Friday, October 14, 2016

VIDEO OF ALL SUBMISSIONS TO "NATURE'S SANCTUARY" PHOTO EXHIBIT, 2016

This video is five and a half minutes long and contains 146 images.
You have been warned!

But ... they're all beautiful. 





LOCAL ARTIST ADRIAN deROOY'S AMAZING PAINTINGS OF SAM SMITH PARK

If you're quick, you can catch this evening's one-night-only showing of local artist Adrian deRooy's latest paintings at the Assembly Hall.  They are large pieces and some of them showcase Sam Smith Park.  They are shown below.

To contact Adrian, please email him or visit his website.






"NATURE'S SANCTUARY" PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION LAST NIGHT - WINNERS, AWARDS, PHOTOS ETC.

1st Place: Irene Cholewka - "The Coyote"
What a fantastic evening to kick off FOSS's one month "Nature's Sanctuary" photo exhibit at the Assembly Hall!
There were about one hundred attendees who turned up to see the sixty-seven beautiful photographs, to applaud the three winners and the honourable mentions, to enjoy Anne Brokelman's presentation on animal behaviour and her own work and, of course, to talk with others about all things Sam Smith Park.
A number of photographs were sold, there was great food and music.
If you weren't there last night, Assembly Hall Gallery hours are Monday to Friday - noon to 5 p.m., Saturday - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Hall is located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive in South Etobicoke on the south-west corner of Col. S. Smith Prk. Dr. and Lakeshore Blvd. West.  The exhibit will close on November 8th.

1st Place: "The Coyote" - Irene Cholewka


"Excellent candid shot picking up the elements of camouflage in a crisp clean photo. 
If the coyote was in the background he would practically disappear. Clarity colouring and composition. Natural camouflage. An animal that many don't see in nature. Such a beautiful shot with vivid colour and eyes." 
(Juror Anne Brokelman's comments.)


 
2nd. Place: "The Droplet" - Monika Meulman




"Very nice crisp and clean composition and pay on shallow depth perception.

Striking, simply beautiful. The droplet is perfect. Fell in love at first sight."


(Juror Anne Brokelman's comments.)

3rd. Place: "The Catch" - Andrew Woronecki



"Nice play on water tension, reflective value and the nice surprise of the fish once you take a closer look.
Eye level dynamic shot. Reflections perfect. Fish coming home for dinner. The lighting in water perfect." 


(Juror Anne Brokelman's comments.)
 




"Honourable Mentions" went to Carol-Lynn Bamber, Liana Franciosi, Nancy Barret and Peter Wade.
In the Youth Category, 1st. Place went to Hannah R., 2nd Place to Emily R. and 3rd. Place to Claire D.  "Honourable Mention" went to Giuliana S.

Anne Brokelman and Liana Franciosi announcing award winners.
Food!
Music!  Juno Award winner, Adam Soloman.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

EXCITING FUNDRAISER FOR FRIENDS OF SAM SMITH PARK



The artist Alan Li has generously offered to donate to FOSS a portion of the sales of his beautifully crafted print of a Belted Kingfisher, a bird that is often seen flying over the large wetland pond in our park. This is a limited signed edition of 40 8 x 10 inch prints and the cost is $40. Go to Alan'swebsite for more information and to see other fine prints he has for sale.
The print will be on display at the "Nature's Sanctuary" photo exhibit at the Assembly Hall which starts Thursday, October 13th. at 6 p.m. and closes November 9th.

CLICK HERE TO TO ORDER THE KINGFISHER PRINT