Beach Arts Scene

Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Ave. just west of Woodbine, has announced its lineup of fall art classes. Most begin in the coming weeks, so be sure to sign up soon.

Classes cover a wide gamut of art and crafts. Oil painting will be taught separately for both youth and adults. Both classes will be taught by Julie Glick on Wednesdays.

Graham Curry will be teaching encaustic wax painting and collage, at a one day workshop on Sept. 28, and on Tuesday evenings in October.

Lest the children feel left out, there will be kids arts and crafts sessions on Wednesday mornings for those not yet in school, and after school on Thursdays for children age 4 to 8.

Artisans At Work owner Tara Shelton will offer classes in jewelry making, covering wax carving and finishing casted metal, on Wednesday evenings and Sunday late mornings.

There will be a sketching class with Shelton and Kajsa Marlin beginning in October (or sooner by demand), and Saturday afternoons, from 3 to 6 p.m., an open studio for oil painting is offered in September, October and starting again in the new year.

For more details on classes, instructors, cost and materials, visit the website at artisans-at-work.com/classes-workshops.html. A monthly call for artists is posted at huutaart.com. The first Friday evening of each month is opening night for the current show, with a licensed bar and live music. Christmas craft shows will be held each weekend in November and December, and a fall Saturday farmers’ market is in the works. For the latest updates and hours of operation, visit artisans-at-work.com.

The Danforth East Arts Fair is a free two-day art fair in East Lynn Park, on Danforth west of Woodbine. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15.

Dozens of artists, artisans and craftspeople will bring their wares to the park, offering creative output from $5 to over $1,500. There will be food vendors, as well as face painting, artist-led workshops for children and crafts for kids. Live music is scheduled for both days as well.

The fair, now in its fourth year, is a project born of the drive of the volunteer-run Danforth East Community Association. DECA aims to make the east Danforth more vibrant, walkable, safe and fun. Along with the art fair, DECA members are behind the pop-up shops along this stretch over the past year, as well as the farmers’ market which takes place weekly in East Lynn Park.

For more on the fair, visit deca-arts.ca, and for more on DECA see danfortheastcommunityassociation.com.

Painter John Pryce has opened a new studio on Gerrard Street East. An open house will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Painter John Pryce has opened a new studio on Gerrard Street East. An open house will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Artist John Pryce has come back to east Toronto after an absence of five years.

Pryce is a painter of Canadian landscapes, and moved north after retirement several years ago. While the pace of daily life was nice, the lack of immediate access to the art world was not so great.

“I realized I needed to come back,” he said.

Pryce Studios, a storefront gallery and studio space, is opening this weekend at 1600 Gerrard St. E. at Rhodes. He will also be offering painting and drawing classes.

This Saturday, Sept. 14, Pryce will be running free demonstrations at the studio. Drop by between 9:30 a.m. and noon, or 1 to 3:30 p.m. and have a chat with the artist. For more information on Pryce’s work and classes, visit prycestudios.com.


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