The Gallerist is Torontoist’s new bi-weekly arts listings. Starting January 31st, check back every other Wednesday for a new batch of events.
Last Thursday local painter Colin Druhan hosted a busy and boozy reception at Katharine Mulherin’s secondary space on Queen West. His work (see ‘Hail Satan’ at right) features mainly portraits of fashionable men and sinister women, but there are a few friendly looking dog portraits scattered within the small space. Sharing the gallery is a small collection of work from several artists including Drue Langlois and Tyler Clark Burke. (1080 Queen St. West, open today, and from the 24th to the 27th.)
On Monday the NFB and the Young Parents, No Fixed Address Network presents a touring exhibit entitled ‘I Was Here’. The show features seven young parents or parents-to-be who have also had experiences with homelessness. The women were given digital cameras and access to blogs in order to document their lives, and excerpts and prints will be shown at the exhibit. (Runs Jan. 22 – Feb. 2 at Toronto Free Gallery, 660 Queen St. East; Feb. 5 – 9 at St. Michael’s Hospital, 1 Bond St.; and Feb. 12 – 16 at NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St. Opening reception from 7-9 pm on Thursday at Toronto Free Gallery.)
Don’t go skating on Wednesday at Nathan Phillips Square as the rink will be CLOSED for art-making. Ice painter Gordon Halloran will be preparing his Paintings Below Zero on the rink as part of this year’s WinterCity. Skating (on top of Halloran’s work) will continue on Thursday the 25th.
Le Gallery presents “Shangri-Lost” on Thursday. The show includes surreal, weird and wonderful drawings by Montreal’s Shawn Kuruneru, photographs of coffins and dead people by Toronto’s Jimmy Limit and typography/signage-oriented work by Toronto newcomer Jesse Harris. (1187 Dundas St. West., open from the 26th into February.)
Photo courtesy of Colin Druhan.