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Toronto is full of arts and culture all situated on Lake Ontario. I recentlyhad a chance to exhibit my art in one of my favourite locations in Toronto, the Distillery District. Cafes, theatres, art galleries, restaurants and historical areas are spread out over the city. If you are visiting from out of town always do a little research before hand so you are prepared. One of my favourtie areas as Toronto Arts Girl is the Toronto Distillery District. It's one of the rare modern feel places that also has kept it's architectural historical integrity. There is such a diversity of shops, cafe, galleries and theatres. You can decide to high ball or low ball, but it's all there.
It's very seldom do you go into an establishment these days and see bare walls. They can just offer the wall space to artists who'd rather have their art work on public walls than hiding in their studio spaces. I don`t create my art work with the purpose to sell, but if I can make profits from my artistic endeavors I am more than pleased. Especially because it provides with the financial opportunity to continue on my creative journey.
Displaying art work in public is a great opportunity to gain exposure. The difficult task can be placing a monetary value on your art work. It can also be a challenge for buyers to decide on what is a price that is worth while. Sometimes negotiation can be involved and is encouraged by artists. I always consider the cost of supplies, time and effort I put into the art work. There are so many talented artists out there trying to figure the value of their work.
Toronto artist Ruth Wilgresshas has worked on her business storytelling and branding with explanations about her paintings. She incorporates discarded computer components into her paintings to make various messages about technology on our modern-day society. It's not all bad messages either. With her five paintings using hard drive chips, laptop speakers, broken cds, and keypads she develops visually pleasing illustrations on the issues like global warming and human connection.
Cafe Uno, where they were displayed, is a reasonably priced casual restaurant where you can grab a smoothie, sandwich, salad or gelato and enjoy the historical heritage of the building with it's cool friendly rustic/mod ambiance. A good place to take a walk from the downtown core and see some of Canada's history.