Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Brain Project - 2

Every summer for 3 years now - brain sculptures created by artists are displayed in some Greater Toronto Area locations to raise awareness on mental health. I always look forward to this exhibit and make sure I locate and view most of the sculptures. This year there are 40 sculptures I have to hunt.

Here is part 2 of the artworks/sculptures I have located so far.


Fenwick Bonnell, Powell & Bonnell - Together and Apart
Location - Yorkville Village

Lipstick Lex - Organized Chaos
Location - Yorkville Village

Caili and Sam Beckerman - Open 24 Hours
Location - Yorkville Village

Kestin Cornwall - The Love
Location - Yorkville Village

Sarah Skrlj - Faded and Floral
Location - Four Seasons Hotel


Emily Carriere - Static
Location - Nathan Phillips Square


Donald and Elaine Rafelman Creative Arts Studio at Baycrest - Enigmatic Glitter
Location - Nathan Phillips Square


Monday, July 16, 2018

The Brain Project 1

Every summer for 3 years now - brain sculptures created by artists are displayed in some Greater Toronto Area locations to raise awareness on mental health. I always look forward to this exhibit and make sure I locate and view most of the sculptures. This year there are 40 sculptures I have to hunt.

Here is part 1 of the artworks/sculptures I have located so far.

Michael Rennick - The Places We Forgot to Remember
Location : Brookfield Place


Sang Eun Ahn - Flower of Life
Location : Brookfield Place

Derya Ozparlak - Mindful Emancipation
Location : Brookfield Place

Amey Lai - All that Glitters
Location : Yorkville Park

Ana Cristina - Borbolata Dorada
Location : Yorkville Park

Dave Bagley - The Mind's Eye
Location - Yonge and St. Clair



More about the The Brain Project here.



Friday, July 13, 2018

Art Gallery of Ontario: Mitchell/Riopelle

Art Gallery of Ontario
April 18, 2018
Exhibit : Michelle/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation

Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm, the AGO offers free admission. It is not the best of circumstances since it is usually the time when the AGO is packed and 3 hours is really not enough. But I do it whenever I am available.

On this Wednesday, I just focused on the special exhibit at the time titled Mitchell/Riopelle : Nothing in Moderation. It showcased the works of American Joan Mitchell and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle. It was a different experience as I am not much into abstract paintings. I did realize however after looking at more than 50 of their works that abstract painting is best viewed alone and you can interpret the art the way you want it to be. It is said - abstract art can be described as child's play. But in reality it is not. With every piece you have to let them "speak" to you. Abstract art has no right or wrong interpretation. It is all between the artist and the viewer.

Some of the photos I took in between my trying to understand abstract.







Art has a voice - let it speak. ~ Rochelle Carr

Friday, July 6, 2018

Big Road Trip - New Brunswick

The Big Road Trip - Canada Maritimes  June 8-20, 2018
New Brunswick - June 10, 2018

Before leaving New Brunswick, we did 3 things.

Check out Magnetic Hill. I almost did not include the Magnetic Hill in our itinerary but for the sake of science we still visited the place. Fortunately, we were the only car there and there were tourists from a bus waiting to see this "phenomenon". We drove to the lowest part of the hill and placed our car on neutral. True enough, we rolled upwards defying gravity. It is actually an optical illusion making our mind believe that it was uphill when it was actually a downhill slope. We had to do the "run" a few times for the tourists. Nothing spectacular about it.

However, the place was such a tourist trap. The colored buildings which were all souvenir shops and/or selling food and drinks were so enticing. It was a beautiful place for photos.





Had the obligatory stop and photo with Shediac's lobster sculpture. It is said that Shediac boasted to have the largest lobsters. To make this true - they had a sculpture made of the biggest lobster. Now no one can dispute.


And then our first taste of Maritime lobster at Quai du Homard.




Friday, June 29, 2018

Big Road Trip - Sussex, New Brunswick Covered Bridges

The Big Road Trip
Canada Maritimes

June 8-20, 2018

New Brunswick being the Canadian province with the most number of covered bridges we did not leave Sussex without passing by 2 other bridges.

Smith's Creek Covered Bridge - built in 1927. This one still allows vehicles to pass through.

Salmon River Covered Bridge - built in 1908. This bridge allows only pedestrians to pass through. 

Then we met young, new friends while admiring the structure.

I love checking out covered bridges. They are historical, romantic and served a purpose during their time. These bridges are getting extinct too - thus I enjoy them now before they are gone.