Thursday, November 27, 2008

Don't Forget Canada's Art Entrepreneurs

I'm a big fan of Canadian art, in part because the struggle to succeed as a professional Canadian artist is so similar to that of Canadian business entrepreneurs. A few events to consider in support of Canadian artists this week:

Mistletoe Magic: tonight the John B Aird Gallery (Bay & Wellesley in Toronto) will be hosting its annual silent auction of small (read: very affordable) art works created and donated by some of Canada's leading artists. Stunning stuff, in support of a great gallery, and great company. Previews today. Great opportunity to buy small works by artists who sell for thousands of dollars.

Out in Edmonton, one of the great longtime supporters of First Nations art, The Bearclaw Gallery, is hosting a Christmas show featuring some of its newest artists. The Bearclaw has a long tradition of fostering new artists, and they have some terrific (and affordable) stuff from a new generation of First Nations artists on display. You don't need to go to Edmonton to check it out - all is on view at