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May 4, 2006
Storytelling event celebrates Written in Stone exhibit
  
On Sunday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m., join Jeffrey Canton, one of Toronto’s renowned storytellers, as he presents “Toronto Zachor: The early years of Toronto’s Jewish community” at the Market Gallery. Canton brings to life stories from the first 150 years of struggles and successes of Toronto’s Jewish community. The stories will be told amidst Susan L. Brown’s art exhibition “Written in Stone,” which documents, through photographs, painting and sculpture, her personal and artistic reflections of the art and heritage in Jewish funeral monuments in Toronto. “Written in Stone” is on exhibit until May 14.

In the exhibit, historical and contemporary photographs document the carved symbols on these stone monuments. Using these as a springboard for her mixed-media paintings, Brown illustrates the ‘life cycle’ in Jewish culture. These graphite and acrylic works remind her of old family photos and events that signify the passing of lives. As a gesture to monument makers, Brown has developed a series of cast paper sculptures. These ‘maquettes’ titled “minyan” represent her interpretation of ten conventional subjects found on Jewish funeral monuments.

Jeffrey Canton has been a regular participant in the Toronto Storytelling Festival and is a member of the Queers in Your Ears storytelling collective. When he’s not telling stories, Jeffrey divides his time between teaching in the children’s studies program at York University and working at Another Story Bookshop, one of Toronto’s independent bookstores.

Susan L. Brown is a graduate of the Honours Fine Arts program at the University of Toronto. Since retiring from the Toronto District School Board, Brown founded the Artists’ Garden Cooperative. Her extensive travels in Asia, North Africa and Europe, and her interest in the art of many cultures is reflected in a multicultural approach to imagery and subject matter in her work.

The Market Gallery is a program of Toronto Culture and offers changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, history, culture and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. Located in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the 19th century City Council Chamber, which is all that remains from the City Hall that stood on this site from 1845 to 1899.

Admission is free. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Visit www.toronto.ca/culture for more information on special events and programs at other City museums and art centres. Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities. Visit the guide to Toronto’s culture scene http://www.livewithculture.ca.


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Pamela Wachna
Co-ordinator of Collections & Outreach
416-392-7604


 

 

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