Laura Fedynyszyn in front of Fool’s Gold, installed at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, June 2024 

Fool’s Gold

A pop-up installation by Laura Fedynyszyn

June 11 – August 21, 2024
Front Foyer, Aurora Family Leisure Complex

Please note that this art installation is offsite, located in the front foyer of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, 135 Industrial Pky N, Aurora ON L4G 4C4. Please click here to view the site operating hours.  

We are thrilled to announce Fool’s Gold by Laura Fedynyszyn as our third offsite art installation at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex.  

Fool’s Gold features linocut prints of the common pet goldfish alongside various fish species native to Ontario. For decades, pet goldfish have been released into the wild by owners who no longer wish to keep them. Though the action is well-intentioned, it has harmful repercussions for Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems. A highly adaptive species, goldfish populations can thrive in local waters, but in doing so, they threaten native plants and animals. Formed into a large school, the work speaks to the direct and severe impact this phenomenon has on Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems in the present time. The issue is particularly prevalent in Aurora, with numerous sightings of goldfish reported and documented.  

Please join us Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the public reception and artist Q&A. Remarks are at 7 pm. Light refreshments are provided, and all are welcome. 

Art Bytes: Fool’s Gold at Aurora Family Leisure Complex

Release Date: June 24, 2024

Laura Fedynyszyn unveils Fool’s Gold and discusses the environmental risks of pet goldfish in our freshwater systems.

About the Artist

Laura Fedynyszyn is a printmaker from Toronto. She completed her BFA in the OCAD University Printmaking Program and went on to study Art Conservation at Fleming College. Her artistic practice blends these two fields of study through reuse and reimagining of old materials, with themes related to nature conservancy and climate change. 

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