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Thursday, May 30, 2013

FREE EVENT TONIGHT - There Is Always A Way Silent Auction - Kensington Market, TO


There Is Always A Way – Silent Auction and Sale - Tonight
Thursday May 30, 2013
279 Augusta Avenue
Kensington Market
Toronto, ON
Canada
416 703 7625
6 - 9 pm
Free

Refreshments will be served.

Some silent auction donations include:

a $50 gift certificate from Utopia.
a $50 gift certificate from Red Pegasus.
Consider shopping in the culturally diverse Kensington Market area for cheese, organic meats, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Pick up a little sundress or a unique silk screened tee shirt. Buy a gorgeous pair of $10 sunglasses or a hat for under $20. But don't spend it all.... participate in this fundraiser.

At 6pm, when many businesses are closing and you've had your fill of doubles, oxtail and assorted baked goods you say hello to Julian and I at Model Citizen. http://modelcitizento.tumblr.com/

Bid on silent auction items and purchase from a selection of paintings by me, Simone Frank to raise funds for her invitation to exhibit in China.

Model Citizen carries designs from Canadian artists. It houses a collection of unique clothing, accessories and to top it off, he teaches silk screening courses as well. You can find out more when you visit the store located at 279 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.

The paintings for sale are from the following exhibitions:

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

A Tribute to Stevie Wonder


Please join me for this great event. It's a chance to support Canadian art and design and to assist me in my efforts to exhibit internationally.

It's always great to see you!!

Once again... THIS EVENT IS FREE
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390986
If you visit paper brown tickets to get an Andriod or iPhone ticket it will be complete with directions, date and time.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hump Day Lunch is Canceled but There Is Always A Way Silent Auction is still a go.....

Hump Day Lunch is canceled.

Look forward to this free event...

There Is Always A Way Silent Auction
279 Augusta Avenue,
Kensington Market
Toronto, ON
6 - 9 pm
Thursday May 30, 2013

When Julian at Model Citizen in Kensington Market learned that I was fundraising so that I could participate in the 2013 Contemporary Art Exhibition in China, he offered the use of his store as a venue in which to fundraise. How kind is that?

Consider shopping in the culturally diverse Kensington Market area for cheese, organic meats, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Pick up a little sundress or a unique silk screened tee shirt. Buy a gorgeous pair of $10 sunglasses or a hat for under $20. But don't spend it all.... participate in this fundraiser.

At 6pm, when many businesses are closing and you've had your fill of doubles, oxtail and assorted baked goods you say hello to Julian and I at Model Citizen. http://modelcitizento.tumblr.com/

Bid on silent auction items and purchase from a selection of paintings by me, Simone Frank to raise funds for her invitation to exhibit in China.

There Is Always A Way Silent Auction

Model Citizen carries designs from Canadian artists. It houses a collection of unique clothing, accessories and to top it off, he teaches silk screening courses as well. You can find out more when you visit the store located at 279 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.

The paintings for sale are from the following exhibitions:

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
http://www.artmajeur.com/en/artist/simonefrank/collection/a-tribute-to-ella-fitzgerald/1408336

A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
http://www.artmajeur.com/en/artist/simonefrank/collection/a-tribute-to-jimi-hendrix/1346782

A Tribute to Stevie Wonder
http://www.artmajeur.com/en/artist/simonefrank/collection/a-tribute-to-stevie-wonder/1391245


Please join me for this great event. It's a chance to support Canadian art and design and to assist me in my efforts to exhibit internationally.

It's always great to see you!!

THIS EVENT IS FREE
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390986
please visit paper brown tickets to get an Andriod or iPhone ticket with directions, dates and time.

http://simone4king.blogspot.ca/2013/05/good-clean-fundraisers.html

To make a donation, please click on the link below:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/simone-frank-ten-survivor-lives-with-lupus-there-is-always-a-way
 

Have a great day!


Simone

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Everybody Loves the Sunshine!


