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Founded in 1975 in historic Yorkville, Hollander York Gallery features some of Canada's most interesting traditional and modern artists, names such as Rose-Aimee Belanger, Victoria Block, Bruno Cote and Hugh Cunningham. Its impressive choice of paintings, sculptures and limited edition prints draws visitors and customers from far and wide. Located in the heart of the city's historic Yorkville, the gallery offers a superb selection of paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints. Call ahead for more details.
An internationally renowned collection that ranges from 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian artifacts to 20th-century works from around the world makes Gardiner Museum one-of-a-kind in North America. The museum, located across from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto campus, also features a boutique. Check out the Gardiner Shop, with contemporary Canadian works including books on ceramics to jewelery and bowls. Guided tours for groups can also be arranged.
The new and renovated Art Gallery of Ontario holds permanent collections of art in different mediums, be it paintings, sculpture or collections of historic artifacts. This museum in the Chinatown district is one of Canada's largest fine art museums. You can view exhibits, including the 19th-century Impressionists, Henry Moore and an exclusive Canadian collection of paintings by the famous Group of Seven. In all, there is a permanent collection of over 24,000 works representing 1,000 years of European, Canadian and contemporary art. Facilities include a gift shop, restaurant and a family-oriented activity center.
The Open Studio is an art initiative that aims at the promotion of new talent, especially those involved in fine art prints. Their gallery is more like a studio space and warehouse for these artists, with the entire space bathed in natural light, making the artwork look even more stunning than it already is. Group tours of the entire facility are available, however one must call ahead and make a reservation for these tours. Several workshops and classes are also held at the studio from time to time.
The Petroff Gallery makes for a stunning exhibition space that displays the works of contemporary artists, featuring photography, painting, sculpture, ceramic and glass creations. The gallery displays the works of both local and internationally renowned artists, some of which include David Calles, John McDonald, Rod Prouse, Chris Albert, Rudy Kehkla among several others. They have a jewelry section as well that showcases stunning pieces of handmade jewelry, along with a Judaica section that displays designer gift items for Jewish ceremonies.
This expansive, 31,000 square foot museum focuses solely on Islamic art throughout the ages. Spanning over 1000 years of history, the Aga Khan Museum contains numerous artifacts like textiles, ceramics, glass and paintings that showcase the development of Muslim civilizations. Designed by an award winning architect, the museums building features a gorgeous design with a large theater, open courtyard, classrooms, exhibit galleries and even a park with lush landscaping. Exhibitions are temporary and display emerging Muslim themes, and new artistic developments.