Art Scene

Sann Sann Lam recently had a painting featured on the front cover of Style At Home magazine. The cover shot was of a Beach home recently made over by Beach designer Karen Sealy of Sealy Designs (Eye On Business, Beach Metro News, March 5, 2013), and her painting was on the wall of the dining nook.

Lam studied Fine Art at the University of Waterloo, and Interior Design at Ryerson, and has been participating in shows and exhibitions since 2001. Many of her works grace corporate offices in Toronto, as well as in New York and the Bahamas.

“Traditional portraiture captures a person’s physicality,” Lam says. “What I attempt to capture is a person’s inner portrait, their energy and spirit.” Her vividly coloured abstracts are given human names. “Intuitively, I layer colour and create texture in a dynamic rhythm of conscious expression to create my vision of who we are.”

Sann Sann Lam will be part of a group show, called Sustenance, with the ColourShift Abstract Collective at the Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane, in the Distillery District, April 9 through 23. There will be an opening reception April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information visit

Painting by Sann Sann Lam
Sann Sann Lam

Artisans At Work, at 2071 Danforth Ave., just east of Woodbine, is the East End’s newest “arts hub” with more than 2,700 square feet devoted to a retail gallery, private work spaces for local creative artists, and a community room for classes, workshops, storytelling get-togethers and other activities. Run by local jewelry maker and entrepreneur Tara Shelton, Artisans At Work is hoping to fulfill that West End gallery scene on this side of the Don River.

“We hope to provide that cultural space, and fill that niche for our surrounding neighbourhoods,” said Shelton. Local artists are invited to rent one of the many spaces as a chance to “incubate” their business before taking the big leap to renting a separate storefront.

One of the ideas they are working with is the popular First Friday events. The first Friday of each month will feature live music, special artists and art demos, coupled with local food makers and a cash bar. People will be encouraged to drop in, hear some great music, sample some wonderful food, and wander through the displays of local artists and artisans. “It’s all for the neighbourhood to enjoy, and support each other, creating a new buzz here at Danforth and Woodbine.” To find out more about Artisans At Work call 416-425-4665, or visit

Photographer Sherry Dianne Aboud will be exhibiting several of her photos at The Beacher Café, 2162 Queen St. E., through the end of March. Aboud is a self-taught photographer who has been taking photos for the past 25 years using her favourite second-hand Minolta.

“I am inspired by nature, the beautiful settings of the Beaches, and whatever may capture my eye,” she says. “I am exploring the different times of day to use the sun and shadows to get that “best shot…I find the freedom you have when you are taking photos is, for me, almost meditative…” This is Aboud’s fourth exhibition at the Beacher Café. For more information call 416-694-6037.

Sherry Dianne Aboud is showing photos at the Beacher Cafe until the end of March.
Sherry Dianne Aboud is showing photos at the Beacher Cafe until the end of March.

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