NewPark Mall Supports Young Artists


NewPark Mall’s Cultural Corner, known for showcasing some of the area’s original art and photography, just wrapped up its first annual scholarship contest for high school seniors. Three high-schoolers took home substantial prizes to put toward their educations: Jared Gochuiko from Mt. Eden High School too first place and the $1500 prize, Daniel Leal from Irvington High School took second and $1000, and third place and $500 went to Zhou Yang from Newark Memorial High School.

“The goal of the Cultural Corner art scholarship contest at NewPark Mall is to connect the arts with our local community, and we are proud of all the students who participated this year,” said Kelly Gardner, general manger of NewPark Mall.

27 pieces of original artwork were submitted over a month by local high school students who are preparing to graduate next month. Teen artists entered a myriad of art pieces including canvas, photography and sculptures.


Written by Nissa on June 6, 2012 – 5:40 pm -
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Sherway Gardens Celebrates 15 Years of Student Art


The student art show is a time-honored tradition at many shopping centers, but that doesn’t mean it has to grow stale. Sherway Gardens just wrapped up its 15th annual Smart Start Student Art Show, and it proved that the tradition has plenty of room to grow.

Arts Etobicoke presented the show, which was sponsored by Sherway Gardens. It featured works of art from students from various high schools across Metro Toronto. But you know the benefits of encouraging student artists with a non-juried show.

Here’s the interesting part: with the addition of new sponsors, the show’s organizers had a little more flexibility to celebrate this 15-year milestone. So they worked to bring the students and the public even greater opportunities to expand their artistic worlds.

The Smart Start Learning Centre gave students, teachers and the public the chance to observe and engage with art in new and different ways while learning about the creative process through interactive activities. The center also held an evening conference for students and teachers, the Smart Start Symposium, which offered critiques and workshops led by professional artists, followed by a private reception.

Art scholarships were also offered to participating schools, and participants received a packages including a complimentary Arts Etobicoke membership, an exhibition catalog and a free art gift.

(Pictured: Orchid, by Francis Sy, Gr 12, Percy Johnson High School)


Written by Nissa on April 20, 2011 – 4:01 pm -
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GTA Shoppers Create Amex Art


Shopping centers around the Greater Toronto Area helped shoppers unleash their inner artists as part of the Amex Canvas Contest earlier this month.

Canadian actor and comedian Colin Mochrie visited the Bay-Adelaide Centre to promote the contest, which has shoppers creating their own artistic takes on Amex advertisements. The participating shopping centers collected the work shoppers created on location for the contest, and other entrants could create their works on American Express Canada’s Facebook page.

The winning artist will enjoy a trip for two to New York City, and their ad will be featured in the company’s ad campaign. It’s a fun contest for participants, but designers and advertisers are often annoyed by this sort of contest, as it asks participants to create skilled work on spec. Granted, this particular work is done with fairly limited tools. But what would you think about using crowdsourced advertisement as part of your campaigns?


Written by Nissa on November 24, 2010 – 4:42 pm -
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Pop-up Art at Kingdom Shopping Centre


Kingdom Shopping Centre is giving up vacant space for a unique spectacle this fall. Visitors to the shopping center will have the chance to watch a prominent Scottish artist produce paintings live inside a shop window.

“Glenrothes Now” is a series of oil paintings by Alexander Guy. He’s creating the series for an exhibition that will take place later this fall. He will be creating the final two paintings for the exhibition in a shop unit at Kingdom Shopping Centre that has been redesigned as a personal (if rather public) pop-up studio. The people of Glenrothes will be able to watch as the paintings come together, seeing both the artistic process and the creation of paintings that capture the spirit of their home town.

Alexander Guy will be working on the paintings during shopping centre opening hours, Monday to Friday. But for those who want to get a bit more involved, the unit will be open to the public for a few hours each Saturday, with the artist available to discuss his work. The project is running now until October 6th, when the paintings will be transported to the gallery for the exhibition.


Written by Nissa on September 15, 2010 – 5:47 pm -
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The Empty Spaces Project Fills Your Vacancies


According to recent numbers, vacancies are on the rise again. If your shopping center has a space that needs filling, Empty Spaces might be just what you need.

The Empty Spaces Project is funded by Arts NSW (New South Wales, Australia). It seeks to unite retail landlords with temporary art exhibitions, workshops and projects that need good homes. The organization has put together case studies and toolkits to make the process easier. It’s also put legal minds to work to ensure that participating shopping centers will not find themselves in any difficult legal or financial situations due to their participation in the program.

Empty Spaces also highlights arts organizations across Australia that do similar work, so if you aren’t in NSW you can find other options on the website. And if you’re not in Australia, it might be worth looking into local arts groups that do the same, or working with a local arts organization to start a similar project. Filling a vacancy with an art installation while looking for paying tenants can benefit your mall, your shoppers and your community, so consider giving it a shot.


Written by Nissa on July 7, 2010 – 3:43 pm -
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