December 16, 2007

Christmas Cards


Continuing what has become my annual tradition of hand-making Christmas tree ornament cards. This year, I took advantage of all the colourful, blurry-light images taken down the street and turned them into minature, to-scale digital photos. Printed on recycled paper at Pixel Print.

Wayward Arts Magazine


Flash Reproductions printed this magazine to create "… a home for errant creative."

"We love these artists. Not just because they are skilled impressionists of our retarded little world, not just because their talent fills our pages with colour and emotion. We love these artists because they get it, sweet holy Wednesday, they get it. When we pulled up to the visual arts drive-through and ordered a combo, these greasy little fry cooks filled our bag with Kangaroo, Snow Shark and some mystery meat we have yet to decipher."

20 artists were chosen for this issue. Here is my spread!

December 11, 2007

Christmas Time


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Christmas is here! See more blurry-light photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/

Pieces of Pine


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Even now that it's winter, l have found so much plant life. It must be either dead or dormant, but in both cases, nature still displays it's beauty.

December 03, 2007

Phnom Door


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The 2nd out of 3 prints exhibited at the airport have been sold! Now who would like Sukau Tree?!

November 13, 2007

Edwards Gardens


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Some fun photos from a little trip up to Edwards Gardens:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/1993770356/in/set-72157600094838964/

November 12, 2007

October 17, 2007

Burma's Blackout

From travelling to Myanmar only a year and a half ago, I developed an attachment to this country unlike anywhere else I've ever been to.

The Burmese always displayed to me genuine honesty, gentleness and helpfulness. Including the monks who truely believed in their purpose. There was also a sense of intrigue to know more. It was obvious their borders didn't allow the global flow that is happening within most parts of Asia and the rest of the world. Cars and bikes decades old, limited choices of store supplies, highways made of pot-holed dirt roads, very few newspapers and programs. Not many people owned computers or telephones. To save on gas, local transport was more affordable to pack a small pick-up truck with 20 people. Information seemed to pass mostly through word of mouth.

Then, internet access was so limited I was hardly ever able to send an email. Now, since the peaceful protests a few weeks ago, the government has completely shut off internet all together. The Burmese are left (even more so then before) completely isolated and in danger if they say or do anything. All I can think of to do at the moment is to help spread the word of what is happening and show you the beautiful people and land of Burma. There is an organization called Avaaz who can tell you more:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/

"Last week, Burma went dark--the military shut down all internet, telephone and communication links with the rest of the world. They did it because it has been the pictures, blog posts, and emails--of monks brutally murdered, journalists shot--that have done the most to galvanize the entire world on Burma. Without that flow of information, the media is reporting dry diplomatic processes--and each day the danger grows that the press will move on."

Here are a couple of articles about the situation so far:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/burma/story/0,,2186651,00.html
http://www.mizzima.com/MizzimaNews/EdOp/2007/Oct/02-Oct-07.html

Another site:
http://saffronrevolutionworldwide.blogspot.com/

A personal description on my previous blog:
http://pamlostracco.blogspot.com/2006/11/imgp7654p.html

Photographs from before the crackdown:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/sets/72157594337058285/

And artwork made since, from the photos (find "myanmar" in the description):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/sets/72157594337063188/detail/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/sets/72157602086121449/detail/

October 13, 2007

New Photos


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Click here to see recently posted pics of Nuit Blanche, scapes and more window reflections...

Red Head Gallery


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My piece displayed for Red Head's Nuit Blanche "Insomnia". (top)

Cinnamon Girls Cafe

For one month starting October 19th, my work will be displayed at this trendy cafe. Come on by! Located at 1170 Queen Street West.

September 30, 2007

Airport Update

The exhibition at Toronto Pearson will remain up for an additional 10 days, as there was a request to have it open during the Thanksgiving long weekend. Up until October 10, 2007.

September 25, 2007

Nuit Blanche

I wanted to be in Nuit Blanche so much this year and so I will! 1 painting displayed at Red Head Gallery who will be exhibiting work describing "Insomnia".

"We are continuing our successful Insomnia show for the second year in a row, and this time we are hoping to add even more new faces to the 100 artists that participated last year. The exhibition runs from September 26 to October 5, culminating in the night of September 29, when we will be offering all-night access to our venue for the viewing of this exhibition specially created for Nuit Blanche."

