Open Architects, 454 Kingston Rd., has invited Richard Brightling to display his art in their windows through the month of January.
Brightling works with sections of specially prepared discarded wood to fabricate a surface that exposes the wood’s “expressive end grain.” This special technique serves to provide the viewer with a unique textural surface which also works to present the underlying beauty of one of nature’s greatest creations: wood. For more information visit
Open Architects is a small architectural firm here in the Beach that uses its gallery space to present art shows. “We believe that by hosting these openings, we are able to meet more people in the community while supporting local artists.” For more information visit

Beach artist Anna Clarey will be exhibiting her recent works at The Beacher Café, 2162 Queen St. E. (416-699-3874). Clarey will be displaying samples of both floral still life, and landscapes, as well as new paintings of classic Beach scenes.
“My aim is to preserve some of our beloved Beach landmarks in our ever-changing neighbourhood,” Clarey says of her new show. For more information visit

Five Beach artists are having a group show titled Places: Real and Imagined at the Essentia showroom, 2180 Queen St. E., until Jan. 28. The artists are a diverse group that include everything from painting to fibre art.
Participating artists include painter Nathalie Vachon (; photographer John Dowding (; fine artist Dianne Shelton (; photographer Rod Trider (; and fibre artist Sheila Thompson ( Some of the images will be of the Beach, while others are imagined.
There will be a special Meet The Artist Night, Jan. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call Sheila Thompson at 416-988-9704.

Beach mixed-media artist Julie Clark will be displaying some of her photo-encaustic art at the Rivoli Pool Hall Gallery, 334 Queen St. W., now through March 3.
Clark was a featured artist for this past year’s Beach Fall Studio Tour (BMN, Oct. 18, 2010, pgs. 18-19). Her photo-encaustic technique has garnered her plenty of recognition in the art world. Last summer she won the People’s Choice Award at the DECA Danforth East Arts Fair, and Best in Show at the Niagara on the Lake Art Show.
“I first print the photo (usually of flowers) on fine, archival quality photo rag paper,” she explained last fall. “I take images of things like rusty objects, a crack in a wall… and Photoshop them into the original photo until I have several layers. Then I apply the hot wax and use a brush to get the texture the way I want it.” For more information visit
There will be a special Opening Reception Jan. 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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