giveaway - an art experience

Some of you might know that when I'm not here blogging or here designing homes that I'm actually at The Art Gallery of Ontario working as an Exhibition Designer. It's something I've been doing for about five years now. After I received my Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University I started working immediately at the AGO. It was a fortuitous time as the Frank Gehry designed expansion was underway and the gallery was reinstalling all of their spaces. I spent the next two years redesigning the entire Canadian wing of the AGO including this 16 foot high wall of projectile points.

Since then I've gone on to design exhibitions for Holman Hunt, David Blackwood, Paterson Ewen and Julian Schnabel.

Most recently, I completed work on Abstract Expressionist New York. This show features masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art including works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. This is an unprecedented international exclusive and extremely rare opportunity to see all of these works in one place outside of MoMA.

I'm happy to say that I have two tickets to give away to see this show. It runs from now until September 4th so if you live in Toronto or think you'll be in the area sometime this summer enter to win. Just tell me who your favorite artist is (it doesn't have to be someone famous!) The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 12th at midnight (EST). I'll announce the winner next Monday.

And if you're interested in hearing more about my work check out this interview that Mason Studio just did with me.

Now, enter away!

Image Credits:
1 - Art Gallery of Ontario
2 - Dennis Marciniak for BlogTO
3-4 - Vince Talotta for the Toronto Star


time for a new blogroll

I have a confession to make, when I started this blog almost a year ago I had no idea what a blogroll was. I actually had to google the word and even then I didn't totally understand what it was. My venture into blogging started right at the end of my maternity leave. I was informed by my old work that they only had 1.5 days a week that they could give me so I had some time on my hands and was looking for a way to be creative and proactive about my life after baby. I was not a blog reader or follower. I think I had visited maybe 3 or 4 sites on the advice of others but really didn't know anything about blogs or the blogging community. My husband suggested I start a blog to log all of the things I was already doing on a daily basis; cooking, decorating, cleaning, child-rearing, etc. I thought it would be a place where family and friends could catch up with my daily activities. I never imagined that I would have readers from all over the world!

Elle Decor via Poetic Home

Over the past year, I've had the chance to get out there in the blogging world and visit hundreds of sites I never knew about when I first created my blogroll. I realized the other day, that it was time to update my list to reflect the blogs I visit on a weekly basis. These are the places that really inspire me and keep me coming back for more. I've taken off a few of the bigger, really popular blogs because we all know about them already. I'm not saying I don't visit these super blogs, I certainly do, but I thought I would make a little room for some of the smaller blogs in the hopes that people visit them as well.

Finally, I'd just like to say that I really wish I had more time in my day to visit all of the beautiful and inspiring blogs out there and leave comments. Unfortunately, it's the one thing that often gets away from me. In addition to writing this blog which I do most evenings from about 8pm onward, I work a few other jobs. I spend three days a week at The Art Gallery of Ontario working as an exhibition designer. I'm currently working on the Abstract Expressionism show which is now on at MoMA and will come to Toronto in late May.

I also assist a fabulous food stylist named Ruth Gangbar. Today, we were working with Chatelaine magazine on a story coming out in the April issue.

Image from a Chatelaine food shoot we worked on in August with photographer John Cullen.

And I also work as a designer, decorating people's homes in Toronto. In the last year, my partner and I have worked on 10 different projects. (I hope to have some photos of one to show you shortly.) Oh and I have a two-year old! Needless to say, at the end of the day I'm lucky to get a blog post up! Having said that, I really do appreciate all your comments and I try my very best to get around and see everyone else's work. I know how hard it is to keep a blog going!

So, please take a look and check out some of the blogs on my blogroll and if you think I'm missing some let me know. I love checking out new sites.