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OCC Exhibition

Susan Rankin: Valid Objects of Beauty

May 3 - 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The Ontario Crafts Council is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of the exotic and richly coloured glass work of Susan Rankin.

Featuring floral and scroll vases, epergnes and sculptural works, Valid Objects of Beauty clearly draws inspiration from floral and botanical designs, but also from the history of glass itself. Rankin works on an impressive scale, often with a crew, to blow and assemble each piece. She flawlessly combines an in-depth knowledge of technique with an emphasis on the importance of beauty in works of art.

Rankin was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the daughter of prominent artist Joan Rankin, and studied at Sheridan College's renowned glass program (Ontario) and Pilchuck Glass School (Washington). Her lively vessels wrapped in vines, leaves and flowers have been shown in 30 solo exhibitions and numerous invitational and group exhibitions across North America in many of the most prestigious venues for contemporary glass. Rankin has work included in public collections at the Corning Museum, Claridge Collection, Michel-Pierre Grenier Collection, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Winnipeg Art Gallery, USB Bank (Canada), Department of Foreign Affairs, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal (Montreal, Quebec), Glazen Huis, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art (Lommel, Belgium), as well as in many fine private collections.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's National and International Touring program.

For more information please contact



Maker Shaker
The biggest craft party of the year!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery
5 Brock St., Toronto, M6K 2K6
Doors open at 7:30pm | Silent Auction Bidding begins at 8:30pm

For tickets and more event info CLICK HERE

OCC Members, advance: $25
Non-OCC Members, advance: $35
Student, advance: $10 (please bring student ID with you)
Everyone, at-the-door: $45
*tickets include admission, nibbles and drinks

Back again for its third and best year yet, Maker Shaker 2012 is set to once again be the highlight of the Toronto craft community's social calendar. Mark your planners, spread the word and get ready to party...

Held every spring, Maker Shaker is the Ontario Crafts Council's annual martini-themed silent auction fundraiser in support of the OCC's programming and services. The biggest craft party of the year, this event draws makers, collectors and enthusiasts from across the province for an evening of friendly bidding and mingling. It's a killer martini party, so be prepared for some fun. Tickets include refreshments, oysters and tasty treats galore. Cheaper than a night at the movies, it's an absolute steal and way more fun!

To purchase tickets over the phone please call Caitlin Plewes at 416-925-4222 x222



Social Media and Marketing Workshop

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:00am - 5:00pm

OCC Gallery
990 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

$65 for OCC members
$75 for non-members

Don't know a Tweet from a hashtag? Overwhelmed and confused by the amount of social networking sites out there? You're not alone. Social media is a relatively new phenomenon, and, while it is low-cost to participate in and has the potential to reach thousands; learning the interface and the etiquette can be overwhelming.

This full day workshop aims to provide participants with the basis for their social media strategy and to be able to use and manage these tools to meet your business goals.

For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.

Lindsey Fair has taught in the School of Business at St. Lawrence College for the last seven years. She also works as the Web Marketing and Social Media Specialist at 14 Theories Web Development. Currently she is finishing her Masters of Business Administration from Cape Breton University. She is also co-author of Truck Manager: Driving ANY Small Business to Success; offering readers easy-to-implement routines and provides specific, practical tools to help small business owners "drive" their businesses towards success.

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