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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair July 2-11, 2021

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Grace’s figurative artworks will be shown at this year TOAF, it is the 60th anniversary of this annual juried event. It will be held online for ten days, from July 2-11, 2021 (instead of 3 day weekend at downtown City Hall, Toronto as previous years) and the artworks will continue to be updated and shown online until Dec 31st, 2021. View my page at https://torontooutdoor.art/artists/gallery/toaf/2021/grace-dam or TOAF main page: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
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Oakville Juried Art Show April 20-Dec 31, 2021

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This portrait “the Perfect Human“, 2020, acrylic/oil on canvas, 76.2 cm x 76.2 cm (30″x30”) is in the Oakville Juried Art Show, currently shown online April 20th – Dec 31st, 2021 see it here http://www.artworksoakville.ca/2021 and will be in person at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Center in Oakville, Ontario  Nov 6th – 28th, 2021. For those in Ontario, you can visit the gallery in person and celebrate Canadian art with all the participating artists! 
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MASSART AUCTION March-April 2021 Boston, USA.

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Grace’s abstract acrylic painting “Summer Rockies” 2016 48″x 36″ will be included in the annual auction event organised by MassArt Univ (Boston, MA, USA) Mar 22nd- April 11th, 2021. The auction includes 300+ artworks of many talented artists, a wonderful event to support academic programs and deserving students. Preview artworks begins Monday, March 22 at 9:00 AM – Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 PM register at www.bidsquare.com and join the auction on April 10 & 11, 2021 at 8pm. See more details: https://massart.edu/auction
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August 2020

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It’s mid August. 2020; possibly the worst year in recent memory.  I so wish this nightmare is just that and we will wake up, wondering what it was about, have a good laugh at our silly mind working overtime at night again.  But it is not a nightmare.  It is real.  It turns everyone around us a potential enemy, knowingly or not.  I suddenly feel the burden of living.  Never did I ever question life no matter the hardship; the defense was that it was a privilege, for as long as we had good health, a few pennies in our pocket, blah blah…  But this is different. It affects the whole planet, it has dragged on for five months and no sign of containment. This is a war when the enemies are invisible, one without reason or ideologies.  There are no willing participants only unsuspected, innocent victims.  Every business, office, places of social gathering, every building, park, every person and structure is affected. It is nonsensical, illogical, surreal, unbelievable yet, the reality is, it was possibly caused by human stupidity or greed.  The short-sighted greed to serve themselves that in turn kills them and everyone around them.  Time goes on […]
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“Fresh Face” (group show) at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, USA Jan 31-Mar 8, 2020

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Grace’s artwork Red Lips will be in this group show. This is a juried show of selected artworks from undergrad and grad / alumni in the Northeast region.  Opening reception Feb 7th, 2020. https://www.abigailogilvy.com/fresh-faces-2020?fbclid=IwAR3I8BCZYd5roco9SYbmveEYo-hyggEqM70fmYpFrb65ErkcSQ7jAtGNqO0 Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is located at:  460 Harrison Ave, #C7 Boston, MA 02118  https://www.abigailogilvy.com/     Gallery hours:  Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm  Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment
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Homage to Alex Gray

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Nov 6, 2016:  During my research for my school papers today I rummaged through piles of books in my collection and one fell on my lap.  There was a page that the corner was folded as a mark, a photo and inscription stared at me which brought tears to my eyes.  It is copied here. (“A Soldier View” by Blake Heathcote// Alex carried a large format camera, he worked as a RCAF photographer) Alex was one of a few older friends I had the privilege of knowing.  He passed away many years ago.  An Engineer by trade but also many other accomplished professions, Alex was a professional photographer, wood carver, artist.  He often talked about his photography work in WWII.  I learnt from him so many precious wisdom and through my visits we discussed tirelessly our love for art.  We showed each other’s works and exchanged ideas, all nurturing, all encouraging.  Alex had retired long before and settled back in Toronto after he served in the Army, sailed around the world on the yacht he built himself, he had done so many wonderful things and adventures before I knew him.  I was still working in finance and only dappled in […]
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Roaming The World And Home Sweet Home

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Summer 2016:   My nomad goal is somewhat achieved this year.  It began the day after the winter semester concluded in late April.  The two weeks+ at our retreat in Western Canada  were perfect before summer classes started.  The still snow-capped mountains were the best cure!  to top up, I was also rewarded with a sighting of a large Grizzly near Lake Louise area the day before my departure!  Until we see wildlife in their own habitat, we do not know that feeling of how precious this earth is, how our eyesight holds the most beautiful images of life in front of us. Despite the insane beats of summer courses, I was able to produce a couple of paintings then again boarding a flight to tour a series of cities in Europe.  Added to many we have visited before were a few more in France, Italy & Spain.  As I walked the town of Alicante with its unique fortress/castle atop a mountain, viewed the excessive wealth displayed in yachts lining the shore of Monaco, navigated the narrow paths in Calvi…I thought of the vast differences between the two continents.  Rome was so full of ruins and relics right in the middle of […]
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Busy New York

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May 2015:  What a time in NYC!!  Great trip to the neighbouring city for my group show and also, the endless art galleries there!  The familiarity makes things more endearing, Central Park is more pleasing, the streets friendlier.. May is not yet hot although still busy, the flows of yellow cabs are so unending! What different was the deafening noise: I had my earplugs on almost 24 hrs.  Tourists flooded every major corners and streets.   I spent a few hours admiring a small portion of the MET and another afternoon reserved for the Frick;  disappointed the beautiful “Countess d’Haussonville” (Ingres) was temporary absent along with most Goyas in the back section. For artists, we cannot have enough of this city!  The group show opening was well organised, upbeat with full attendance.   I regret not having enough time to visit the new Whitney museum nearby but next time soon!  what most wonderful was to see Rockefeller’s collection of Asmat totem poles.  It was perfect for a course I am taking, for the kind and brilliant professor of the course (that’s you Mark!)  .  It was such a juxtapose to view the works.  At once it is a privilege as we […]
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Note from Alberta

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May 5, 2015 There’s something about Banff!  Loving it more each time I return! What could be better than a chance encounter with a Grizzly on the last day of my sojourn?  I’d spent some time in Lake Louise area and further up on the glaciers area towards Jasper so on the eve of my departure, it felt right to look at the mountain ranges in BC and there it was: casually walking on the edge of the highway, oblivious of the few gawkers and big trucks now gathering below for the photo ops.  The ranger was already there moving his truck in tandem with the majestic animal to protect him/her from fearless gawkers.  As I snapped away my photos and video, more cars pulled in and it became a spectacle.  The ranger wasn’t pleased.   The beautiful, golden furred creature eventually moved up to the higher hill and disappeared beyond it. Until we see one in its natural habitat, it’s nearly impossible to know how it feels, to be in his presence.  It’s better than winning the lottery.  The thick golden fur and the large size distinctively marked by the lump on his back… the slow, determined gait.  The lift […]
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