Beach Arts Scene

The Beaches Arts and Crafts show is close to three decades old now. It’s come a long way since the first event in 1984 with 25 exhibitors. The annual show now draws more than 150 artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country, including some from the Beach.

Visitors to the show, held in Kew Gardens on Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be treated to over 70 new exhibitors this year, while also raising money for Neighbourhood Link. Wares for sale by the creators will include fashion, jewelry, leather work, ceramics, glass art, fine art and photography, accessories and gourmet food.

Peter Owen Goodale is one of several East End residents who will be at the show this year. Goodale is a self-taught artist with over 20 years experience. He emphasizes the connection between land, water and people in his work. Visit him online at

Erwin Buck has been a Beacher for 30 years, and believes the neighbourhood to be unique in Toronto. He says he uses photography and digital art to showcase the beauty of the community. His work is online at

Erwin Buck
Erwin Buck

Carolyn Verkuyl says she is “an art director by training, an illustrator by accident and an observer of life by necessity.” Her scribbled and scrawled observations are inspired by modern life, and can be found on paper, magnets, calendars and gift cards.

Carolyn Verkuyl
Carolyn Verkuyl

The Beaches Arts and Crafts Show is free, and runs rain or shine. For more info visit

Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., will be the site of a quilt show and tea room event on Saturday, June 1. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the church’s Thursday afternoon quilting group will showcase an impressive array of quilts, covering everything from display quilts, to traditional design to the modern. After taking in the show, stay and enjoy tea and snacks in the tea room.

For more information, phone the church at 416-699-6091, or visit

Natalia Shields
Natalia Shields

The Focus of 8 (F8) photo collective, born out of the Beach Photo Club, has been around for several years; however, for its seventh exhibition, the group is finally showing off the Beach neighbourhood to itself.

F8 is a collective of award-winning East End photographers. The group’s latest show will prominently feature images from the Beach among other work. The show will run for the month of June at Essentia, 2180 Queen St. E. Meet the photographers at the artists’ reception, Friday, June 7, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Michael Macleverty

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