Artist talk & presentation by LEAF
5/22/2018


Please join us for an Artist Talk with Nicola Woods and Presentation by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm.
Seating is limited; arrive early to secure a seat.


“The Trees Amongst Us” exhibition by Junction artist Nicola Woods, on now as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival celebrates street trees, highlights LEAF’s Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree program and documents a changing neighbourhood. 
In the summer of 2017 Junction artist, Nicola Woods started her ongoing street tree portrait project “The Trees Amongst Us”.  Inspired by LEAF’s (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Adopt-a-Street-Tree project* in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto she set out to document and celebrate the street trees but soon realized that her photographs also act as a historic record of a rapidly changing neighbourhood.  Since Nicola started photographing the trees several businesses have closed, lease signs have appeared, new businesses have opened their doors and new condo developments have been announced.    
Although the life of a street tree can span many human lifetimes changes such as those currently happening in the Junction can impact its ability to thrive.  As LEAF states on their website “Life as a street tree can be tough… They face a multitude of stresses such as limited soil and water, sidewalk salt and bicycle locks, which challenge their long-term health and survival. “
LEAF and a dedicated team of volunteers have risen to the challenge of changes in the Junction by increasing their outreach.  During the month of May they have been busy canvassing business owners and individuals, signing up new tree adopters, touching base with continuing tree adopters and keeping track of the “orphan” trees to make sure they are watered throughout the summer and fall.  All the information about the trees, their locations, the adopter names and water sources can be accessed online via the Junction Tree Map  
Nicola Woods’ exhibit on display as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, at ARTiculations’ Earl Selkirk Gallery compliments these outreach activities. To highlight individual trees and the challenging conditions they face, she mounted the tree photographs against backgrounds of gold, silver and copper metallic leaf.  The shimmering quality to the images creates a visual reference to early photographic processes such as daguerroetypes and tintypes. Nicola also referenced the practice of hand colouring photographs by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white. Nicola hopes her street tree portraits will heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and encourage support of and participation in the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project in the Junction and other neighbourhoods.  
*Acknowledgements/ Credits:
The Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree project is organized and supported by a team of local volunteers, LEAF, City of Toronto, Green 13Junction BIA , Junction Residents' Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Interview by LEAF
5/7/2018


LEAF interviews local Junction artist, Nicola Woods, about her upcoming art exhibit as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The project features beautiful ‘portraits’ of the Junction’s street trees.

The Trees Amongst Us exhibition
4/8/2018


The Trees Amongst Us
Exhibition runs May 3 – 27, 2018
Opening Reception Sat May 5th 4-7 pm
For more information:  www.ARTiculations.ca
ARTiculations
Earl Selkirk Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 11-6pm, Saturday 11-5pm Sunday 12-5pm
Inspired by LEAF’s (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Adopt-a-Street-Tree project* in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, “The Trees Amongst Us” is a series of photographs, printed on acetate and mounted on metal leaf, depicting the street trees throughout the seasons. Through the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project, LEAF and the City of Toronto work with various businesses, organizations and individuals in the Junction (and other neighbourhoods) to ensure the health and vibrancy of street trees. As a Junction resident and artist whose work focuses on trees, Nicola was impressed with the project’s approach to tree stewardship and decided to document the street trees in a new series of photographs.

As Nicola photographed and became more aware of the trees she decided that each tree whether a Pioneer Elm, a Basswood, or Honey Locust, whether native or introduced, is worthy of its own portrait. To highlight individual trees and the challenging conditions they face, Nicola transposes the trees from their concrete encasements to an environment of embellished, radiant, metal leaf. The gold, silver and copper metallic backgrounds shimmer and change according to the light conditions. The shimmering quality to the images creates a visual reference to early photographic processes such as daguerroetypes and tintypes. Nicola also references the practice of hand colouring photographs by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white.
With “The Trees Amongst Us”, Nicola hopes to heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and encourage support of and participation in LEAF’s Adopt-a-Street-Tree project.

“The Trees Amongst Us” is in the Open Exhibition program of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May in the Greater Toronto Area.

*Acknowledgements/ Credits:
The Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree project is organized and supported by a team of local volunteers, LEAF, City of Toronto, Green 13Junction BIA , Junction Residents’ Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.
 

150 Years of Light in Canada at Propeller
7/8/2017


150 Years of Light in Canada
Dates: July 5 - 16.
Thursday July 6th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM  – Opening reception.
Propeller
http://propellerctr.com/
30 Abell Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A9
Canada

Wednesday - Saturday: 12 - 6pm
Sunday: 12 - 5pm

Tel: (416) 504-7142
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