Toronto Botanical Garden’s outdoor African art exhibition “ZimSculpt” showcases hundreds of stone sculptures by over a dozen contemporary Zimbabwean artists. The exhibition opens Friday, August 3 through September 30, 2018. The works are chiseled, hand-carved, sanded and polished by artists who draw upon a wide variety of inspiration. From dramatic modern styling praised by Henry Moore, to more contemplative “village” pieces that capture African life, these sculptures project a vibrancy that has captivated audiences around the world. The setting of Toronto’s most beautiful garden for this great art highlights the beauty of both. During the course of the exhibition, two artists-in-residence will be live-sculpting, demonstrating their carving techniques and intricate handiwork. All displayed work, including work created during the event, will be available for purchase, and visitors are welcome to commission pieces from the two featured artists. An outdoor Marketplace will feature smaller one-of-a-kind sculptures for purchase as well as traditional basketry and jewellery by Zimbabwean artists. The Marketplace will be open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and late night Thursdays until 8 p.m. FREE ADMISSION Opening Reception Celebrate the opening of ZimSculpt! A special evening reception at the TBG. August 3, 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations required. ZimSculpt Marketplace ZimSculpt artists are onsite sculpting new pieces available for purchase under the Marketplace tent in the Perennial Border. Open Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until dusk ZimNights in the Garden Evenings include an array of activities including South African wine tastings, live music, guided art walks and special demonstrations. Thursdays in August and September, 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Registration recommended. Coffee with the Curator Join us for free coffee and a chat with ZimSculpt curator Vivienne Croisette. She’ll offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on the exhibition, its inspiration and answer questions about this art form. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Registration recommended. ZimSculpt Art Walk A ZimSculpt team member will lead a guided tour of the sculptures throughout the garden Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ZimSculpt Art and Garden Tours A TBG Tour Guide will lead an informative and engaging tour of the gardens along with the sculptures on display. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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