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    At Home : Dinner and a Movie – Halloween 2019

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    Hello hello! I hope those of you who celebrate Halloween had a good one.

    Our friends Leslie and Niall came over for a casual evening of drinks, dinner and movie watching, but more than anything, we enjoyed each other's company.

    Here are some photos (and plenty of chat which you're totally free to ignore!) ...

    At the Gallery : Hito Steyerl “This is the Future” at the AGO

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    The very old and the very new come together nicely at the AGO right now, with the two special shows they currently have on : the "Early Rubens" exhibition features pieces painted over four centuries ago, and the one I write about today includes artworks created within the past 15 years, some as recently as 2016. Here's to travelling 400 years by simply moving between floors of the same building!

    "This is the Future" by acclaimed German artist, filmmaker, writer and cultural critic, Hito Steyerl, will be on display until February 23, 2020.

    Seasonal Crochet : Halloween Wreaths

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    Hello fellow crocheters and/or lovers of yarn! Here are a couple of Halloween wreaths I made, following this pattern.

    The pattern was first shown at Christmastime, using bulky yarns, large sized hooks and a 12-inch metal ring. These two are that one's little cousins, made with finer yarns, smaller hooks and a 7 1/4 inch metal ring.

    The golden hued one was made with some vintage pure wool I was given a few years ago, which I was saving for just the right project. The black one was made with two different thicker yarns I found at the thrift store. One is a wool blend and the other a wool mohair blend. I used about 30 grams of each of the four yarns.

    Since these were made with thinner yarn the the original one, even though the rings are smaller, there are more scallops going around. The number of scallops is based on how many stitches you begin with, enough to completely cover and hide the metal ring, and that is dependent upon the thickness of the yarn and the appropriate hook size. So, while the technique for making these wreaths is exactly the same, they will come up differently depending on your yarn, hook and ring size. Yours will be completely unique!

    All Night Art : Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019

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    Uncharacteristically, we went to bed at 9pm on Saturday night a week ago, not because we were tired, but because we had a much anticipated art experience coming up first thing in the morning. When I say "first thing in the morning" I mean 2am, when the alarm went off and we got up and dressed and ventured out into the dark of night.

    It was Nuit Blanche, Toronto's all night art show. This year 300 artists present 90 projects in 9 different neighbourhoods throughout the city, from 7pm on Saturday until 7am on Sunday.

    We stayed close to home, checking out the Fort York neighbourhood, where we saw 12 installations. A particularly interesting element was that we got to enter a few places that the public normally never gets to see. The theme of this group of pieces was "Creation : Destruction"

    At the Gallery : “Early Rubens” Exhibition at the AGO

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    Greetings Art Lovers in Toronto -- That includes residents and visitors alike, as, I think you'll all want to see the very special exhibition on at the AGO! "Early Rubens" opens to the public this Saturday and will run until January 5th, 2020.

    Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens was born in 1577 and lived for 62 years, until 1640. (Given that the average lifespan in Europe at that time was 35 years, his longevity was remarkable in itself.)

    He was classically educated, ran his own studio, became an active diplomat, and city-builder and was even knighted. He was also one of most the renowned painters in Western art – widely recognized for his dramatic, evocative, style.

    Containing 30 paintings and about 20 illustrations and etchings, "Early Rubens" is a revealing exhibition of works produced between 1609 and 1621, a crucial time that marks Rubens’ rise to prominence on the world stage. Some of Rubens’ most remarkable, ambitious and large-scale oil paintings and works on paper are included.

    The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and comes to us after a period in that city. The works were generously loaned by museums and organizations from around the world and include many pieces that have never been seen before in North America. And, based on the challenge and risk of moving such important and fragile artworks, many will likely never be seen here again, at least not for a very long time.

    So, seeing "Early Rubens" at the AGO this autumn is a once in a lifetime opportunity!