Janice Hardacre is a self-taught artist and photographer from the East End. She has been exhibiting her work for more than 10 years.
While she’s had her hands on many mediums, including drawing, painting, puppetry, sculpture and music, her current show, Knotscapes, is a collection of abstract photographs. The images of knots in old wood are all named for the shapes she saw in them – birds, insects, or just abstract shapes and patterns. This sits well within her efforts to capture what she calls the ‘soul’ of these inanimate objects.
Knotscapes is on until March 31 at the Taylor Memorial Library, 1440 Kingston Rd. at Warden Avenue. Check the library website for hours or call 416-396-8939.
Artist Gabriele Craig will be teaching watercolour classes at the gardener’s cottage in Kew Gardens as part of the spring programming at the Beaches Recreation Centre. Three classes run on Mondays and one on Wednesday, starting on March 31. For more information or to register, call 416-392-0740 or find the Toronto and East York recreation guide at toronto.ca.
Larry Williamson moved to the Beach from the Waterloo region five years ago, but he’s been photographing his surrounding environments for around 40 years. In his previous home that meant the industrial heritage of the area. Now the beach is what inspires him, though he has photographed people for much of that time.
Williamson has a selection of abstract nudes at Madhus Café, 982 Kingston Rd., until the end of April. In this work he looks for new ways to present the lines and textures of the human form.
While the human body and the beach are inspirations for him, Williamson said he loves collaborating with other artists and is always looking for projects to work on with people with a creative bent. See more of his work at larrywilliamson.ca.
Marilyn Walsh is one of 21 members of the Beach Guild of Fine Art who will take part in an annual exhibition at Sunnybrook Hospital, organized by the Sunnybrook Volunteer Association. The show earns a commission for the association, with funds going toward patient care and comfort.
Walsh, known by Beach garden tour attendees for her distinctive sculpture, is a multi-disciplinary artist. The work she will show at Sunnybrook consists of lithographs. The images are drawn on a limestone block, etched three times, and hand-printed on a special press.
The Sunnybrook show will run from March 28 to May 9. If you don’t find yourself with a reason to head to Sunnybrook Hospital, the Guild will be holding its regular shows in the coming months, including Small Paintings for Small Spaces and an annual autumn show. See beachguildoffineart.com. for more. For information on Walsh and her work see marilynwalsh.com.