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Raising STEPS

Dates

Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019

Type

Exhibitions

Admission

Free

Location Accessible

New Balance

1510 Yonge Street


Daily Hours

MonMonday

10:00 am

8:00 pm

TueTuesday

10:00 am

8:00 pm

WedWednesday

10:00 am

8:00 pm

ThuThursday

10:00 am

8:00 pm

FriFriday

10:00 am

8:00 pm

SatSaturday

10:00 am

6:00 pm

SunSunday

11:00 am

6:00 pm

Description

An auction of artist-designed shoes in support of charitable public art organization The STEPS Initiative.

What happens when the blank canvas for an artist is a new pair of white runners? New Balance Yonge Street is excited to host seven emerging Toronto-based artists as they reimagine the look of New Balance in this unique initiative for DesignTO. These one-of-a-kind works will be auctioned during DesignTO Festival (January 18-27) during store hours. Bid on your favourite pair in support of local charitable arts organization STEPS Initiative. Artists featured in this exhibit include Stephanie Bellefleur, Stephanie Boutari, Katrina Canedo, Laura Elliott, Bareket Kezwer, Jieun Kim, and Anya Mielniczek. From sculptural to functional, these kicks will pull influence from
street art, sculpture, design and fashion.

The STEPS Initiative is an award winning charitable organization that bridges culture, community and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local community through artistic excellence. The funds raised during this auction will support our STEPS.Talent pillar which cultivates local talent through training, exhibition, production, mentorship and equitably-paid learning opportunities for local emerging artists throughout our many projects.

stepsinitiative.com

Lead Image Credit: Stephanie Boutari. ‘Reset (detail)’, 2018, overlay on New Balance product.

Images below of work by selected artists: Stephanie Bellefleur, Bareket Kezwer, and Anya Mielniczek.

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Participants

Stephanie Boutari, Stephanie Bellefleur, Katrina Canedo, Laura Elliott, Bareket Kezwer, Jieun Kim, Anya Mielniczek

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