Canadian painter’s business booms after a viral photo of his painting causes LinkedIn to freeze his account

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TORONTO: August 5, 2016 – Canadian landscape artist Tim Packer is proof that even the most traditional artists can benefit from the power of social media.

Initially a strong believer that social media was for cat videos and giggling babies, Toronto-based painter Tim Packer reluctantly posted an image of himself with his painting, Shall We Dance, on LinkedIn on July 19 after encouragement from his son. To the artist’s surprise, the post quickly garnered over 73,765 likes, 6,649 comments,recording breaking sales and a flood of business inquiries – and the numbers are still climbing.

Following social media best practices, the artist proceeded to interact with LinkedInusers by thanking and responding to each comment and request. But the dialogue was halted when LinkedIn suspended his account for an hour, suspecting Tim of using third party bots and scrapers to achieve the likes and responses to his post.Despite several assurances that he is only responding to comments appearing on his post, LinkedIn is continuing to threaten to permanently disable Tim’s account if the high engagement continues.

“I’ve been getting up at 4:00 am every morning to spend 4 hours responding tocomments before I work on my paintings because I believe that I should treat peopleonline the same way as I would in person,” said Tim Packer.

Since last Friday’s final warning from LinkedIn however, Packer has only been responding to specific questions, leaving thousands of comments unanswered.

“While I appreciate the exposure and business LinkedIn has given me, it is killing me to read all of these wonderful comments and not being able to say ‘Thank You’ ”, said Packer.

Following the viral recognition, business has boomed. At his opening the following week, Shall We Dance – his most expensive painting to date – sold in the first hour with a second offer for the piece leading to a commissioned painting for a new fan in England who saw the piece on LinkedIn. His sales were higher in the first day of his most recent show than they were after a whole month at the previous show. Tim Packer has also received hundreds of requests for prints of Shall We Dance and has had inquiries from distributors in China, the UK and Europe since the viral post.

Although Shall We Dance sold at Packer’s opening last Saturday, it will be on display at The Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario until August 13th.

About Tim Packer Fine Arts

Tim Packer Fine Arts started in 1997 while Tim was a detective with the Toronto Police Service’s Headquarters Fraud Squad and painted on his days off. In 2000, Packer resigned from the Toronto Police to pursue his art career full time where he quickly became internationally recognized and a mainstay in the Canadian art scene.  Packer’s colourful, rural works and unique style draw on deep traditions of the Canadian landscape through a modern eye.

Available for Interviews: Tim Packer, Canadian artist

For more information visit:

Facebook: /timpackerfinearts | Instagram: @timpackerfinearts



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Grieve and Packer Exhibits;”Meet the Artist” Weekend


The David Grieve exhibit has been extended! The exhibit will be displayed in the Art School until August 15th! There is still a good selection available, so come and see them while you can!

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This past Saturday July 30th we held the Opening Reception and “Meet the Artist” for the eagerly anticipated Tim Packer “Romancing the Sun” Exhibit!  Many enjoyed the spectacular new pieces that Tim recently created, and, meeting the artist in person!

The signature piece in the collection, a 4′ by 7′ spectacular painting “Shall We Dance” sold within 40 minutes of the show’s opening! Several other pieces were also acquired, at the opening, by astute collectors! Many phenomenal pieces are still available and there is also an amazing collection of hand-embellished and Giclee on Canvas reproductions.

The exhibit runs until August 26, 2016… you don’t want to miss it!

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On the weekend of August 13 and 14 2016, we will have a number of our artists here for a “Meet the Artist” Weekend. You can come and meet some of your favourite artists and talk to them personally about their works here in the Gallery! Should be a fun time for all!

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Tim Packer Exhibit and Plein Air Event


Two more sleeps until our fun and educational event where everyone can see paintings being created! We are looking forward to an exciting day!

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We are looking forward to one of the biggest exhibits this summer, Tim Packer’s eagerly anticipated exhibit “Romancing the Sun”! Tim Will be here in Person July 30th from 1-4pm with some new larger pieces; abstracted stained glass pieces and hand embellished Giclees!

