The arts scene moves into Chinatown

Art galleries and creative spaces have been steadily setting up shop in Chinatown, but with new businesses entering the neighbourhood, some are wondering whether it will affect the community’s culture, history, and economic value. The Central Art Garage, a conceptual art gallery located at Somerset Street West and Lebreton Street North, opened in 2013 in a renovated auto repair shop. When co-owner of the gallery Danny Hussey moved in four year ago, he said the arts scene hadn’t yet formed in Chinatown. “When we moved in here, there wasn’t very much,” Hussey said. “Over time, I think people start to gravitate to a certain space.” Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are pricing themselves out of the market for many […]

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Commentary: Central Art Garage explores sculpture with new exhibit

In the Central Art Garage’s most recent art show Objectionable Practices, pottery, paint, and sculpture come together to create a colourful collection. This mix of local and other Canadian art combines artistic technique with everyday objects. Plates, beer cans, and sand all make an appearance in this unique display.  The exhibit is made up of work from five artists: Tamara Henderson, Craig Leonard, Kevin Rodgers, Meredith Snider, and Alex Morrison. Gallery owner Danny Hussey says while they are all recently emerging artists, they are all at relatively elevated stages in their careers.  Many of these artists are repeating contributors. This time, Morrison is the new face in the gallery. Morrison is a Canadian artist currently based in Brussels. Hussey approached […]

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