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Denise Buisman Pilger // Memories of Japan

October 6th to November 10th 2022

 

EXPERIENCE THE ENCHANTING BEAUTY OF JAPAN IN THE HEART OF TORONTO

 

Latitude 44 Gallery presents a series of new mixed-media cityscapes by Denise Buisman Pilger.

 

Toronto, September 1, 2022. Montréal-based Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger brings Japan to the Junction with her solo exhibition titled: ‘Memories of Japan’, at the Latitude 44 Gallery (2900 Dundas St. West, Toronto). The exhibition features the artist’s most recent works, in which she presents a series of condensed memories from her time in Japan. The exhibition runs from October 6th - November 10th, with a special event to celebrate the exhibition’s official opening on Thursday, October 6th, 6 pm – 9 pm.

 

During her three years of living in Nagoya, Japan, Denise Buisman Pilger fell deeply in love with the country, its architecture, its culture and its people. “Moving back to Canada was not easy. The reversed culture shock, enhanced by isolated pandemic living, made life in Canada seem dull and mundane. For the past 2 years, I experienced a strong need to feel that connection to Japan. Working on these paintings brought some of the magic back into my life and made the country I missed so dearly feel just a little bit closer.” In her work, Denise brings her memories back to life, giving us a chance to step into her scenes and experience this beautiful, unique country.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Denise back to Canada and present us with an opportunity to explore Japan and its rich culture through her newest series of memoryscapes.” Say Latitude 44 gallery directors MaryAnn Di Bernardo and Janet Di Bernardo

 

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has called Amsterdam, Fort Worth, Montréal, Nagoya, Japan and now Saint Jerome home and she has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and a variety of galleries in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan. In 2018 she received the Foreign Minister award at the Toyota Municipal Art Museum. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.

 

“These paintings hold a special place in my heart, they helped me through a difficult time and I hope they will remind you of the beauty and magic that can be found in our world. Through my work, I aim to bridge cultural and language barriers to make the world a place where all people feel connected to one another. Join us at our special opening event and experience enchanting Japan for yourself at Latitude 44 Gallery on October 6th from 6-9 pm!” Says Denise Buisman Pilger.

 

Shinya Kumazawa // Isolation with Nature

Isolation with Nature

October 1st to November 12th 2021

 

Shinya Kumazawa is a thought-provoking and refreshing analytical artist. He takes inspiration from Van Gogh and Monet and from oil to canvas, he paints nature’s extraordinary beauty. Fixed on the ebb and flow of mother earth, Shinya tunes into the supernatural realms to bring us his exhibition, Isolation with Nature. He invites us to experience the power of nature in its fullness through a realistic expression of how it can affect us. Shinya’s upbringing in Japan played a role in allowing him to see the world through a spiritual lens and access an emotional response to his surroundings. Shinya recognizes that the form aspect of his work is simply a visual presentation that frames the energy that dwells within.

 

Shinya Kumazawa // Isolation with Nature Running

RESILIENCE AT LATITUDE 44 

Online Group Art Exhibit
September 1st to October 15th, 2020

collage of art work

To quote Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. We would like to build on it. "There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets out.” This is how Resilience got out.


While COVID-19 is a source of unexpected stress and adversity, the word ”Resilience” has never been more important in our lives. This exhibit will be providing us with a unique experience to share art works with you at both the Latitude 44 Gallery and in an online gallery. “Resilience” showcases works from a group of 16 women artists and how they reflect their resilience stories in their art works. Each artist has an individual page showcasing their art works and featuring the story behind it.


One other feature of this exhibit is that each artist worked with the same size of frames. A Resilience story told in a black frame! Some of the artists also created sculpture works in addition to their framed works. Make sure to check each artist’s page and read about their inspiration. All the works featured online will be on display at our gallery in the Junction from Sep 1st to Sep 30th, 2020. If you are interested in seeing the art works for real, you can visit our gallery during our regular business hours. The online exhibit and works are still going to be available until

Oct 15th. You will be greeted by a sanitizing station at the entrance to make sure of everyone’s safety.


