11 Mar 2010

Octopus Project XI: HELLO – A two-day exhibition of new work by Canadian artists in various disciplines

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

I have recently stumbled upon the Octopus Project on some calls for artists, and decided to join its next show. This art show is not juried, but the idea to spark creativity to local artists was very appealing to me. Also, the fact that the show is organized by two artists who work in the Distillery District of Toronto,  mixed media artist Catherine Mellinger and photographer Melanie Gordon, was something I really like. Here are artists with amazing ideas on how to contribute both to their own career while helping other artists. Like I said before, art is not just about promoting yourself, but also about helping others.

So, the next Octopus Project is this coming weekend. Below are the postcard of the show and the press release, so you can see where and when, and some information about what the project is all about. I will not be able to attend the reception on Saturday, but I am planning to be there on Sunday around noon, so I would love to see you all there.


Octopus Project XI: HELLO

Octopus Project XI: HELLO
Toronto: March 13-14, 2010

40 Artists, 2 days, 1 theme
A two-day exhibition of new work by Canadian artists in various disciplines

In this eleventh exhibition of the bi-monthly Octopus Project art series, the project brings together 40 artists of various disciplines, showing new and original work in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, encaustic, and mixed media inspired by a single theme – HELLO – sent to the artists as an audio “spark” eight weeks in advance. Octopus Project XI: HELLO runs Saturday March 13, 12 – 6pm and Sunday March 14, 12 – 5pm in the Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St., Case Goods Warehouse (Building 74), Studio 410.  Artists will be present during the opening reception on Saturday March 13, 3 – 5pm.

“Sending sparks to fuel creativity and community”

The OCTOPUS PROJECT provides an outlet for artists to continue making art by offering a challenge to create. The challenge is issued as a spark—an idea or image—sent out every eight weeks for interpretation by the artists. The interdisciplinary community of Octopus Project artists creates a shared visual representation of diversity through one theme with many voices. The project creates a space in which both established and emerging artists can show their work, connecting with, challenging, and inspiring each other.

The Octopus Project was founded by Toronto mixed media artist Catherine Mellinger and Toronto photographer Melanie Gordon. Both Mellinger and Gordon will be showing work as part of the series, hosted by Melanie Gordon Photography. 

Octopus Project XII:  The spark for Octopus Project XII will be sent out on March 14.  Exhibition of new work inspired by this spark will be shown in May 2010. If you would like to participate in Octopus Project XII, please email us at octopusprojecttoronto@gmail.com or visit www.octopusproject.ca for more information.

Octopus Project XI: HELLO
Saturday March 13 12-6pm, Sunday March 14 12-5pm
Opening reception Saturday March 13, 3-5pm
Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St.
Case Goods Warehouse, Building 74,  Studio 410
Toronto, ON  M5A 3C4
(416) 861-1011

Media Contact: Catherine Mellinger
(416) 456-4430

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2 Responses to “Octopus Project XI: HELLO – A two-day exhibition of new work by Canadian artists in various disciplines”

  1. [...] For more details, please read in Moshe’s blog. [...]

  2. [...] week I participated in two local art shows in Toronto, the Octopus Project XI: HELLO at the Historic Distillery District, and at the Hillel’s Artzy show. These were very different [...]


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