Zilberschmuck Art & Jewelry, 910 Kingston Rd., presents Miss Rosie’s Daily Life, by Quebec artist Sonia Beauchesne, running now through Dec. 24.
Miss Rosie’s Daily Life captures scenes of every day occurrences in fine metal art. Miss Rosie herself is a beautiful sterling silver pendant, while other ‘places’ such as the grocery store, the beauty parlour, and the coffee shop have been rendered in sterling silver as well. The little ‘scenes’ are as delightful and humorous as they are unique and beautifully designed.
For more information call Zilberschmuck at 416-699-6000, or visit

Sjon de Groot hails from South Africa where he studied under Geoffrey and Michael Armstrong. He is part of a long line of Dutch artists. Since moving to Canada in 1997, he was employed in the pharmaceutical business. But just last summer de Groot made the decision to move to the Beach, open an art gallery/studio, and commit himself full time to his original passion.
The Art Studio, at 188 Courcelette Rd., will officially open Dec. 2, with a reception hosted by the artist. There will be samples of his  work on display throughout the space on the main floor of his residence there. de Groot plans to open the gallery up for exhibitions, workshops and art classes in the near future.
“I look forward to welcoming the community into my studio,” de Groot said. “I very much want to meet with and talk to the many artists in our neighbourhood. In this economy, we really have to work together and support each other.”
For more information call Sjon de Groot at 416-399-3541, or visit

Arts On Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., presents Sketches of Northumberland County, by Keith Cornell, Dec. 3 through 31.
Cornell captures the dynamic and vibrant Ontario landscape with his complex colour palette. He will be in attendance for the Opening Artist’s Reception, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. answering questions and discussing his work.
For more information call Arts On Queen at 416-699-6127, or visit

Karen Franzen presents her 12th Annual Holiday Show, Dec. 9 (6-9 p.m.), 10 and 11 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), at her studio at 3 Wembley Dr. in the Coxwell and Gerrard area.
Franzen is of course known for her bright, colourful and playful pottery bowls, teapots and cups, as well as custom tile work for address numbers etc.
Joining Karen for this year’s show and sale are Leslie Songer Terry, a skilled basket maker from the Muskoka area; Lara Bazant, a jeweler whose work is inspired from her travels worldwide. Also included are Louise Dixon, a narrative quilt artist, and Kim Baker, a chocolate maker whose tasty barks, caramels, and Victorian Santas will go perfectly with any of the above as the perfect Christmas gift.
Join Karen Franzen and friends for a cup of hot cider, German cookies (courtesy of Karen’s mother, Helga), and enter the draw for a collection of artistic treasures (proceeds in support of the local food bank).
For more information call Karen Franzen at 416-465-7477, or visit

Karen Leslie Hall, member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art, and long time participant in the Beach Studio Tour, is having a Time to Part With My Art studio moving sale, Dec. 10 and 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Hall’s studio at 164 Neville Park Blvd. She was the subject of a profile in Beach Metro News to promote the Beach Studio Tour. I remember it as a bright airy space on the top floor of her home. Now she is planning a move to  smaller digs and needs to free up space in the van.
Karen will be selling original works in pastel (she is a Master Pastel Artist), acrylics and watercolours. She is best known for her unique and quirky “bird’s eye views” of  sunbathers. Her new works are large abstracts.  There is such a variety of styles and media available that Karen refers to this show as a “solo group show.” Expect to find some good bargains on original art… just in time for Christmas.
For more information visit

Cobalt Gallery, 870A Kingston Rd, presents it’s ninth Annual Holiday Festival, now through Dec. 23. This year participating artists include Chris Evitts, Mike Monize, Rod Trider, Monika Uesson-Talpak, Liz Russ, Christine Pensa, Olga Urbansky Holtam, and Benjamin Wieler. On display will be excellent examples of ceramics, jewelry, fashion accessories, and fine art, all great ideas for the gift giving season.
For more information and gallery hours, call Cobalt Gallery at 416-694-0156, or visit

Nathalie Vachon is holding a special Holiday Open Studio, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at her home studio at 395 Scarborough Rd. There will be lots of creative gift ideas and stocking stuffers, including magnets, cards, and story CDs (including Emma May’s Christmas Day) as well as original paintings, prints… and the brand new holiday CD by the vocal group Cadence (Natalie’s husband Ross Lynde is a member –
So drop by for a mug of egg nog, and get your holiday shopping off to a good start. For more information visit

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