Guild show features affordable art

The Beach Guild of Fine Art is holding its annual spring show, Small Paintings for Small Spaces, from May 17 to 20 at the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. The show, which will include work from about 30 members of the Guild, features small-scale work with a maximum price of $250.

 Watercolour specialist Jenny Reid displays two of the four small sized works she will have on display at the Gardener’s Cottage for the Beach Guild of Fine ARt’s annual Small Paintings for Small Spaces show, on May 17 to 20.

Watercolour specialist Jenny Reid displays two of the four small sized works she will have on display at the Gardener’s Cottage for the Beach Guild of Fine ARt’s annual Small Paintings for Small Spaces show, on May 17 to 20.
PHOTO: Jon Muldoon

Guild member Anna Clarey said the annual show is a great chance for newcomers to the art world to begin a collection.

“It’s a really great way for someone to get their first piece of affordable art,” she said.

Watercolour specialist Jenny Reid, who also paints in other mediums, is one of the artists who will be hanging work at the Guild weekend show. She joined the Guild just over a year ago, and is looking forward to her first exhibition with “some very good artists.”

Reid took art courses in her native England, and studied fine arts at university in South Africa.

After emigrating to Canada in 1979, she took up watercolours after a friend pointed her to a night school class. She was attracted to the medium’s fast drying and cleanup time, a real plus when raising four children.

However, the urge to create has always been there, and she comes from “a long line of photographers,” another medium familiar to her.

“Since I was born I’ve been interested in art,” she said.

Reid and her husband, Neville, regularly organize painting trips for small groups to Italy, a location – and situation – which never fails to inspire.

“When you get a group of artists together, there’s an energy that’s formed that’s really conducive to painting,” she said.

It also doesn’t hurt that “the light is wonderful.”

Reid has work in collections around the world, and has a painting in the East York Foundation’s and City of Toronto’s permanent collections. She has won numerous awards, and is a founding member of the Toronto Watercolour Society. Find out more about her work at jennyreidfineartist.com.

The show runs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information on the Guild, visit beachguildoffineart.com.


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