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Welcome to the Lobby Gallery

Season 2023 / 2024

Our lobby gallery features artworks from emerging and established artists from Toronto and beyond.

3 Fingers Back

Community Care Mentorship Program

The Community Care Mentorship Program that runs alongside 3 Fingers Back is a collaboration between lemonTree creations, Tarragon Theatre and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), coordinated by Kemi King. Join us in the lobby preshow and during intermission for visual art, music and an interactive installation based on the themes of the show.

A message from the students:

A few students from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) have been brought on to curate an installation for lemonTree creations and Tarragon Theatre’s production of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s new play 3 Fingers Back. Led by facilitator Kemi King, the UTSC students have created a work that aims to illuminate the complexities of the human experience, by giving audiences a space to reflect and decompress after witnessing the plays.  

At the heart of our endeavor lies the production 3 Fingers Back, a double-bill that portrays the landscapes of war and sexual violence in Angola and Guinea. Though the plays are based in Africa, state sanctioned violence is seen around the world, Canada also being complicit. While we learn about the atrocities going on in different countries, we must also turn our gaze inwards and recognize the ongoing effects of colonialism on Turtle Island. Canada has, and continues to enact state violence on Indigenous Peoples, through over policing and incarceration, along with inaction to search for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit People. As we are bearing witness to the atrocities going on around the world, and in this play, we ask you to also bear witness to what is happening in our communities, and in this country.  

We hope that by seeing the performance and experiencing the installation, there will be a deeper understanding of the colonial violence going on around the world. As artists and activists, our goal is twofold: to provoke thought and inspire action. We strive to ignite conversations that challenge perceptions, provoke introspection, and help social change. By engaging with 3 Fingers Back and the broader socio-political landscape it reflects, we seek to cultivate a community of empathetic and educated individuals, who will think critically about the world we live in. 

Together, we dare to dream of a future where art serves as a catalyst for transformation, where empathy and understanding triumph over indifference and ignorance. 

We hope you are able to take the time to reflect.  

Sincerely the students of UTSC:  Chubi Shaibu, Faith Chhoyang, Jannat Narang, Mohammed Khan, Momoko Danzaki, Penélope Rubio, Shanti Dhoré, Yundi (Cathy) Guo, & Facilitator Kemi King.

 

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Alyssa Vernon

Alyssa Vernon (she/her), born in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 24 year old Jamaican & Guyanese collage artist currently based in Kingston, Ontario. Alyssa is a graduate of the Queen’s Bachelour of Arts (Honours) program, with a major in Gender Studies, in addition to being a graduate of the Queen’s Concurrent Education program with teachables in History and English, with a Social Justice concentration. Alyssa is a passionate Black and queer teacher and learner who incorporates collage into educational spaces to blend creativity into learning, while imagining futures where everyone is free.

Alyssa works through her lived experiences whilst collaging, pulling from themes of Black girlhood, (un)belonging, queer liberation, and community; whilst reflecting on Black histories to help imagine liberatory Black futures. Through her collages, Alyssa intends for Black people, particularly Black women, to feel like their stories and experiences matter and have value, to feel represented and seen, and to promote healing and love.

Alyssa is also the Co-Founder and lead programmer of Queer Collage Collective (QCC). QCC is a queer-led, anti-oppressive arts collective for healing and the strengthening of mental health. QCC does art programming (physical and virtual) that centralizes anti-oppressive pedagogies and promotes anti-oppressive learning. This learning is facilitated through collaging and through educational discussions and lessons at QCC events and workshops. Follow and get in touch with QCC to see the work Alyssa is up to currently: @queercollagecollectives

Dear Black Woman: I Love You 

Digital Collage

11in x 18/17in

Black Girl Magic

Digital Collage

11in x 18/17in

Hidden Gem 

Digital Collage

11in x 8.5in

The Liberation Struggle

Digital Collage

11in x 18/17in

Guilt (A Love Story)

Mai Amit

Embrace

2024

Acrylic and mixed media on wood

$ 268

Nothing to prove or assume,  just thinking that your thoughts are different than mine

2024

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

$ 556

Kleinburg

2024

Acrylic and mixed media on wood

$ 96

Forbovinae

2022

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

$ 448

Tapir’s reflection in water

2023

Gauche and mixed media on wood

$ 230

Reaching for love

2023

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

$ 180

Eating bugs

2022

Acrylic on canvas

$ 86

Slim

2023

Gauche and mixed media on wood

$ 96

After Bantry

2024

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

$ 210

Withrow Park

KEN MacDONALD

Ken is an award -winning set designer across both Canada and the United States.

