Arts On Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., presents Urban Visions, a collection of paintings by Ana Gribbons, June 2 to 20. Gribbons grew up in Hamilton, but moved to Toronto many years ago. She draws on her experiences of travelling around the city on her bicycle, on foot and on the TTC. She combines her love of the city with her love of playing with colour and form using acrylics.
“I strive to make my urban visions both familiar, yet dreamy,” Gribbons says in her artist statement, “linking the past with the present and thus conjuring unique meanings for the viewer.” Her fascination with the “geometry of movement” allows her to “play with the push-pull of dark/light contrasts, and delight in the nuances of colour.”
For more information call Arts On Queen at 416-699-6127.
The Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard St. East, is hosting a show by Beach artist Marlene Pape, June 1 through 21. Called Keep Looking Up, the show will feature 40 new paintings, including many of her ‘staircase series’, as well as landscapes, birches, abstracts and skyscapes. Pape was the feature artist in last issue’s story about the Beach Guild of Fine Arts, of which Pape is a very active member. This is her first show at the vibrant new gallery in the Gerrard area. For more information visit marlenepapefineart.com.
There will be an opening reception June 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information on this and other shows at the Gerrard Art Space, call 416-778-0923, or visit gerrardartspace.ca.
Beach photographer Erwin Buck is one of many artisans participating in the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show, June 9 and 10 in Kew Gardens. Now in its 28th year, the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show features more than 150 artists, artisans and designers from across the country including photographers, jewelers, leather workers, potters and many more.
This year marks the fifth year that Buck has participated in the show. His iconic Beach images are on display in galleries and on posters throughout the area. One of his photos – of a streetcar crossing the Dundas Street bridge over the Don River – has sold very well for him at the show.
“It’s amazing how many people come back year after year to the show,” Buck said. “Maybe they saw something of mine last year, thought about it, and decided to come back and buy it this year.” His images of the Leuty Lifeguard Station, the boardwalk and Venice are also popular sellers.
This year marks the show’s first year under new direction. Since its founding in 1984 the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show was organized by sisters Gaye Hatchie and Maureen Warland. The event is now managed by Elyse Drouin. Buck is confident that the transition will be smooth.
“I’m sure it will be as good as before,” he said. “It’s really a great venue, and it’s all about the artists.”
The Beaches Arts & Crafts Show is a juried show, so the quality of the work on display is always very high. And of course it’s free to the public.
To find out more about Buck visit his website at erwinbuck.com. To find out more about the show visit beachesartsandcraftsshow.ca.