5 holiday art sales in Toronto for December 2013
Holiday art sales in Toronto could be your saving grace when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the creative enthusiast on your shopping list. We've already rounded up the (huge) number of holiday craft shows in Toronto, but there are a bunch sales happening throughout December that put more focus on prints, paintings and other less "crafty" work. Some incorporate open houses and artist talks, but all include awesome sale prices on original artwork.
Fortunately, there's no need to wear a helmet or body armour, as these sales aren't likely to get as violent as this year's Black Friday did. Instead of one day affairs, these sales typically extend for at least a week, giving you a chance to leisurely peruse the selections, and hopefully stumble upon something unique.
Gallery TPW is currently hosting its 27th annual sale of contemporary photo-based art until Saturday December 7th. The sale features over 80 artists exhibiting their limited edition photographs and artwork, which mostly fall below a $600 price mark. The sale is also a fundraising effort, as each purchase from Photorama will directly assist with operations and programming at Gallery TPW, plus support the participating artists.
Artist Proof Sale
Open Studio on Richmond Street will host its Artist Proof Sale from December 5th to 21st. Hundreds of original works of art will be available, including screenprints, etchings, lithographs and relief prints. Admission is free and prices of the work range from $50-$400. Regular sale hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 6pm.
Festival of Smalls
Art Interiors 20th annual Festival of Smalls is currently running until December 24th. Art Interiors philosophy is to make art affordable to everyone, and this sale is no exception. Works range in price from $55, to no more than $250. You can check out hundreds of "smalls" either in-store or online.
OFF THE WALL
Gallery 44's annual print sale and party kicks off December 5th and runs until the 14th. Admission is free, and the prices are very accessible. Available works include gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, archival pigment prints, and alternative processes, many of which were created in Gallery 44's own production facilities.
Moniker Gallery and Square Art Circle present Nut Cracker from Friday December 13th until Thursday the 19th. The opening night will include live musical performances, art, and food. Nut Cracker exhibits only smaller works (no larger than 3' x 3') with an emphasis on low prices. The "Secret Santa" opportunity allows audience members to put in $100 and receive a randomly selected piece of artwork at the end of opening night.
Although a bit more on the "crafts" side of things, note well that 401 Richmond is holding Artisans Marketplace as part of its third annual FROLIC sale and open house. The Marketplace will feature 30 local artisans providing a selection of handmade arts and crafts perfect for holiday shopping. FROLIC launches with an open house on Thursday December 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm, and the marketplace will continue to run until December 15th.
Know of an holiday art sale worthy of note? Let us know in the comments.
Lead photo from the Festival of Smalls