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Freedom CC Gallery

a non-profit Toronto gallery supporting local emerging artists

We’re now over on the main Freedom Clothing Collective blog, with more content, more photos, more artists, more events, and more Freedom!

This weekend (July 8th – 10th) marks the 50th year of the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada’s largest juried outdoor art exhibition. Make sure you check out the following booths:

Amanda McCavour (Toronto-based fibre artist to be participating in our Fabricate exhibition in September) — Booth 89, yellow.

Emily Gill (Jewellery artist who is also a consignor at Freedom) – Booth 47, yellow.

Mark Stebbins (Last year’s TOAE Best In Show winner) – Booth 113, yellow.

Rachael Speirs (self-taught mixed-media artist who collaborated with Kathryn Rebecca in our Summer Solstice exhibition) – Booth 125, yellow.

Soyeon Kim (Illustrator whose 3D works have been installed in our window space after I fell in love with them at last year’s TOAE) – Booth 293, blue.


An Honorary Mention: PAOLA SAVASTA

Last but not least, Paola Savasta, who participated in last December’s Paperback Nobodies No More fundraiser exhibition, is the 2011 recipient of the William Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice. Savasta will present a new body of work in a solo exhibition entitled “Couches for the Liberated” at KWT Contemporary, opening Thursday, July 7th (tonight!).  Congratulations, Paola!


Freedom CC is proud to present:

Souvenir of Home

July 8th – Aug 1st

Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th at 8 pm

It’s obvious that Freedom CC loves Canada. We love Canadians, Canadian-made goods, we really are here first and foremost to cheer for Canada. It’s only natural that one week after Canada Day, we choose to showcase a fantastic Canadian printmaker and painter who has just developed a whole series dedicated to Canadian wildlife.

 In this series Souvenir of Home, Laura – a vegetarian – created life-sized lino prints of mounted animals on decorative papers and old maps to conjure up romantic images of an unknown and untamed Canadian wilderness. By juxtaposing the gruesome images of dead animals onto richly toned papers these works attempt to capture my feelings of both revulsion and obsession with taxidermy.

Come join us at the opening reception and meet Laura!

Learn more about Lizz Aston, her pieces in Not Just Paper Planes, and her upcoming workshop on our Freedom blog here!

Thank you everyone who showed their support at our opening night for Not Just Paper Planes. It was a delightful night!

For those of you who missed it, don’t worry! You have until July 4th to see the fantastic pieces by Lizz Aston, Jessica Bartram, Carolanne Graham, Nadia Tan and our very own Karen Carrillo and Jelena Pticek.


Special thanks to Lisa Conway & co. of L CON for performing for us. (For those of you who would like to be on their mailing list, just let us know.) Here’s a clip of their magical set…

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See you next time!

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Not Just Paper Planes

June 10 – July 4

Opening reception
Friday, June 10 at 8 pm
Live music by L CON at 9:30 pm

Participating artists:
Lizz AstonJessica Bartram, Karen Carrillo, Carolanne GrahamJelena Pticek, and Nadia Tan

Freedom is taking part in the Living with Washi: Japanese Paper Inspiring Daily Life – a celebration of the art of Japanese paper by The Japanese Paper Place.

We invited various artists and designers to create using washi to employ the versatility and strength of this sustainable material. The result is a collection of everything from wearable pieces to sculptural objects, blurring the boundaries between art and craft, paper and fabric.

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We have three upcoming group exhibitions and are currently seeking submissions.

1. June exhibition: Living with Washi
WHAT: Freedom is teaming up with The Japanese Paper Place in an exhibition
featuring both artwork and wearable objects made from the Japanese paper, washi.
WHO: open to artists, designers, crafters, and makers of things in general!
WHEN: deadline to apply is May 15, 2011

2. August exhibition: Prints
WHAT: It’s the highly anticipated annual print show!
WHO: All printmakers are welcome to submit!
WHEN: deadline to apply is June 15, 2011

3. September exhibition: Fibre-based art
WHAT: An extensive multi-venue exhibition that blurs the line between design, art, craft and other such labels by exploring the possible collaborations using the versatile medium of textile.
WHO: We invite artists, designers, and craftpeoples that have in their own way master textile-based materials.
WHEN: deadline to apply is May 15, 2011

How to submit?
Send us an e-mail to arts[dot]freedomcc[at]gmail[dot]com with “SUBMISSION” and the name of the exhibition on the subject line. Include jpgs of the works that you would like to submit, a list of titles, dimensions and prices for these works and a short bio and/or CV.