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Beach artist Sjon De Groot will be participating in the Don Valley Art Club's Elements of Water exhibit, Nov. 14 to 25, at the Todmorden Paper Mill Gallery, 67 Pottery Rd. De Groot came to Canada from his native South Africa in 1997 to work in the pharmaceutical industry, but soon decided to pursue his dream of being a full time artist. Mostly working in oils to create landscapes, De Groot has also experimented with watercolours, and mask making. De Groot also holds art classes in his home studio at 188 Courcelette Rd. For more information call him at 416-399-3541, or visit sjon-degroot.weebly.com.
“Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the lowly places which others despise. Therefore it is near The Eternal.” This quotation, from the Tao Te Ching, is the theme of Elements of Water, the exhibition by the Don Valley Art Club at the Todmorden Mills Gallery. It will feature the works of ten artists. For more information, and gallery hours, visit artiststoronto.net.

Barbara Sutherland will be opening her beautifully situated home studio at 1 Ledge Rd., which overlooks the Bluffs, for her annual art show and sale, Nov. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see where Sutherland creates her large Arctic landscapes, and paintings from her summer boat cruises through Lake Huron's North Channel. On a recent visit  we saw a stunning half-finished oil on her easel, rendered  in brilliant oranges, reds and yellows.
“I just get captivated by the view outside the window,” she said pointing to the hillside beside her studio. “The colours are amazing!” To see examples of some of the works that will be available at her show visit barbarasutherland.com.

Beach artist Chris Peters is partnering with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to put on a show called Prep the Art Show, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Ave. The exhibition will include more than 40 of Peter's original acrylic paintings, and 40 percent of all sales will be going towards the CBCF.
“I search for beauty in nature and in cities, and then explore those discoveries using mixed media in varied styles in order to communicate what I saw then, and what I see now,” says Peters in his artist statement. “I am leveraging a lifetime of capturing scenes through photography, and have recently switched gears to extend and explore those super-realistic views to create representations, impressions and abstractions in a range of media, primarily acrylic mediums but also employing conte, pencil, and charcoal to create stylized views of life around us, here and away.”

Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard St. E., presents three shows during the month of November.
Andrew Duff is an artist/designer who graduated from OCADU, and who seems to have been taken over by robots…at least as far as his art is concerned. “Robots arrived in my work in early 2004. At first they were angry little machines bound on destruction. But soon these same grumpy robots became flexible and introspective,” says Duff.
Toronto artist Noreen Mallory accidentally discovered mono-printing 25 years ago while learning lithography. She soon realized that while mono-printing was definitely fascinating in its process, the experience surprisingly enriched her practice of drawing and painting. Mallory has since developed ways of mono-printing without a press during her years of teaching drawing and painting at the Saidye Bronfman Center School of Fine Art in Montreal.
From The Fridge Door is the name of the most recent art show by students of Nicola Maguire, including Annabelle, below left, being held Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Gerrard Art Space.“The students are from 4 to 12 years old, and have been studying self portraiture in the style of Frida Kahlo,” says Maguire. There are examples of sculptures and even paintings on broken skateboards.
For more information on these or other exhibits at GAS, call 416-778-0923, or visit gerrardartspace.ca.

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