GC and I went to my favourite art show of the year yesterday: Great Big Smalls, at the Cube Gallery. It’s amazing how much little wee art can be packed in there.
We actually went during the day, hours before the vernissage, because I found out it was open and sales were already taking place. So I phoned to double-check, and the owner, Don, said yes, come on down.
But when we got there he was a little frazzled. He hadn’t eaten breakfast or lunch, he needed to put prices up, his assistant was late, he was stressed out and alternately cranky and apologetic for his crankiness. He even explicitly said at one point that he wished we would all leave so he could do what needed doing.
Well nobody ever said GC and I couldn’t take a hint. Especially such a subtle one as “I wish you would leave.”
So we left.
Before we left though, Don was kind enough to put red hold stickers on the two pieces we were interested in. We had lunch, visited Patrick Gordon Framing, and went on a high quality olive oil buying mission on Preston Street. And when we came back a few hours later, Don had eaten breakfast and lunch and done what he needed to do and he was smiling and gracious and helpful - an entirely new man.
I bought a charming wee piece called Sometimes That Cat Gives Me the Creeps by Janet Moore, and GC bought a Reid McLachlin piece, which is something he’s been wanting for ages.
If you get a chance, go check out Great Big Smalls at the CUBE Gallery. There’s also a fantastic show in the back room called PLAY. It’s art for kids’ rooms. Some of it’s a little freaky, especially the Sharon Lafferty stuff, but it’s hilarious. I loved it.
Speaking of art, it’s time to start creating art for Everybody’s Art Show at Irene’s Pub. This is another of my favourite art events of the year, and that’s because it’s so inclusive. According to Irene’s Pub, everybody is an artist, even you and me. We’re all invited to create and submit art for this annual charity fundraiser. GC and I submitted pieces last year and they actually sold. We’ll be doing it again this year. I’m not sure where the proceeds will be going this time - I heard something about the Food Bank as a possibility.
The auction will be held at Irene’s Pub (885 Bank Street) on January 27th. Art donations will be accepted until the end of December. Pretty much any media is acceptable, but they ask that it be no larger than 11 x 14, ready to hang, and in the $50-$200 value range. The art you donate can be made by you or by someone else. If you have any questions, contact Pat Golding at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put ‘auction’ in the subject line.