I was super honoured to be invited to participate in this year’s Society of Estonian Artists exhibition in Toronto. Even though my roots are Latvian it’s nice to know that the Baltic diaspora likes to support one another. Of course, it helps that one’s work is appreciated, regardless of ethnicity. For those who don’t know, the three Baltic countries neighbour each other in Northern Europe on the Baltic Sea next to Finland, Sweden and Norway with Poland on the western border with Lithuania.
Over my career, I’ve been a bit lazy in terms of engaging with the Latvian Arts groups in other parts of the world. Likely because of the great distances, etc. As well as the logistical hurdles of moving physical artwork back and forth.
Just the same I was very flattered to be invited out of the blue. This show is being held in an area of Toronto that I love, namely the Pottery Rd. neighbourhood next to the Bayview Extension in the Don Valley. The Papermill Gallery is a pretty sweet venue and not far from the brickyards which serve as a space for the creative arts.
So, if you are able, check it out.