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May 1, 2002
Fine art goes outdoors at the St. Lawrence Market
The St. Lawrence Market presents "The Arts at the Market," a fine art sale on
the balcony of the South Building, Saturdays, from May to October, 9 to 5 p.m.

Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media work will
be on display by both emerging and more established artists, as their unique
artistic styles are offered to the public for sale. Work will span a range of
artistic genres including portraiture, landscape, abstract expressionism and

The idea for the event came in September 2001 to three artists -- Sandra
Tarantino, Lucilla Bonfanti and Ross Bonfanti -- who approached the St.
Lawrence Market staff with a proposal. Once accepted, Sandra Tarantino headed a
committee that selected the participating artists.

"We organized this sale because we felt there was a need for artists to have an
affordable location in the downtown core to sell their work on a regular
basis," said Tarantino. "We thought that St. Lawrence Market would be a great
venue because of its vitality."

"The outdoor balcony is a refreshing way for artists to sell their work," said
Jorge Carvalho, Manager of the St. Lawrence Market. "Inside, the market is so
busy with permanent vendors, farmers, musicians and over 35,000 shoppers each
week. We agreed that the outdoor balcony, with its benches, picnic tables and
flowers, would be an airy, pleasant setting for both artists and art

Over 32 artists will be featured throughout the spring and summer, with
different artists participating from week to week. Some artists will also be
creating their work on site.

The St. Lawrence Market complex is located at 95 Front St. E. (at Jarvis). As a
lively and vibrant part of Toronto's cultural heritage, it also hosts the
Antique Market, the Market Gallery, the Banquet Hall and a multitude of other
special interest events. For further information, call 416-712-7265.

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