Get thee to CHIHULY

Last month I was in Montreal for a single day which I spent (due to heavy rain) indoors at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). While it may have been gloomy outdoors, inside it felt like a magical Garden of Paradise thanks to the ethereal, other-worldly glass sculpture of American artist Dale Chihuly.

An acknowledged master of site-specific installation, Chihuly created a unique exhibit consisting of eight immersive environments, four of them designed specifically for the Museum. This exhibit inspired me to take MANY photos and his use of bold colours and organic forms have even made an impact on my latest drawings.

The Canadian exclusive exhibit CHIHULY: Utterly Breathtaking is on now at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until October 20, 2013. If you can, go see it!

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Cheekytree at Wise Daughters

Wise Daughters Craft Market in Toronto

More good news! My work is now available for sale at the Wise Daughters Craft Market located in the Junction neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto.

You won’t find anything mass-produced at this beautiful little shop. Owner Mary Breen has carefully selected unique handmade objects by 75 southern Ontario artists; most are from Toronto, and many artists (like myself) are from the local Junction community.

Unique. Handmade. Local.

Cheekytree fine art canvases available at Wise Daughters Craft Market

At Wise Daughters you’ll find a selection of my fine art canvases including my new Tree of Life series, as well as a few of my inspirational Mantra Squares.

I encourage you to visit this shop and see the unique selection of fine art, jewellery, accessories, clothing, toys and other great gift ideas. The merchandise changes constantly so come often to see what’s new.

Wise Daughters Craft Market

3079B Dundas St. West

Toronto, Ontario

Store Hours

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10 – 6
Wednesday 10 – 6
Thursday 10 – 8
Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 5
Sunday 12 – 5

Cheekytree at the Arts Market

I’m happy to announce that my work is now available for sale at the Arts Market – Toronto’s year round market for local artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Arts Market is located in the east end of Toronto in the popular Leslieville neighborhood. Artist Daniel Cohen operates the market and he has created a very special retail space for artist entrepreneurs like myself to showcase and sell our work to the public.

There are currently 50 artist vendors at the market and it’s jam packed from floor to ceiling with a diverse mix of unique, hand-made and locally produced items including fine art, designer clothing & accessories, greeting cards, upcycled products, and even a few retro and vintage finds.

Unique. Hand-Made. Local.

My shop is currently stocked with an assortment of canvases from my new Tree of Life series, as well as my eco-friendly, digitally printed 100% silk scarves and Mantra Squares.

Please come and visit my Cheekytree shop at the Arts Market. Why not make an event of it?  Begin the day with brunch and explore all the great independently owned shops in the unique Leslieville neighborhood. And start your holiday shopping early.

Arts Market 

1114 Queen St. East, Toronto

Store Hours Open:

Wed – Fri 12-6

Sat & Sun 11-6

Sneak Peek: Tree of Life series

Tree of Life #4 by Lila Cheekytree

I’m very excited to share this sneak peek of my new fine art series that will be available for sale at two Toronto shops later this month (more info to come).

The Tree of Life series are fine art prints that have been custom digitally printed on 100% silk fabric and then mounted on gallery canvas stretchers. Each image has a limited edition of 50 prints.

I really love working on this series because the process allows me to combine my drawing, pattern design and photography and to play with small changes to create unlimited variety. My goal is to create beautiful images that at first glance seem quite simple, yet upon closer inspection reveal small details intended to delight.

Evan Penny: A Must-See Show

Engaged, absorbed, AMAZED; these are the words that describe my personal experience of the larger-than-life art of Canadian sculptor Evan Penny, whose exhibition Re-Figured just opened in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Evan Penny’s hyper realistic, painstakingly crafted figures are composed of layers of colour pigmented silicone, hair, fabric and resin.

His sculptures are amazingly realistic yet at the same time highly artificial as Penny skews, stretches and alters the human form in severe and sometimes unsettling ways.

An entire room in the exhibit is devoted to Penny’s labour intensive process. These sculptures are hand-made. In the exhibition film, Penny mentions that one of the works in the exhibit (the portrait of Libby Faux not shown here) took 400 hours to complete.

If you live in the Toronto area I highly encourage you to see this must-see show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (September 20, 2012 – January 6, 2013). I promise you can’t stand in front of this larger-than-life sculpture and not say “Wow!” at least once. It’s awe-inspiring.

Sand Sculpture Festival

I’m back! It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog post as I’ve been in Europe eating, drinking, and exploring. I traveled to Dublin, Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam and Copenhagen and took hundreds of photos along the way.

I’m excited to share a few photos I took of these truly amazing sculptures created by some of the world’s most talented sand artists for the Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival 2012. The show has been extended to September 2nd so if you are lucky enough to be visiting Copenhagen be sure to see them.

Discovering Beauty in Blue

To continue with the blue theme from my last post here are 4 works by some of my favourite artists I’ve recently discovered on Pinterest. Enjoy!

Emily Ferretti

Kate Shaw

Source: kateshaw.org via Lila on Pinterest

Amanda Blake

Source: etsy.com via Lila on Pinterest

Valerie Hammond

Rabbit Love

I love rabbits and chocolate so the idea of the Easter Bunny is pure genius to me. I hope he brings you (and me too) some chocolate eggs this weekend.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

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p.s. Enjoy these wonderful images of rabbits that I found on Pinterest.  Please click hare (pun intended) if you want to view more.

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Rabbit showjumping

Aaron Meshon

Olaf Hajek

bunny sugar cubes perfect for Easter brunch

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