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#6 — The Official Guide to Immersive Disney Animation
PLUS: Tracy Ealdama & our smARTpicks!
Happy May! In this edition of The smARTcircle, we're bringing you behind the scenes of Immersive Disney, an exhibition that takes you on a magical journey through your favourite Disney stories. We also return to an exclusive interview with Tracy Ealdama, who’s innovations in miniature art was spotlighted in Issue 11. If you’re looking for an inside scoop on art events happening in Toronto, we’ve got your culture fix covered with the best events that aren’t taking place in a traditional gallery. That’s right, this is THE week for immersive art parties. Keep reading!
smART Magazine’s Guide to Immersive Disney Animation
The mere mention of Disney brings back memories of childhood magic, endless imagination, and enchanting storytelling. So, you can imagine the viral sensation Lighthouse Immersive's Disney Animation Immersive Experience has become!
With a 360 degree view of your favourite animated classics, you’ll become immersed in the world of the world’s most beloved characters. But this exhibit is more than just a showcase of stunning visuals and special effects, it's also an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and creativity that goes into bringing these beloved stories to life.
Looking for even more of an inside scoop? Check out The Guide to Immersive Disney Animation, created by smART Magazine in partnership with Walt Disney Animations. This complete guide includes exclusive insights into the concept and production of the exhibit, in-depth interviews with the creative minds behind Disney and Lighthouse Immersive, and a specially commissioned 10-part history of Disney.
Whether you're a die-hard Disney fan or simply looking to connect with your inner child, this beautiful event is a must see. Pick up your copy of the Guide in stores now, making it the perfect keepsake to treasure long after your visit to the exhibit.
FROM ISSUE 11: Tracy Ealdama
by MILES FORRESTER
smART Magazine’s 11th issue shrunk down to explore the world of Tracy Ealdama, a Toronto artist known for her intricate miniatures that offer a nostalgic celebration of beloved and lost landmarks in Toronto. Ealdama's art captures the essence of long-ago storefronts, as well as iconic sets from film and television. She has a knack for bringing these locations to life in a way that asks you to tap into your vast imagination, and explore the feelings that live in your memories.
sM | You pay great attention to the rust, dust, and decay of the architecture and objects you reproduce. What inspires your selection of details to include and exclude on any given project?
TE ── I hope to mirror a glimpse of what is or what could be, so I'm very intentional in the selection of details in every piece. It's situational for each project. Art can resemble life - living, breathing moments, stories, memories, colourful characters - and it also can resemble hope. The hope is for humanity where, despite dilapidation and decay, even grass can grow out of concrete. When I see that, the resilience behind it resonates so much with me and is something I love to depict in miniatures. Despite the chaos and unrest in the world today, there is beauty, there is human connection, there is heart and soul, there are believers, and there is a lot of hope—because sometimes it's all we have.. ── CONTINUE READING IN ISSUE 11.
TOP EXHIBITS AND EVENTS HAPPENING NEAR YOU:
Space for Grief is an interactive and immersive public art installation that invites visitors to explore the complexities of grief, community bonding, and healing. This emotionally resonant exhibit provides a unique and intimate space for reflection, conversation, and contemplation. Through the use of various art forms, including photography, sculpture, and sound, the exhibit encourages visitors to engage with their own experiences of grief while also fostering a sense of community and connection with others. | May 1 - 9
Celebrate Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s 60th anniversary with the 60 Works/60 Years exhibit. Featuring 60 artworks acquired by the City over the past 40 years, this exhibition offers a unique interpretation of Toronto's ever-evolving landscape through the eyes of artists. This showcase highlights the City's commitment to supporting local artists and preserving their contributions to the cultural fabric of Toronto. Best of all, admission to this exhibition is completely free, so there's no reason to miss out on this celebration of art and community. | Runs until June 7
Get ready for an unforgettable night of art and music at Living Color Presents: Synesthesia. Explore this immersive art extravaganza featuring a talented lineup of DJs, live painters, and digital artists. This event is not just about art, Living Colour hopes to make a positive impact on the community by encouraging guests to create connections with like minded individuals in order to explore their senses among new friends. If you’re in for a late night glow up, they will also be transforming the space with black light paint. Come out and play, express yourself, and experience the power of art. | May 6
Get ready to be amazed and transported into a world of magic with The Art of Magic, hailed as "an unforgettable show" by the Toronto Star and "Canada's Top Magicians" by Snapd Magazine. After 23 straight sold-out shows, this unforgettable event is back and better than ever, now with a full night of magic and an interactive art exhibit. Immerse yourself in a world of beautiful magic-inspired art, and experience a secret magic show that you have to see to believe! Don't miss out on this enchanting evening of wonder and entertainment. | May 6
Looking for a night of art, music, and indulgence? Look no further than the Artbox May Soirée on Sunday, May 7th. Hosted in a beautiful venue, this event offers the perfect opportunity to discover unique works by local artists and experience a live painting show, all while enjoying electric R&B and Hip-Hop music. All of the art on display is up for grabs, and you'll have chances to win some amazing pieces as well. Enjoy delicious French fusion-style hors d’oeuvres by Chef Ottman Sehaqui and perfectly paired drinks while you art-gaze. | May 7
SPONSORED | Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily: Love In Exile
Love in Exile is the forthcoming collaborative album by GRAMMY® winner Arooj Aftab, influential composer / pianist Vijay Iyer, and renowned multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, available March 24. The three world-class musicians meet in New York City to forge a singular voice that takes their distinct backgrounds and vast histories of collaboration as a starting point. From there, they explore one-of-a-kind performances defined by a sense of timeless beauty and sudden surprise alike.
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