Being a member of GAS is being a member of a community, where members support each other as well as having the extraordinary enthusiasm and talent of Joanne Filletti to curate every exhibition brilliantly.
I have shown collage-based work at GAS for over four years. Joanne is a very talented curator also concerned that each exhibitor is comfortable with arrangement and atmosphere of their show. Receptions are celebrated and often well-attended. A permanent members wall allows each of us to have a piece on display. The gallery is home to jazz nights, yoga classes, poetry readings and life drawing classes bringing the public into the exhibition.
GAS has become for me a special place, a vital nexus hosting a unique mix of disciplines and interests. It offers opportunities to network and make new friends. GAS has a fantastic entertainment component as well as an authentic social one. It's become something of a community centre, organically plugged into the thriving Gerrard East neighbourhood. Being a member of GAS provides both a sense of structure and a coherent schedule, so I can find a reassuring rhythm in the exhibition of my work.
"It's been great having a gallery close to my home in Leslieville. It is one of the few contemporary galleries in this area where I can show contemporary prints in the group exhibitions held several times a year. GAS is an evolving project and engaged members can have a voice in it's evolution: music and theatre performances, life drawing, and workshops are some of the many artistic ventures made available by members of GAS and the community at large."
GAS has brought me exactly what I had been looking for, a gallery whose artist owner, Joanne Filletti, a working artist herself, well informed, easy to talk to and dedicated to 'her' artists as well as the gallery itself. When work is hung at GAS, the work looks better on its walls. All of us benefit from being in that space. We also learn from our friendly communication with Joanne and those who assist her in running the gallery efficiently and in having our artists conversations.