My niece Elaine is staying with me over the weekend and we're doing Toronto stuff. Elaine's creativity is bursting at the seams these days so we figure it's appropriate to go to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Picasso exhibit. We both agree the exhibit is spectacular. Sweet moment: we're walking out of the gallery and past the people lined up to get in. There is a little girl of around seven, wearing a princess dress, who spots Elaine and stares at her, turning around in her spot as we walk by. She gives her a shy little grin and fingery wave. Elaine, distracted by the girl's attention, waves back and bumps into a pole. She laughs at her herself and I suggest the little girl probably likes her even more now.
It's really hot outside. We walk down the block so I can show Elaine the Ontario College of Art building. Maybe this young artist will go there one day. We have an ice cream cone, and then catch the Dundas streetcar to go to Mia's for a family barbeque. We're charmed by this rather run-down looking cafe we see at one of the streetcar stops.
Mia creates an outstanding meal. Prime rib on the barbeque, skewers of fish and shrimp, pasta with pesto, grilled salad and this ultra-chocolaty berrylicious plate of goodness for dessert. Later we take the King car back to Spadina and walk slowly back down to my place, thinking that it's been a really great summer day.
It's a beautiful, mild Saturday morning and we walk up to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the "Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde" exhibit. Above, the south wing of the gallery walking up Beverley Street and looking through Grange Park. I wish I could have captured the blue of that glass and titanium, and today it was as if it reflected up and coloured the sky.
I can't take pictures of the art, and what would be the point? Chagall's use of colour is breathtaking. As I said to Ceri, he's the kind of painter that, when you encounter him in a gallery, you don't see any of the other art around him.
Ceri and sculpture in the Galleria Italia. Warm and wonderful space.