Our evening welcomes both women and men for an exhilarating discourse on art appreciation at the Distillery District’s Corkin Gallery, noted as one of Canada’s pre-eminent spaces for visual art. Jane Corkin, renowned Toronto art expert, will take our guests on a private journey into the world of buying and selling art. She will facilitate an informal light-hearted conversation to break down the complexity of art, to empower confidence, acquire art vocabulary and the knowledge to appreciate talent in any medium. For more about the Corkin Gallery, see the recent article featuring Jane Corkin in the Toronto Star.
The event will feature a Light Dinner and Dessert Reception Generously Donated by Pusateri’s
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Jane Corkin is the owner and director of Corkin Gallery. She has over 40 years of experience in the arts in Toronto as well and in the international market.
After working to bring photography to the art market in Toronto at David Mirvish Gallery, she opened her own gallery in 1979. In Toronto, there was not yet a history of photography buying or collecting, but Jane was instrumental in changing this. Her first exhibitions included photographic legends Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe.
For 35 years she has been an important advocate for the arts in Canada, and has been instrumental in promoting Canadian artists internationally and domestically. For the last 10 years, since opening the 10,000 square foot gallery in the Distillery District, Jane has expanded the focus of her gallery to contemporary artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, video, new media, installation, and of course photography. The gallery, located in a former tank-house in the Distillery District in Toronto, provides a unique exhibition space. Unlike other smaller galleries, this internationally acclaimed venue designed by architects Shim-Sutcliffe, has five separate exhibition spaces and houses over one thousand works-of-art.
Jane is a formidable presence in the Canadian art world. She has been a tireless advocate for the arts in Canada, and has done so much to promote Canadian art on an international stage. She was a founding director of the AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), she has sat on the board of the ADAC (Art Dealers Association of Canada) as president, and was a trustee of the Powerplant Contemporary Art Gallery for 6 years and was a trustee of AGO, Foundation Board. She also was on the advisory board for the New Photography Division at the Guggenheim, NY and the Sloane Museum in London, England.
Her style, passion, generosity and knowledge have led her to become one of the foremost figures in the Canadian art world. Through the gallery, she regularly supports causes such as Art with Heart, Canadian Art Gallery Hop, CAMH Foundation, and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. The gallery has been the setting for a number of art world events, including last years Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s Night of Distortion, and CAMH Foundation’s Unmasked.
Her impeccable taste and her signature style have made her a fixture in the pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines for over 35 years. Carefully selected works from Corkin Gallery hang in the Platinum Suite, the Room’s VIP personal shopping area at the Hudson’s Bay.
Jane has said of her clients: “I have the great fortune to work with collectors who are passionate about art, for whom there is a desire for the aesthetic, the intellectual and the spiritual nourishment of art.” Her clients include a long list of well-known collectors, both in Toronto and abroad. Artworks from her gallery line the walls of museums, homes and office towers throughout the world.