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  • My take on The Artist Project contemporary art fair

    It’s been almost one month since the start of The Artist Project, contemporary art fair in Toronto, which ran from February 19th to the 22nd. We all worked so hard, to get there, and when it was over, our energy was completely tapped out. We came down with colds that we nursed and eventually slept off. I kept telling people that I felt like a bug that had gone “splat” onto a windshield, and I think that most accurately describes how I felt, when all was said and done!
     

    There was such a surge of excitement around the whole event: the opening night and each day that ensued. I embraced the entire experience, participating in as many fair-related activities as I could: I entered both the TYPE competition, as well as Art Battle 228. It was great fun, and I felt myself enjoying a huge adrenalin rush, the entire weekend. It’s no small wonder that we collapsed at the end of it!
     

    I had several sales while there, including one of my largest pieces, and many sales came after the event itself. I received a bunch of commissions, and was approached by numerous galleries and designers. Overall, it was worth every bit of effort, and I plan to do it all over again, next year!

    Artist Claire Desjardins sets up her booth, at The Artist Project, in Toronto - Feb. 2015.

    Artist Claire Desjardins sets up her booth, at The Artist Project, in Toronto - Feb. 2015.

    When the last painting was hung, it was time to raise a glass of prosecco. Cheers!

    When the last painting was hung, it was time to raise a glass of prosecco. Cheers!

    The exhibition opened, and people flowed through the booths. It was wonderful!

    The exhibition opened, and people flowed through the booths. It was wonderful!

    Opening night was well attended. So many art lovers!

    Opening night was well attended. So many art lovers!

    The TYPE art competition rules.

    The TYPE art competition rules.

    Taking a stand: Claire Desjardins, beside her entry, a painting called Wonderland.

    Taking a stand: Claire Desjardins, beside her entry, a painting called Wonderland.

    Waiting for Art Battle 228 painting competition to begin: the stage is set, the audience awaits!

    Waiting for Art Battle 228 painting competition to begin: the stage is set, the audience awaits!

    About Claire

    Claire is an abstract painter who teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US. She has received grants to attend artist residencies in Vermont (2011 and 2013), and in southeastern China (2013) and has been interviewed by various art magazines, most notably Magazin’ Art (Spring 2015) and Parcours (2014), the French language arts magazine. She was also interviewed for Art Inc. (a book by author Lisa Congdon. She has gallery representation in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, and in the US, in Charlotte. She appears regularly on a number of blogs, including Design for Mankind, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner. They reproduce her artwork on merchandise, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appears in various feature films and television shows.
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