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.

TRUST PARIS TO COME UP WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA – A FLOATING CINEMA ON THE SEINE

PARIS has captured social distancing, temporarily anyway, with a floating movie theatre on Saturday, July 18th. ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ (Cinema on the Water) is a creation of Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) with support from Haagen-Dazs and mk2. There’ll be a fleet of 38 electric boats, each holding four to six friends and family members. In addition there’ll be 150 deck chairs on land in the area so the curious can look down on the scene.  The movie – ‘Le Grand Bain’ (The Big Bath) will be a 2018 French comedy/drama about 40-something men who are all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, so they decide to form their local pool’s first synchronized swimming team.

‘THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON’ – THE 100 WORKERS’ MONUMENT IN SIMCOE PARK

The 100 Workers Monument in Simcoe Park, Front Street West, consists of two long, low red granite walls.  On top are 100 bronze plaques, each naming a worker who died while on the job. There is one name for each year from 1901 until 1999. The plaque for the year 2000 is blank. 100 Workers is by John Scott & Stewart H. Pollock.  The second part of the monument, The Anonymity of Prevention, is a bronze sculpture of a worker wearing full safety gear, appearing to chisel into the wall of 100 Workers. This sculpture was done by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler.