Hello everyone. I know it’s been awhile. But I thought to share there’s a wonderful artist-feature about me in the Autumn issue of TorontoHOME magazine. Several of my new works are featured as well as a kindly written story about me and my process and work.
Available on many newsstands, TorontoHOME is a fab style magazine with a particular emphasis on design & decor trends in Toronto.
Two days after the horrific June 12th shooting in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I put out a call on Facebook to my artist-friends to donate a small work of art to raise money for the survivors and family members of the attack. Within a day, my post was forwarded dozens of times and over 100 artists committed themselves to offering a work of art! Everyone wanted to do something.
Panic struck as I then worried where everything could be shown quickly and in sync with Toronto Pride. I called a number of venues in Toronto but never got beyond leaving messages. I then called my friends at Waddingtons Auctioneers & Appraisers to see if they may know someone, somewhere. A few hours later the staff at Waddington’s called me back to say they’d love to host the exhibition. A day after that, Small Art Big Hearts was born. It was that fast!
SABH will now include over 100 works of original artwork including paintings (acrylic, encaustic, mixed-media and oil), photography, sculpture and jewellery created by Toronto and surrounding GTA artists. There will also be a few items kindly donated by Waddingtons itself. Everything is modest in size, 12″ or smaller.
All artwork will be available for public viewing in Waddingtons’ main showroom this Thursday, June 23rd from 10-5 and Friday, June 24th 10-1; there will be a public viewing reception this Thursday night, from 6-8pm. All 100+ lots of art will be auctioned online, starting this Friday thru next Tuesday, June 28th.
All artwork will be sold online, with starting bids of $50. The contributing artists are people I’ve known from over the years, were kind enough to work with me in MJG Gallery or simply responded to my call on Facebook.
My wish is that should enough money be raised, several Toronto-based, LGBTQ charities will additionally benefit from this sale. Waddingtons is additionally waiving their usual 20% buyer’s premium!
To learn more and/or register for the auction, click the link here
Mark will be participating in this Holiday Season’s edition of Idea Holiday Arts & Crafts Market, hosted by Super Wonder Gallery. Opening Friday Dec 18th (7-11pm) and Saturday/Sunday (11-7), thirty artists, craftspeople, jewelers, musicians and whotnots will make giving creative gifts super-easy!
875 Bloor Street West, near Ossington in one of Toronto’s trendiest hoods.
The count-down is on for MJG’s closing in Leslieville for November 30th. Mark is still hosting his on-going, gallery-wide sale.
Mark will continue creating & promoting his work while doing his best to further highlight other artist’s creations, one way or another.
Stay tuned for continued updates by following him & MJG Gallery on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
On Thursday, November 19th, 6-9pm, MJG is hosting a thank you reception concurrent with Leslieville Wanderlust. Feel free to come on down and enjoy fine art in a fun space with nice people. With much thanks, Mark
As you may have seen whilst either passing by MJG on the street or following me online on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, I have decided to close the gallery for now. It’s not for good. Just for now. But I will be shuttering my current location by December 1st.
I wanted to first thank you you for your kind patronage and support of my gallery and my hope in trying to add a little bit to Toronto’s gallery & art scene. And second, I really do need to thank the over sixty (or so) artists from Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Chicago, New York City and elsewhere who’ve contributed to any of the more than forty one-person, two-person and group shows and exhibitions I’ve hosted in Cabbagetown then in my current location in Leslieville.
I will always create my own artwork, one way or another and continue offering it in galleries, group shows as well as indoor art fairs and trade shows…that will never change. And I will always support the local art scene and promote the art world continually on my website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages.
IN the meantime, MJG Gallery is offering a gallery-wide studio sale but sale prices will only be offered in the gallery or by request.
As the 2015 summer outdoor art show season perks up, feel free to visit me @ booth #137 for this year’s Riverdale Art Walk, June 6th & 7th, in Jimmie Simpson Park, north of Queen, West of Booth Ave, in the Riverside/Leslieville boarder of Toronto.
I’ll be showing my new abstract series of mix-media acrylic paintings and other works while some 160+ fellow artists, including a number of other featured MJG-ers will be there to greet one and all. Click here for deets!
MJG is looking forward to participating in this year’s edition of the Love Art Fair, April 16th (7-10pm) thru April 19th at the Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. BOOTH C-13.
Along with an array of new work by artist-owner Mark Gleberzon including his fluid paintings and mix-media photography, Mark will display a small range of work by artists carried in MJG including several sculptural works. Sharing MJG’s booth is multi-media artist Andrea Rinaldo and photographer Graham French. www.loveartfair.com