A Gift of Light To You

In Illo Tempore by Ana Maria Pacheco

A blessing upon this table and the food it shares


the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year

Giddyup and Go

Upwards and Onwards

Collage by Eron Boyd
Collage by Eron Boyd

The sky spills onto the sidewalk and freezes there

Swinging Into Winter

Cold Blue



Full Moon



An Example of Opposite

Pen and Ink Day

Unlocking Creativity

Blocks and sandbags

In A Fog

Seeing what is close to me but not what is far away.

Morning Mist

Trying to Feel Where Am I

Collage by Eron Boyd


Pulled Backwards Through Time

Leaving Japan 6:30pm Thursday and arriving Toronto 4:30pm Thursday!!!

Winter has Arrived

Coming and Going

Glass Beach and Wet Leaves


Moon eclipse


Collage by deborah harris

Poised and Paused

Fall flowers shrine


Sky, Sea and Sand

                                                                             Odawara Beach, Japan


A Path Invites Us To Follow



Between the Worlds

Time is when things happen

Time has a face and no hands

it is a landslide

In the body its words are out of print, forgotten,

in the memory it is walking on soft pause.


Getting Ready to Fly

We realize that many or most of our blogs are somewhat mysterious in their meaning. We hope that this allows you the viewer to imbue it with your own interpretation. This particular image represents Sae's immanent departure for a one month visit to her home in Japan. We will continue to

work together on the blog and Sae will sometimes send photos from Japan that we can share here. 


"Itterasshai Sae."

Still in the waiting room but on the way out...

In the Cycle of Trees, Lords of Rings

Spring, summer, fall, winter, is one cycle.
 Every cycle they add another growth ring.

Reading the cups

Could be 'Floating'

When we put up a group of collages, all done together on the same day, we look to see what the

common denominator is. It is not usually apparent in the first quick view but as we sit with

the images we find something that is true. In these works we began by observing Eron's collage 

(the one in the middle). It appeared obvious that the characters were floating. That fact helped us to look at both Sae's and mine (deborah's) to see if that applied and it did. The first collage on the left has no reference to ground and seems to be floating in the larger white space. Sae's (on the far left) has a shadow beneath the bowl like form but that could easily be floating upon water.

Perhaps, the title  'Floating' invites us to see each piece differently.

GiNgER rHIno

Just use your imagination

Afternoon coffee with the beloved

Going in /Coming out

On the Threshold

                                         ... a beautiful surprise.

Not a simple story

Between black and white

darkness and light

unimpeded movement

and despair

Under Cover

Splashing into Fall

How we finish the week! Have a good weekend

Lunchtime Doodle, Cut and Paste

Visiting our Sister Gallery

Visiting Carolee Custus at Northern Expressions,the gallery she curates.

This collage is an impressionistic portrait of her in the gallery space.

Pigment mixed with light and feeling

Ten Little Triangles

We're All Going to the Party...(It's a dog theme)

Two Many Heads...Just One Body

Welcoming two new gallery members

Wool Felt Dolls    by Peggy Mersereau

One thing leads to another and then...magic

Looking Up We See The Sky

The same sky that has always been

and always will be,


The Last Hour

THe ArchiTecture oF thE boDy

                                                                 ...a place to occupy

THe NeXt cHaPteR

The question was:-  "What work wants to talk with Floyd?"


and the answer came; "Daniel"


Everyday we find yet another way that these two artists communicate through their work.

Daniel Hanequand's drawings are permanently on exhibition in the Drawing Room Gallery

on the third floor.

Receiving More Visitors

Rock Steady

Rock Painting by Aveline Beauchamp

Gathering Pollen (A Bee's Breakfast)

Practising Intent

 placings things intentionally for our ease of use and accessibility

being surprised by what we find

and the sensation of order

and beauty


Daniel meets Floyd

These drawings are by the late Daniel Hanequand and were donated to the gallery by his wife, who has also passed. They seem to have a natural affinity for this piece by Floyd Kuptana. It is always exciting to introduce different artists through their work, each one making something in the other more visible.

Talking to the Space

What is the Same and What is Different?

An Invention of Order


Ordering the space is an ongoing necessity

in 'keeping' the space spacious,

allowing visitors to experience something other.

It is our greatest offering

here at the gallery.

Finishing the Video


The Basement Crew Reconvening on Tuesday

Happy Birthday to You Know Who You Are!!


A Play of Light

...they are watching




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The planets converging in the black hole...

...or somebody spilled their smarties

From our youngest artist

        by Oto Kaneko-Jeans          Almost 3

Our Cave Beneath the Stairs...

...has music played by wind

Riding the Waves

Taking the Inside Out

We thought if we can show some of what is inside the gallery

outside of the gallery

it may inspire more of those walking by to come in.


they can simply enjoy it in the moment of passing.


