This fall, I was running around the city and exploring possible galleries for an art exhibit. I found one that I really liked and that I will definitely use for my future projects. I am talking here about Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery located on the northwest corner of Benson and Wychwood avenues.I enjoyed Sari Richter’s exhibit I visited at Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery and believe that any artist can transform this gallery into an amazing art exhibit.Sari Richter is an OCAD U graduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting) and completed Masters Certification from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Sari works in both traditional and non-traditional drawing and painting media and is a published children’s book illustrator, storyboard artist, and muralist. She is currently employed as an art therapist and works with transitional aged youth in a mental health day treatment setting.
This Gallery is part of Artscape venues. Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. From the first email I got from Artscape’s sales manager, I got a feeling that this organization cares about artists and art professionals and is open to any art project. What should be also emphasized here is a such a reasonable and low rental fee that we all want when it comes to displaying artworks outside an art studio. This space will cost you, as an artist, $350 per day + HST and this price also include a few tables and chairs as well as cleaning, wall patching, and painting after your event. You can make holes in the wall – as many as you like. Isn’t this amazing?I saw the gallery during Sari Richter’s Fine Art Show and it gave me a sense of how I can exhibit art and how the gallery looks like during the day. In spite of the fact that this gallery is only a 566 sq. ft., it has 14’ ceilings and lots of natural light coming from the windows. I would recommend having a solo art exhibit here or group shows with a small number of artists to give everyone proper attention and wall space.