DAVID FRENCH LANE’ COMMEMORATES A MAJOR CDN. PLAYWRIGHT ON TORONTO’S WEST SIDE

DAVID FRENCH left us on December 5/2010 at the age of 71. Born in Coley’s Point, a Newfoundland outport, he went on to acting and writing for both the theatre and CBC television. Among his plays – ‘Of The Fields Lately’, 1973; ‘Salt-Water Moon’, 1984; ‘Jitters’, 1979, and ‘Leaving Home’, 1972. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001.Below – some of the fine art works lining David French Lane. No doubt he would approve.

JANET MORTON KEPT ON KNITTING UNTIL SHE FINISHED A ‘TEA COZY’ FOR A REAL HOUSE

 I’m sure even GUELPH’s Janet Morton wasn’t convinced she could do it, but she did it. Janet is known for other unusual projects, including making neck warmers for giraffes and sweaters for plastic snakes. She also spent a week in a store window, knitting news of the day into a gigantic scarf-like document.If Javacheff Christo could wrap buildings and islands in plastic, then why not let yourself go? With a good supply of wool and knitting needles in hand, Janet’s cozy little house reached a unique level of contemporary art.

VANCOUVER-BASED ARTIST, DINA GOLDSTEIN, HAS NEW SUBJECT MATTER – AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

Donald Trump – played by a woman – should be flattered. He’s the first of Ten Commandments in Ms. Goldstein’s new series. The President is in silk pyjamas preparing to finish off the next tweet, fast-food nearby, and the television going full blast. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me’ – the First Commandment.‘You shall not murder’, is the commandment showing President Abraham Lincoln in the hallway with abandoned jackets and book bags at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. All Ten Commandments can be seen online at this address – http://www.dinagoldstein.com/the-10-commandments

A UNIQUE SCULPTURE ON LESLIE ST. IS A REMINDER OF KOREA’S SUFFERING WWII ‘COMFORT WOMEN’

PYEONGWAUI SONYEOSANG, otherwise known as the Comfort Woman, is out in the snow in front of the Korean Canadian Cultural Centre, 1133 Leslie Street. This replica, created by husband-and-wife team Kim Woo-Sung and Kim Suh-Kyung, commemorates the abducted women forced to ‘comfort’ the Japanese armed forces during the Second World War. Photos by RICHARD LONGLEY, NOW Magazine, February/2020

IN THE VAST UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO COLLECTIONS – 200 YEARS OF VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

The University of TORONTO’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library is sharing its new collection of Valentine’s Day cards.Numbering around 500, the cards date back to the 19th century, and were a gift from David Mason Books.The collection ranges from elaborate fold-out valentines and ones with moveable parts to cards the size of post-its.The collection will soon be available online. <PHOTOS – Laura Pedersen>

KEITA MORIMOTO’S PAINTINGS ON THE INTERPLAY OF LIGHT IN WEST-END TORONTO AS THE SUN SETS

The Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Richmond Street East at Jarvis, will be showing new work by the Japanese artist of our city, when the sun sets and the lights are turned on.The exhibit features ‘Garden of Light’, an eight by eighteen-foot triptych – looking east from downtown TORONTO.<Keita Morimoto, ‘Night Gazers’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Portal’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Homecoming’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Past and Future’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><The paintings are showing until February 29/2020 at the NICOLAS METIVIER GALLERY, 190 Richmond Street East, Downtown Toronto>