Art Scene

photo: Barbara Mullally

Zilberschmuck Gallery, 910 Kingston Rd., will be departing somewhat from its traditional metalwork to present You Can Keep Your Hat On, a display of ‘fascinators’ by Robert Pauly, July 2 through Aug. 27.
If you were one of the millions who tuned in to the Royal Wedding of Kate and Wills, you will already be familiar with the dazzling and dizzying display of headgear worn by the female attendees. Jeweler and sculptor Robert Pauly from Clayton, ON, has been collecting unusual hats for many years. He started creating his own whimsical and elegant pieces combining vintage and antique material and beads.
There will be a special Tea Party July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring cucumber sandwiches. For more information call Zilberschmuck Gallery at 416-699-6000, or visit www.zilberschmuck.com.

The Guild Alive with Culture Art Show will take place Aug. 6 and 7 in Guildwood Park, 201 Guildwood Parkway. This is an all-day event featuring more than 70 artisans, more than 20 community groups, and live entertainment (see photo below).
The event is free and there will be plenty of free parking as well. For more information visit www.guildalivewithculture.ca.

Cobalt Gallery, at 870A Kingston Rd., is celebrating that special summer place: the backyard with its summer exhibit titled  In My Backyard, July 7 through Aug. 28. This show features the works of three artists who were on this year’s Beach Studio Tour: Tod Warrington, Olga Urbansky Holtam, and Cobalt Gallery owner, Annette Hansen.
Tod Warrington’s designs in metal displays his inspirations from nature and his wilderness camping trips, as well as his love of gardening in his Toronto backyard. An appreciation for design, old and new, and a sense of whimsy appear in his trellises, stakes and wind driven whirligigs.
Urbansky Holtam’s sense of fantasy reveals itself in her new group of paintings. Each one has smaller scenes created in each larger canvas. It draws your eyes to travel across and into the forest. Her distinct sense of colour also helps this visual journey seem more compelling and intriguing.
Hansen’s ceramic designs for the backyard are slender pots for plants. Her tall stacked pods with small water baths are to add an element of surprise amongst the flowerbeds. Lighting is also one of the ceramic designs she incorporates with concrete and clay to give the outdoor evenings a feeling of coziness and tranquility.
There will be a special artists’ reception July 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.. For more information call Cobalt Gallery at 416-694-0156, or visit www.cobaltgallery.ca.


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