"So far, there is no law against dreaming." Winnie Mandella

On my travels along College Street West yesterday, I was able to drop into some great stores.

One store that is new to me is called, Playful Grounds. This dining establishment is kid friendly, provides workshops for gardening and yoga, for example and best of all has free Jazz on Fridays. When I asked the lovely owner, if I could put up a poster promotion the upcoming fundraisers:

Wednesday May 29th, 2013 from 1 to 3pm.
393 Spadina Avenue,
Toronto, ON, Canada 
(located 2 blocks N of Dundas) http://www.xamyu.com/contactUs.php

Please buy your tickets while they last or RSVP if you intend to pay by cash.

And

There Is Always A Way Silent Auction
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390986
Model Citizen in Kensington Market
Thursday May 30th, 2013
from 6-9pm
for silent auction of items donated by local establishments:

Possible sponsors are:
Motoretta – hopefully they’ll throw in a Vespa
Lily of the Valley – a great place to get a brazillian
Riveira Bakery – I’m hoping for a platter of canolis – Yum, yum!
Soundscapes – a music store plus which carries lots of cds by Toronto musicians
Bar Italia – a great place to dine and hear great music and djs
Utopia – one of my favourite places to get a burger and fries
Red Pegasus – a million years ago, they carried a line of my books with covers painted in coffee
Playful Grounds – filled with Mom’s with young kids
Organic Metal Gallery – a place I hope to get a group of pals together to learn to make silver jewelry
Sneaky Dees – where I spent many a weekend dancing to my ‘suburbian’ pal’s band and eating nachos
Genesis One – a great place to buy natural hair and skin products and calypso

These two paintings will be on exhibition
at Model Citizen on Thursday May 30th.
Realize - 2008
Remembrance - 2008
Visit this facebook event page to view other works for sale:
https://www.facebook.com/events/395278290587229/

If there is a work of art that you have seen online and would like me to bring to the silent auction, please let me know and I will bring it to Kensington Market.

The lovely owner of Playful Grounds kindly offered the use of her establishment as a venue in which to throw an event. Woo hoo! Best of all, I found out that she throws a free event on Friday’s where there is live with jazz artists performing.

I suggest you check it out!

Look forward to a weekend event during June or July at Playful Grounds on College near Grace.

I hope you take advantage of the sunshine!!!




To support me in my effort to exhibit Self Defense in China,

please click on the link below:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/simone-frank-ten-survivor-lives-with-lupus-there-is-always-a-way


Cheerio,


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Good Clean Fundraisers

As promised, I have scheduled a couple of great events downtown in Spadina and Kensington Market area.

Look forward to dining at one of my favourite restaurants, Xam Yu. It is located on Spadina just North of Dundas. The food is superb. The service is amazing. The staff is pleasant and patient.



Jimmy, the manager of Xam Yu, (whom I will probably buy a house from some day), kindly agreed to support my efforts to exhibit my works of art in China. 

This fundraising event is called, Hump Day Lunch

For $30 a plate, you can eat the most scrumptious Chinese food ever.
Jimmy is open to suggestions regarding the menu. You can post a comment on  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390917.

I invite you to taste some of my favourite dishes:

General Tao’s Chicken,
Cantonese Chow Mein
and Steamed Snow Pea Leaves.

Jimmy suggested a lovely mushroom and tofu dish and… lobster.

Anyone who knows me well knows that as soon as my companion says they’re paying, my automatic response is, “I’ll have the lobster.”

At this event, you are encouraged to sit beside a total stranger and eat from the delicious food placed in its centre. Mix and mingle.

Wednesday May 29th, 2013
1 to 3pm,
393 Spadina Avenue,
Toronto, ON, Canada 
Purchase your tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390917
Or pay at the door.
It’s good, clean, family friendly fun.
I look forward to seeing you there.

A portion of sales will support me in my effort to exhibit my works of art in China and to complete other projects on the go.


Julian at Model Citizen has been kind enough to host: 
There Is Always A Way Silent Auction.

