Popular art fair opens today in Toronto

The Artist Project returns to Toronto for its seventh year from Feb. 20 to 23 at the Better Living Center at Exhibition Place. It is Canada’s most celebrated art fair dedicated to emerging artists.

The fair will exhibit over 5,000 original works of art this year. These include pieces from over 250 top contemporary artists from across Canada and abroad.

Every year, The Artist Project offers thousands of patrons the opportunity to meet and buy artwork from artists from disciplines including painting, photography, collage, illustration, digital art and sculpture.

From seasoned collectors and first-time art buyers, to gallery dealers and interior designers, The Artist Project is a chance for art lovers to experience the thrill of discovering new talent, and meeting the people behind the talent.

Last year, The Artist Project was a huge success in reflecting the spirit of independent art.

Opening Night

An annual favourite for Toronto party-goers, the opening night party begins tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. It is a night of hot art, small bites, and cocktails. This year the party has a theme of “set sail” and is a nod to the retro- nautical look of the 1940s.

“CIBC is pleased to be presenting the Opening Night Party at The Artist Project 2014,” CIBC spokesman Sarah Windmeyer said in a statement. “It allows us a chance to support some wonderful artists along with the evening’s charities, Why We Ink and the Canadian Cancer Society.”

Untapped Emerging Artists

A great amount of the excitement comes from “untapped” who  artists who are making their debut at the show and have never exhibited anywhere before.

Kaitlin Eliah, a third time volunteer for The Artist Project said she has been helping with the setup for the past two weeks.

“It’s crazy that the opening is here. I’ve been volunteering for the artist project for three years and it’s just so inspiring to me to be in a room with all of these amazing artists and their work.”

Among the artists exhibiting this year are

The Artist Project is dedicated to supporting the development of emerging artists. “That’s the whole point of it, to be inspiring and capture the true spirit of independent art,” said Eliah.

For a list of all of the artists exhibiting at The Artist Project, go to the website.

Sneak Peek

This photo gallery shows a sneak peek into the exhibits  openig tonight.

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