Celebrating African Canadian artists

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A Bermudian activist is one of the driving forces behind a forthcoming major exhibition celebrating African Canadian artists.

'From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit' is being curated by Joan Butterfield and will also feature the work of Bermudian artist Tony DeSilva.

The exhibit, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), is part of the 43rd annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival and represents the largest single juried display of works of art by African Canadian artists. The exhibition is being produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists, in conjunction with Scotiabank Caribana and the ROM.

  • Bermudian Joan Butterfield is the curator of an upcoming show

    Bermudian Joan Butterfield is the curator of an upcoming show "From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit". The exhibit is being presented by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and it will be on in July during and after the 43rd annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival.


A Bermudian activist is one of the driving forces behind a forthcoming major exhibition celebrating African Canadian artists.

'From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit' is being curated by Joan Butterfield and will also feature the work of Bermudian artist Tony DeSilva.

The exhibit, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), is part of the 43rd annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival and represents the largest single juried display of works of art by African Canadian artists. The exhibition is being produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists, in conjunction with Scotiabank Caribana and the ROM.

'From the Soul' will be on display in the Museum's Bronfman Hall, Level 2 during the 12-day citywide festival.

There will be more than 100 works on canvas, several Caribana parade costumes, three dimensional bronze sculptures, award-winning ceramic pieces will be on display, as well as the work of Mr. DeSilva.

"This collection of works will arouse the conscious, still the mind and soothe the soul," said Ms Butterfield.

"Our goal is to attract a new and expanded audience to this exhibition with the hope of inspiring others with the message of courage, love and respect prevalent throughout the displays.

"Art is an expression of life around us and a powerful way to bring difficult topics of discussion out in the open."

The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is a significant annual event advancing cultural celebration in the City of Toronto.

"The ROM is proud to present 'From the Soul' and offer festival attendees, Torontonians and visitors to the city the opportunity to experience a unique and powerful exhibition celebrating African Canadian art," said William Thorsell, ROM director and CEO.

For more information on the exhibit, which takes place in July, visit www.rom.on.ca.

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