Choose A Custom Work Below To Donate
  1. Zarah Peterson
    For Your Donation
    I will be doing watercolours and ink on paper, simple acrylic works on canvas and oil paintings with a distinctively classical style yet painted with a looser, more contemporary hand. My work is intensely emotionally charged, so I’ll chat with you and learn some of your thoughts, feelings and ideas to incorporate them into the piece. When I am doing portraiture I will usually paint from a photograph but in some cases I would be willing to have you sit for me so I can paint your portrait on the spot. I work in a variety of styles so the possibilities for my pieces are vast.
    $50
    8.5"x11"
    watercolour w/ ink, on paper
    $100
    20"x28"
    watercolour w/ ink, on paper
    or 12"x12"
    acrylic painting on canvas
    $200
    24"x24"
    watercolour w/ ink, on paper
    or 18"x18"
    acrylic painting on canvas
    $350
    36"x36"
    watercolour w/ ink, on paper
    or 32"x32"
    acrylic painting on canvas
    $500
    48"x48"
    watercolour w/ ink, on paper
    or 40"x40"
    acrylic painting on canvas
    or 12"x12"
    signature style oil painting on canvas
    $1000
    60"x60"
    watercolour or acrylic painting, on paper or canvas
    or 24"x24"
    signature style oil painting, on canvas
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with Zarah to discuss the work
    $1500
    72"x72"
    watercolour or acrylic painting, on paper or canvas
    or 36"x36"
    signature style oil painting, on canvas
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with Zarah to discuss the work
    About Zarah
    As a person living in and absorbing the goings on of our modern time, I sometimes struggle to know why I was given an artist’s mind. I wonder, “What can I do to change the world as an artist, and how can I actively participate in fixing the wrongs of humanity?" When I find myself caught in this struggle I try to remind myself that as artists we have the power to make people feel things and think things very deeply, and in a special way: by stimulating their imaginations. The mind is a place where the spark of change begins and to shift thought is a thing more beautiful than art, and the power of art can lend itself to society by encouraging this all important thing - progression.
  2. Elly Smallwood
    For Your Donation
    I do portraits of people, portraits of their faces. I prefer something emotional. I can work from photos, or if you’re willing to sit for a few hours I can do it from life. I can capture something very raw and emotional. Something that you’ll react to emotionally.
    $350
    8.5"x11"
    acrylic & watercolour w/ink, on paper
    $500
    18"x24"
    acrylic & watercolour w/ink, on paper
    $750
    18"x24"
    acrylic & watercolour w/ink, on canvas
    $1000
    18"x24"
    acrylic & watercolour w/ink, on canvas, from life
    About Elly
    I graduated from OCAD - 4 years of drawing and painting. I’m originally from Ottawa, and I’ve been painting for most of my life. I’ve gotten really into portraits over the last few years. I’m brainching a little more into figurative work as well. I work mostly with acrylic and oil, with watercolours.
  3. Brian Barrer
    For Your Donation
    All my images are Brian Barrer originals. I transfer them to wood panels, and paint over top. Together we can choose a theme or a picture from my collection, and decide on a mood for the piece. Some themes I’ve worked with in the past are people, birds, balloons, environmental recovery, and underwater.
    $500
    8"x8"
    exclusive, original work, on wood panel
    $750
    10"x10"
    exclusive, original work, on wood panel
    $1000
    24"x24"
    exclusive, original work, on wood panel
    $1500
    36"x36"
    exclusive, original work, on wood panel
    About Brian
    Breaking down the meaning of images and assembling new contexts is the basis for my work. Since the early 1990s I have used mixed media and photographic assemblage to express an ever evolving imagination. These often take the form of vibrant aesthetic experiences that fuse playful abstractions with the intensified realism of captured images. Artwork begins as a singular process with the object of connecting with others. The removal of collective barriers and the dismantling of our perceptions allow expressions from within to find this commonality. While the end result of my work offers discourse and a large degree of interpretive latitude, my hope is to share with the viewer a sense of creative connection and imaginative exploration.
  4. Michael Pietcarlo
    For Your Donation
    I am fascinated by forsaken spaces: structures whose longevity has defied their purpose; sites reclaimed by nature, time, and the boundaries of ruin. I discover and photograph these places in reverence of their former significance, to uncover the beauty that remains beneath the decay. I’m really interested to shoot someone in one of these places, to explore the juxtaposition of life/renewal and decay/abandonment. We can choose a site together, and you can be part of the work.
    $500
    an exclusive shoot and digital images
    $750
    an exclusive shoot and digital images
    and 12"x18"
    exclusive print, on plexiglass
    $1000
    an exclusive shoot and digital images
    and 18"x24"
    exclusive print, on plexiglass
    About Michael
    I employ a practice akin to found art, appropriating found places in a similar manner. I strive to capture the scenes faithfully and undisturbed; my technique favors wide-angle perspectives and natural lighting to convey vicarious presence. Utilizing the scale of the final prints, my hope is to evoke a sense of distressed grandeur and intimate emptiness. Any image manipulation is done with intent and obvious effect to communicate a particular visual statement. Ultimately, I endeavor to document spaces that were once purposefully occupied by multitudes, but now only serve to occupy the imagination of the observer. Perhaps my own struggles with mortality are partially appeased by demonstrating artistry in dereliction and purpose in obsolescence.
  5. Graham Van Houten
    For Your Donation
    I can draw a portrait or a scratchboard from any type of photo you can give me. I can also make you an illustration, something a little more concept-heavy, from an idea that you have. These drawings will have an element of roughness and crudeness, and my hand will be very evident in the work. For higher donations, I’ll do a workshop for you and even a few of your friends, where I’ll provide materials and you’ll be able to take home all of the work we do.
    $150
    5"x7"
    custom portrait, on clayboard panel
    $200
    5"x7"
    2 custom portraits, on clayboard panel
    $350
    8"x10"
    custom portrait or concept drawing, on clayboard panel
    $500
    12"x12"
    custom portrait or concept drawing, on clayboard panel
    or 11"x14"
    custom portrait or concept drawing, on clayboard panel
    $700
    a 3 hr. workshop, for 1 at my studio, materials provided
    $1000
    16"x20"
    custom portrait or concept drawing, on clayboard panel
    or 11"x14"
    custom portrait or concept drawing, on clayboard panel
    $1500
    a 3 hr. workshop, for you and 4 friends at my studio, materials provided
    About Graham
    For as long as I can remember I have been drawing. Whether I was copying out comic books or doodling monsters on my desk, I was rarely without a pencil in hand. I attended The Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating with a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 2007, and have been maintaining a practice ever since and continuing my growth as an artist, discovering Scratchboard (my continuing medium of choice) in the process. In 2012 I completed a Post-graduate certificate in Illustration, focusing my love of drawing on a very demanding but rewarding field of art.
  6. NeithSa
    For Your Donation
