Loop Gallery, an artist-run, co-operative closed its doors in December 2019. After twenty years of showing original artworks by a multitude of artists, many renowned in their field, this notable presence in the Toronto art scene has been dissolved.
It is difficult to find places for artists to work and exhibit, share and survive in this constrained, profit-driven metropolis. The gallery system itself is under tremendous pressure; besides Loop, David Kaye gallery, Katherine Mulherin gallery, and other sites have disappeared recently.
I consider myself fortunate to have a part of its history. My association with Loop really pushed my practice and widened my purview of what art is. It was stimulating to work with so many other artists, to co-operate in mounting exhibitions, and to dialogue about ideas, methods, esthetics, and practical concerns with my peers.
I salute my colleagues, Mark Adair, Elizabeth Babyn, Yael Brotman, J. Lynne Campbell, Martha Eleen, Carolyn Dinsmore, Libby Hague, Linda Heffernan, David Holt, John Ide, Sung Ja Kim, Rochelle Rubenstein, Lanny Shereck, P. Roch Smith, Marian Wihak, and so many others who have shared this journey.