From my 'People of the Arts District' series for the Orillia Arts District facebook page!
Meet Brian Tosh, Orillia Artist and owner/operator of Peter Street Fine Arts Gallery & Studio in downtown Orillia. Peter Street Fine Arts recently celebrated TEN years as an Art business in downtown Orillia and is solidly one of the anchors of the Orillia (Peter Street) Arts District. Brian opened Peter Street Fine Arts Studio & Gallery in July of 2008, along with local artist Liz Schamehorn. Over the years, the gallery has evolved into a thriving artist collective showcasing work by local artists and monthly guest artists. At the gallery, find oil paintings in a variety of subject matter, fine art photography, metal art, functional art, fibre art and more.
Peter Street Fine Arts is located at 23 Peter St. S. in @DowntownOrillia (across the street form the Orillia Museum of Art & History). Follow the facebook page for events and exhibitions: @peterstreetfinearts.
READ on to discover MORE about Brian and Peter Street Fine Arts Gallery & Studio.
You just celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of Peter Street Fine Arts Gallery & Studio. It’s an amazing milestone! What are some of the highlights of the past ten years?
There are so many different highlights. I would say the one that means the most to me is being a part of something with such talented artists both past and present. Also meeting people when they come to the gallery for guest artist opening receptions, sidewalk sales, Starry Night or just to browse. One that stands out for me was when a two Snowbird Pilots came to the gallery recently to see a model I had carved.
Describe your art journey? What brought you to oil painting?
For me when I wanted to try painting I happened to start with oils. I have tried most mediums but I love oil painting. It is the one that gives me the most pleasure
You are often recognized for your ‘streetscapes’ and Orillia scenes, but what are your favourite subjects to paint?
Over time I have become known for painting streetscapes and landmarks but I also enjoy painting many other things like cars, pets, cottages, hockey scenes, maple syrup scenes and much more.
Where can people find your art?
My work can be found at Peter Street Fine Arts Gallery as well as Mariposa Market Cafe.
Contact Brian via e-mail or call 705-321-1403. He is available for commissions and has a great selection of Orillia scenes, hockey themed paintings, landscapes and more at his studio at Peter Street Fine Arts.
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