Julie and Guy invited us for a really neat night out last Thursday, a monthly party at the art gallery (the AGO) held on the first Thursday of every month. They had been a few times before and thought it was something we would like. And we both really did like it.
It was nice out so we walked over.
This event, described on the gallery's site as 'the 1st Thursday of every month, when the party starts after they close', is something new to me.
There was an area with a dj spinning upbeat dance tunes (Maylee Todd), a performance by a live band (The Sadies), and several bars and food stations set up in different areas of the gallery. There were also a couple of spots where people could participate creating their own artwork - a self-portrait and a collage. On top of all those extras, there was also the art to look at too. And you can add excellent people watching opportunities to the list of attributes as well. It was different, interesting and really fun.
↑ dj Maylee Todd in the Galleria Italia ↑
↑ The Darcys in Walker Court ↑
↑ People drawing self-portraits ↑
↑ Making collages ↑
Clearly this event is a great idea because it was very well attended. It was crowded enough to feel you were at a party, but not so crowded that you couldn't find little pockets of space to chill out and talk with friends.
↑ Julie reacting to the art of Evan Penny. I've previously posted more photos of his work here. ↑
↑ Good things come in threes. Taking a closer look at a Van Gogh. ↑
↑ Pudding! ↑
People watching ...
I recommend checking it out if you're in Toronto. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (but from what I've heard it sells out, so you might want to go the advanced ticket route.) Here is their link : AGO First Thursdays.
Thanks to Julie and Guy for sharing this fun experience with us.
And thank you for checking out what we've been up to.
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