    I work spiritually and psychically. I’ll take a thought, a feeling, some colours or just your name and paint your vibrations, etherically based on the theme. You can even sing me a song and I’ll paint from that. I work with plaster and modelling paste, and special powdered pigments. I build a up a base with plaster and layer the paint over top, and imagery just begins to appear as I go.
    $50
    8"x10"
    name work, on canvas
    $100
    12"x18"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    $200
    20"x28"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    $350
    24"x36"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    $500
    36"x40"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    $1000
    48"x48"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    and a small spirit wand, hand made by NeithSa
    and a spiritual consultation
    $1500
    48"x48"
    custom work, on canvas, from a feeling, thought, or song
    OR a painting & healing party, with custom live 12"x18" paintings for everyone
    and a large spirit staff, hand made by NeithSa
    and a healing session
    About NeithSa
    NeithSa is my Sacred name. It means the spider weaves the original source for all to enjoy their happiness. The spider also weaves another net, to catch any who might fall into her arms. This is the way to bliss. I come from a long line of fairies and elves. I love magic! I don’t learn in linear-mental-traditional ways. Instead, I hear and see the Spirit. I visualize things before they appear. I have been like this, and not forgotten, since I was a child.
  7. Caroline Kings
    For Your Donation
    I do image transfers using a self-levelling gel, taking a printed image and transferring the ink onto a canvas and layering with acrylic paint. We can choose an image together, or you can provide one. For larger pieces, I can also incorporate found objects, yours or mine. Door knockers, zippers, feathers, drawings, poems, photos, coins and keys are just some of the types of objects to be found on my paintings. I like to paint abstract and figurative work. We can talk and decide what story your piece will tell.
    $50
    8"x10"
    drawing, on paper
    $100
    30"x30"
    (or smaller) drawing, on paper
    or 12"x12"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring one photo
    $200
    24"x24"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring one photo and one found object
    $350
    30"x30"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring two photos and two found objects
    $500
    40"x40"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring any photos and any found objects
    $1000
    50"x50"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring any photos and any found objects
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with Caroline to discuss the work
    $1500
    60"x60"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring any photos and any found objects
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a vegan dinner, home cooked, at a location of your choice
    $2000
    60"x60"
    abstract or figure, on canvas in acrylic, featuring any photos and any found objects
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a vegan dinner for 5, home cooked, at a location of your choice
    About Caroline
    Caroline uses anything from dry walling to image transferring to glazes and layers of tissue paper for her collages. She has been creating her artwork in such a way since attending Centennial College for fine arts, where she won the award for Entrepreneurship and Initiative for curating her own art show while still attending school. She has also won Juror’s choice in Scarborough Arts BIG ART BOOK in 2012. She is currently accepting commissions and working on getting involved in event and film catering while coming up with the thesis for her next painting series. Another talent of Caroline’s is her knowledge of vegan cuisine – after being a vegan for four years she has learned how to maintain a well balanced, nutritious and healthy diet without animal products. She began working as a professional vegan cook over a year and a half ago.
  8. James Okore
    For Your Donation
    For your donation I want to focus on portraiture and custom works done in oils and pastels. My inspiration comes from reflecting on the past, up until the present. I’d love to talk with you and determine what look and feel are right for you and your space. Generally I focus on realism, but I’d be happy to work in abstract or expressive modes. I can work from a photo, or from an idea.
    $50
    11"x14"
    conté drawing on cartridge paper or newsprint
    $100
    12"x18"
    conté drawing, on cartridge paper or newsprint
    or 11"x14"
    pastel, on bristol board
    or 10"x12"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    $200
    20"x28"
    conté drawing, on cartridge paper or newsprint
    or 24"x24"
    pastel, on bristol board
    or 16"x16"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    $350
    30"x30"
    pastel, on bristol board
    or 18"x20"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    $500
    36"x36"
    pastel, on bristol board
    or 20"x24"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    $750
    36"x36"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with James to discuss the work
    $1000
    40"x40"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with James to discuss the work
    $1500
    48"x48"
    oil portrait, on canvas
    and James will paint live, with you, at a location of your choice
    About James
    I typically work in oil paints, it is a medium I have fallen in love with. The thing that I like about oils is that they don’t dry as fast. This gives me more time to work on a painting, if I need to do a bit of blending. In general I like to focus on people as the subject matter. I grew up very shy and timid, and most of the time I was observing people and their behaviors. I would look at the personality of someone, and how they would interact with others. Over time, I began to get a bit more social. But I have always been interested in capturing the essence of people in my work (whether portraiture, or figuratively).
  9. Michael Rachlis
    For Your Donation
    I paint with oils. My practice is motivated by a desire to understand the great linage the portrait painting carries while trying to explore new and assertive methods of gestural paint application. So much of my work is about identity, so I would like to meet you and discuss our ideas over a coffee or tea to make the best piece for both of us.
    $50
    8"x10"
    sketch, selected from my existing works
    $100
    8"x10"
    custom sketch, in ink, graphite, and charcoal on paper
    or 2 sketches selected from my existing works
    $200
    10"x14"
    paint study, on mylar, from my existing works
    $350
    10"x14"
    custom paint study, on mylar
    and 8"x10"
    paper work, selected from my existing works
    $500
    10"x14"
    custom paint studies, 2, on mylar
    or 10"x14"
    paint studies, any 3, from my existing works
    or a combination of smaller works
    $1000
    24"x36"
    custom oil painting or portrait, on mylar
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with Michael to discuss the works
    $1500
    36"x48"
    custom oil painting or portrait, on mylar
    or a combination of smaller works
    and a "meet and greet", coffee with Michael to discuss the works
    and a studio visit & tour, while the work is in progress
    About Michael
    Born and raised in Toronto i have been making art consistently since i was inspired by the graffiti in my neighborhood as a child. At this point painting has just become a part of my life that i cannot function without. My work aims to exist in balance of opposing ideas, between control and chaos, admiration and condemnation.
  10. Anne Cavanagh
    For Your Donation
    I will capture a memory through a work of art. I will render a portrait in graphite that captures the personality and essense of the subject. For your work of art, we can meet and choose a photo from your collection to use as reference.

