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Introducing the artists taking over SMASH: Nourish

Digital landscape with mountains and flowers by Diana Lynn VanderMuelen
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SMASH presented by RBC Wealth Management, the Gardiner Museum’s annual summer art party, returns on Wednesday June 26! This year, we’re taking you on an immersive journey of self-care and celebration.

Indulge in delectable food and drink, unwind in a meditation session with MINDSET brain gym, revel in good company and conversation, and interact with dazzling contemporary art installations that will refresh and reenergize you.

Meet the artists who’ll be transforming the Museum for one night only. SMASH sells out every year so get your tickets early!

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based multimedia artist who investigates mysterious elements of our natural world through a selective vision of magical realism. Her objective in creating and exploring these realms is provoking the subconscious, challenging our reality by lifting the viewer into a deeper inner state of mind, and sifting through the longing within our day-to-day lives in order to create seemingly unlikely effervescent entrances suggestive of a mirage.

Ness Lee. Photo: Lulu Wei

Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. They explore the sensitivity of emotional expression and its resonance with intimacy of the self and our engagements. They use a range of mediums and surfaces as a method expression, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, textiles, and mixed media sculpture.

Jon Sasaki

Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object, and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome rarely align. Often charting territory between logic and absurdity, his work employs ad hoc problem solving and inefficiencies in thought experiments that search for useful models.

SMASH: Nourish is art-directed by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson and hosted by the Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle. Get your tickets here, or join our Young Patrons Circle for a complimentary ticket!


Presenting Sponsor

RBC Wealth Management logo with yellow, blue, and white shield

Hosted by

Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle

Catering Partner

Black circle with black writing reading "Food Dudes" in the centre (Food Dudes logo)

Beer Partner

Collective Arts Art + Brewing logo

Media Partner

The Kit

Experience Partner

MINDSET brain gym in white text on a black background

In-Kind Sponsor

Co-Effect (logo)

IMAGES: [1] Artwork by Diana Lynn VanderMeulen [2] Diana Lynn VanderMeulen  [3] Ness Lee. Photo: Lulu Wei [4] Jon Sasaki


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