In the Neighbourhood
26 February - 19 March . 2011
Yorkville and the Annex
Looking west to the Annex and east to Yorkville, Ingram Gallery loves calling Avenue Road home. At 11am on Saturday the 26th of February we open the doors to In the Neighbourhood. Through the eyes of historical Canadian artists, paired with the contemporary work of Toronto based painter Sean Yelland and works from Rachel Berman's recent Toronto studio visit -- we take a new look at our neighbourhoods.
Historical works include paintings, drawings & etchings by: Albert FRANCK, Barker FAIRLEY, Caven ATKINS, Jack BEDER, O.C. MADDEN & Nicholas HORNYANSKY.
Brickworks and Brewery
Founded in 1830 by entrepreneur Joseph Bloor (after whom Bloor Street, one of Toronto's main thoroughfares, is named), the Village of Yorkville began as a residential suburb with two main industries, the first being the Yorkville Brick Yards in today's Ramsden Park, which
manufactured Yorkville's famous yellow brick and can be seen at the historic Yorkville Firehall on Yorkville Avenue. The second industry was beer making with breweries such as The Severn Brewery and the Joseph Bloor Brewery.
The neighbourhood's Victorian-style homes, quiet residential streets and picturesque gardens survived into the 20th century, when it was annexed by the City of Toronto.
History of Yorkville: Thanks to the Bloor-Yorkville BIA
In the 1960s the area became very popular with the counter culture and was labelled the Canadian capital of the hippie movement. As it evolved into a cultural hotbed to musicians, poets and philosophers, Yorkville became the corner of what is hot and what is happening! Great change in the 70s and 80s subsequently laid the foundation for the neighbourhood as we know it today.
People paused in cafés, Yorkville's town hall, Caven Atkins' Howland Avenue studio and O.C. Madden's on Huron -- the subject matter of In the Neighbourhood makes for a fresh and informative exhibition. Out and about in the neighbourhoods on a sunny day in February and March? Be sure to drop in for a visit.
>> Please contact the gallery for full exhibition details, including a catalogue as PDF.