Calling all gardeners!!

Calling all gardeners!!  Everyone is welcome!  Students, staff, parents…
The ESA Garden Club will be having our Fall Garden Party on this Friday, October 26, after school, from 3:20-5:00pm.  We will meet in the front foyer after school.
Please RSVP to Ms. Chrisman at [email protected] by this Thursday to advise that you will be able to join us and lend a hand.
Community service hours applicable.
You do not have to stay the whole time, but we would appreciate help until the job is done (many hands make the work go quickly!).
We will be spreading mulch around the trees, and weeding a little.  Bring garden gloves if you have them. Extra shovels and rakes are appreciated.  Dress warmly!
Thank you! Mr. Morgan and I look forward to seeing you all on Friday afternoon!

Save the Date! Great Soup returns Monday November 5th

Ms. Wray is coming back to host Great Soup!

Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 5th.  All members of the ESA Community are welcome.  Students, staff, parents, grads…  Come one. Come all.

We have a tradition of serving community luncheons twice a year. Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library. This is consistently one of the most anticipated events of the school year.

On average we serve over 125 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies. For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.  $5 with a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Please fill out this Google Form if you are able to cook or bake or help out the day of.

Shellicka Anglin CBC Interview

I am super excited to share with you a fantastic CBC interview with recent graduate Shellicka Anglin.

Click here to read the interview

Wonderful Interview with Rachel Burns

The Magenta Foundation recently interviewed graduating Contemporary Art student Rachel Burns. Rachel will also be featured in a soon to be released mini-documentary by the CBC.

Click here to read the interview…

As well, at Project Gallery, graduating student Amanda Blake is exhibiting with graduate Kendra Yee – it is a beautiful exhibition and highly recommended.

More exciting ESACA news on its way!

Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists

You are invited to the grade 12 Contemporary Art Exhibition “Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists” at Project Gallery this Thursday May 31 from 6-8pm.

33 of our graduating students are participating in our final exhibition together. All are invited to attend the opening. Exhibition runs to June 2nd.

Many thanks to Ana Moseres for organizing this for us!

For Exhibition Location Click Here

Rachel Burns’ Until Now in Canadian Art Magazine

We had a lovely surprise today when Canada’s leading Art magazine listed Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now as one of their Must Sees:

Canadian Art Link

This is our first ever mention in Canadian Art, and is a highly sought after listing across the entire country given the depth of the readership. Selections are based on the artistic merit of current exhibitions and are an indication of an exhibition’s success.

For the full invitation to Until Now click here

Until Now opens Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at General hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West – all are invited to attend.

Invitation to Until Now

You are invited to Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now, which opens this Saturday at General Hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West, Toronto.
This is the first time one of our students has opened a solo exhibition at a leading commercial gallery.

Rachel Burns
Until Now
April 21 – May 12, 2018
Opening: Saturday April 21st, 2 – 5 pm
Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibtiion

General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present emerging artist Rachel Burns’ first solo exhibition. Until Now is a featured exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Join us at the opening this Saturday. All are welcome.

In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality.
In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. Recent group exhibitions include: Art Prize at Saatchi Gallery (UK), Flash Forward Incubator exhibition at Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Viewpoint at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) and Ingrown at Artspace (Peterborough). Burns’ work has been published in The Trinity Review (University of Toronto) and the Flash Forward Incubator catalogue (Magenta Foundation). She has been awarded for her writing, poetry and digital art from Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards (New York).

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Until Now

There have been a few times in the past ten years when we marked an historic event in the Art Department (Contemporary or Visual or otherwise).

This announcement is the latest embodiment of a globally remarkable achievement by someone within the art program, here at ESA.

On top of all of the astounding achievements made by the students from the five majors who participated in the paradigm shifting Portfolio Day 8 (more on that at our PD9 meeting this Wednesday and publicly in May), I am very pleased to announce that for the first time in our history, and for likely one of the first times in all of the history of public education, a high school student has been given a solo exhibition at a leading contemporary art gallery.

Rachel Burns will open her solo exhibition Until Now at General Hardware Contemporary on April 21 from 2-5pm. This is a Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibition.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and visit the exhibition as it continues until May 12.

From the description of the exhibition:
In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality. In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects that commemorate their own loss, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. She has recently received recognition from Saatchi Gallery in the UK and Flash Forward Incubator in Toronto.

For more information:

https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2018/featured-exhibition/general-hardware-contemporary-until-now
http://generalhardware.ca/

We are so proud of everyone who came before and everyone with us now who have contributed significantly to our community in order to make this possible. A special thank you to Niki at General Hardware for her grace, bravery, and hospitality. Congratulations Rachel and congratulations all! This will be a stunning exhibition.

PD9 Meeting + AT9

We will hold a Portfolio Day 9 meeting next Wednesday April 4 at 7pm in the library.

We will discuss preparation for Portfolio Day and outline process for portfolios, applications to post-secondary institutions, and scholarships. Some of this year’s grade 12 students will be on hand to share their spreadsheets and valuable information on their engagement with universities around the world. This year’s grade 12’s have shattered every record previously established.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We are asking all PD9 participants and their families to be there, and warmly invite all grade 10 and grade 9 Contemporary Art students and families, as well as those who may be part of PD10 and PD11.

All Contemporary Art students and their families are asked to attend Art Talk 9 on Friday April 6 at 7pm on the main floor of OCADU. The grade 12’s speaking that night will provide insight into process and approaches to having a successful Portfolio Day and experience at ESA. For everyone working on building an understanding of themselves and their work, listening to these incredible community members will provide significant insight and motivation.

Governor General’s Award

Many congratulations to grade 12 Contemporary Art student Spencer Julien on being awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

This is a significant honor in anyone’s lifetime. To have received this award, and the Canada 150 Award, in the same year as Spencer has done, is absolutely remarkable. Congratulations Spencer. So very well deserved.

Art Talk 8 this Friday

You are invited to the eighth installment of our internationally renowned Art Talk Series this Friday evening at 7pm at OCADU – 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.

Twelve Contemporary Art students will speak about their relationship with art, and show some of what they are working on. All are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.


Holly McLachlan speaking at Art Talk 7

Congratulations!

A huge congratulations to Spencer Julien, Olivia Kerr, Juliet Di Carlo, and Isabella Vella.

These four artists representing grades 10-12 in the Contemporary Art Department will be exhibiting at the Teen Art Gallery in New York City in an exhibition opens February 22.

Thank you all for representing us so brilliantly in the capital of the art world!

To view work by these artists visit:

http://www.spencerjulien.ca/

Instagram: @isabellagvella
@dicarlojuliet
@Olivia_kerr_
@spencer.julien

image by grade 11 student Isabella Vella

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