Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wendy Tancock at the Vienna Bakery

In the 1990s, Wendy Tancock did a series of spectacular windows for Gay Couillard's Vienna Home Bakery on Toronto's Queen Street West.
Bill and I used to eat there regularly and fell in love with Tancock's work at first sight. I hurried to document it. When I finally met Tancock I discovered that like many artists she was not documenting her own work, so I put myself on the job. December 1993.
Here is a close up of the December 1993 window. I love how strong the paint looks on the plain brown paper. And I love the blackboard effect of the white on black.
 Wild blueberry blackberry pie, in season now. August 1994.
Real pumpkin, order now. October 1994. 
 Same window a month later with sandwich board. November 1994.
Now in season! Wild blueberry pie -- pie heaven! September 1995. 
Dial a pie! November 1995.
Dark fruitcake, rum soaked! No candied fruit.  December 1995. Note the Tancock t-shirts on the wall at the right.
Wild blueberry pie! in season now. September 1996
 a = apple, p = pie, n = num-nums. don't wait, order now. November 2000.
A picture from inside the bakery, with a wall of Wendy Tancock ceramics. Those are also Tancock's labels on the jars of jam. Thank you Wendy for a great run of window designs.

6 comments:

  1. Hi John,
    Thanks for posting these amazing photos!!

    The Vienna Bakery was such a special and cherished place.

    I am so happy you took these fabulous photos. You rock!!

    Take Care,
    xoxoox
    W

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    1. Vienna Bakery has a cherished place in our hearts too. So many more stories to tell...

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  2. So fun! Pie craving in full effect now.

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    1. Excellent. The timeless power of good design!

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  3. Absolutely fabulous window signage! (we use our Arcadia coffee cups every morning!)

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