You are invited to bid on items donated by local Toronto business. Please contact me if you’d like to donate an item for silent auction.

Join me at:
and silent auction of items donated by local establishments.
RSVP by clicking the link below:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390986

You can RSVP by clicking the link below and also leave a comment about  Model Citizen's silk screening courses. Julian has a great work area set up in the back of his store where he teaches people to silk screen. Consider registering for a class.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390986


Sales from this event will support me in my efforts to exhibit my works of art in China. If I'm unable to do so, the monies will go to other projects. The exhibition in China is being curated by Shanghai Yude Exhibition Company Ltd. It is not too late for me to participate, although I missed a television interview. 

There is still time for me to ship my work to China and to possibly travel there. The exhibition ends on July 10th, 2013. I missed a television interview, but expect to be able to make up for lost time. There is always a way.

Purchase works of art that some of my clients asked me to exhibit in Toronto:

(View images from this collection at http://www.simonefrank.com/)

Sweet Ella 11"x14" - $215 
Trippy Solo - 11.71" x15" - $195 
Boogie On 8"x10" - $115



is located in Kensington Market
on Augusta Avenue just South of College Street West on the East side of the street

There is Always A Way Silent Auction
Model Citizen
(416) 703-7625


Great news! An exhibition is scheduled at B.A.N.D Art gallery in Toronto
Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue
in their new location:

Don’t worry B.A.N.D staff, if the work sells out at Model Citizen, I will paint more.  Picture a bit of Nina Simone on your walls, for instance.

A Tribute to Black Musicians
September 20th to October 27th
Opening Reception Friday September 20th 
Art lounge Friday October 25th
"Artist Talk and Art lounge Friday October 25th"






Please continue to share and like the link below.

Remember to support your local creative types.
Use your powers for good and not evil.

What else? What else?
Oh. Eat yer greens!


 Now, I know Kermit the frog sang this one pretty well, but I prefer Ray.







             

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Self Defense to be exhibited in China



I was laughing out loud while performing another edit of, No More Kissing Frogs. At one point, I was worried that the book was a bit too risque to be published under my name. But if it can’t be published under my name in 2013, then things are worse than I thought.

­No More Kissing Frogs, is the story of a Black woman in Toronto who decides to date online after a long courtship that failed with an Italian diplomat. She meets various kinds of men but never falls in love and blames her failed relationships of the men she encounters, the advice she gets and a world she doesn’t understand. She never blames herself. Bitter would be an understatement. She has completely lost hope in romantic love. It is funny and poignant and clever.

I spent yesterday working on the screensaver to give as a token of thanks for investing in my art career via Indiegogo. The screensaver is almost complete. I showed it to a pal on Monday, and we both agreed that it might be a slight health risk due to the dynamic motion graphics. Sadly, my rusty old computer does not support, Screentime, the required software needed to complete it. Another delay due to technology in the technological age is a sad thing. Sorry about that folks! Soon come.

I’m considering boring myself to tears in an office job again instead of fundraising. I even wrote a long piece about artists who make that choice. If WARC happily accepts my submission, you’ll be able to view the installation called, Get Up, around the idea of ­– depression and the need for inspiration and perseverance. The piece was inspired by a visit with my Dad, conversations with pals and relatives. It was also inspired by working alongside Laurence Fishbourne on a tv set, who is now on the cover of Cigar Aficionado.

I have not given up on my dream of traveling to China to exhibit my art. I missed the television interview. Boo hoo. And still need to raise funds to ship the work and to prepare all the necessary legal documents required. Hopefully, I can meet the team along the way. The exhibit runs until July 10th, 2013.

You can help get me there by sharing, liking, posting and making a donation via the link below.
Many people have asked me how the exhibition came to be. Honestly, I was aiming for Spain, New York, Italy, Japan, London or Iceland. I received an email from Shanghai Yude Exhibition Company inviting me to exhibit as a result of my website. They simply liked my work and asked me to participate in their 2013 Contemporary Art Exhibition. I was honoured and accepted not realizing how much work that entails.

