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The Land of Raining Cows / Misspent Youth

May 2017 Art Show: A colourful pop-culture exhibition in Steam Whistle's Gallery

This month, we offer our gallery space to two exhibits:

Misspent Youth

Nina Gandolfo and Salini Perera are two Toronto artists who were born in and around the 90s. They spent a good portion of that decade in movie theatres and malls and in front of the television, watching The Simpsons, Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

This is a joint exhibition of some of their recent work inspired by their misspent youth. Hours of pop-culture consumption have been condensed and filtered through a Lisa-Frank-lens, then covered in skittles and held together with a bow of fruit-by-the-foot.

The work in this show is saturated with nostalgia. Candy coloured, imaginary landscapes meet illustrations of our collective childhood memories. It harkens back to a time when the clothes were rad, the music was dope and the toys were totally amazing.

SQUISH Candies will be onsite with a pop up shop sampling thier wares. 


Salini Perera is a Sri Lankan-born illustrator who lives, draws, and paints in Toronto. She received a BFA in Film from Ryerson University, and went on to study Independent Illustration at Seneca College. Salini is a visual storyteller. Stylistically, she draws her inspiration from folk art, vintage children's books, and antique fashion plates to create pieces that explore themes of history, nostalgia, and pop culture. She has previously worked on the marketing campaign for Seneca College's Coalesce Art Show, several ad campaigns with JPJ Innovations, and the Sook-Yin Lee animated short "Orange," for CBC Radio Three's "Definitely Not the Opera."


phone: (416) 893-5586


instagram: @salini.banana

Nina Gandolfo is a Toronto based painter mainly working with acrylic paint. She has recently recieved a dipolma for Fine Arts at Centennial College. She has exhibited her work in group shows; Art to the power of 31 (2013), Trust me an artist (2014), Eleutheromania (2015), and Verge (2016) as well as a solo show Mindscapes (2016). Through the exploration of shapes and colours her work illustrates the myriad of emotions that float through her brain. Using acrylic she creates bright playful, organic landscapes.


phone: (647) 242-7480


instagram: @spaghettii.western

The Land of Raining Cows

Morgan Sheardown was born and raised in downtown Toronto. He graduated from OCAD University with a degree in Graphic Design. Upon graduation, Morgan worked for a well-known graphic design studio for several years. In 2006 he launched Sheardown Design.  

Besides his love for design, Morgan also has an extensive background in illustration and painting, which he incorporates into his work. Morgan has just completed his first feature length screenplay which will be filmed and made into a movie in 2017. Morgan truly enjoys being creative in all different mediums.

Morgan's newest body of work, “Raining Cows”, expresses the inspiration he gets from rain, colour - and his love of cows. He uses rain as a filter to distort and create different levels of abstraction. The cows are graphic, however, his work is painted on layers to the feeling of rain. One can actually see the layers and splashes of rain, creating a 3D like floating effect. “Raining Cows” represents one’s imagination of something that is not real. However, one is taken to a happy place while looking at these floating creatures. 

The colours, the clouds, the rain and the graphic application all come together to create a happy and calming effect. This is the same feeling that music gives to so many people, only “Raining Cows” does this visually. In these stressful and turbulent times, Morgan wants “Raining Cows” to make people happy and to make them smile.

Morgan and his Raining Cows have been invited to participate in the 2017 Brain Project, which is an art exhibition throughout Toronto that brings awareness about mental health. Morgan is represented by The Art Gallery of Hamilton and works out of Walnut Studios in downtown Toronto. 





About the Steam Whistle Gallery

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.  Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse - 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. (south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in our Gallery to showcase local creative talent.  Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time.  Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold.  At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to our permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2017
End Date: Sunday, June 04, 2017
Event Type: Art
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing - 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario
Time: Opening Reception Wed May 3rd 7-11pm; and on display during regular store hours until June 4th.
Ticket: free to the public