SUPERSKETCH/ Jumper 2013 for NXNE

We invite you to a very special event and reception at Norman Felix Gallery. As a part of NXNE Art,  Norman Felix Gallery and artist and curator Sarah Elminshawi present ¡SUPER SKETCH!  Wednesday June 12th, 7-11pm.



“Super Sketch, the live art and music event that has taken Asia by storm, comes to Toronto! This exciting music and art mash-up created by founding art and music events collaborative SUPERCOLORSUPER makes its way to North America from South Korea for the first time. We are proud to be a destination for the North By Northeast music festival as it expands its dynamic reach by celebrating the exciting arts and music scene in Canada.”


Free with NXNE wristband

Buy in advance at Norman Felix Gallery @627QueenWest  $10

Buy in advance online for $15


See you there ! Save the date , June 12, 2013 !


It Figures

A series of Life Drawings from Rosedale School of the Arts.
It Figures is at Norman Felix until June 3
One gallery visitor who came to the show wrote a very thoughtful review of the exhibit… read some of his kind words below.

“Couldn’t miss the It Figures life-drawings show—it was great last year—so once again

here I am in a downtown Toronto gallery surrounded by a select group of life studies.
This is the intersection of Conté, Sienna, black, white, and paper on the one hand with, on
the other, bodies and spirit. The mechanics of form, in other words, with the facts of life.
Artifact, life…”
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“As we age, our bodies tell deeper stories. Bodies are marked with overlaps, slits,
wrinkles. For her part the artist must defile the model in order make art: defile
means both “narrow passage” and “desecration.” In the deep shadows of our fleshtunnels
are pleasure, transgression, and the possibility of being human.
We are cut, and so defined. To draw out the human is to shadow, and so to articulate.
Articulation, after all, is the little spaces between larger entities: the little spaces that
give meaning by providing contrast…”
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“I can’t help but note the minor differences in ascription concerning what it is the models
are actually doing as they are “captured.” The physical attitude of the horizontal body
is variously described, for example, as relaxed, resting, and reclining. In any case
the model, perforce, gives her- or himself over to the hands of the artist, and as
with Reiki massage the body remains both untouched and touched. It is perhaps in
repose that the model surrenders most fully till given a new liberty in the artwork
itself. Who knows what happens in the gallery after hours? But clearly these bodies
have plenty of energy, and almost anything could happen.”
-David Ker Thomson
Beautiful words for a beautiful show. Come to Norman Felix Art Gallery @ 627 Queen Street West 

David Nardi

David creates his work with a 4×5 film camera.  The result is extremely detailed and vibrant images of our beautiful surroundings, while learning about the significance and fragility of nature.

“I have dabbled in many media from painting and sculpting to drawing and woodworking.  My interest in photography developed during my first two years of college while studying Classical Animation at Sheridan College.  The following year I decided to pursue photography in selected workshops at Ontario College of Art and Design.  Combining this education with a lot of self study and devotion to the craft I have committed myself to becoming a lifetime nature photographer.  My focus is to capture, learn and teach about the visual complexity and beauty of our planet.”


Title: Medicine Lake

Join us at Norman Felix Gallery for Contact 2013, Friday May 10th!

Please click this link to RSVP and guarantee admission to the event.


Should the link not work, please RSVP by emailing

See Facebook event here.

Mary Perdue

“ I am dedicated to producing the highest quality and most esthetically pleasing fine art photographs and digital paintings. I specialize in documentary and studio photographs of people, pets (as photographs or digital paintings), and images of nature / landscapes”.


“ I developed images from film in the darkroom; now I work exclusively with digital cameras and “develop” images in the computer. My expertise has come from multiple courses and workshops taken over the years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto School of Art, Niagara School of Imaging, etc.”

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Title: Jeans in the Window


Join us at Norman Felix Gallery for Contact 2013, Friday May 10th!

Please click this link to RSVP and guarantee admission to the event.


Should the link not work, please RSVP by emailing

See Facebook event here.

Springhill Suites ArtNight 2012

On May 24th 2012, Springhill Suites provided Norman Felix and the McMichael Volunteer Committee with an opportunity to co-curate a vibrantly eclectic show for the hotel’s first annual ArtNight. Each year, 250 of the Marriott’s hotels across North America host an ArtNight with the intention of stimulating interest in local talent.


A wide range of artists at various stages of notoriety were showcased. Emerging talent shone just as brightly as established professionals at the peak of their careers. Norman Felix’s own Tongson Chen, an OCAD student who is making waves in the art community, exhibited his stylistically sophisticated yet grungy mixed-media depictions of broken-down urban settings.


Tongson Chen, Dundas (top) and Augusta (bottom)

One of McMichael Gallery’s stars, Doris Pontieri, is soon to show at the Louvre in France as one of twelve hand-picked Canadian artists. She was a treat to meet in person, and delivered some lovely eye candy to boot.


Although three hours was hardly enough time to absorb the beauty and diversity on display, we definitely came away from ArtNight with lasting impressions. We especially loved the masterful and unique landscape renderings by Michael Zarowsky and Jeremy Browne, whose work resonated with depth and meaning


Zarowky’s watercolor work  is a vibrant, hyper-saturated blend of realism and impressionism. He has mastered contrast and tonality, rendering light and shadow so convincingly that the viewer feels transported into the scene. You can almost sense the time of day, and the invigorating taste of the winter air.