CARFAC is an excellent organization for artists to join when faced with proposals that are beyond their knowledge base. There is also The Artists Network. CARFAC provided me with wonderful resources to help me orient myself in the world of International Art.

The exhibition that Shanghai Yude Exhibition Company chose to for the 2013 Contemporary Art Exhibition is called, ‘Self Defense.’ It was exhibited at BAND in July of 2012. Five pieces sold during those three weeks. Shanghai Yude Exhibition Company also chose some wire sculptures.

Okay, I’ll tell the story that made me run to confession, just in case word got out to my deceased Mom’s priest friends or the Catholic Women's league that I had sinned and become violent after her passing.

Black Madonna for Mom
I was out for a drink with my pal, R. We simply wanted to have a glass wine and catch up on a lovely Spring weeknight. There was this yahoo at the bar who found pleasure in verbally and physically abusing the patrons. 

Before I knew it, he was telling me how gorgeous I was. He loved my curves. It was a wonder I was single. Men must love me. And then he began to get vulgar. (The unedited version will be available once my book is published). I got up and walked away. To be honest, I walked away from him a few times. His friends pulled him away from me a couple times. 

Then he punched Rs boyfriend in the face and was cut off at the bar, but was allowed to stay. In my day, we sent the misbehaved ones home. 

Now, the yahoo, had a very attractive friend who asked me out to dinner. I was charmed and pleased. I accepted and then saw that Rs boyfriend and the yahoo were coming close to blows.
I ran in between them. I grew up in the burbs and hung out with a bunch of guys. I knew better than to let one man who was alone in a bar, fight a guy who was in a bar with five friends. So I ran in between them and joked around.

The yahoo threatened my life and explained in great detail how he was going to harm me. Instead of being afraid, I was enraged. When he raised his hand to hit me, I screamed, ‘Are you kidding me? You’re going to hit a woman!’

Dare
Now, I thought that I moved out of the way, but R told me later that I pushed him and he fell over on to a couple of bar stools. Then I remembered the look on his face and me standing there thinking, 'I don't know if I can take this guy, but there is no way I'm going to stand there and let a man hit me.'

For whatever reason, the entire population of men in the bar began fight. Furniture fell over, drinks were spilled. People lefts. People were fighting who had nothing to do with any of it.
Where was I? Off to the side yelling for them to stop.

The yahoo, when he finally got up off the floor from being pummeled, started throwing glasses at Rs boyfriend and I. R called the police. The yahoo was put in a headlock and dragged out of the bar by the Saturday night DJ who later said that something just came over him.

I wish I had not become violent. I could have made other choices, like leaving the bar.

I called the show, ‘Self Defense,’ because painting that series, was my way of healing and regrouping after the incident. My form of therapy. I asked a lot of people what they did to quell their rage – how they worked out their anger.

One pal, had a punching bag in her house. You’d never know it see her – elegant as she is. Another pal did Tai Chi. Qi Gong, was used by another. I had a friend who swam. Some people run. Some destroy things they love. I tried fencing once and liked that. But this, this worked for me. Painting seems to usually work for me. This series told the story and made me feel strong in a non-aggressive way. I am honoured that they chose it for the exhibition.

Now, the sad thing is, that attractive man never did call me to go out to dinner. Sad. But I didn't blame myself. I blamed the Adjustment Bureau.

'We actually tried free will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire, we stepped back to see how you'd do on your own.

"You gave us the dark ages for five centuries, until finally we decided we should come back in. The chairman thought that maybe we just needed to do a better job of teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again, so we gave you, The Renaissance, The Enlightenment, The Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years, we taught you to control your impulses with reason. Then in 1910, we stepped back.

"Within fifty years, we brought us WWI, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it all off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban missile crisis. At that point, a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn't fis.

"You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will."  

(screenplay), (short story "Adjustment Team")

Be careful ladies and gents. Be a lover, not a fighter. It’s simply more attractive.



You can now find me on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/simone4king


Cheerio!

Simone