Here, in central Etobicoke, at the western edge of the city of Toronto, the Etobicoke Art Group has thrived since 1951 when it was established by Etobicoke residents working with the outreach department of the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the AGO).
The original goal of the group, “to further the best interests of the visual arts, particularly in Etobicoke, through the mutual and co-operative efforts of our members” helped direct the development of the visual arts in the early years.
After more than 65 years, the visual arts community in Etobicoke is well established and our group is pleased to have contributed to that success.
In 1992, our dream of a purpose built visual arts centre came to fruition when we moved into Neilson Park Creative Centre, built by the City of Etobicoke and now a part of the City of Toronto cultural facilities. EAG members were on the founding committees and board of directors for the organization, donated funds for equipment and capital purchases, and organized fundraising projects to contribute to its success.
Now this friendly group of local and regional artists work regularly in our studio and exhibit work several times per year. Members thrive in an environment of companionship, mutual exchange of skills and knowledge, and a wonderful sense of community. Our programs target the intermediate to advanced level artists interested in the continued development of their skills. We paint, print and draw, and experiment with new techniques, always pushing the boundaries in making innovative art while we make friends, hold exhibitions of our work, enjoy lecture evenings with lively experienced speakers who share with us their artistic visions and each year we raise money for bursaries for local students to continue their art education.
Members pay annual dues, studio, class and exhibition fees and contribute their expertise to the group on a volunteer basis to make it all happen.
Interested in joining us? Please check out the membership page for more information
image credit: section of "Slice of White" by Helen McCusker