Red Head Gallery
401 Richmond St. W, Suite 115
www.redheadgallery.org

September 04, 2007

Lantau Buddha


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SOLD! Sucess at AWOL's Square Foot show this year. An enormously inspirational display. See more photos of the evening at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97853875@N00/sets/72157601873158005/

Angkor Sunset


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SOLD! 1 of 3 prints currently displayed at the airport. I will be pursuing this new technique as it's had tremendous positive feedback. Purchased as a surprise 65th birthday gift. Thank you for all your encouraging support over the summer, you know who you are :)

July 19, 2007

The Square Foot Show


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Another Square Foot show is coming up! For my 3rd year participating, I've submitted 3 pieces.

Reception: Friday August 10, 2007, 7pm
100A Ossington (a few doors North of AWOL Gallery)
The show runs from August 10th to September 2nd

See you then!

July 14, 2007

TOAE


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Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello! Your attendance and amazing support during all the preparation will not be forgotton! Check yourselves out here... (Click on the photo, to Art Journey Photostream, to Artwork Set, to Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition).

Sukothai Hand


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Everyone had their eye on this piece until it was finally sold to a return customer, my largest art collector so far! Click here to see all sold artwork (to Art Journey Photostream, to Artwork Set, to SOLD!!!).

July 01, 2007

Angkor Sunset is Getting Around!

Hey look—my painting was used in the Akimbo ad to represent the airport group exhibit, yay!!

Check it out:
http://www.akimbo.biz/exhibitions/index.php?id=7779

Countdown until the Outdoor Art Show:
5 days!!

June 05, 2007

Cherry Blossoms in High Park


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More of my art out in public! I have 1 piece in this show featuring cherry blossoms in High Park at 5pm. Our group exhibit revolved around the theme "24 Hours in the City" and each of us chose an hour of the day to base our painting. Also linked to the idea of light for LuminaTO.

Airspace Gallery


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My work is up at the airport! Here are some pics from the reception.

Combined with the theme of hybridity for the Contact Photography Festival, 6 artists each have 3 pieces of work describing "The Built Environment". Check it out at Toronto Pearson Airport: Terminal 1: Arrivals: 2nd Floor: Airspace Gallery. Until September 30, 2007.

May 24, 2007

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada!

Come take a look at hundreds of artists displaying their work. And remember to say hi at booth number 333!

July 6, 7 & 8, 2007
Nathan Phillips Square

Free Admission
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

April 02, 2007

RedEye Gallery

LuminaTO
(The New) Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
June 1-10, 2007

"RedEye Winners: Pam Lostracco, Phyllis Koppel, Karena Rozin, Janet Stanley, Christian Beare, Nancy Simmons Smith, Karen McMullen, Sarah Margolius and Ann Marin: These talented emerging artists will be partnering with our RedEye Group of established artists in creating new work that expresses the theme of "illuminating" and of "light" suggested by the name of the festival.

The Festival will celebrate the creative spirit across all the arts. It will feature the best of Canadian and international artists in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film, design, literature and other disciplines. It will include both ticketed and free events throughout the city engaging residents and tourists in what is hoped to become, over time, one of the great arts festivals in the world."

April 01, 2007

Smoke Gallery

A group art exhibit taking place at Smoke Gallery at 4654 Queen Street in Niagara Falls. My work is the first display when you walk through the door! A very exciting and well attended opening on Saturday. Thanks Marinko and John. The show "We're #1" will run for the rest of April. Photos and article will be posted soon!

March 13, 2007

Airport Art!

A new exhibition to look forward to which seems very appropriate for my travel photos! As well, Contact's convenient theme "The Constructed Image" is most relevant for the style and method my photo-based art has evolved into.

"The Greater Toronto Airports Authority will present "The Built Environment" as part of the 2007 Contact Toronto Photography Festival. The exhibition, which runs from April 30 to September 30, 2007, will be held in the AirSpace gallery in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

March 08, 2007

February 28, 2007

SNAP! Photo Competition

This Sunday March 4th, selected artists will have their work displayed at the National Ballet School. With a total of 6 categories, I will have pieces up for photo-based art!

Check out the deets at:
http://www.snap-toronto.com/liveauction.htm

"This years Photo Competition received over 350 submissions. The SNAP!07 photo competition jury was challenged with selecting category winners, and culling the collection down to approx 180 images that will be a part of the 2007 silent auction collection. These images will be sold on event night to the guests of SNAP!"

February 05, 2007

Cuba


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Had a little trip over in Cuba with the family. Met some locals in Marea del Portillo, rode bikes to near-by towns, hiked into the surrounding mountains and enjoyed the sun and drinks all-inclusives are best for!