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One of our esteemed Artists, Wendy Bermingham, recently submitted one of her stunning new works entitled “What a Tangled Web We Weave”, 30 x 30 (See Below), to the “Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition”.  Not only was it accepted into the prestigious exhibition, but Wendy has won an Award of Excellence from the Society of Canadian Artists for the painting!

Congratulations Wendy!

This show takes place at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery in Etobicoke, Ontario which started on July 11th and continues to August 11th, 2016.


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David Grieve “For Shore” Exhibit Opening

On Saturday June 25th we had a wonderful turn out for the David Grieve “Meet the Artist” and exhibit opening. Many people had a chance to meet David and discuss his inspirations.


 David lives surrounded by the fields in Brantford Ontario with his wife and three sons. They also spend time at the studio/cabin in North Kawartha.

David Grieve has been painting with oils for most of his life. He was introduced to the medium at a young age while accompanying his mother to her studio. David attended the university of Guelph where he received the Micheal Scotchmere scholarship. He has been exhibiting his work for 16 years, and has developed a unique, distinctive style.


David often finds himself lost while trying to navigate a route towards a destination. He frequently drives through the everchanging fields in Southern Ontario. He takes photos along the way and then uses these images to produce his paintings. With a multi-layered technique, he applies thick swaths of oil paint, creating a translation of these moments.



 David Grieve “For Shore” exhibit continues until July 29th.


World Class Art Available in your Backyard from Gallery on the Lake!

Plein Air Event Saturday July 23rd

Plein Air Event Saturday July 23rd, 2016

The Gallery on the Lake is pleased to host the first annual Plein Air Event in Buckhorn . The event will run for one day.  Visitors can see Canada’s best artists in action on Saturday July 23rd , 2016 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Come and see your favorite artists painting “in the open air” in and around the Gallery on the Lake. Gain more understanding and knowledge of art, through observation and conversations with the artists. It promises to be a fun for all!

Visit our website for all of the details:

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What is a Plein Air Festival?

En plein air, or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”.

It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

A day of  Plein Air will involve the organization of multiple artists painting outdoors simultaneously within a geographical area over a period of time.

Meet and Greet the Artists at Work

Join us at Gallery on the Lake grounds and meet:

  • Wendy  Bermingham
  • Norman Brown
  • Sheila Davis
  • David Flett
  • David Grieve
  • Lucy Manley
  • Barbara McGuey
  • Harry Milanowski
  • Conrad Mieschke
  • Peter Rotter
  • Stephen Snider
  • Andrew Sookrah
  • Lloyd Wilson


What  is the cost?

There is NO cost to attend the event. You are welcome to join us for the day.

Where will the festival take place?

The Gallery on the Lake is the location of the event, with a number of additional locations on Gallery on the Lake Road (Fire Route 21, Buckhorn). Join us for a beautiful summer day in the Kawarthas!




All roads will lead to Gallery on the Lake road Buckhorn when your favourite artists will be painting “on plein air”. Save the date- July 23rd- to experience artistic creation. More information to come!

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Only a few more days until the launch of the new David Grieve exhibit. We are proud to present 16 new oil paintings by the internationally exhibited artist. The exhibit will run from June 25th until July 29th. Make sure to  stop by for the exhibit opening June 25th  from 1:00-4:00pm.

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We are very pleased to welcome Julia Veenstra to our roster of accomplished artists. Julia’s bold, colourful canvases grab the viewer with their vivid luminosity. We invite you to check them out yourself here at the gallery. We have also recently received two introductory works by Joro Petkov that are worth a look. We continue to expand our collection of work with the addition of outstanding new pieces by Maya Eventov and Steve Tracy.



Micheal Zarowsky’s fantastic exhibit “Journeys Through Natural Light” is entering its final days. There is still a great selection to chose from, do not miss out! The exhibit continues until June 24th.

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