As a member of the collective, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, I took part in a number of group shows. Two examples here are a holiday fundraiser and a Valentine's Day show. For both of these shows I created images for the invites. Outside of Propeller, I contributed to a number of other shows. One I had a particular interest in was the psychic inspired show at Swizzle Gallery called If You Could Read My Mind. Outside of Toronto I haven't been in a lot of shows—actually just one—the Wortley Village Outdoor Art Show in 2006, London Ontario.
Holiday Fundraiser at the Propeller: This fundraiser was for small works all 8" x 10". The members of the gallery donated work on the basis that sales would be divided 50/50 between the artist and gallery. The total cost of each painting was $99.00. I drew the illustration for the invite and Keijo Tapanainen designed it.
Sweethearthache: For many consecutive years Propeller held a Valentine's Day show. In 2002, I had the honour of creating the postcard image for the show, and Marianne Fowler designed the invite
We had part of the show at a local shop called Come As You Are which suited the sex/love theme of our show. My painting is of a young woman in a nightclub clinging to a cutie-pie stuffed pink elephant. It's an image about vulnerability, slightly twisted sexuality, and the phase of life when one is searching for answers and possibly a mate or life partner.
The other works in the show were created by members of Propeller and members of the larger artistic community.
The selection of artworks on display was made by a jury of members.
The range of work was vast in content and scope.
The Psychic Show: At a great gallery called Swizzle (now no longer open) at College and Dufferin streets in Toronto, there was a group show held with a call out to artists at large to submit. I made a large format gouache painting of a young woman passing by a psychic's storefront and wondering with interest what was going on inside. Over the years I've been very interested in the psychic arts so this show was right up my alley. The collection of work filled the gallery walls completely with wonderfully inspired creations.
For the group show Stop, Look, and Listen, I wanted to experiment with photography. I was also thinking a lot about getting married at this time. I did some photo journalism in the area of kitschy wedding cakes in shop windows around Toronto while considering what getting married is really about. Mounted in small shadow boxes, these photos include items I collaged onto the images to enhance the mood or feeling of the individual cakes.