Interpretations of Theatrical Roles and Portraits of Friends who visited the Studio | Elizabeth Greisman

June 1 – 19

Artworks will reach for the concept of “thin places”, a term meaning a space on earth where the distance between the world as we know it and the supernatural world are poised to merge.

Elizabeth endeavoured to capture the personality, passions, and persona of each dramatic Shakespearean character, each visitor to my studio, and the abstraction of colour and form that surrounded each studio visit. Her philosophy and career have included working and living in many settings where diversity and inclusion is the priority. In over twenty international and national Visual Arts residencies, she has established both personal and professional collaborations with artists in the performing arts. This exhibition focuses on a series of portraits of characters from the productions directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie during the startup of the Stratford Festival in Canada. Elizabeth worked in an organic manner, starting from historical theatrical sketches. An active Portrait Salon at the Wychwood Barns Studio produced a series of portraits, which are exhibited concurrently.

Elizabeth Greisman is an international visual artist, curator and educator based in Toronto, Canada. She earned an BFA in Visual Arts with Honours from York University, BA in Education from York University, Diploma in Dance Education from the Laban School of Dance (Trinity Laban Conservatoire) in London, Diploma in Landscape Design with an emphasis in Horticulture from Ryerson University with additional post-graduate course work in interdisciplinary visual art at Central St. Martins in London.  She has developed collaborations with dancers, poets, musicians, actors, physicians and cooks and is the Founding Director of the Artist Cooperative of Canada and the Nascent Art Science Collective. Her work has been the subject of solo and supported exhibitions at the Canadian Embassies in Dublin, Ireland and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Toronto, Canada at Gallery 50, Tanenbaum Centre for the Arts, Tapestry Opera, the RE-Max Unique Windows Project, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Selected group exhibitions include shows at La Maison Verte du Jardin Botanique (Marnay-sur-Seine, France), Propeller Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Spadina Museum (Toronto, Canada), BROTA Bio Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Parkdale Biennial Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Rhizome Collective at Plymouth University (Plymouth, UK), and the University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY).

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