ANIMAL TOTEMS with Sarah Hunter and Monica Voss

Using relaxation, meditation, poetry, movement and collage, we’ll discover an animal that’s meaningful, helpful and inspiring. We look forward to exploring your animal totem with you. Come with an open mind and a creative spirit!

Sarah Hunter is a visual artist who has conducted numerous workshops for adults and children over the past 30 years at Toronto Public Schools, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gardiner Museum. She has exhibited her work in Toronto, Taiwan and New Mexico and has been included in numerous group and solo shows in a variety of spaces, including public galleries, art centres and commercial art spaces. 

Monica Voss has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 40 years. In addition to co-owning and teaching at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.

Animal Totems Yoga Workshop
Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Sunday, March 22, 1-3:00 pm
390 Dupont Street, Toronto

For more information or to register please send us an email. The image above, “Owl” by Sarah Hunter.

Japanese & Wolf Woman go to New York!

Avril Benoit who currently works for Medecins sans Frontiers in Geneva recently got a new job in New York City.

She came to my studio and purchased Wolf Woman and Japanese Woman from me before her interview in New York.

And she got the job! These two new works will be travelling to New York City with her. Bon voyage!

“Japanese Woman”, Ink on paper, 9×11″

“Wolf Woman”, Ink on paper, 8 1/2×10″

Thoughts On The Turtle

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” –Bruce Feiler

Ever wondered why turtlart is turtlart? Sarah Hunter chose the symbol of the turtle for her art practice and art business when she first started her career as a professional artist in the late 1980’s. She chose the turtle partly because of the old saying from Aesops fable of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race.  Sarah wanted to grow her art work and career slowly and with intention.

The symbol of the turtle is an ancient one and is one of the oldest symbols in art. In China the turtle was seen as a symbol of uniting heaven and earth. It was seen as an invitation for blessings from both the heavens and the earth.

Turtle is a symbol of mother earth in many Native traditions and the turtle was believed to carry the world on it’s back. This is how North America came to be known as turtle Island among many indigenous cultures. The turtle is also associated with fertility, women’s sexuality and creativity.

On this page: select turtle images from Sarah Hunter’s collection. Enjoy!!

Shakespeare & My Dad

What Is Love Is Not Hereafter

Then Come And Kiss Me Sweet Twenty

If Music Be The Food Of Love Play On

Working on these three pieces inspired by Shakespeare helped me to appreciate all the theatre my dad exposed me to as a child. We were often taken to shows at Stratford and my dad put on several Shakespeare plays at Hart House theatre when he worked there in the 1970’s. I am familiar with many of the quotes from various plays… but one of his favourite plays was the Twelfth Night. All the titles for these three works are taken from that play.

The films I watched that inspired these pieces were Shakespeare in Love, Romeo and Juliet by Zeffirelli, The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michaelangelo and Brideshead re-visited by Evalyn Waugh.

Sally Rappeport

Sally Rappeport is one of Sarah Hunter’s earliest patrons having acquired several pieces including [insert piece title]. As an acupuncture and herbalist,  Sally currently lives in Brooklyn but the two met during university where she first saw her works hanging in Sarah’s apartment.

“The piece with the dogs is my favorite.  It has such energy and passion.”  -Sally Rappeport

Parris Sander on Hannah Gluckstein

“I love the quiet dignity that she imbued her with, her face is proud, butch and feminine all at the same time.  I just love all of it.” -Parris Sander
Parris Sander is a legal administrator for a large corporation downtown Toronto who saw Sarah Hunter’s portrait of Hannah Gluckstein at a Nuit Rose show. “The moment I walked into the show I saw this portrait and I couldn’t stop looking at it. I kept pointing it out to people, and finally, I knew I had to buy it… I believe it was meant to be.”

Maria Calandra: Tennessee Williams

“The portrait represents our shared love of classic films and theatre. It represents queer history in the arts and it impacts on mainstream culture.” -Maria Calandra

A dear friend of Sarah ‘TurtlArt’ Hunter, Maria Calandra met Sarah through their mutual love for film and theatre, which is how she came to purchase Tennessee Williams. One of Maria’s most memorable experiences was their visit to the Shaw Festival where they saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This solidified Williams appreciation as being ‘our thing’. Shortly after that outing, “I saw the Williams portrait at an exhibit and knew it had to be mine!”

Akasha Art Projects: Power Women

Sonja Scharf and Kelly Kyle are the creative directors at Akasha Art ProjectsThey had known Sarah Hunter through the art community but got to know her when she came to them for framing. But it was her participation in their annual Artival show which ultimately inspired them to purchase Janet Flanner and Lady Una Troubridge from the queer artist portraits series.

Leslie Robinson: The Complexities of Sappho

“I am by no means an art expert. That being said, I remember when I saw this piece, I was struck by the complex use of black and greys and the subtlety of the face that she painted. Without even really knowing what the piece was about or even called, I felt moved by it and kept looking at it as though I wanted to have it.” says Leslie Robinson about Sappho which he purchased.

Leslie Robinson is a second-year law student, friend of Sarah Hunter and frequent visitor to their art shows and studio. Leslie adds that he was attracted to this particular work because of it’sstrong feminine feel.” To see more of Sarah’s work, click here.