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TORONTO, January 23, 2006 - Beauty inspires seven exhibitions and dozens of Craft artists at Harbourfront Centre from January 21 through March 12, 2006. In many mediums and by many hands, beauty is transformed by some of Canada's top emerging Craft artists at Beauteous (a national juried exhibition featuring 16 artists) as well as by twenty artists at Material World (Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studio residents biennial exhibition); at the four beauties exhibition and at installations bySusie Osler (BLOOM)and Wendy Walgate (New Migration). Photography by Garett Walker(The Canadian Icon Series exhibition) and a site-specific installation by designer Andrew Jones completes a fabulous free admission display of vibrant visual arts and cutting edge Craft at Harbourfront Centre. Complete exhibition information below:

There will be a free public opening reception for all these exhibitions on Friday January 20, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All seven exhibitions are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada). For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/visarts.php

Individual Exhibition Information:

Beauteous - This National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft showcases works by sixteen emerging Craft artists from across Canada in glass, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and furniture. These emerging crafts artists, like other artists throughout the ages, have managed to standardize and redefine the canons of beauty by investigating an object’s thematic content, functionality and aesthetics. Beauteous artists are: Angela Casalino, Jennifer Smith, Alison J. Petty, Alwyn O'Brien, Sarah Alford, Jennifer Graham, Suzanne Carlsen, Eliza Au, Margaret Bailly, Brett Schramek, Do-Hee Sung, coe & waito, Erin Tracy, Naomi Yamamoto, Bebhinn Jennings and Hillary Webb.

BLOOM - Ontario ceramics artist Susie Osler's figurative walk through the woods shows how dependant life is on death and decay. This ceramic and mixed media installation celebrates the beauty of this process by referencing the vase as a container for display and as a vehicle for observation, as well as an object which supports the emergence of life.

four beauties - Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of art and beauty. Debates constantly change as artistic judgments revolve. Each Canadian artist - Katherine Gray (Glass), Karen Konzuk (Jewellery), Eriko Kakiuchi (Ceramics) and Peggy Mersereau (Textile) - presents a different aesthetic interpretation of beauty.

Material World – This biennial exhibition of Craft Studio Residents at Harbourfront Centre reveals transformation through process. In this exhibition twenty Canadian artists interject insight into consumerism and environmentalism by reshaping previously used materials, the unwanted garbage of yesterday. These artists transform today's disposable refuse into the artwork heirlooms of tomorrow through imagination, skill and talent. Exhibition artists include: Gillian E. Batcher, Andrée Wejsmann, Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Tiana Roebuck, Bebhinn Jennings and Kay Lee (Metal); Hilary Masemann, Dawn Petticrew, Carmen Schroeder, Sean Kunz and Mary Beth Marmoreo (Ceramics); Julie Gibb, Rachael Wong, Rhonda Kozan, Robert Peyregatt, Sally McCubbin and Riel Brown (Glass); Queenie Lui, Arounna Khounnoraj and Rosario Gálvez (Textiles). Curated by metal artist Vivienne Jones (who also exhibits original works).

New Migration – Artist Wendy Walgate comments on man’s impact on animal movement cycles through an installation built of a discarded conveyor belt and wire baskets of cast ceramic animals in hues that move across the colour spectrum. At the heart of the "migration" concept is the inescapable impact human interference has on the autonomy of wild and domestic animals. Walgate is a ceramic artist and former Ontario Crafts Council President whose work has been featured at Ferrin Gallery in Massachusetts, SOFA Chicago 2005, Prime Gallery in Toronto and Network Gallery in Detroit. Migration is exhibited at Service Canada at Harbourfront Centre (art installations are viewed from the building's exterior).

Room For Beauty – Furniture designer Andrew Jones transforms a room into an imagined dwelling. Jones uses text to highlight fundamental items and domestic arrangements, prioritizing the importance of design as humane and useful over superficially stylish. The room becomes an act of reading - encouraging visitors to interpret the text through their own experience and memory, challenging them to question the design of their own home and to make room for beauty.

The Canadian Icon Series – Continuing his ongoing interest in documenting public spaces, Toronto photographer Garett Walker will exhibit new work which examines the urban landscape and the remnants left behind by its inhabitants.

Viva Voce: In tandem with the Material World exhibition, Viva Voce is an afternoon session (Saturday January 21, Studio Theatre, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free admission) of talks by the curator and short presentations by a selection of exhibition artists.

BEAUTY - From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of "beauty". Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? Through the eyes of the next generation of contemporary Canadian Craft artists in the Beauteous exhibition to the vibrant theatricality of Japanese dance company Pappa Tarahumara to the poetry of everyday life in Kuumba's celebration of African Heritage Month in February - these are just a few of the many interpretations of beauty we have to offer in the coming months. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre
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Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

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