Beach Arts Scene

Beach artists Marlene Pape, Kellie Jobson and Liz Russ (pictured) are featured at the Arta Gallery from April 12 to 26 in an exhibit called Vibrant Perceptions.

Vibrant Perceptions is the title of an art exhibit featuring three Beach and area artists at Arta Gallery, in the Distillery district, 55 Mill St., Suite 102, Bldg. 9, from April 12 to 26.
Marlene Pape, Kellie Jobson, and Liz Russ are tapping into the vibrancy of Toronto as an inspiration for their artwork. Whether it be nature-based, or abstracts, they attempt to “reinforce the sensory abilities of their viewers with a visual message in an appreciation of the world we live in.”
Pape, Jobson, and Russ invite you to “forget about your deranged schedule in the business über world, and breathe and feel relaxed in an exhibit that is furnished with a sense of serenity and delight.
For more information call Arta Gallery at 416-364-2782, or visit

Home and Away is the title of an exhibition featuring the paintings of Beach artist Louise Cass, April 2 to 31, at the S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. near the Toronto East General Hospital.
Cass describes her paintings as personal responses to things she observes…both at home and while away. Interestingly, she reports that most of the ‘home’ paintings are of still life, while her ‘away’ paintings are mostly landscapes. The Toronto Public Library’s exhibition program is a juried process, so to be selected to hang in one of their galleries is an honour.
There will be a special opening reception April 16 with the artist in attendance, along with the jazz piano stylings of Alan Zemaitis. There is also plenty of parking available near the library.
For more information phone the S. Walter Stewart Library at 416-396-3975, or visit

Eight members of the Beach Photo Club who call themselves Focus of 8 Photographers, will be exhibiting their work in a show called Urban Dynamic, through the month of April at the Dignam Art Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Ave., in the Bloor Street and Avenue Road area.
Focus of 8 Photographers is a group of photographers from the club who have banded together to create shows for their work. They include Catherine MacKinnon, Natalila Shields, Rod Trider (pictured), Stephen Dunn, Gerrie Burnett, John Wallace, Michael MacLaverty, and Maureen Littlewood.
From in-your-face nature shots, strikingly intimate portraits, stunning abstracts, and quirky variations on well-known subjects, this exhibition demonstrates that there’s more to ‘the Kodak moment’ then most people realize. Many of the photographs on display will be available for purchase.
There will be a wine and cheese artists reception on April 8 and 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. each night. For more information call the Dignam Art Gallery at 416-922-2060..

Cobalt Gallery, 870A Kingston Rd., presents an exhibition of the art tiles of Jackie Ramo, April 1 through 24. The exhibition consists of two sets of Ramo’s unique tiles. Urban Woods is a series of places where you step off the sidewalk and into green spaces. City Life examines the fast-paced life in the city, the buildings, the noisy streets, the people.
“This is an exploration of the juxtaposition of the urban jungle and the quiet spaces of my home town of Toronto,” says Ramo.
For more information call Cobalt Gallery at 416-694-0156, or visit

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