Intersect:- To cut into or between; to pass across; to divide into parts by crossing or passing through,- To meet and cross each other

Untangling the Week

We are a little bit slow today

Secrets of Time Past

Life is full of surprises... small explosions and unpleasant stories

This is where we got to

This idea has been percolating for some time and today we collected all the materials and constructed.

It is strong without screws or nails and provides shade and atmosphere in a busy part of the city.

All are welcome to come and sit.

On Our Way To Somewhere

Being witness to a moment

Not Quite Where You'd Expect

The Guest Revealed

The Guest House


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


                                              by Rumi


This was our guest this week, Bear the dog. All of our habits and routines had to alter to accommodate him.

He influenced how we used our space, how we saw our space I feel he taught us an appreciation for many things

that we had overlooked. The poem above seems to touch upon all of this.

Clue #3

Clue #2

Guess Who’s Coming to Stay?

Dreaming of the Great Escape

Which Way Is Up

This space has a very clear purpose but when you turn it around it becomes confused.

How easy is it to loose sight of purpose?

Stopped in our tracks by colour!

A Line Runs Through Them


...the title of the new exhibition of works in the collage gallery,

trying to find the line that connects all of the different pieces

by Eron Boyd,  Sae Kimura,  deborah harris

unwinding a spool of thread and circling the room

gives the sensation of unity

An agreement to be

What makes us free?


looking at you... looking at me

Getting Out Of The City For The Weekend

Attending the Annual Meeting

On A Narrow Plank

Higher Up and Farther In

The Magic of Light

Creating an Exit to the Sky

Eating Green

Today's secret get-away treat!

Singing Green

Trying to Understand the Visual Clues

'From Another World', the work of Floyd Kuptana...

...moves from upstairs, down into the main gallery.

All the better to be seen.

The Changing of the Guard

The hoodies come down

from the exhibition

'Sameness or Diversity'

the next is a surprise to discover tomorrow

In the Rain... How the weather moves us

Moving Lines

Another Video Offering

Cloudy with a chance of thunderstorm

All of the elements... balanced

Almost Ready for Tomorrow

The Texture and Colour of Today

Making Lists


Italian crystal alabaster,

Brazilian steatite,

Black African Pearl,

Spanish alabaster,


Harvest gold alabaster,

Quebec slate...




Many different kinds of stones which can be sculpted and were by Floyd Kuptana.

A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

Today we received the third in the series of books we have published of Floyd's work.

This book is his paintings. All Three books will be available at the reception either to look at or to purchase. This prices for the books are just our cost with no mark up. In fact our cost is less than if you buy a single copy on blurb because we get a discount when we order more than twenty. The books are a good way to remember  and continue to enjoy Floyd's work.

Click on the link below to see in full.




The Contrasts in our Environment

The Black Box

Today we assembled four black boxes (pedestals)

The first one took us a very long time

and seemed impossible.

The second was a little faster

And the third a little more

And the fourth was in five minutes.

We felt very proud.

Unpacking Treasures

A few of our blog viewers were confused by the last entry which was the invitation for Floyd Kuptana who passed away on May 27 last year. We are hosting a reception on the anniversary of his passing, in honour of him and his work. We will also be showing many sculptures brought to the gallery by his long time friend JP Albert. They are packed in the boxes show in these photos. Today we began unpacking and finding places for them, mostly in what is usually the collage gallery and also the library but they will be found through out. The title of the exhibition 'Still With Us' refers to the way that Floyd's presence

stays with us in his work.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?!

There is no There

'There is no There' was the title of this work and exhibition by Jeremy Gordaneer, that was held at Gallery Arcturus in 2011.

It was an extraordinary mural that he painted in his studio in Montreal and finished in the gallery just before the opening.

Yesterday would have been his fiftieth birthday. On that day we received the news that he had passed away in August of last year 2021. It is a terrible shock to learn of someone that you have spent time with and have a strong sense of, to imagine them not being here...Life is so fragile. We are remembering him and his family now.

So Close and yet So Far

Field in Flower in Odawara Japan. Photograph taken by Noriko Kimura

Remembering that the world is not flat as we once thought it was.

Things are not often what we assume them to be.

There are many mysteries unknown.

Singing and Dancing in the Courtyard

The surprise of a blue bag dancing in the wind

and Avey in her pink shoes dancing on the wall.

A Swan Sunning Day

Photograph by Barbara Kellam

An Unlikely Quartet

Singing the Rainy Day Blues


A Walk on the Bright Side

Revisiting the gallery through the eyes of our visitors


This collage, by Sara MacHin, was done as part of the 14th online collage workshop using a photocopied image of Picasso's  'Circus', a cutout from our latest invitation and the postage stamp from the mail out.

All have been placed in a room painted for their occupancy.

It seems to best represent our title for the day. 