Colours of Sunlit Silence After the Snowfall by Michael Zarowsky


Appalachian Valley by Jeremy Browne

Jeremy Browne explores the relationship between light and landscape with photo-realistic scenes of solitary farm houses set in immense, desolate landscapes. His work is peaceful and melancholy, communicating a respect for the wilderness of the North country, but also capturing the comfort of home with at least one lit window in each of his farmhouses.

Rogers Television interviewing Doris Pontieri

Doris Pontieri’s innovative use of charcoal on canvas mixed with acrylic and watercolour paints  elevates the landscape subject matter to a level where the medium speaks to the message of the artwork. Pontieri’s Northern Birch Trees paintings allude to a personal story of resilience in the face of struggle. She had to invent her own methodology for using charcoal on canvas to create these pieces, as charcoal rubs off easily and is difficult to keep intact long enough to render a drawing. We were so enchanted by her work that we’re currently writing a separate post just about Doris!


Many of our Norman Felix artists travelled to Vaughan from downtown Toronto and beyond in order to attend the reception. Bryan Belanger, Pete Kasprzak, Abigail Bedwell, Johanna Meharg, Jeff Turner, Saira de Goede, Dave Rheaume, and Melanie Day made it out for the event. Tongson Chen couldn’t stay for the opening, however he spent the entire day assisting with the curation and set-up for the event.


The night featured some of Norman Felix Gallery‘s newest work, including several mixed media-based paintings by Saira de Goede, who produces large-scale figurative pieces depicting beautiful but sinister women. Her striking art attracted a lot of interest with its juxtaposition of beauty and violence.


Bryan Belanger wowed viewers with the debut of his formidably-scaled paintings. Whitsundays feels like a walk on the beach to look upon with its thick and glossy layers of aquamarine paint, while The Balance of Mount Olympus explores female relationships in a style that is part myth, part free association, and part calculated madness.

Whitsundays by Bryan Belanger

Melanie Day’s soothing, subdued paintings of abstracted stormy island shores were a peaceful escape from reality. On a scorching hot day, just looking at them was enough to feel awash with relief from the blazing sun!


Snake Island by Melanie Day (left) and Ingrid’s Eye Glint by Saira de Goede (right)

The new works by Pete Kasprzak (as seen in our CONTACT 2012 show), turned photography on its head with the use of an experimental and unique approach to photography involving black-on-black, with carved latex prints mounted on board.


Erin Bittschwan (Director of Norman Felix Gallery) at the podium

Jeff Turner, another of our photographers, delivered some small and striking resin-coated prints on panel just in time for the show. The provocative image of a woman in an illuminated bathtub was a major conversation piece, especially as it differs so much from his usual travel photography.


Two very different aesthetics seamlessly blended together at ArtNight. The highly detailed, realistic, and traditional work selected by the McMichael Volunteer Committee provided the perfect counterbalance to Norman Felix’s urban-meets-contemporary aesthetic. This thematic divide was a reminder that there is no single correct approach to creating art. A successful piece is one that can enchant its audience, regardless of how varied their life experiences and perspectives may be.


ArtNight: At SpringHill Suites by Norman Felix Gallery

Erin Bittschwan

ArtNight at SpringHill Suites by Norman Felix and McMichael Galleries

Welcome to the Norman Felix Gallery Blog!


The Norman Felix “Red Carpet”

Welcome to Norman Felix Gallery’s brand new blog!

We are a Toronto-based art gallery and management agency, as well as a creative haven for artists and art lovers alike. We are located at 627 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario. The beginning of 2012 has been an exciting time of growth, evolution, and expansion for the gallery, and we want to share our journey with you!

Norman Felix’s new space at Six20Seven Queen Street West

Norman Felix is a space run by people who are truly passionate about art, and understand the creative process (two of whom are artists themselves!) We believe in supporting emerging as well as established talent, and have dedicated ourselves to promoting Canadian artists. This is a competitive field, so we aim to help our artists master the business side of the art industry, in order to make the most of their talent and creativity.

The gallery maintains a hand-picked collection of original Canadian artwork, which ranges from elegant abstract paintings to breathtaking photography and skillfully rendered contemporary illustrations. We are a juried gallery, but we encourage ambitious and dedicated artists to submit their work to us because we are always on the lookout for new talent!

Norman Felix Gallery was first established by Erin Bittschwan, a business whiz from an artistic family whose love for art and penchant for business fuelled the creation of Norman Felix Gallery in 2006. Initially operating out of a 300 sq foot room on Spadina that would later become the gallery’s storage area, Erin began by managing her sister Nyoka’s artwork. Other artists started requesting Erin’s services, and eventually the first Norman Felix gallery showroom opened at 192 Spadina Avenue.

Erin Bittschwan, Gallery Director

Since then, the gallery continued to gain momentum, and recently outgrew its Spadina location. In autumn of 2011, we moved to a beautiful new storefront location on Queen Street West (at Bathurst). In collaboration with Gallery C-C, Creatures Creating, Footage Entertainment, and BodyBeautyMind, Norman Felix has established a multi-faceted creative space where local talent thrives. This collective is called Six20Seven. Our first opening reception at Six20Seven took place in December, for our annual Holiday show Delight 2011. It was a resounding success, and a promising beacon of many exciting events yet to come.

Delight 2011 Opening Reception @ Norman Felix Gallery

Our vision for the future is simple: we aim to continue to showcase amazing artists, put on fabulous shows, and deliver a powerful viewing experience to a diverse variety of tastes. This blog will document our progress, sources of inspiration, and reflections upon notable events and achievements in the Toronto arts community. Check back often for updates!

Until the next time,

Come visit us in person!