200 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2J2, Canada
There is a sense of peace and serenity in this sculpture. Take a deep breath and breathe the peace. Take another deep breath and breathe in the serenity and tranquility. With this sense of peacefulness, step forward to a path through tall trees. As you make your way along the path the gentle gust of wind blows and suddenly you are surrounded by a proliferation of butterflies rising up from the flowers. You laugh in delight as the butterflies magically dance through your aura, they flit and flutter, weaving in and out of your energy leaving you feeling tingly, invigorated and enchanted. As you move forward all but the one of the butterflies take their leave and settle back on the flowers, your singular butterfly leads you along the path. The butterfly flutters off in the direction of a small hill in the distance. Then your beautiful butterfly re-emerges to guide you on your journey back along the path knowing that you can come back and experience this peace at a future time. You follow the butterfly along the path. It flutters gracefully into the light and encourages you to join it. You are now safe to open your eyes.
Gina Godfrey is a prolific abstract and portrait artist, a printmaker and curator, curating her many shows in Gina Godfrey Gallery on Bloor Street East. This is the 5th year she is participating in the Brain Project. For five years, Gina produced artwork on military helmets for auctions at True Patriot Love, a national charity that supports military families and contributes to the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research. She has served on the Boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Metro Toronto Zoo Society and The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and was a Citizenship Court Judge with the Government of Canada. For 37 years she chaired the Herbie Fund at SickKids. Gina’s productivity as an artist is matched by her philanthropic endeavours. A large portion of the proceeds of her art benefits countless organizations including the Baycrest Foundation and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.