Multi-media artist Joan E. Keegan will be having an exhibition of her paintings at The Beacher Café, 2162 Queen St. E., from July 26 through Aug. 31.
This collection of paintings and multi-media works ranges from her early abstract and intuitive pieces where she depicts the literal, spiritual and philosophical effects of urban development on the environment, to her more recent works depicting the environmental theme through abstract landscapes.
Keegan was born in Montreal, received her BA in Fine Arts from Concordia, and currently lives in the Beach. She also likes to travel to New Zealand.
Arts On Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., presents Connections, an exhibition of the works of Tanya Zaryski, from Aug. 6 to 31. Zaryski, who lives on a 50-acre farm in the Beaver Valley near Georgian Bay, draws inspiration from the natural world that surrounds her there.
“I continue to return to certain places – houses, barns, fields – for inspiration,” Zaryski says in her artist’s statement. “They are places with which I have developed a particular intimacy through passing them time after time, and noting their slight and remarkable variations.”
There will be an artist reception Aug. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. where you can meet Tanya and discuss her work. For more information call Arts On Queen at 416-699-6127, or visit www.artsonking andqueen.com.
Open Architects, 454 Kingston Rd., continues with its window presentation of “architecturally engaged art” when it hosts an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Leyla Munteanu, through Aug. 31.
Munteanu is originally from Romania where she studied to be a civil engineer. Along the way she took classes in art as well and enjoyed creating classically-inspired sculptures. When she moved to Canada at age 35, she decided to concentrate on her art, and developed a painting style that is less classical and more inspirational and abstract.
“I am inspired by everything around me,” she says. “I work with different materials such as aluminum foil, rope, newspaper… everything I can find that is interesting I put in my paintings.”
For more information, and gallery hours call Open Architects at 416-694-0008.
Drawing inspiration from the arts markets in Australia, where he spent three years, Daniel Cohen has opened one here in the heart of Leslieville. The Arts Market, 1114 Queen St. E., is a year-round artisans’ market, a vibrant space that makes showing and selling art and fine craft more accessible and viable for Toronto artists.
“Artists need a place to show off their work,” says Cohen. “To tell their own stories, and connect with the community on a more regular basis.” Artists can rent floor space on a weekly or monthly basis, and it allows them more exposure than the usual one or two summer art shows. Cohen is excited about this new venture.
“We couldn’t be in a more vibrant and exciting area of the city,” he says. The community is growing and Arts Market hopes to be a part of it. For more information, or to rent space, call Daniel Cohen at 647-997-7616, or visit www.artsmarket.ca.