Art Scene

Beach artist Elizabeth Berry will be hosting her annual fall Studio Show & Sale in her beautiful home studio, Nov. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. This year Berry will be showing recent paintings from her studio garden, the fishing villages of New Brunswick, Huron County, and of course right here in the Beach. There will be large oils and watercolours, as well as small unframed originals and prints. Her studio is located at 133 Neville Park Blvd., west of Victoria Park and north of Queen.
Elizabeth will be holding a special Preview Weekend Oct. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For more information, or to take a peek at some of the paintings that will be featured in her show, visit

Joanne Filletti, owner of Gerrard Art Space, will be exhibiting some of her own drawings and paintings, left, along with those of Noëlla Kyser, from Oct. 31 through Nov. 18.
“Drawing is how I see the world, how I make sense of it,” says Filletti in her artist statement. “It’s how I articulate my profound discomfort in it, and how I make my peace with this discomfort and thus retain a mite of sovereignty in it.”
Kyser, right, is a graduate of OCADU who recently took a workshop on washi paper, and was hooked. “I love the dual qualities of its thinness and toughness, and how it absorbs paint,” she said. “At this stage of my life art making is most of the time a reverent and sympathetic response to the passions, joys and pains of life, and involves a lot of playing.”
Gerrard Art Space is located at 1390 Gerrard St. E. For more information, and gallery hours, call 416-778-0923, or visit

F8 is a group of eight local photographers – Gerrie Burnett, Catherine MacKinnon, John Wallace, Rod Trider (see below), Maureen Littlewood, Natalia Shields, Felicity Somerset and Michael MacLaverty – who are having an exhibition of their work, called The Beauty of Impermanence, downtown at Dignam Art Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Ave., Nov. 2 and 9, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and on Nov. 3 and 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Several of the photographers will be available during the weekends to share refreshments and discuss their work.

LuminArt is a newly-formed collective of three contemporary artists from the Beach and Bluffs area: Grethe Jensen (painter), Felicity Somerset (photographer, see below), and Callie Gray (mixed media). It is holding its inaugural exhibition Nov. 1 to 30, at Essentia, 2180 Queen St. E. The show is called Colour Escape and will focus on contemporary abstract works designed to insert a burst of colour and light into the otherwise dull experience of November.
“Creating art is a solitary experience, and finding and building opportunities for artists to connect with one another and the community is the focus of the LuminArt collective,” said Jensen.
There will be a reception on Nov. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m., where you can meet these three unique artists. For more information call Jensen at 416-699-6710.

Open Galleries presents urban landscape artist Richard Wihoda through the month of October. The Burlington artist works in acrylics on canvas. Open Galleries is part of Open Architects, 454 Kingston Rd. The gallery space at the front of the office is dedicated to artists whose work reflects or expresses architecture in an urban setting. For more information call 416-694-0008.

Beach fibre artist Maggie Butterfield Dickinson will be exhibiting her work as part of a juried show called Hard Twist 7: Touch Me, Feel Me at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The show runs Nov. 1 to Jan. 27, from 12 to 5 p.m. daily.
Hard Twist 7 will feature the work of 27 artists from across North America. For this show Dickinson has created a piece called Elation (see below) which consists of “a swirling block in two colourways that express the light and dark side of human emotion.” For more information call the Gladstone at 416-531-4635.
Dickinson will also be showing in Hamilton at the 337 Sketch Gallery, 337 Ottawa St. N., Nov. 9 to 25. For more information on that show call 905-966-2892

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