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Library Exhibit

I’m excited to say that Devin, Ashley, and myself all have art up this month! For the month of November, our work will be on display in the program room of the Bloor/Gladstone Public Library in Toronto. Here are a few shots of our pieces in the space:

To see more of our work, check out our portfolios.

-Sarah

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Art at Blackbird Bistro

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to install a pile of art at Blackbird Bistro in Toronto, including these two recently revamped pieces:

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My work will be exhibited in Blackbird for the month of September. All pieces on display are for sale (if something catches your eye, let me know at syvarnam@gmail.com). My apologies for the following cellphone gallery–I left my real camera at home. đŸ˜¦

In related art news, my work, Devin’s, and Ashley’s will all be up in a Toronto Public Library branch in November. More details soon.

-Sarah

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Old Art, New Inspiration

While packing to move (to a place where we’ll finally have a dedicated arts and crafts room set up!), I discovered a bunch of my old art pieces. I thought I’d share:

I also found a half-finished piece that I want to complete (once everything’s settled down, that is):

IMG_7518I’d been wondering where this piece ended up, so it was exciting to find it again. hopefully we’ll have a lot more news for everyone soon, once we’ve got out new space set up. We have at least one summer event to plan in partnership with The Quilliad.

-Sarah

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Eden Bachelder’s Art in The Quilliad

Everyone at Apple of my Odd Eye is involved with The Quilliad somehow (I’m the editor-in-chief), and we love to see the talent of other Canadian artists within the journal’s pages. The fifth issue of The Quilliad will feature several of Eden’s pieces (as for which, that has yet to be decided). Eden’s style is very much in the spirit of what we try to do aesthetically–after all, we are trying to appeal to those with an “odd eye” for art!

Check out The Quilliad‘s artist profile on Eden if you’d like to see more of her work and learn more about her. The Quilliad is still looking for submissions of art and writing, and the Kickstarter for issue 5 is running until March 22, so there are a few ways to get involved if you are interested.

-Sarah

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“Sky (Serenity)” Painting by Ashley Pleasant

We’re nearing the end of our 30 days of Craftmas (just made that up–sorry) leading up to our final show of the year, the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frostbite Edition in Toronto on December 14 (this weekend!) at the Pia Bouman Ballet School in Toronto. Today’s feature is this new painting by Ashley Pleasant:

"Sky (Serenity)" - Ashley Pleasant

“Sky (Serenity)” – Ashley Pleasant

We seem to have a bit of a sparkle theme going on lately, and we’re okay with that. The photo doesn’t really do this piece justice, but you can see it at the BotB show this weekend.

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Masks by Ashley Pleasant

Today’s craft is this set of painted masks by Ashley.

Painted mini-masks by Ashley Pleasant

Painted mini-masks by Ashley Pleasant

They’ll be available for sale at the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frostbite Edition on December 14 in Toronto, a show that we love both as vendors and as guests. If you’re into dark and/or unusual arts and crafts, this is the holiday craft show for you.

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A New Painting from Ashley Pleasant

Ashley has more work for us today. This painting’s subject should be familiar from an older piece we featured in our first post about Ashley Pleasant’s work.

Portrait by Ashley Pleasant

Portrait by Ashley Pleasant

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“Roses III” Painting

There’s finally a third painting for the “Roses” series! This one even has (most) of a body. Devin and did some painting this weekend while watching Doctor Who, and this was the result.  She was inspired a little by Play Dead Cult, and then everything got away from me and the roses took over.

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There are a few places where I think things ended up a little cluttered, but overall I’m pretty happy with this piece for now. She went through a lot of changes over the last two days. Here are some process shots:

You know your style is a bit odd when you find yourself thinking, “Ya know, I think I might paint them with bodies for a while.”

-Sarah

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Immaculate Selfie Gallery Show Opening

wpid-selfie.jpgLast night was the opening night for the Immaculate Selfie show at the Black Cat Gallery in Toronto. Curated by Devan Patel of Project Gallery, the exhibition is a celebration and interrogation of the internet age’s fascination with the self portrait in its new form, the selfie. The selfies adorning the tiny gallery’s walls ranged from photographs to oil paintings–there were even some fingerprints.

Guests were encouraged to take selfies with the art on display, and the mirrors on the ceiling intensified the sense of self-reflexivity. Oh, and the art was pretty great (I’m not just saying that because my work was included; there were some really clever interpretations of the theme as well as some beautiful portraits).

Here are more photos from the night:

For more information about the series my selfie is from (the idea is slightly more complex than me slathering paint on my face, though that was admittedly a lot of fun), check out this blog post from February: https://appleofmyoddeye.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/portrait-photopainting-series-by-sarah-y-varnam/

-Sarah

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New Work and Next Steps for the Apple of my Odd Eye Artist Collective

We’ve been busy! We’ve been to publication launches and art shows, finished paintings, taken photographs, and started commissions.

Last Saturday, Devin and Sarah represented Apple of my Odd Eye at the Wychwood Barns Art Market.

We were also part of The Quilliad’s third issue launch party.

At The Quilliad's issue 3 launch

At The Quilliad’s issue 3 launch

At The Quilliad's issue 3 launch

At The Quilliad’s issue 3 launch

We’ve also been busy creating. Sarah recently finished a few of her favourite paintings so far. They both have a fantasy theme.

Sean recently got back from a trip to British Columbia, where he worked on some time lapse work and tried out some new camera techniques. He’ll be sharing tips on how to do time lapse right on Geek Collateral’s site.

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A screenshot from Sean’s recent time lapse work.

We also have a corporate commission! Sarah and Devin are working on some pieces in the company’s colours and using the company’s symbol, a pineapple.

Sarah is also working on a painting for a friend’s stag and doe.

Next up: Sarah’s Odd Eye sculptures will be part of Architecure of Mad, an art exhibit celebrating Mad Pride, on Saturday, July 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 246 Sackville Street in Toronto.

Sarah's Odd Eye sculptures

Sarah’s Odd Eye sculptures

We’ll also be checking in with some work from Ashley Pleasant soon.

Another piece of important news is that we will probably be doing fewer craft shows. This is mostly due to the costs of these shows. We won’t be disappearing, though. We still have at least one more craft show this year, and we’re hoping to announce more gallery events. You can also find our work on Etsy and Zazzle, or if the piece you like isn’t up on either site, just email us at appleofmyoddeye@gmail.com.

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