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Artist Charles Pachter makes Toronto less boring

I took a walk down Grange Avenue the other day just to appreciate one of my favourite buildings, the home/gallery of artist Charles Pachter. I was lucky enough to meet him last spring and ever since have been a great fan. Even if you don't know his name, you probably know his work--he's best known for cheeky Canadiana, especially his paintings of Queen Elizabeth astride a moose. He's very fond of moose in general, and has named this building The Moose Gallery--his own living quarters are in that square that juts out at the top; underneath it are his studio and two galleries.

Besides works of true patriotism (if patriotism means honest, unflinching criticism in the interest of bettering one's beloved country), his work encompasses paintings, sculptures and wood cuts showcasing his personal take on everything from barns to portraits of Trudeau and Atwood to the sun-drenched art deco of Miami to the vivid hues of India. Seen through his lens, Canada becomes much more colourful and interesting.

Showings are by appointment or invite only, but are well worth seeking out. At the very least, just take a walk by to check out how cool his house is.

The Moose Factory Gallery
22 Grange Ave., 416-260-1600.


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