    For higher donations, in addition to a custom work of art, I’ll provide a portrait drawing workshop for you (or up to 4 students) at my studio in Peterborough. Materials and light refreshments provided.
    $500
    11"x14"
    custom graphite portrait, on illustration board
    $750
    16"x20"
    custom graphite portrait, on illustration board
    $1000
    11"x14"
    custom graphite portrait, on illustration board
    and a 6 hr. private portrait workshop, materials provided
    $1500
    16"x20"
    custom graphite portrait, on illustration board
    and a 6 hr. private portrait workshop, materials provided
    About Anne
    Anne Cavanagh studied visual art in the United States, France and England. At the post-secondary level, she combined her loves of art and science, obtaining a B.A. with a concentration in pre-medical illustration. She currently lives, and is an avid member of the arts community, in her hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. When she is not creating in her studio, she can be found teaching art at various locations throughout the Peterborough area, running the trails of Jackson Park or spending time with her family.
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  12. Additional Offers
    $1000
    A VIP dinner with one of our artists (your choice, from those participating) and a custom work of art
    $1500
    A VIP dinner table with 3 of our artists (your choice, from those participating), as well as a guest of your own, and, either a custom work by each artist or a large work done live by all 3 artists at the event of your choice.
    $2000
    Have an entire wall in your home or office done with a custom mural by one of the fabulous Artists of the
    Movement (your choice, from those participating)
  13. Thank You!



