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October 2, 2009
WILD! Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Spadina Museum
Toronto’s free, all-night contemporary art thing is going WILD in the Victorian gardens of Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. After a hugely successful event last year, the Artists Cooperative of Canada is returning to inspire Torontonians and tourists through the entire night with an exhibit called WILD!

From sunset October 3 to sunrise October 4, four female artists bring their diverse talents to explore and interpret the expansive Spadina garden environment.

Hot off her summer solo show at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, Elizabeth Greisman transforms Spadina’s gentrified garden into a savage landscape with massive nine-foot painted canvases and hand-painted furniture depicting the flora and fauna of Toronto’s pre-colonial era.

Sculpturist Frith Bail brings the entire exhibit’s pathway to life with ceramic birds, eggs and nests. Her large ceramic sculpture of a woman in the wild becomes an interesting reflection of the cooperative’s female artists creating in the wilds of the gardens.

Alina Lloyd melds technology with nature in her digital media show. Lloyd re-envisions a classic art form -
her own paintings of Georgian Bay - into a modern digital form. She then intersects this with the wilderness of Spadina at night.

Avant-garde artist Gloria Stein wowed audiences last year with her colossal installation. Expect the same kind of excitement when she unveils this year’s surprise piece at sunset.

Being immersed in nature means an encounter with insects. Guest artist Ximena Berecochea interprets the painful, itchy side of nature through a series of photographs displayed on a large screen.

Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens will come alive at night for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Join them and the surrounding St. Clair exhibits at Casa Loma, Laluque Atelier Gallery, Artscscape Wychwood Barns and St. Matthew’s United Church. More information is available at

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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