Past Events

Founded on the premises of empowering emerging artists, and educating the public about art, the Helen & Walter Zwig Foundation Collection aims to create programming and exhibitions that engage our community. Through our work we hope to create personal connections between our gallery and our patrons, as well as the art we show and those who view it. See below for an outline of our recent projects.

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Summer Chalk Festival 2019

As part of our community focus, we created our inaugural Summer Chalk Festival, for the month of July 2019. We commissioned Alisha Davidson, Amika Cooper, Anna May Henry, Brandon Celi, Jenn Kitagawa, Joshua Advincula, Kaya DaCosta, Kendra yee, Leia Bryans, and Tessar Lo to spend the day creating unique and temporary works of art using chalk and other temporary materials.

Joined by local families, we were honoured by the many kids who stopped by to create a work of their own.

Variations on Karel Appel

Variations on Karel Appel

Patrick Cruz is a Toronto-based artist who uses unconventional tools such as play and intuition to create thoughtful works of art. His work deals with a variety of themes such as colonialism, tradition, modernity and hybrid identities. Cruz won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2015 and was recently longlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award this past month. We spoke with Cruz about Karel Appel, noted CoBrA co-founder and playful revolutionary.

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Variations on Marthe Rakine

Nadia Gohar is a Toronto-based artist who explores themes of memory, migration, and objecthood through a multi-disciplinary approach. She received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has had solo exhibitions with spaces such as SOIL Gallery in Seattle and the Table in Toronto. As well, Nadia has participated in group exhibitions, most recently at the Queens Museum in New York.

On March 28th, we spoke with Gohar about the little-known Canadian painter, Marthe Rakine. Through their relaxed self-expression we chatted about the many similarities these two artists have in common.

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Variations on Gordon Smith

Brian Rideout is a realist painter working through traditions within art history, to create archival portraits of Mid-Century American painting and design. On February 28th, 2019, we spoke with Rideout about the work of Gordon Smith, discussing themes of collecting, art history, canonization, and abstraction vs. realism.

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Variations on Anne Kahane

Nicole Coon is an innovative furniture designer, who finds inspiration in many places including folk art, mid-century modern design, and international fashion history. For our first iteration of Variations on, we chatted with Coon about the accomplished Canadian sculptor Anne Kahane, reflecting on materials, mark-making and public reactions to art and design.


Lisgar Park Art Crawl

The Lisgar Park Art Crawl is a charitable evening dedicated to celebrating and supporting the vibrant artists and institutions that exist throughout our local neighbourhood.

In its first run, the Lisgar Park Art Crawl sought to bring together the local community of artists and art lovers to celebrate our vibrant arts scene. Through thoughtfully curated programming, we hope to empower young artists and give them the courage to continue creating.

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The Brain Project

In collaboration with our partners at the Baycrest Centre, we hosted a collection of four artworks from the 2017 edition of The Brain Project. In its third year, The Brain Project is a city-wide public art exhibition, that aims to raise awareness about brain health. The artists selected for display in at the Zwig Collection, explore themes of creativity, fragility, memory and brain health. Funds raised through the sale of these artworks support initiatives at Baycrest, a global leader in brain health and aging.

Throughout their lives, Helen and Walter Zwig were enthusiastic supporters of Baycrest and many of its initiatives. In their memory, we have partnered with the organization to start a public conversation about diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Organized by Grace Jackson.

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Gallery Opening

Our inaugural exhibition spotlights the considerable breadth of the collection, which spans centuries and continents. It is organized around five central groupings: 20th-century European sculpture and works on paper; mid-century Canadian painting and sculpture; Western contemporary art; inuit art; and art of the South Pacific. The history it traces is, in part, that of modernism in its European and Canadian iterations. But it is also the history of two spirited individuals whose openness to the world and its manifold experiences is embodied in the art they chose to live with.

Organized by Michaela Milgrom