Paul Wood, @thestreettree author of London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest published an interview with me for the Urban Tree Festival May 16 024, 2020 where I discuss my tree inspired art and street tree advocacy: https://urbantreefestival.org/news/an-interview-with-nicola-woods
If you live in Toronto and want a quick way to escape the winter then head over to the Southern Ontario Orchid Society Show Feb 8 & 9, 11 am to 5 pm
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1P2, Canada
I’m proud to announce that my Dad, Robin Woods and I will both be exhibiting orchid themed artworks in the show.
EXHIBITION November 21 – December 15, 2019
All shadowboxes are $125+HST
contact ARTiculations to purchase
2928 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8
I’ve exhibited in CURIO since 2014! I love the challenge of figuring out how to create within the 7 x 7 inch box dimensions and come up with a new approach each year.
Opening this November 1st, 2019 at #deerparklibrary @torontolibrary
"The Trees Amongst Us," on display at Deer Park Branch for the month of November is part of an ongoing street tree portrait project by photographer Nicola Woods. The tree portraits mounted on radiant metal leaf celebrate street trees and highlight their relationship with Yonge and St. Clair and other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Deer Park Branch Library
40 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, ON M4T 1M9
I will be exhibiting a new set of tree portraits “The Trees Amongst Us Yonge + St. Clair” as part of the DesignTO festival at Mary Be kitchen located at 21B St. Clair Avenue West from January 18-27, 2019
Opening reception Thursday January 24 7- 9 pm
Norway Maple tree growing beside the restaurant. Ink jet print on acetate, mounted on composition gold leaf, wood.
More information information about the Design TO festival here - https://designto.org/
We spoke with Nicola Woods, the artist behind “The Trees Amongst Us” at Mary Be’s – 21B St. Clair W, about her unique process and why trees are so important to neighbourhoods.
The DesignTO Festival (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival) returns to #YongeStClair from January 18 – 27th, 2019. The event features 10 days of art and festival programming anchored by immersive installations designed by local artists, architects, and design firms.
Please join us for an Artist Talk with Nicola Woods and Presentation by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm.
Seating is limited; arrive early to secure a seat.
“The Trees Amongst Us” exhibition by Junction artist Nicola Woods, on now as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival celebrates street trees, highlights LEAF’s Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree program and documents a changing neighbourhood.
In the summer of 2017 Junction artist, Nicola Woods started her ongoing street tree portrait project “The Trees Amongst Us”. Inspired by LEAF’s (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Adopt-a-Street-Tree project* in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto she set out to document and celebrate the street trees but soon realized that her photographs also act as a historic record of a rapidly changing neighbourhood. Since Nicola started photographing the trees several businesses have closed, lease signs have appeared, new businesses have opened their doors and new condo developments have been announced.
Although the life of a street tree can span many human lifetimes changes such as those currently happening in the Junction can impact its ability to thrive. As LEAF states on their website “Life as a street tree can be tough… They face a multitude of stresses such as limited soil and water, sidewalk salt and bicycle locks, which challenge their long-term health and survival. “
LEAF and a dedicated team of volunteers have risen to the challenge of changes in the Junction by increasing their outreach. During the month of May they have been busy canvassing business owners and individuals, signing up new tree adopters, touching base with continuing tree adopters and keeping track of the “orphan” trees to make sure they are watered throughout the summer and fall. All the information about the trees, their locations, the adopter names and water sources can be accessed online via the Junction Tree Map
Nicola Woods’ exhibit on display as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, at ARTiculations’ Earl Selkirk Gallery compliments these outreach activities. To highlight individual trees and the challenging conditions they face, she mounted the tree photographs against backgrounds of gold, silver and copper metallic leaf. The shimmering quality to the images creates a visual reference to early photographic processes such as daguerroetypes and tintypes. Nicola also referenced the practice of hand colouring photographs by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white. Nicola hopes her street tree portraits will heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and encourage support of and participation in the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project in the Junction and other neighbourhoods.
The Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree project is organized and supported by a team of local volunteers, LEAF, City of Toronto, Green 13, Junction BIA , Junction Residents' Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.
LEAF interviews local Junction artist, Nicola Woods, about her upcoming art exhibit as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The project features beautiful ‘portraits’ of the Junction’s street trees.
The Trees Amongst Us
Exhibition runs May 3 – 27, 2018
Opening Reception Sat May 5th 4-7 pm
For more information: www.ARTiculations.ca
Earl Selkirk Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 11-6pm, Saturday 11-5pm Sunday 12-5pm
Inspired by LEAF’s (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Adopt-a-Street-Tree project* in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, “The Trees Amongst Us” is a series of photographs, printed on acetate and mounted on metal leaf, depicting the street trees throughout the seasons. Through the Adopt-a-Street-Tree project, LEAF and the City of Toronto work with various businesses, organizations and individuals in the Junction (and other neighbourhoods) to ensure the health and vibrancy of street trees. As a Junction resident and artist whose work focuses on trees, Nicola was impressed with the project’s approach to tree stewardship and decided to document the street trees in a new series of photographs.
As Nicola photographed and became more aware of the trees she decided that each tree whether a Pioneer Elm, a Basswood, or Honey Locust, whether native or introduced, is worthy of its own portrait. To highlight individual trees and the challenging conditions they face, Nicola transposes the trees from their concrete encasements to an environment of embellished, radiant, metal leaf. The gold, silver and copper metallic backgrounds shimmer and change according to the light conditions. The shimmering quality to the images creates a visual reference to early photographic processes such as daguerroetypes and tintypes. Nicola also references the practice of hand colouring photographs by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white.
With “The Trees Amongst Us”, Nicola hopes to heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and encourage support of and participation in LEAF’s Adopt-a-Street-Tree project.
“The Trees Amongst Us” is in the Open Exhibition program of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree project is organized and supported by a team of local volunteers, LEAF, City of Toronto, Green 13, Junction BIA , Junction Residents’ Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.