Beach Arts Scene

Painting by Andre Kan, from the 'Timeless Collision' exhibit at Yellow House Gallery.

Yellow House Gallery presents Timeless Collision, featuring work from Andre Kan and Carmela Casuccio.

'Timeless City 20' by Carmela Casuccio
‘Timeless City 20’ by Carmela Casuccio

From June 2 to July 2, the two Toronto-based painters will show their very different approaches to built form and the structure of the city.

Kan graduated from OCAD-U in 2014 and works as an artist, photographer, curator, producer and musician. Pulling from his interest in spacial structure and interconnectivity, his paintings “serve as excitable blueprints for a possible reality,” according to press material.

Casuccio has exhibited in Toronto, the US and Europe. Her work is inspired by the energy of Toronto, she writes in a statement. “Buildings have become my vocabulary as I attempt to tell both internal and external city stories,” she writes. Viewers are encouraged to provide their own interpretation of the paintings.

An opening reception with the artists will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at Yellow House, 921 Kingston Rd. RSVP to christina@yellowhousegallery.ca.

 

 

From June 3 to 26, Studio 888 will feature work from artists Kellie Jobson and 888 owner Liz Russ.

‘The Last Bouquet’ by Kellie Jobson
‘The Last Bouquet’ by Kellie Jobson

Both painters will likely be well-known to Beach art fans. Jobson paints vibrant florals in acrylic. Russ paints in a number of styles, running from expressionism to pure abstract.

Russ was the proprietor of the long-running Gallery 888 at Queen Street East and Logan, and opened up the new Studio 888 last year after requests from many artists and collectors who missed the much-loved East End art space.

There is no opening reception for the show, but at least one of the artists will be on hand from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. The studio is also open by chance and appointment.

Email studio888art@gmail.com to arrange a time to stop by the gallery at 2359 Queen St. E.

 

 

Artisans At Work hosts Bloomin’ Loverly, a show highlighting some of the best floral-inspired work in the East End, from June 3 to 29.

Painting by Judy Gibbs
Painting by Judy Gibbs

Along with the show, the Danforth art hub features a showcase of local and regional talent in the shop, and hosts regular classes and workshops.

An opening reception, AAW’s neighbourhood-favourite ‘First Friday,’ happens from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 3. Artists will be in attendance, and entertainment will be provided by The Sidewalkers. Refreshments and a licensed bar round out the list of reasons to stop by the gallery on the first Friday of each month.

Artisans At Work is at 2071 Danforth Ave.

 

 

The Beaches Arts and Crafts Show is back for its 32nd year at Kew Gardens, featuring the best in hand-made designs from the Beach, Toronto, and further afield, including vendors from Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Québec. About half are from the GTA.

The juried show was taken over by Signatures Shows several years ago. The group runs 16 shows in a dozen cities across Canada, and has produced 300 shows over its 36 years of existence, though this is the company’s only outdoor, rain-or-shine show.

The Beaches show will feature, as it always has, a wide range of creations from more than 150 vendors, including – but not, of course, limited to – fine art, sculpture, woodworking, textiles, toys, food, ceramics, natural body care products and more. Roughly a third of vendors are new this year, providing a fresh variety of products for those who have attended the show regularly over the years.

The Beaches Arts and Crafts show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Kew Gardens – don’t let the construction at the Queen Street entrance fool you, the show will go on. Admission is free, and there will be multiple door prizes drawn during the weekend.

One of many traditions carried on by Signatures is fundraising for Neighbourhood Link Support Services. A portion of profits from the show will benefit Neighbourhood Link, and the long-standing East End service organization will also run a barbecue on-site.

“For nearly three decades, the Beaches Arts and Crafts Show has benefited Neighbourhood Link Support Services, and we are proud to continue doing so this year, and for years to come,” wrote Signatures founder and president John Ladouceur. “The Beach community of Toronto is historically tightknit, and our partnership with this wonderful organization is a reflection of the community’s compassionate nature.”

 

 

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‘Reach For the Stars’ by Marilyn Walsh

Half a dozen Toronto artists have formed a new group called Art Think Toronto.

The six women involved cover everything from sculpture to mixed media, painting to photography, all in a bid to showcase, as their slogan says, “art that makes you think.”

The artists are painter Bev Allen, painter and sculptor Celine Cimon, painter Helen Griffiths, painter Grethe Jensen, photographer Felicity Somerset, and sculptor and printmaker Marilyn Walsh.

Art Think Toronto will hold its first show from June 10 to 12 at both Cobalt Gallery, 870 Kingston Rd., and the annex behind Great Escape Bookstore, 957 Kingston Rd.

The opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10, starting at Cobalt. Attendees will then walk as a group to the Great Escape location, offering a unique mobile opening night experience. Both locations will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

 

 

Malinda Prud’homme’s painted portraits highlighting female beauty will be on display from June 1 to 27 at The Kingston Social, 1427 Kingston Rd. at Warden Avenue.

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‘Doris Cai’ from Malinda Prud’homme’s ‘True Beauty’ series

Prud’homme is a Toronto-based artists working in mixed media, usually acrylic and oil paints. She also employs watercolour, charcoal, encaustic, chalk pastels and coloured pencils.

art-kingston social-Malinda Prudhomme - True Beauty - Danielle St Laurent
‘Danielle St. Laurent’ from Malinda Prud’homme’s ‘True Beauty’ series

She transitioned into being a full-time artist about four years ago, after spending a few years developing her unique style.

She uses her attention to detail to show that all women are beautiful, no matter their age, ethnicity, size or personal style.

“Growing up I always felt there was a huge lack of variety in what the media portrayed as ‘beauty,’” she writes in her artist’s statement. “I yearned to see freckles, gapped teeth, asymmetrical faces, wrinkles, and people of colour and other non-Caucasian ethnicities … I feel it’s time to start celebrating the beauty of all women, not just one group.”

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 3.

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