About TAB and It’s Founder

What is the Toronto Art Blast?

The Toronto Art Blast is the city of Toronto’s first-ever city-wide open studio event. The event kicks off with a festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition and is follow by three weekends of self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout the city of Toronto. The event is free for the public to enjoy and artists pay a registration fee to participate. 

Printed guidebooks and online artist directories guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the city where the participating artists show. During the event, there are street signs directing the public to artist locations. The event is a great opportunity for artists and art collectors to connect one-on-one with one another in interesting and inspiring environments. Artist venues can range from home studios, outdoor venues, gallery settings, co-op spaces, cafés, restaurants, garages, back yards and other alternative exhibition spaces. Many artists serve refreshments, some give live demonstrations and some may even have live music.

This is also a great opportunity for artists in all visual mediums and of all levels to gain exposure to art lovers and to sell their work directly to them without any commissions allowing the art buyer to support the artist 100% with their purchases. 

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CQ_horiz_smThe event is founded and produced by Carolyn Quan, an OCAD graduate (1987 – Communication and Design and Photography) who is an acclaimed, award-winning and internationally-collected fine art photo collage artist. She was born and raised in Toronto and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 24 Carolyn moved to New York City, where she worked as an Art Director and Designer for the music and entertainment industry, working with many celebrity recording artists such as Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon and Yes, to name just a few. In 2000, she moved to Hawaii where she launched her fine art career, as a result of the tragic events of 9-11, and owned two fine art galleries that featured her artwork. Her work is held in the permanent art collection of the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction and has been shown in Mexico, Canada, Brazil and across the United States. She currently tours the United States showing and selling her art at festivals across the country.

Carolyn is a long-time artist advocate and brings 30 years of professional experience in design, marketing and the arts to the TAB event and the community. She also produces the East Bay Open Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area and also founded, and produces the Maui Open Studios Event in Hawaii.
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