His design credits for the Tarragon Theatre alone include:

7 Stories, Vigil, The Dishwashers, Lawrence & Holloman, The Ends of the Earth, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, Benevolence, Sextet, The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, Pal Joey, 2000,  Paint Me This House of Love, Marry Me a Little, and White Biting Dog.

These drawings were all done on the iPad … they were all done for fun, they are all from the imagination, they are all for sale at $140 /ea.  …signed and framed.

(It is a limited edition set but some extras are available.)

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A Poem for Rabia

The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time

Hana Hozhabr Pour

Hana Hozhabr Pour is a visual artist exploring diaspora feminism, based on Toronto, Canada. Hana Hozhabr Pour creates captivating mixed media paintings that delve into the intersection of diaspora feminism and marginalization. Her art has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across North America and Middle East. Join her on a journey of exploration and empowerment through her unique creations.

A Salient Symphony of the Unseen

Admits the pandemic’s quietude, when our sense of aliveness and embodiment seemed distant without genuine connections, I turned to watercolours on paper. Entranced by the transformative power of colour, I sought to capture the subtle, hidden elements of our world, those often overlooked. Through my art I gave voice to the silent emotions and thoughts within bridging the gap left by the absence of visible social bonds. This technique, born of fluidity within structure, was both deliberate and intuitive, offering solace in our shared human experience.

Instagram: @hanahozhabr

Website: hana-hozhabr.format.com

Ciphered Essence

Acrylic and pencil on canvas

11.5X 16.5 Inch

$200

Saving tools

Water colour and acrylic marker on paper

11.5X 16.5 Inch

$350

Elevation of Dreams

Acrylic, watercolour, collage on paper

11.5x 16.5 Inch

$1200

Resilient Bubbles

Watercolour on paper

11.5 x16.5 Inch

$ 400

Fragmented Map of Memories

Acrylic and water colour on canvas

16×20 Inch

$650

Virtual Dreams

Acrylic and pencil on canvas

16x 20 Inch

$400

Moments of Life

Watercolour, and collage of metal on paper

11.5x 16.5 Inch,

$200

Seoyoung Yoon

Seoyoung Yoon is a Korean visual artist and a painter based in Toronto (Canada) and Seoul (Korea). She has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from OCAD University in Toronto. She mostly uses conté, oil pastel, and uses other various mediums as a means of documenting how she feels as she’s painting, using symbolism as a way to self reflect. Through abstract forms she examines her personal identity and explores defects in human nature.

Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the Ada Slaight Gallery in Toronto, Canada (2023), Villa Hamilton Gallery in Seoul, Korea (2022), Holy Art Gallery in London, England (2022), Ada Slaight Gallery in Toronto, Canada (2019), and Onsite Gallery in Toronto, Canada (2019). Her artworks have been published by commission for the book cover (2021) and the Album cover (2017) in Seoul, South Korea.

Instagram : @fantasticdissonance

 

Archive (I) / (II)

Compiling abstract records of emotions is crucial for documenting and preserving past experiences and coping mechanisms. Emotions are shaped by childhood experiences and interconnected by past situations. In this painting series, I used layering techniques with transparent gesso to capture the complexity of emotions, physically reflecting their interconnectedness.

My art practice starts with a conflict experience and focuses on exploring the flaws of individual identity and human nature. Here, conflicts can be the moment I feel a lack of emotion such as love or anger, the moment when your values with others do not match. I shifted my focus to everyday, abstract paintings and used symbolic forms to capture emotions at certain moments to induce self-reflection. Maintaining emotions is important to me, it references them later and makes me remember how I handled them. Our emotions and behaviors are all connected and rooted in situations that we have learned and become familiar with since childhood. Layering techniques are physically consistent with the belief that emotions are connected and influenced by past experiences.

We are all born into the world and go through the continuous process of self-development, and each experience is based on previous experiences. Using this concept, I create a self-documenting task, capturing the complexity of emotions and the association with past experiences.

Archive (I), 2023

Oil pastel, conté, acrylic, transparent gesso on Canvas

50.2 x 25.7 inches

$2000

Archive (II), 2023

Oil pastel, conté, acrylic, transparent gesso on Canvas

56 x 24.6 inches

$1000

Sylvia Frey

Sylvia Frey is a Toronto based artist working in acrylic and oil. Her work is inspired by ideas that humanity holds of themselves, often revealing our shared passions, our foibles and our desires.  Combining these into artwork and painting “Formed of Fun” tackles our needs to be determined and also to be free.

 

Formed of Fun

Acrylic

12″ x 16″

$225