The Purging Continues

I remembered the other day that the best thing about creating art is the process of creating art. The space that one creates in must be conducive to that process. Materials need to be visible and accessible otherwise you forget that you have them.The problem is that the more one creates the more the space becomes a storage space, crowded with unknowable and therefore unusable materials. The space

and the materials need to be seen as resources in order to support a creative process. For this reason we have weeded out the space, looked at everything in it and attempted to organize it so it can be a resource to all who enter. A very daunting but satisfying challenge.

Massive Spring Cleaning in the Studio

Sharing a Vision

Spaces that speak to each other

Today one of our visitors was from Japan. Sae was able to introduce her to our gallery and she told us that her father has a gallery in Japan which our space reminded her of. After she left we looked up the gallery, 'Joy of Wind'. It was like travelling in a time capsule to a far off, very beautiful place. You might enjoy to visit as well.   http://rafu-urawa.com/

Trying to reconcile our place in the world

Sharing Pink

Finding racoons in the ceiling day!

Three babies alive and well on their way to a sanctuary.

Round the Table

All the paths lead somewhere

Our Own Henry Moore Driftwood

...is the model for the paintings by Vivian Felsen.

They can be seen on the 4th floor of the gallery.

Reducing the world to black and white

Transforming the Library

Hanging new work requires the rearranging of everything in the space. The change wakes us up and invites renewed seeing.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

We see ourselves most truly in the eyes of those who see us

and our eyes are mirrors for them.

(thank you Teresa)

Collaging the Collage Gallery

Spring Tease

Communicating Intention

Please click to be easily readable  


 P.S. The vacuum is not part of the installation :(

A Tiny Piece of Sky

Holding a Question


Today at 6pm we completed the installation that we have be constructing

for the east genesis gallery. We will post images of the space tomorrow.


Collage alterations and additions

by deborah harris

Painting by Pablo Picasso

Stepping Out

Opening the Windows Day

Behind the Walls

We have constructed a temporary workshop in the genesis

gallery where we are building the next installation exhibition.

It is a secret til we put it up sometime next week.

Music, Written on the Sky or A Bird On The Wire

March Winds are Blowing

Photographs by Simeon Posen

Not Quite Spring

Have a Closer Look

Sae and I came upon this painting today by Eduardo Ettore Forti done in the late 19th century. One hour later we were still engaged and in awe. What was the process of this

painting, how could one execute this kind of detail from ones imagination? The characters

are so complex in their expressions and postures, the quality of their attention, speaking and

listening. The fabrics and the drapery on the bodies. The floor tiles, the metal brazier and the bronze sculptures all created from many many colours together.


We do not paint like this now, maybe because we have photography and film. It is

amazing to consider how this was possible and the motivation and commitment of the artist

to do such work.

A Visit to the Gallery

   Today my daughter Ayokah spent the day with us at the gallery. We did many collages

together but this one somehow speaks to the mood of her being here.


What's Going On!!??

The One Observing the Other

From the comfort of inside to the exhilaration of outside

...both so appealing but difficult to move from one to the other

Lines of Engagement

Nice Boots!

We Need All Of Our Senses

When we close our eyes and our ears and our mouth


We do not see what we need to see


We do not hear what we need to hear


We do not speak what we need to speak



No Words

"Maybe we could be a choir!"

"to to toto  to toooo"

Ending the week on a good note

rAIN WitH thE thReat of sNow

The Winds of Change or Who Can See The Wind

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."


"We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same,

or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like when men were free."


                                                                                                                                                                                   Ronald Reagan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  October 27, 1964

A Visit From Floyd

Standing in the Unfamiliar

Following the Light

One Voice Surrounded By Too Many

A Week of Heavy Lifting

Practicing Being Invisible

Theatre of the Absurd

 Spectator or actor?

CoMing OuT oF tHe TuNneL

Sending out the Mail (online collage workshop #13)

Where are we?

Maybe the question doesn't have an answer.

Coming Out of My Cocoon or My Head is a Butterfly

                A very beautiful collage by Eron Boyd

Four Legs Three Heads One Focus

Visited by Jack Frost

Looking at something off the page

What is she looking at?

Something that we cannot see,

something that is not found on the page she occupies.

that lies outside the edge of the board.

The subject of a painting or collage points with their

gaze to somewhere or something that often remains a mystery.

'Carved with a Brush' the third Kuptana book begins

For the Love of Flying

Leonardo da Vinci drawings


Sae Kimura flying figure.

Gifts From Our Visiting Friends

Today we had visitors. This is what we did together!!

Walking in the Twilight Zone

Life is a Slippery Fish

It's the Light that Unites Them














                     These are our first collages done together in 2022

A Triad (without the middle note)

collage by Sae Kimura
collage by Sae Kimura
collage by deborah harris
collage by deborah harris
collage by Eron Boyd
collage by Eron Boyd

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

collages by Eron Boyd

Two Heads Are Better Than One

collage by Sae Kimura
collage by Sae Kimura


One of our team is at home with a cold

and the other one is doing her best

Standing Tall



to be brave, proud,


without retreating from hardship or adversity

confident in one's ability to meet

whatever may occur