There was a good turnout and a steady turnover of visitors to the retrospective show this afternoon, at Gerrard Art Space. If my slides emphasize examples of Berns sculpture, that reflects a personal bias toward the art form. Ethel Shoul’s collage-drawing-prints appeal, too, in a different way that’s expressive, narrative and abstract, all at the same time.
Opening slide: Smiles from Danica and Marcus Berns
Connecting the dots … I have been waiting for a while to meet Marcus Berns, having admired his representational piece at GAS for at least a year. Marcus knows sculptors Gord Smith (to whom I was introduced by Joanne Filletti, founder of GAS) and Avron Mintz, who collaborates with Gord on projects. Coincidentally, Marcus is a longtime family friend of our neighbours across the street. We met Lisa on her way to the show. I think her Mom was already there.
To cap the connections, our just-elected MPP was in attendance. Rima Berns-McGowan is the daughter of Marcus Berns.
The show will be up until June 24th. Hours and location, here.