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Riverdale artist Murphy showcases work

Nov. 26, 2004

A Riverdale artist will be showcasing his work from a recent trip to Siena, Italy.

Stephen Murphy spent three weeks painting in the hillside town, which was inspirational, he said.

"It's the biggest show I've ever done," he said.

"It's like prom night for me."


His art pieces at the show also include watercolours from Tuscany, Cuba and Toronto.

He said there will be at least 44 framed pieces and 150 unframed.

"There's small prints from $3 cards up to a $2,000 painting," he said.

Murphy, who has lived in the east end of Toronto his whole life, has been doing watercolour professionally for the past 10 years.

For the past three years, he has participated in the Riverdale Art Walk, an annual art show for people to check out local artists' work.

Just this past summer, he estimates he has done 15 outdoor shows.

He said he's hoping a lot of people come out to see his work.


"I love just hearing people say 'Wow' or 'That's amazing' when they look at my work," he said.

"It's fun seeing people buy my work and leaving happy."

His show, called Follow Me to Siena, runs from Tuesday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 5 with receptions on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Todmorden Mills Art Gallery, 67 Pottery Rd., at Broadview and Mortimer avenues.

Todmorden Mills Art Gallery has a lot of historical value to it, he said.

"It's really quaint," he said.

"The lighting is really good. It's full of natural light. It's a nice set up."

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For details, visit or call Murphy at 416-405-8730.

Works by Riverdale artist Stephen Murphy, including this piece, will be showcased during his upcoming show, Follow Me to Siena, at Todmorden Mills.

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