CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way that they’ve never experienced.” – Dale Chihuly Opening this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum, the first major exhibition in Toronto of spectacular glass sculpture by American master Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY at the ROM features new and early works in eleven installations designed […]

26.06.2016 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: , , , · 4 Comments »
Island-hopping in the Atlantic with Azores Airlines

Island-hopping in the Atlantic with Azores Airlines

Black volcanic cliffs shrouded in mist, fantastical ferns and flowers that look like props from an episode of Star Trek. I’ve just returned from a big adventure, island-hopping in the Atlantic Ocean with Azores Airlines (SATA). The two-island 12-day package took us on a voyage of discovery to a part of the planet we’d never […]

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

Romantic, innovator, traveler, genius. J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was Britain’s greatest artist and the pilgrimage to see the collection of his work at Tate Britain is one I’ve made each time I’ve visited London. His luminous, vaporous paintings are mesmerizing, and surprisingly modern.  I’m incredibly excited that many of these masterworks have come to Toronto in […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Review, Toronto · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Swimmingly \ adv (1622):  very well; SPLENDIDLY Several recent Guardian articles on wild swimming (Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, and Wild Swimming in Italy) have me dreaming of water again.  One thing my husband Pat and I can agree on when planning a trip to take together is the opportunity to swim in natural water. We’ll never […]

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic at the AGO

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic at the AGO

On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the exquisite exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. Five years in the planning and scheduled to run concurrently with the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games 2015, the show takes visitors on a spectacular visual journey through the Americas. […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Toronto · Tags: , · 3 Comments »
Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Two brilliant exhibitions on now at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, reveal British painter Howard Hodgkin’s lifelong fascination with India. Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin features the artist’s own work inspired by the energy, light and colours of India. Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin displays extraordinary historical pieces from Hodgkin’s private collection. […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Toronto · Tags: , , · 7 Comments »
Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Have you seen northern Manhattan from the Harlem River yet? One of the best things I’ve done in New York City is to circumnavigate Manhattan by boat. It’s thrilling yet relaxing to escape traffic and see sides (literally) of Manhattan you’ve never seen before. Manhattan is an island, completely surrounded by water, and there are […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Architecture, Legendary Landscapes, New York, United States · Tags: , · 10 Comments »
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time at the AGO

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time at the AGO

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the blockbuster exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time. The retrospective is a rare opportunity to see 85 large-scale paintings and drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), one of art history’s most […]

08.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: · 6 Comments »
Travel Cuba: exploring Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream

Travel Cuba: exploring Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream

You never know what you’ll get when you call for a cab in Cuba. The 1958 Oldsmobile that lurched up to our hotel in Cayo Coco was an icon of mid-century design. Its rocket hood ornament, flight-ready fins, chrome starburst accents and windows rounded like stratospheric clouds hinted at jet-age dreams of exploration. Wafting Cuban […]

The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

“…for I was a merchant and a man of money and substance and had a ship of my own, laden with great stores of goods and merchandise; but it foundered at sea and all were drowned except me who saved myself on a piece of plank which Allah vouchsafed to me of His favour.” – […]

19.12.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »