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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Shuttle to Love and FREE event this weekend! An Art Sale for Charity!

Ink on Mulberry - 4" x 6" - $10 each

Where were you? I missed you. I invited you to my fundraiser!
No pressure, no pressure...

So much happened around this time, so I guess that you had other plans. Nelson Mandella passed away. So many gathered in his honour. Perhaps you were there instead. I wasn’t able to make it, but I watched part of it online. I saw the crowds in the stadium dancing and celebrating his passing. I was really inspired by Obama’s speech, so I’ve posted it here so that you can view it if you so desire.

I wrote about Nelson Mandella in, A Soulful Seniors Moment, not about his triumphs, but he was mentioned and illustrated. I’m still putting the finishing touches on the graphic e book.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the e book will go to Mid Toronto  Community Services, which brings me back to my fundraiser.
It will be thrown again this weekend:

Saturday, December 14th from 12-5pm
Sunday, December 15th from 12-5pm

Across the street from De Serres art supply store just West of Yonge Street
Buzz 26 for unit 26

It’s a third floor walk up but worth it. The art covers the walls. Items for sale begin at $10. These are great gifts for people who want to add some beauty to their environments. Lots of original art of various mediums.

Come by yourself or bring a guest!
Refreshments served.

This is an open studio event. I hope to see you there!
Bring pals you love who love art!

Oh, and I posted another story on Smashwords. This one is about near misses. Have you ever felt like you have met your possible future husband, wife or partner and failed to act? Is there an opportunity at your door now that you hesitate to take? If you answered yes to any of the above question, you will enjoy reading, ‘The Shuttle to Love.’

Available on

Here’s the link:

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Two Candles and a Holiday Sale

Two Candles by Simone Frank

The holiday season is here! Woo Hoo!

At this time of year, I look forward to snow the most. I love to see that white blanket cover the earth. (Can you tell that I rarely drive?) Snowfalls are so beautiful, at least at first. If you live in downtown Toronto, you know that it doesn’t take long for the white blanket of snow to resemble “iced cappuccino.” A pal of mine who had just moved to Canada called it that.

Snow fall or not, I hope to see you this weekend at my Holiday Art Sale and Fundraiser, designed to make a sizable donation to Mid Toronto Community Services. Last year, I raised $99. I look forward to seeing this event grow and to increase the donation amount!!

Holiday Sale and Fundraiser
Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th

Refreshments served.

Guess What? What? 
I just finished a piece called TwoCandles­. It’s a short story about a cab ride in Toronto. I am in the process of sorting through my writing. I hesitated to post this story, as it will be part of an anthology in the near future. For now, it stands alone – a comedic short story about culture and romance. I hope you like it. 

You can find it by clicking here:

Once again, I look forward to seeing you on the weekend. May you have a wonderful shopping experience wherever you choose to go.

Stay safe and stay happy!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Sale and Fundraiser - FREE Event

The fun begins as we approach the Holidays or Holly Daze as I like to call it. My favourite part of the Holiday Season is socializing with pals. At this time of year, people make more of an effort to meet and mingle. Here’s an opportunity to purchase original works of art and some crafts at

The 2nd Annual
Holiday Sale and Fundraiser
Saturday December 7th, 2013 | 12:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday December 8th, 2013 | 12:00 - 5:00pm
3rd floor walk up

Last year,I was able to raise a small amount for Mid Toronto Community Services. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of my works of art will be donated to this great organization. Mid Toronto is located in downtown Toronto. They advocate for and support the elderly in Toronto.
I was very close to my grandmother as a youngster and was raised to respect my elders. Think of all the wisdom, the stories that they have to tell, that you have to tell as you mature in age.

Support local artist who support local charities!!
Treats will be served.

See you on…
Saturday December 7th, 2013 | 12:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday December 8th, 2013 | 12:00 - 5:00pm

Cheers and Happy Holly Daze!!
Here's my latest theme song!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Like Mohammed Ali - Keep on Keepin' On!

Like Mohammed Ali - 2007 - $230

It’s getting closer to Christmas and the Holiday Season so I know you’ve all been wondering.  

‘What can I get, Simone?’

Don’t worry too much. I’ve found the perfect gift.
When I was little I wanted to be just like Mohammed Ali. I’m fairly happy that my father discouraged me from doing so. He wouldn’t let me take boxing lessons so that I could knock several people out on my way to the Olympics. As a result, I have most of my teeth and have never broken a bone. So, thanks, Dad. I guess. Last week that thrill returned as I walked by this gorgeous image of Mohammed Ali. 

In the window of Nicola Rukaj Gallery 
located at 384 Eglinton Street West 
is this gorgeous image of the great
Mohammed Ali rendered in diamond dust.

I look forward to learning how to use this medium. 
Guess how much it is? 
Unlike the $230 rendering of a young, black woman
throwing a punch. It sells for $24, 000.
Too much for your pocket book? Very sad. 
I think it’s worth it!

I know you’ve been wondering what I have to say about our Mayor. Having told you in a previous blog that the last time I created a piece of art around a Toronto Mayor, I had to leave town, I’ve decided to be silent about this one because I really like my apartment and the area I live in. Let’s just say, I’m avoiding skype visits with my International pals.

The Fall Fine Arts Show and Sale at St. Bernard’s Parish was a great event. The band was amazing, the wine was flowing and art lovers crowded the floor buying affordable original pieces of art. The show stopper at my table was my illustrated literature. Look forward to an exhibit of these works of art in February at the Second Cup on Yonge Street between Lawrence and Eglinton. I’ll remind you! The wire faces for sale at de Mello Palheta were also well received.
I told one client that I left all the angry and sad art at home. She agreed that was a good idea!

Great gift ideas remain: works of art by Simone Frank available at:

This is the song I love the most this week. 
At this time of year I like to spend time relaxing to mid tempo tunes like this one.

Keep on keepin’ on!

I happened upon this Donnie McClurkin video when looking up Sade. I dedicate to those of you who are stumbling towards greatness. Once again, 'Keep on keepin' on!'


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Inspiring Books | Fall Fine Arts Show and Sale | North Toronto Group of Artist | Friday Nov 8 and Sat Nov 9, 2013

Tumble    |     2012    |    $220

Ben Okri writes, “You must also learn how to fail.” Sadly I wasn’t able to find buyers for Solid and Smokin’ at the event at de Mello Palheta Specialty Coffee and Roastery. The paintings are still gracing the walls of the back room. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Mid-TorontoCommunity Services as mentioned in a previous blog.

Recently, I read The Alchemist again. It’s a timeless book for anyone who is following one’s dreams. I have read the book a few times. This time what I found compelling was that the main character’s resume. He was successful at a few jobs. Those jobs had nothing to do with his dream. He stayed employed in areas for some time before realizing that working did nothing for his heart and soul. He was consumed by helping other people to achieve their goals and he was good at it. It took a lot of courage for him to leave the mainstream and to go out on his own.

I have bought that book for lots of people and they are always happy after having read it. Consider buying to for yourself.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming exhibition at Blessed Sacrament church on Yonge Street just South of Lawrence. There is a great selection of artists selling work at reasonable prices.
You can find out more by reading through Slate Art GalleryGuide, snapd or The Town Crier. You can also visit the NTGA website.

I look forward to showing you new works of art and displaying many portraits of musicians.

See you at the Fall Fine Arts Show and Sale at BlessedSacrament Church located on Yonge Street just South of Lawrence on the Westside. On Friday night, there will be live music, free food and vino. Visit the NTGA website to register or contact me by email, facebook, or LinkedIn.

Oh, and considering joining my facebook group: 'Simone' and liking my page, 'Simone.'
Keep on keepin’ on!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Exploring Emotion | A Fundraiser | Free Admission | Friday October 25th, 2013

Smokin' - $600 | 20% to Mid Toronto Community Services

Solid - $600 | 20% to Mid Toronto Community Services

Exploring Emotion and Selected Works from A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

This exhibition is ongoing
Celebration: Friday October 25th, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Artist Talk 8:00pm

de Mello Palheta Specialty Coffee and Roastery
(across the street from the old Capitol Theatre at Yonge and Castlefield)

2489 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON, M4P 2H6
F +1(647) 748 3633  

Free samples of some of the fabulous treats baked in house!
Make sure you purchase one of their great coffees. These guys know their stuff!

A friend’s boyfriend came to my house for the first time and saw all my
paintings. “You paint?” He said, “I didn’t know you painted?”
“Ya. I’m an artist with a day job.”
“An artist?” he laughed. “Ya, I’m a scientist with a day job.”
I ate a meal with him and listened and went through a full range of emotions
when I decided to stop at flattery. His annoyance meant that I had a profession that really was exclusive and elevated.
This exhibition is the exploration of emotion. The pieces are illustrative of
the emotions one goes through when faced with conflict.

Selected Works from A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix:
Two images from A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix which was exhibited in Oakville, Ontario are now on exhibit at de Mello Palheta Specialty Coffee and Roastery in Toronto. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to Mid-Toronto Community Services, an organization that supports and advocates for the elderly in central Toronto.

I paint live each year at Mid-Toronto’s annual Cocktails for the Community. It is my honour to provide a portion of the sales of her work to an organization that does great things including, rescuing a senior from an abusive care provider despite the fact that he suffered from Stockholm syndrome.

Focus | $95

Hesitant |  $95

Hopeful | $95
RSVP by clicking rhe link below! I look forward to seeing you!