I didn’t actually participate in the Toronto One of a Kind Art Show (March 30th – April 3), but I my mother wanted to go and being the good son I am, I obliged and went with her. She’s more into seeing art that I technically am as she makes a point of going to at least one show a year. I had not gone in about a decade so I decided to join along with her and go see some wonderful art from around Ontario / the world.
What I got however was a lot of clothing, purses, jewellery and do-hickies. I can’t say I recall my last visit being so heavily appealing to the female audience, but I certainly understand why when my mom again makes a habit of attending one of the three shows they have every year (the other two shows being a winter and summer I believe). But yeah over all the show was not something I would call aimed at the male population between the ages of 22-40. I can’t give this a full assessment since I was only there for the first opening day of the show, but I’m not going to say I’m far off either.
It was sort of the situation where I remembered sort of how something was long ago and expected it to be more or less the same, however I think I didn’t anticipate the power of the female shopper as much as some of the exhibitors were. Maybe it’s a spring thing and women are out for new fashions, but there was not all that much available that caught my eye. What I would have wanted to see more of was art in the traditional sense of paintings, prints and photos which were available to buy, but were in more of a limited number and seemed to be mostly of a specific type and trend. I’m a little sad since it sort of crushed my ambitions of getting into the show to sell off my really rad prints everyone keeps passing up on Etsy (WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE).
There however was some really cool shit so lemme try to remember it all:
- A woman was there who did the smallest miniatures of things like stuffed bears and food plates with a huge detail to them.
- A dude had some nicely printed but also kind of over done t-shirt prints of monochrome buildings and stuff. I think he was from New York, but it didn’t exactly hit me in the face and grab me by the neck and scream ‘YOU MUST OWN ME’.
- They dedicate an entire area to the semi-douchy artists from Muskoka since that’s where all the really super high unique artists escape to.
- Three separate artists were all doing welded art works, one was from Muskoka, all very similar.
- Some godly painter took it upon her self to provide the most beautiful high-gloss resin coated painting that did not demand their price tags at all.
- The artists who make puzzle names (which I own my name as a puzzle) were at the show which is really cool to see they’re still doing what they do and make money off it for such a long time. My mom picked up a name puzzle for a new-born in the family passing it on to another generation.
Over all it was a good show and probably would have been way better once it was all in swing, but I went early, opening day and that’s not so much fun. If I was not called last-minute to go, I probably would have brought my camera and taken cool pics but probably wouldn’t have been allowed, bug I can always hope.
It’s sort of the show I would recommend to an artist or crafts person willing to take that leap to get exposure and market themselves to a huge audience if you’re willing to step up into the bigger leagues of art and prove that you want to make it. It does come at a price, but with enough hard work the One of a Kind Art Show is something that can pay you back way more in the end.