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June 8, 2008
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre celebrates 30th anniversary
  
Mayor David Miller and Gerry Divaris, Chair of the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery joined members of the public today to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cedar Ridge Creative Centre which coincided with the Cedar Ridge Gallery Show and Sale.

The celebration featured fine art, folk art, pottery, weaving, woodcarving, artist demonstrations, live entertainment and a children’s corner. There was a special exhibit and performances from Project Random, a youth project in partnership with City of Toronto Culture, West Hill Community Services and Toronto Community Housing through Neighbourhood Action in the Kingston/Galloway area. The celebration also included a juried exhibition of works by members of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery.

“For the past 30 years Cedar Ridge Creative Centre has been home to Scarborough’s first public gallery and teaching studios where artists and artisans can experiment, cultivate and share their creative talents with the community,” said Mayor Miller. “As a partner to the City of Toronto, Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery has far surpassed its mandate to promote the visual arts through gallery exhibitions and by supporting The Cedar Ridge Collection, a significant component of the City’s permanent art collection”.

Mayor Miller presented Divaris with a commemorative scroll in honour of the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery’s involvement with the community and lasting contribution to the arts in Scarborough.

Celebrated Ontario sculptor Floyd G Elzinga, winner of the Best Three Dimensional Work, Grimsby Festival of Art (2007); Best Outdoor Spring Décor, Canadian Craft Show (2001) and the Globe and Mail Best New Artisan, Canadian Craft Show (1997) was commissioned to create a sculpture to commemorate the 30th anniversary.

A bench was unveiled in memory of Kay Long, a co-founder of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. Long was a teacher, artist, volunteer and arts activist. As an arts instructor, she was known for her positive critiques and subtle mentoring. Long retired from teaching at age 80 and continued to attend the Open Studio sessions until the day before her death in 2008.

The Cedar Ridge Gallery recently presented Outside the Box (May 25 to June 2) featuring ceramic works by Michiko Nakamura’s studio class. The exhibit included a tribute to June Tinson (1932-2007). Tinson was born in Toronto, attended Three Schools of Art and studied sculpture, figure drawing watercolour and charcoal sketching. At the Ontario College of Art June pursued sculpture, stone carving, mould making and foundry-bronze casting.


Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Backgrounder

In 1968, The Guildwood School of Arts and Crafts was founded by Barbara Jean Rodgers under the patronage of Rosa and Spencer Clark. The school operated out of Corycliffe Lodge and the log cabin on the grounds of the Guild Inn. In 1974, the school moved to Bethune House and became Guildcrest Studios, a federally chartered non-profit organization.

Cedar Ridge, an estate of John Fraser, was acquired by the former City of Scarborough, which invited Guildcrest Studios to relocate to Cedar Ridge. The beauty of the home was retained in the main floor gallery space, and the upper floor and basement areas were developed into studio space. Renamed Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery in honour of the new location, the volunteer organization has remained at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre working in partnership with the City of Toronto.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery
The Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery was the original founding organization of the Creative Centre and the first public gallery with teaching studios in the east end of Toronto. The gallery is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that hosts two fundraising events each year in June and November, and sponsors Rakudu - a special one-day raku festival for schools by providing special workshops. Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery continues to be an active partner with the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, carrying on its long history of contributing to the arts in Scarborough. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is operated by the City of Toronto Culture.

Carriage House Studios
The original Cedar Ridge estate included a chauffeur’s cottage with an attached three bay garage and stables for three horses. In 1993, the cottage was renovated and made into working studio space. In 1996 the building was renamed Carriage House Studios and was officially opened by the former Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Hal Jackman. The studios offer a healthy, inviting and inspirational setting for artists.

Cedar Ridge Permanent Art Collection
The Cedar Ridge Collection is a historical and contemporary record of artists who have taught, exhibited and been supporters of Cedar Ridge. The collection includes a representation of every medium taught at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre including painting, sculpture, pottery, woodcarving, fibre art and folk art.

Cedar Ridge Gallery
From January to March, the Cedar Ridge Gallery sponsors the Contemporary Art Exhibitions, five two-week juried exhibits featuring contemporary artists from across Ontario.

The See and Be Seen call for entry provides an opportunity for artists to rent gallery space. The program works on a 24-month calendar to allow more artists to exhibit their work.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, operated by Toronto Culture, offers classes and workshops for all ages, year round in fine arts, folk art, pottery, wood carving, fibre arts and other art forms. It also offers art camps for children, and education and community outreach programs.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Nadira Pattison, Manager, Arts Services, Toronto Culture, 416-338-1263, npattis1@toronto.ca


 

 

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