Beach Arts Scene

Jennifer Smithwell
Jennifer Smithwell



Beach artists Shelley Cinnamon and Jennifer Smithwell are hosting the Summer in September art show at the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens on Sept. 6, 7 and 8.

Smithwell paints mainly en plein air (on location, directly from real life) and her oil and acrylic work, has been described as colourist, expressionist and post-impressionistic. Cinnamon’s acrylic and oil are based in realism with a strong impressionism influence.

Shelley Cinnamon
Shelley Cinnamon

Summer in September runs Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more on the artists, visit and

Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Ave. at Woodbine, is hosting the Danforth Independent Photo and Film Festival through the month of September.

The community art gallery, store and workspace offers a retail outlet, as well as studio, office, classroom and private gallery space to local artists. Each month sees a celebration of the arts during First Fridays, and the event on Friday, Sept. 6 will launch the festival. The Sidewalkers will provide live music, while TKO’s Pub will bring food out for the party.

The festival, which is sponsored the Mexico Board of Tourism, Tracey Nolan Photography and Tremblant Living, will feature a rotating schedule of screenings all month. There’s still time to respond to the open call for work as well, so any photographers or filmmakers looking for an up and coming East End venue to showcase their work should email, or stop by the space from Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The space is also planning to host a farmers’ market on Saturdays and craft shows on Sundays in the coming months, as well as weekend Christmas craft shows in November and December. For more information, visit

Gerrard Art Space (GAS) has released its catalogue of classes for the fall, with a wide range of instruction available in multiple art disciplines.

Traditional art classes, covering drawing, painting and printmaking are included in the lineup. There are also practical courses such as children’s book illustration, photo image transfer, bookbinding and a portfolio class, as well as a number of music classes for children and adults. Rounding out the offering is an introduction to the art of the clown.

For more information, visit, or email for a copy of the course catalogue. GAS is at 1390 Gerrard St. E., halfway between Coxwell and Greenwood.

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