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*Featured image: Returning Home [detail] (2017), Grace Shi, Oil on synthetics, 40 x 40 in


Seasons of Being

A solo exhibition by Grace Shi

May 11-18, 2023

Temporary Gallery Location: Aurora Town Hall, Second Floor

The Aurora Cultural Centre is shining a community spotlight on local artist Grace Shi. Having participated in numerous group exhibitions across the GTA, Shi holds an extensive portfolio of paintings and drawings waiting patiently to be presented in their own show. We are honoured to be the gallery to host Grace Shi’s first ever solo exhibition!

Shi identifies one main protagonist in her artwork: the Light. She believes in the animism of the world; everything as a source of energy, life, and spirit. Often using the people closest to her in her life as inspiration; friends, families, and acquaintances, Shi uses the power of imagination to extend their spirit into the painted world around them. In Seasons of Being, Shi takes us on a fantastical journey through time and space. Through her artist lens we witness the world in transition between the four seasons of the year; landscapes lucid with life and change, and shining characters thriving within.

Maybe no one has ever noticed my artworks in a corner of a city,
but they are still there spreading little light to welcome you.

– Grace Shi

Please join us to celebrate the artwork of Grace Shi on Thursday, May 18 from 6-8 pm for the closing reception and opportunity to meet the artist. Light refreshments provided, all welcome.



About the Artist

Grace Shi was born in China. After immigrating to Canada, she went to the Story Arts Centre of Centennial College to study Fine Arts. During her time at Centennial, she greatly enhanced her technical skills while broadening her vision as an artist and learned how to push her creative thinking into new realms. She finds inspiration for her paintings in everything around her. She combines media such as acrylic and oil paint to translate her profound awareness of the relationship of human society to nature in her artworks. She joined in the Fever Exhibition in March 2017 at Urban Gallery and the Emerging Show in April 2017 at Centennial Gallery. She also had paintings in the “Reverie” group show at the Artists Network Gallery in Toronto in March 2019. She has been a part of the Exhibition of Chinese Art and Education Association of Canada in the Chinese Cultural Central of Greater Toronto three times (July 2014, June 2015, and August 2017). During her education, she had joined many times in art exhibitions and won prizes for her work. Even at the beginning of her career, in 1988, she won the third prize in the Caricature Exhibition in Beijing.

Temporary Gallery Location

Please note that this exhibition is in our temporary gallery at Aurora Town Hall (second floor) Entrance is permitted through the Upper/North Entrance only. To plan your visit, please go to: https://auroraculturalcentre.ca/gallery-exhibitions/

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