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Your Royko Recipe for June, 2017


Perfect for hot summer days. It’s cold, refreshing … and you don’t heat up the kitchen. Serves 6 to 8

This recipe is completely flexible. Add more or less of any of the ingredients to suit your taste.

6 large ripe tomatoes
1 medium Spanish onion
1 green bell pepper
1 English cucumber
2 cup tomato juice -or V8 or Garden Cocktail
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tbl. salt -to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice

Peel and seed tomatoes. Peel onion and cut into chunks. Seed green pepper and cut into chunks. Peel and seed cucumber and cut into chunks. Coarsely chop all vegetables in a food processor in small batches. Do not purée. Transfer to a large bowl. Finely chop garlic and add to mixture. Stir well.

Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Serve with crusty French or Italian bread and a hearty red wine.

OCAD grabshot

Danica called my attention to the fact that this view of the OCAD addition may soon be covered up by new construction.

Ontario College of Art and Design –– Robbie/Young + Wright Alsop Architects

O’Keefe worth the extra admission fee

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s current “blockbuster” show is here until the end of July. Crawf and Ulli went with Danica and me on Friday.

Left to right: Crawf, Danica and Ulli, at the AGO front door.

Everyone thinks of giant flower paintings, or perhaps desert animal skulls, when they think of Georgia O’Keefe. I would have skipped this show, but when I heard that the exhibition also offered work from her earlier, developmental years, I was interested.

Now I’m glad I saw, not only her early work influenced by her husband-colleague Steiglitz, but her later abstractions, especially her Black Door with Red, 1954. It’s 4 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Impressive.

No photos are permitted, so I kept my camera zipped up until we made the usual exit through the gallery shop.

Although I think these copyright-protecting photo bans are silly and unenforceable these days, small reproductions really give no impression of what many works actually look like, at full scale. The only thing I do like about in-gallery snapshots is that they offer viewers a sense of actual size, in comparison with viewers in the room or other points of reference.

Kranksy sides with the Flying Pony

Oppressive forces of art obliteration have been attacking my favourite gallery/café, restoring ugly utility boxes and asphalt pavement patches to their original unsightliness. But not for long …

Only Andrew Horne‘s wife Sheila knows the identity of Kranksy, the editorializing street artist who stealthily revitalized the Bell utility box, showing Monopoly’s Mister Moneybags running over children’s art, the beauty of Nature and little furry creatures.

A happy move for Henry Moore

A couple of years ago, I posted a blog wish that Moore’s Large Two Forms bronze might be moved from its street corner location beside the AGO to a more natural setting in Grange Park, behind the gallery. Delight! They’ve done it!

Henry isn’t quite ready for visitors yet, but the redesign of Grange Park is nearly finished and Moore’s monumental bronze already looks much better in its new home. When the fences come down, we’ll be back in touch with an old friend.

Crawf and Ulli welcoming commitee

[Crawf and Ulli are friends from Victoria who will be staying with us this week.]

I could barely make out the source of noise below our bedroom window this morning. Camouflage, you see. Black, grey and white, to blend into urban backgrounds.

The tank truck was soon joined by jack hammers, backhoes, concrete saws and dump trucks. Some kind of political rally … NDP, to judge by the colours.

After the lunch break, a truck that had been blocking our driveway moved to the corner, revealing a mess of spare rib scraps.

Danica asked the foreman about the pile of bones.

“Do you think it was one of my guys?” he asked.

“I don’t know. Are any of them missing?”

Flying Pony: Cabinet briefing

Top cabinet members take note of the latest art show at the Flying Pony.

All members of Andrew Horne’s back room cabinet have had distinguished careers. Check out the wide-eyed Everyman character on Youtube. He was part of a collaboration with Australia’s famous cartoonist, Leunig.

Life’s a Zoo  provided roles for many others in the same cabinet, and they performed here in Canada.

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Wait, there’s more! A new raccoon is dancing in the Flying Pony Butterfly Garden. Such grace, such expression.

Eat your heart out, Degas.