Stay Safe and Stay Resilient


Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor

SUMMER WISHES 

Summer wishes
Michael Reeves 2109 Retrospective

Michael Reeves 2019 Retrospective - Show Opening and Book Launch

Luxuriate in the show opening and book launch about life and works of Michael Reeves. The event runs from the month May 1st to October 1st of 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The book “Persephone’s Eden: A Celebration of Life and Works of Michael Reeves” showcases Michael’s paintings including his early works from the 1950s.

Visit Us in The Junction

The show runs from June 3-30, 2017. To learn more about the show and the artist, please give us a call for event details and much more.

Past Events

Triumvirate Observations featuring Brian Anderson, Michael Lindon, and Delfina Mehes

Triumvirate Observations

This show runs throughout the month of May from the 1st to the 31st with a reception from 7-10 pm on Saturday, May 5th. Triumvirate Observations features Brian Anderson, Michael Lindon, and Delfina Mehes. Anderson shows the mystery and tranquility of a Savannah morning, the ancient rugged textures of a tree in Bark Skin, and the expressive nature of gesture. Lindon observes life, death, and the passion of Mexican culture through faces encountered during his visit to Mexico. Mehes inspires emotions driven by memories with images of stone and marble statuaries from Italy that convey aged beauty and honour the dead.

The Idea of Summer by Brigitte Nowak, Artist.

The Idea of Summer

Meet Brigitte and members of Project Canoe.

A portion of sales will be donated by Brigitte and Latitude 44 to Project Canoe, an organization that supports youth facing barriers. One of their initiatives provides young people with wilderness canoe trips.

“We use the outdoors extensively for young people who face economic, social and mental health barriers and are thrilled to be part of this fundraising event, especially for our 40th anniversary.” Tim Richardson, Project Canoe Executive Director. “Trying to capture the essence of summer in paint has been a joy and a challenge…my last solo show included only canoes but summer means that and more to me and I really wanted to explore that idea” Brigitte Nowak, Artist.

Denise Buisman Pilger

Denise Buisman Pilger – April 8 to 28, 2017

Montréal based artist Denise Buisman Pilger, will present her unique view of the familiar urban landscape in a solo exhibition titled: ‘Cities Through My Eyes’, at Latitude 44 Gallery, 2900 Dundas St. W. Toronto. The exhibition features the artist’s most recent works, in which she presents a series of condensed memories of her travels. The show runs from April 8 -28, with a special event to celebrate the exhibition on Saturday, April 8, 4pm – 7pm.


“I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to share my work with the wonderful people of Toronto. Canada has been very good to me and will always hold a special place in my heart. I really hope everyone will join us for the special opening Latitude 44 Gallery so I have a chance thank you all for making me feel welcome and at home these past eight years!”

‘Adørn: Objects for Better Living’
‘Adørn: Objects for Better Living’

Adørn: Objects for Better Living – Jan 17, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017

‘Adørn: Objects for Better Living’ a collection of objects designed by Toronto product and jewellery designer, Jade Dumrath. Jade has forged a strong relationship between her passion for craft and design expressed through her work. Her Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing BFA, completed at NSCAD University.

Vera Alan Art

Landscape Abstracts – October 5 to 31, 2016

Enjoy this vibrant two person show of abstract watercolours by Vera Bobson and Alan Brain. Meet the artists on Wednesday October 19 6pm-8pm. The show runs until From October 5 to 31, 2016.

photography in the junction

Photography In The Junction 2016

Join us Saturday May 7, 2016 6-9pm. Meet our three fantastic photographers Linda Nagy, Brian Anderson, and Ralph Kroman. We look forward to seeing you here at Latitude 44 Gallery. Make a night of it and explore the Junction.

searching postcard

Tia Gillespie – SEARCHING

Join us at Latitude 44 on Thursday March 31, 2016 from 6pm-9pm for the opening of ‘SEARCHING’, artist Tia Gillespie’s intimate, thought provoking show. ‘SEARCHING’ is a quest for the preservation of memory which morphs into an alchemical journey. The discovery of the creative potential for encapsulating the ephemeral and its capacity for binding the past and the future through the present moment. Tia uses realism to explore the moments that life creates and the imprints left in their wake. Come and meet Tia. This show runs from March 31, 2016-April 30, 2016.

