Art Scene

Yvonne Wilson is one of 30 Beach Guild of Fine Arts members showing at Essentia.

Thirty members of the Beach Guild of Fine Art will be having an exhibition through the month of December at Essentia, 2180 Queen St. E. This is an excellent opportunity – in case you missed the show in September – to browse through the works of this Beach arts collective, and maybe buy something for the holidays.
For more information on the BGFA visit

Cobalt Gallery, 870A Kingston Rd., is holding a special Holiday Festival through Dec. 23 where you will get a chance to meet artists, and purchase from a unique selection of quality art for your holiday gift giving. Artists participating in this festival include Chris Evitts, Benjamin Weiler, Celine Cimon and Rebekah Walker. Along with fine art paintings, you will also find jewelry, woodturning, metal and  ceramic art. For more information call Cobalt Gallery at 416-694-0156, or visit

The Artisan Social is a special community art and craft show, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1301 Queen St. E. – through the red gate, behind The Ceili Cottage, in the Gilchrist-Canavan Dance Studio. The Artisan Social is put on by a group of talented friends and neighbours from the Beach/Leslieville area., organized by Anne-Marie Olczak and Eileen Reilly.
There will be more than 15 vendors at this show, including painters, potters, jewelers, fabric artists and soap makers…another excellent opportunity to buy holiday gifts. And when you’re done shopping, tuck into an Irish breakfast at The Ceili Cottage. For more information call Anne-Marie Olczak at 416-691-6997, or visit

There will be a special Christmas Craft Show, the weekends of Dec. 8 and 9, 15 and 16, and 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the new Artisans At Work Studio, 2071 Danforth Ave. at Woodbine. This new retail gallery store will be offering sales on such items as jewelry, art, textile items, crafts and other giftware for the holiday season. For more information on Artisans At Work, see the Eye On Business column .

Alexandra Beriault’s sculptural work was featured at an invitational exhibition of wearable art.

Malvern grad and OCADU student Alexandra Beriault was one of an elite group of artists invited to participate in the 13th annual Strutt Weekend of Wearable Art, held at the W. S. Tyler factory in St. Catharines on the weekend of Nov. 2 and 3.  The more than 1,000 people in the audience were treated to a variety of funky original pieces, Cirque du Soleil-style acrobats and live music.

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