Lost & Found

An extraordinary community arts project in partnership with St. Stephen’s Community House, acclaimed artists Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell, and twelve talented Toronto teens.

On Wednesday May 30th, Ingram Gallery will host an opening celebration for the remarkable Lost & Found project.  Funded by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and United Way, this 8-month project recorded and illustrated personal stories of things and people lost or found.

The Lost & Found exhibition runs May 30th to 31st from 11am to 5pm. The exhibition will showcase many original, handwritten, stories alongside the illustrations made by the young artists, as well as by Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell.  Ingram Gallery is hosting the event in their Yorkville location at 49 Avenue Road, a notable partnership between the community arts and a commercial art gallery.

In October 2011, Sniderhan worked with young participants to design story-telling booklets, which were then distributed by Sniderhan, the teens and St. Stephen’s staff to friends, peers, family and community members.  An incredible 98 completed booklets were returned to the project, in which, are nearly 200 stories of people or things lost or found.  Amongst the compelling and revealing responses are stories of divorce, death, friendships, lost toys, discovered talents, and so much more. Sniderhan, Mitchell and the teen participants read through all of the booklets and chose one story each to illustrate.

Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell are both represented by Ingram Gallery, Toronto.  Sniderhan’s work has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Winnipeg and Hamilton.  Sniderhan has appeared on Bravo’s Star Portraits, has won several grants and has a painting in the permanent collection of the Portrait Gallery of Canada.  Sniderhan was recently awarded a scholarship by American Artist Magazine to attend their Weekend With the Masters conference in San Diego this coming September.

Peter Mitchell is an illustrator, published in the Globe and Mail, LA Times, Boston Globe and many other publications.  Mitchell illustrated the award winning book I.D- Stuff That Happens to Define Us, for Annick Press.  Mitchell’s works hang in the collections of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and the late Paul Quarrington.

For the past 50 years St. Stephen’s Community House (SSCH) has been delivering a multitude of social programs and services to Torontonians.  Sniderhan gained her first experience working in the community arts sector at St. Stephen’s 17 years ago.  In addition to employment, SSCH provided Sniderhan with training in business, grant writing, conflict resolution, communication and promotion.  Sniderhan credits St. Stephen’s for the skills required to succeed as a professional artist.

The youth participants, Sniderhan, Mitchell, SSCH’s staff and board members, as well as representatives from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils will be in attendance at the opening reception, on May 30th, from 4 – 7pm.

For interviews & further information please contact:

Sara Sniderhan by email: sara.sniderhan@gmail.com or phone: 416.559.6189

Ingram Gallery (Tarah Aylward, Director) by email: ingramgallery@on.aibn.com or phone: 416. 929.2220

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