The Ayrspace Gallery in Toronto has announced that it will be hosting the premiere of Sheffer's new play, "The Child" on May 10th. The play will run from May 16-27 and will open with a reception on the 10th at 5:30 PM where members of the press are invited to attend.
The exhibition itself is composed of five exquisite pieces of art created by Canadian artists based in Toronto. A special tribute will also be paid to the renowned Canadian poet Milton Acorn during this event.
Paintings that will be auctioned at AyrSpace
"Portrait of a Poet is the preliminary name of the painting that will be auctioned during this event. This oil-on-canvas piece was created by Luc-Olivier Merson, a famous French artist who was born in Switzerland and died in 1920 at the age of 74. During his life, he had an incredible number of exhibitions around Europe and managed to obtain several awards.
The painting itself was painted in 1881 (the same year of the death of Milton Acorn). It is an oil-on-canvas piece that measures 50 inches high by 40 inches wide, and it bears the signature "O. Merson" on the lower right corner, just below the image of Acorn's face.The painting itself is now owned by Mr. Claude Brunet, a renowned collector from Montreal. It belongs to a private collection and has been exhibited only twice in the past 100 years: once at the 1973 Canadian National Exhibition (during a Milton Acorn exhibit), and then again in September 2012 for an exhibition that paid tribute to the famous French-Canadianartist Merson.
This painting has been valued by several art experts who have estimated its approximate value to be between $100,000 and $140,000.
The second work that will be auctioned during this event is a painting named La Autoroute 20 de la Haute Saintonge. It was created in 1979 by Georges Dubreuil, a French-Canadianartist born in 1930. During his lifetime, Georges Dubreuil has been featured at over 16 solo shows and he also participated in several collective exhibitions. He is especially recognized for his work on the nationalization of Hydro-Quebec. In addition, he was an art critic for twenty years for Montreal's La Presse newspaper.
The third work that will be auctioned during the event is titled Majestic Bay Niagara. It was painted in 1975 by Washington Stevens, an artist born in Pomona, California, who now lives and works in Toronto. During his lifetime, Washington Stevens has had over 100 solo exhibitions and he has also participated in several group exhibitions. He is especially known for covering various themes such as the American spirit of independence or the reflection on the modern man – all of which are conveyed through hisart. Over the past 40 years, this artist has developed a strong following in Canada and around the world. Most of his works are featured in private collections but some art galleries also own a few pieces by this artist. The Majestic Bay Niagara painting is currently owned by a private collection and it is estimated to be worth between $20,000 and$30,000.
The fourth work that will be auctioned during the event is entitled Dorothy Day in a Burqa and Cornelius. It was painted in 2012 by James Moore, an artist who lives and works in Montreal. During his lifetime, James Moore has had some solo exhibitions but he has mainly participated in group exhibitions that paid tribute to various themes. This artist has managed to establish a strong following in Montreal, mainly among different art galleries that own some of his paintings. The painting itself was purchased by the current owner at an art exhibition that took place at Studio XX in April 2012 (just one month after it was painted). It is estimated to be worth between $20,000 and$30,000.
Finally, the fifth work that will be auctioned is titled The Unexpurgated Version by Howard Arthur Smith, an artist born in Toronto who now lives and works in Quebec City. During his lifetime, Howard Arthur Smith has participated in numerous solo exhibitions but he has mainly been featured at collective exhibitions that paid tribute to other artists. Over the past thirty years, this artist has managed to develop a strong following in Canada and around the world. The painting was created in 1995 by Howard Arthur Smith himself and it currently belongs to a private collection. It is estimated to be worth between $10,000 and $15,000.
The event will also feature other paintings that will be up for auction, which include works created by other artists from Montreal and Quebec City. In addition, there will also be a few paintings from Vancouver and Toronto that are included in the catalog.
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