Artisans at Work will be hosting a messy and exciting art competition on Saturday, May 10. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m.
The local edition of Art Battle Canada will feature 16 artists, who will each have 20 minutes to create a painting of their choice in acrylic. The crowd determines the winner, and winners of each round move on to battle in the grand finale. The winner of the event walks away with $200 and a spot in the national competition.
For the month of May, the gallery will also be hosting two shows. The Garden Show, not unexpectedly, features work inspired by or related to gardens. Also appearing is the annual juried Rosedale Valley School of the Arts student exhibition.
Both shows will share a monthly First Friday opening night party on Friday, May 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening features artists and art lovers mingling to the sounds of live music, with a licensed bar and snacks.
For more on the gallery and community studio space, including information on live model sessions, summer art camp for kids, and various art classes, visit artisans-at-work.com. Artisans At Work is at 2071 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine.
Felicity Somerset’s photographs will be featured at Cobalt Gallery, 870a Kingston Rd., during the month of May.
Somerset has long focused on macro and abstract images, but recent trips to Newfoundland and Labrador found her widening her viewpoint to encompass more traditional landscapes. The weather, which changes quickly and without warning on the east coast, played a large role in dictating her subjects, which range from the ocean itself, to the unique homes, boats and fishing equipment to be found throughout the region.
Buffalo photographer Thomas Bittner’s work, featuring that city’s elevator alley, will be featured throughout May in his Silo City exhibition at Open Gallery.
Bittner has spent about two years photographing the mostly disused grain silos along a mile-long section of the Buffalo River, capturing the towering concrete structures in all kinds of light and weather. After thousands of photographs, he began to feel more at home, and discovered the mix of constancy and change that, to him, reveals the essence of a place.
Open Gallery is operated by Open Architects Inc. in their office at 454 Kingston Rd. The gallery features work inspired by or celebrating architectural qualities. For more information on the gallery, visit opengallery.ca. For more on Bittner’s work, see thomasbittner.net.