Art Scene

This creation by Amber Thomas-Penchoff is part of an exhibition of pieces from the the 7th annual Exhibition of Fine Jewelry at Zilberschmuck Art & Jewelry until June 25

Zilberschmuck Art & Jewelry, 910 Kingston Rd., is holding an exhibition of pieces that were part of the Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition of Canadian Fine Jewelry and Metalwork, May 19 through June 25.
The show is called Inspired by, and features works by both professionals and students enrolled in metal arts programs across the country to create pieces inspired by a Canadian person, place or thing. For the first time the exhibition was opened up to include hollowware and small sculpture. Along with a wide variety of necklaces, bracelets, and rings, the show also features a goblet, salad servers, and an eggcup all formed from sterling silver.
The Best in Show went to Annette Van Leeuwen for her triptych called Inspired By Nature. Judges were Dino Gianetti, co-founder of 18karat, Anne Hung, fashion designer at Ryerson University, and Donald Stuart, an award-winning gold and silversmith artist.
For more information call Cheryl at Zilberschmuck at 416-696000, or visit

Cobalt Gallery, 870A Kingston Rd., will be having an exhibition of Beach painter Anne-Marie Olczak, from June 2 through 26. The show is called Lakescapes and features Olczak’s latest series of paintings exploring the urban environment bound by Lake Ontario. These new paintings are inspired by “the ever-changing, constant presence of the lake that borders Toronto.” Horizons and shorelines are suggested, but not defined, as the artist explores the concepts of boundary and place with colour and texture.
Olczak’s process is as much inspired by the lake as the final images. She layers colours onto wooden panels in various levels, then scrapes and gouges away layers – as the lake does to the shore – until the final images appears.
There will be an opening reception June 2, from 7-9 p.m. when you can meet and chat with Anne-Marie Olczak. For more information call Cobalt Gallery at 416-694-0156, or visit

Brenda Dow, a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art, will be having a solo show of watercolours and oils paintings though the month of June at the Taylor Memorial Library, 1440 Kingston Rd. at Warden. Brenda is a self-taught artist whose paintings, both still life and landscapes, depict places in the Beach, Bluffs, and northern Ontario. She is also a member of Scarborough Arts

The Beach Photo Club will be exhibiting some of their photographs at the Beachside Grill, 1922 Queen St. E., just east of Woodbine, through the month of June.

Arts On Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., presents A Painted Life, a collection of new acrylic paintings by Laurie Wonfor Nolan, June 4 to July 1.
Wonfor Nolan graduated from the Sheridan College Illustration program and has been a successful commercial artist since 1983. When she “paints for herself,” she likes to paint en plein air landscapes, many of which are represented in galleries in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Bracebridge.
“If you don’t take risks, you’ll never grow… that’s true in painting as in life,” Wonfor Nolan says. “Take chances, trust your intuitions, be willing to fail and enjoy the process… that’s when you make your best and most honest work.”
Wonfor Nolan imparts this wisdom to her students at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts as well. Of late, Wonfor Nolan has enjoyed live performance painting, and has shared the stage with Liala Biala, Brandi Desterheft, and Matt Storch and the Usual Suspects.
There will be a special artist’s reception with Wonfor Nolan in attendance June 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call Arts On Queen at 416-699-6127, or visit

Beach artist Afzal Subhani will be one of 11 artists participating in a group show presented by the Bangladeshi Canadian Artists, May 31 to June 13 at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Museum, 67 Pottery Rd.
Subhani is an aeronautical engineer by profession, but has been drawing and painting since a very young age.
“My subjects are varied. I draw whatever inspires me,” says Subhani. “It could be a boat, or a face; still life or a jaguar. I also indulge in cartoons and abstract work. I have done some stories with illustrations as well.” Subhani is comfortable in a number of media, be they watercolour, charcoal, or acrylics.
For more information, or to visit his online gallery go to
Since Pottery Road is under repair throughout the summer, access to the Papermill Gallery is either by taking the TTC to the corner of Broadview and Mortimer, and walking down the hill to the gallery, or driving along Bayview to Pottery Road and up to Todmorden where you will have free parking. For more information call Todmorden Mills at 416-396-2819, or visit, and scroll down to the Directions.

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