Scarborough Arts is a non-profit organization devoted to enrichment of the art and culture scene in the Scarborough region. Artists are allowed to produce work that interprets the central theme however they envisioned, which results in a varied broad interpretations. This year, the local arts institution hosted their 29th annual juried exhibition with the theme, ‘Red Hot’.

The exhibition was produced in collaboration with the City of Toronto Arts & Culture. The project was encompassed as a part of Cultural Hotspot, a City of Toronto initiative that looks to draw attention to areas of Toronto where the art scene is culturally rich but lacking in the avenues available for exposure like the downtown core is privy to.

At the closing reception for the two-week exhibit, held at Cedar Ridge Creative Center, the atmosphere was celebratory with final remarks from the organizers and accolades for the winning artists.  Jen D. Fabico, program director at Scarborough Arts said, “All of the pieces that came in were quite eclectic. We had over 40 artists apply and today we have 42 pieces hanging in Cedar Ridge.”

Juried by Karin Harkins,  a local artist and Art Gallery of Ontario Education Officer of School & Family Programs, the exhibit featured a variety of 2D and 3D visual art pieces from local visual artists. “As Scarborough is diverse, the artwork that came in was very diverse,” said Harkins. “There’s so many great pockets here and so I wanted to really emphasize that with the work.”

Allan O’Marra was one of the featured artists to win the juror’s choice award for his piece “Le Petit Mort” along with Janice Ykema’s piece “Red Hot Mammas/View of the Hudson”.

Art Services, which functions under Toronto Arts & Culture, made the decision to select “Dislocation II” by Sophia Yeung from the show to purchase for the City of Toronto’s fine art collection. The piece was the most expensive at the show with a price tag of $2000.

“The collection numbers around 2700 pieces that the city has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting for over 150 years”, said Susan Kohler, senior arts consultant at the City of Toronto. “As part of the collection, the piece will contribute to our evolving understanding of our city. It will be a tangible and enduring reminder of Cultural Hotspot 2014.”