Riverdale Art Walk set to proceed May 24-25
The 5th annual Riverdale Art Walk (RAW) is set for May 24 and 25 with more than 100 artists participating.
"It's been phenomenal," said March Gregoroff, event co-ordinator. "Every year it gets bigger. We had so many artists interested we had to cut back."
A jury process selects the artists who will be in the show. Their work will be on display at various participating businesses along Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue, between Broadview Avenue and Leslie Street in Riverdale.
Gregoroff said she expects approximately 10,000 people to attend this year.
"All the businesses participating are within walking distance," she said. "They are happy to be a part of it. Their stores get tons of business as well."
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Watercolour artist Stephen Murphy
will be among the exhibitors on show
during the Riverdale Art Walk May 24-25.
Gregoroff's advice to anyone who plans on attending is to give yourself more time.
"That's the biggest complaint I hear, that people didn't have enough time to get to all the places they wanted," she said.
Riverdale's art community has grown and changed since the RAW started five years ago.
"It's a great area," Gregoroff said. "And we have great people who come out. It's a niche between the artists who don't want to go the gallery route and the buyers who wouldn't ever go into a gallery."
Stephen Murphy, an artist participating in the RAW agrees the Riverdale area is unique.
"This is my second year doing the show and I'm always impressed with how much talent there is along Queen between Broadview and Greenwood," he said. "Riverdale is very rich and vibrant with arts."
The RAW gives people a chance to come into the area and see what the artists are about, he said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing people and everyone else's work as well," he said.
Murphy, who has lived in the east end of Toronto his entire life, has been doing watercolour professionally for the past seven years.
"Art is my passion," he said. "It's great that this pocket of Riverdale is becoming very well known for local artists."
Everyone is invited to attend a free gala party to kick off the RAW on May 22. It will be held at 78 Broadview Ave. Many RAW artists will be there with some of their work. There will also be entertainment.
"It's really a lot of fun," Gregoroff said. "We have a great time."
Admission to the RAW is free. For a map of businesses and artists participating in this year's event, check the website at www.riverdaleartwalk.com or call 416-763-9898.