Washi Sisters: A journey

Washi Sisters: A journey

October 5 – 23, 2022
Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto

Opening Reception in Gallery: Saturday, October 8, 3 – 5 pm
Zoom – Let’s Talk About Washi: Tuesday, October 11, 7 – 8 pm (Free Eventbrite Registration)
Artist’s Talks in Gallery: Sunday, October 16, 2 – 4 pm
Zoom – Heritage Washi Makers in Japan!: Tuesday, October 18, 7 – 8:30 pm (Free Eventbrite Registration)

Inspired by the Promise of Sekishu exhibition at Toronto’s Propeller Art Gallery in September 2019, 5 of the exhibiting women artists had their taste whetted for a longer journey with washi – handmade Japanese paper. One visiting artist lingered at the exhibition, moved deeply by the quiet beauty on the walls. She walked home meditatively, aware that she relished being part of this journey with these apparent soul-mates. She reached out with an invitation for lunch.

Images (left to right): Dominique Prévost, Sekishu Lapel; Sharon Dembo, Strands Inside and Out; Bunni Bresver, Cacading Memories.

The now 6 washi-filles began to meet monthly during the pandemic, exploring the special qualities of traditional, endangered Heritage Washi. As time passed, they overcame the challenges of working with this unique versatile material. Eventually each found a path that led to a way of using those special characteristics to express their voice. This exhibition of these 6 voices is the striking result.

Exhibiting Artists: Bunni Bresver, Sharon Dembo, Sharron Corrigan Forrest, Dominique Prévost, Susan Ruptash, and Noriko Yamamoto

Images (left to right): Noriko Yamamoto, White Shadows #2; Sharron Corrigan Forrest, Lake Meditation; Susan Ruptash, Umo.

Propeller Art Gallery
30 Abell Street, Toronto

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 1 pm – 5:30 pm

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Propeller Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative and exhibition space in Toronto’s Queen West Art + Design District that supports innovative, sustainable programming. Propeller garners critical acclaim and engages public interest by supporting the creative, curatorial, and commercial endeavours of artists. Its primary focus is to support member artists in their careers through innovative programming and practical professional experience including; exhibition design and installation, promotions, sales and fundraising. Propeller Gallery engenders a supportive community that heightens awareness and appreciation for the arts by providing captivating and inclusive programming, community building, networking, and partnership opportunities.

We are grateful for the support from our mentors and muses: Victoria Cowan and Nancy Jacobi