In 2003 I opened Hollis Baptise’s exhibition, Masks, Faces and Profiles at Studio Visuals. In 2009, I held the last exhibition and closed the garage door.
I viewed it as a success because I tried, but twelve years ago the Studiovisuals suffered from low foot traffic and the neigbourhood suffered the symptoms of sketchy. Sketchy as in a fine duo of constabulary officer’s foot chase ending with dude on my front window at gunpoint, folks enjoying a bit of crack and a post robbery rummaged cash till in my doorway. The most classic element of sketchy was the night of Hollis Artist’s talk. I had closed the garage door because the space was jammed. My sister was late and had attempted to call from the pay phone at the corner of Queen and River. She was approached by another young lady who was under the threat of a pimp beat down if she found out Sonia was working the corner. Un-benowst to Sonia, that was a “Working Ladies Corner”.
Twelve years later the corner of Queen & River is full of condos, a lovely Corktown Commons Park for Elly to play in with his friends and the Pan Am Athletes Village is just a stones throw away. Foot traffic is a problem no more, so what better time to Pop Up the garage door once again for a hip cadre of art, jewelry and art inspired products.
So hold the dates and make your way down to 503 Queen Street East in the extremely gentrified urban Corktown for Collaboration Curator’s Collection of Creatives Pop Up Shop.
We will be open only on the weekends of Pan and Para Pan Am Games.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00pm
July 10th – 26th August 7th – 15th , 2015.
Opening Reception Friday July 10th, 7pm – 10pm.
Closing Reception Saturday August 22nd, 8pm – 11pm.
See you soon !