  1. Tactical Urbanism - Art Sneaks Up on the City

    From our series on APPRECIATING ART


    The warm weather is finally here to stay so I’ve been out walking my dog and thinking a lot about Tactical Urbanism. I found the simplest definition of tactical urbanism on the internet, “a small urban intervention”, by one or more citizens who wish to bring about local improvements. An example would be planting a butterfly garden in a weedy vacant lot. From an art perspective street graffiti might qualify but that is more akin to “guerrilla urbanism” because the graffiti may not be considered an improvement by everyone.

    Whether tactical or guerilla the shared outcome is “DIY spatial practices” for art. And the significant word at play here is “tactical”. Letting us know it has had some careful thought applied to it and by design is meant to bring about a better environment for the greater good of the community. It is, however, not officially approved by a specific authority such as a city council, nor does it follow any code for health and safety.

    Still, it could be a graffiti artist but with fewer tattoos and piercings, more Birkenstocks, and a bubble tea with some friends from the birthing centre getting involved in a Yarn Bombing.

    Have you seen any of the Yarn Bombs? Or Yarn Storms. If you spot a tree or lamppost with a colourful knitted sort of sweater on it you know what I’m talking about. Not tied on, mind you, but lovingly knitted in place.  It’s a bit like seeing a Banksy. This is part of what I feel is a movement to get out into the city and show a caring mindset to the location. Not permanent, but still illegal in reality, though no one has ever been charged with anything.

    Good thing or bad? I love it. Street Graffiti is an accepted even sought after art form  and just the beginning. We need to add more ways to place art everywhere in the urban neighborhoods. 

    Some months ago an organization called Bank on Art selected a painting from a series I created titled, Beautigraph, to be used as a  screen saver for bank machines worldwide. It seems to me that placing original artwork in novel places was a great idea and I began to imagine lists of other unusual places for art.

    How can art become more integrated with this trend? Social media inspired the flash mob. What might be the artist’s version of that?

    A call out to: choose a colour, bring a large brush, and meet in the AGO parking lot to paint a masterpiece on the asphalt. Would that work?  Artists using chalk to create illustrations on the street who get paid by the city.  That would be nice.

    Beautigraph title: The History of Behaviourism

     

    Tactical Urbanism could mean we would see park benches, picnic tables, and even fire hydrants as works of art. A subway train could become a gallery where artists might show their work digitally and along with the ads above the seats with poetry to read. Very soothing during a long commutes.

    Imagine putting and end to urban eyesores by having artists transform them into objects of beauty. Yes, more art is needed and always will be. I’d love to read your ideas so give it some thought next time you are out enjoying our great city and let me know what you come up with.


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    by Maggie Broda
    www.maggiebroda.com
    @5novas on twitter, facebook.com/maggie.broda
    maggie@thesocialartmovement.com

     
  1. paintguy2 said: Reminds me of something that use to strike me back in the late 1970’s. An artist use to nail books to wooden hydro poles, using large rusted nails. the imagery has never left me.
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