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About VoCA

As an art critic and expert in contemporary art, architecture and design, from 2005 – 2015 Andrea founded and published this blog, which was one of the first in Canada to focus on contemporary art. In 2019 she is exploring the world of travel writing, and continues to publish art-focused insider recommendations and travel tips from destinations near and far.

Aside from managing her family’s business in commercial real estate in Markham Ontario, where she has set up an artist-in-residency program, Andrea has become a passionate advocate for bringing arts and culture to the City of Markham and the greater Toronto area and is developing multiple ambitious projects in that regard.

Andrea works with select artists as a business advisor and patron, and is engaged with public art as a member of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission. She speaks on the topic of public art’s value and importance to municipalities and organizations.

In addition to blogging for the Huffington Post, as an art critic Andrea has written for publications including Azure, ARTnews, Artnet.com, Art Review, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, CV Photo, DesignLines, the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Monocle, Quill and Quire and Toronto Life.

She was founding curator of Artbomb, the daily online art auction in 2011 and in 2016 hosted a series of web TV episodes called Artland, profiling members of the Toronto art scene.

Andrea is a former board member of ArtsScene (Business for the Arts), Mercer Union artist-run centre and the DesignTO Festival.

2 Responses to “About VoCA”

  1. Eleanor O'Hara says:

    I am looking for some information on Linda Balgrave.( Artist.)

    She resided in the Town of Rawdon Quebec.

    We have a couple of her paintings.I known that she past away

    Last year. I think that she was close to 100 years old.

    Would appreciate any info you might have on her.

    Thank you.

  2. Gam says:

    I believe the artists name is Linda BLagrave, not Balgrave

    maybe you could contact the Rawdon Artist Circle

    best of luck

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