(© Artists’ Network of Riverdale, 2012)

I’m a member of the Artists’ Network here in Toronto and we’re having an fundraising auction for the organization.

Here’s what the Artists’ Network does:

“We’re dedicated to supporting visual artists in their professional business practice. We promote professional development and entrepreneurship of artists by organizing seminars, providing exhibitions and networking opportunities.” Artists’ Network

Here’s the link to The Little Art Show auction.

There is a variety of great works by professional artists and it’s all very affordable. It features paintings, photography and sculpture in many different styles and genres.

These are the two pieces I have exhibited for sale in the auction, created for this event specifically:

“Recall”
Acrylic on Canvas
12″ x 12″
© Patrick Lemieux, 2012
Starting bid: $150.00

“Stage Left Cat”
Acrylic on Canvas
12″ x 12″
© Patrick Lemieux, 2012
Starting bid: $150.00

My Artist’s Statement:
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Theatre.

After more than 20 years, it’s still a word that fires my imagination. The audience sees the stories performed onstage, but rarely sees the stories which play out behind the curtains, above the stage, or in the dark recesses of the space, where the memories of shows past remain, in names scrawled on old pieces of scenery, the tags of costumes and in tattered scripts left in the control booth. It’s a Twilight Zone of sorts back there, a place caught between places, between where the audience dreams and the troupers play. It is fuelled by vivid imagination, but driven by unrelenting reality. It’s hard work creating the fantastical. There’s never enough time, hardly enough money and more often than not, low-tech solutions will win the day.

Take a wander, now, past the sign that says, “No Audience Beyond This Point.” See what the theatre folk see. Glimpse what the theatre itself remembers. And I like to believe that it does remember the actors, dancers and crew who worked there and the shows they mounted. Is the theatre haunted? Maybe. Is Shakespeare’s Scottish Play really cursed? Well, there was this one time when…
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If you live in the Toronto area, you can see all the pieces in the auction’s exhibit live, in person, at The Hangman Gallery, 756 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario.

The auction ends Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 9 PM.

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