Rose Hirano

Rose Hirano A Retrospective: 15 of Wood Block Prints

We are excited to host this very special exhibit of Rose Hirano’s Wood Block Prints. Come and join us for an artist reception on Thursday November 19, 2015 6-9pm. Meet Rose and enjoy her remarkable retrospective spanning 15 years. This show runs from November 1-30, 2015

Summer solstice

Summer Solstice in the Junction Demonstrations and Solstice Specials

Latitude 44 Gallery artists Iryna Toustsik and Janet Potter will be giving alternate demonstrations on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Iryna will demonstrate the art of traditional felting at 1:00pm & 3:00pm and Janet will demonstrate on how to make an old book into a notebook at 2:00pm & 4:00pm. Come, see our new art & decor while finding what we have on special.

easter egg needle felting

Happy Easter Egg Needle Felting Workshop

Come join us and make your own unique needle felted Easter Egg. We provide all the materials and you will take home a beautiful work of art you have created. Felt artist Iryna will show you step by step. There are only 8 spaces. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. March 29. 1pm-4pm

retrospective from 1969 to present

Hugh Russel Retrospective November 18 – December 18 2014

Taking place from Nov 18 – Dec 18, our new exhibition showcases the sculptures of Hugh Russel.

Hugh Russel is a renowned Canadian sculptor whose figurative bronzes can be found in collections around the world. He trained and worked in the field of commercial art, and now applies that rigorous discipline to his sculptor.

Hugh rightly calls himself a storyteller. All of his meticulously researched and beautifully crafted pieces are more than just perfect portrayals of a particular person or animal, they record instants in time. “I want to you to see the change in the horse’s pace and feel the fatigue of the rider,” says Hugh, “I want to capture the moment the dancer lifts his head just before he leaps.”The sculptor’s extraordinary knowledge of anatomy and his empathy for his subject matter combine with spectacular results. His sense of humour and whimsy add another dimension to his smaller pieces, which are often representations of animals in motion, or fantastical creatures and mythical beings.

Canoe postcard

Canoe

Award-winning artist Brigitte Nowak’s first solo show of canoe paintings at Latitude 44 Gallery. Brigitte and Latitude 44 are jointly donating a portion of the proceeds from each painting to Project Canoe, a charitable organization which, over the past 37 years, has developed a strong record of supports for at-risk youth through outdoor activities, including wilderness canoe trips.

Join us for an opening night fundraiser event, Thursday 23 October, 6 – 9 PM.

The show runs from October 16 to November 13, 2014.

connective tissues

Connective (T)issues

We are pleased to present our new show Connective (T)issues of works produced by members of the Studio Q workshop. Do not miss this impressive collection.

from here to there

FROM HERE TO THERE… CONTACT 2014

Please join us at Latitude 44 Gallery along with our exhibiting photographers to celebrate Opening Night, Saturday May 3rd, from 6-9pm, here in the Junction. While you are here, explore the 20 other participating venues. Welcome to CONTACT in the Junction.

One of a kind Art Doll Show

First Annual One of a Kind Art Doll Show

We are excited to be hosting the first annual show of One Of A Kind Art Dolls. We will be showcasing some unique and intriguing dolls from some very creative art doll makers. If you have never experienced One of a Kind Art Dolls, prepare to be impressed.

The show runs from June 20 to July 31, 2014. There will be an opening night celebration on Saturday, 21 June, 2014 from 7pm-10 pm, here in the Junction. While you are here join in the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, from noon to midnight.

Help us help Postcard challenge

“Help us Help” Sunflower Postcard Challenge

March 30th to April 13th, 2022

Location: 2900 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, Canada


Join us in our “Help us Help” sunflower postcard challenge. Create a 4” x 6” SUNFLOWER POSTCARD to donate (with your wishes/prayers on the back). Bring it to our store at Latitude 44 Gallery where it will be put on display for sale. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the “Help us Help” foundation to aid Ukraine.

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