Beach Arts Scene

Jyne Greenley
Jyne Greenley

Gerrard Art Space (GAS) presents Cycles, Patterns & Symbols, new works by Jyne Greenley, from Nov. 13 to Dec. 1.

Greenley, a Scarborough native, took to art at a young age, and carried her passion through to the University of Toronto’s Fine Arts program with a focus on painting, printmaking and photography. Her work combines a variety of styles and mediums, and she finds her inspiration in nature.

She writes in her artist’s statement, “My most recent works express the beauty of our landscape, the symbols of the creatures, the plants and the life around us. I try to depict the beauty and the sacredness in the everyday,” she writes, and “show the spirit in the mundane and ultimately give a voice to those that have none.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.

art-gas-alexis-webYou still have time to check out new work by Alexis Forti at GAS, up until Nov. 11.

Forti, originally from Chile, is a master framemaker and now an oil painter. This is his first solo show, though artists may recognize him as the owner and operator of The Framemaker in Leslieville.

Samples of both artists’ work can be found at GAS is at 1390 Gerrard St. E., halfway between Coxwell and Greenwood Avenues. For more information visit


Open Gallery of Artitecture is presenting An Exhibition of New Paintings by Stewart Jones, on now until the end of December.

Stewart Jones
Stewart Jones

Jones graduated from both the Ontario College of Art and Design and Sheridan College’s classical animation program. He’s taken part in the Toronto Artist Project for the past six years, and is a regular instructor at life drawing and painting sessions at the Drake Hotel.

Along with painting, Jones is also involved in the music scene, and has worked on videos and album artwork for a number of prominent Canadian acts, including K-OS, Cuff the Duke and Sarah Harmer. He has exhibited in the US, Europe and across Canada. For more on his work, visit

Open Gallery is at 454 Kingston Rd., and features art inspired by architecture (it shares space with the architectural firm OpenArchitects). For more on the gallery see


Chris Peters
Chris Peters

Beach artist Chris Peters is holding a show in part to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario. The second annual Art For The Cure will take place in Yorkville at the Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland St., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.

Peters works in mixed media, beginning with acrylic paints and incorporating pastes, gels, glazes and occasionally found objects. The resulting works can range from realistic to impressionist to fully abstract. He is most inspired by 19th and 20th century impressionists, and approaches each painting as an experiment.

Peters’ paintings will hang at the Pilot until Dec. 22, with 40 per cent of each sale going to the foundation. He will also direct the same percentage to the foundation for each painting sold through during the month of November.


Chinkok Tan, a Beach artist and assistant professor at Ontario College of Art and Design University, will be featured at the Todmorden Mills Gallery, 67 Pottery Rd., this month. The show, entitled Distilling Nature, features new work from Tan, who creates large-scale acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings.

Chinkok Tan
Chinkok Tan

Tan is the author of several books, and he has exhibited in Malaysia, Korea, the UK and the US, as well as here at home in Canada. He graduated from OCAD more than four decades ago, and has produced hundreds of paintings since. Many are in public and private collections around the world. He has taught at OCAD since 1976, with the exception of one year teaching in Washington, DC.

At a young age, Tan developed a light value scale for painting, which functions in a similar manner to a musical scale. He has helped hundreds of students develop their own visual language, and his instructional book Watercolor Basics: Shape & Light Value is sold internationally.

Distilling Nature runs from Nov. 6 to 17, with an opening reception from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. For more on Tan, visit

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