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The 56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
This year's TOAE has come and gone and, once again, the event brought together artists, art lovers and patrons. Despite storm warnings and the occasional ominously dark sky, the rain held off (for the most part) and sun shone for most of the weekend.
The Judges for the first 'Eyes Of Society - Social Commentary Award', were scattered across the country. April White, Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw were in Haida Gwaii (100km off Canada's Pacific coast). Sophie Lavoie was in Winnipeg, Gary Landon, Robert Landon, Anja Karisik and W. David Ward, were here in Toronto; Andrew Sookrah, was boarding a boat to return from Sable Island (175 km off the coast of Nova Scotia, in the North Atlantic).

The shortlist of artists, selected from 340+ Artists and Makers at this year's exhibition,
were as follows:

(Artists links can be found at the bottom of the page)

Stephanie Avery
Barb Ten Eycke
Soraya Hutchinson
Cindy Lee
Stephen Perry
Azadeh Pirazimian
Tony Tayler

And, after much deliberation, the winner is:
Azadeh Pirazimian

Award Ceremony.
Main stage, end of day, Friday (Photo: Andrew Williamson)

Azadeh and Anja
(Photo: Andrew Williamson)

Azadeh is presented her $1000 award cheque.
Staff and board members (left to right):
Ashley Watson, Art Encounter Coordinator; Alex Ciappara, Chair
- Azadeh -
Anahita Azrahimi; Executive Director; Samantha Rodin, Board Member.

W. David Ward, Gary Landon, and Azadeh

The evocative selected work

'They Have Not Read The News'
Pigment Liner
9" x 7"  2017
Azadeh Pirazimian
See (and read) more at:

Please visit the websites of the other selected artists (The works you will see may not be the pieces selected as 'Social Commentary', but they are all are compelling):
Stephanie Avery - Barb Ten Eycke - Soraya Hutchinson
Cindy Lee - Stephen Perry - Tony Tayler

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