By Jon Muldoon
Painter and printmaker Rebecca Ott’s work will be featured at Open Gallery, 454 Kingston Rd., opening on Jan. 16 and running to the end of February.
Ott, a Toronto-based artist, studied both architecture and digital media before shifting her focus to visual art. Her work features oft-ignored elements of the modern urban landscape, including the undersides of bridges and expressways, power lines and utility infrastructure and buildings. She writes that her work explores “the quiet beauty of these often overlooked sculptural forms.”
Open Gallery is operated in the office of Open Architects. The gallery focuses on work featuring or influenced by architecture, and offers a relatively rare chance to take in art in an East End gallery.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more on Ott, visit rebeccaott.com, or check opengallery.ca for more on the venue.
Artisans At Work is holding its monthly First Friday art party a week late this month. Stop by the shop at 2071 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.
The theme for this month’s featured group art show is titled Urban Culture. Live music will be provided by The Sidewalkers, and there will be a licensed bar and food.
Upcoming monthly themes, for artists interested in submitting their work, include the Artistic Family Show in February, in honour of Family Day. Submissions must consist of up to three works each from at least three members of a family. March will feature the Close Up and Personal show, while April will see the Vintage show.
Classes in encaustic, stained glass and a workshop on ‘silver PMC’ (precious metal clay) are upcoming. Weekly classes in oil painting by Julie Glick are available on Wednesdays for both youth and adults, and starting Sunday, Jan. 12, weekly live model sketching and painting sessions will be available, with both drop in and membership prices.
For more information on classes, submitting to shows and the winter farmers’ market, visit artisans-at-work.com.
Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard St. E. between Coxwell and Greenwood, reopens on Jan. 8 after a holiday break. The show in January is titled Grandfathers: The Native Art Show, and will run until Jan. 26. Work from First Nations artists will offer interpretations of the ‘seven grandfather teachings’: love, honesty, respect, truth, courage, wisdom and humility.
For more information on upcoming shows and hours, visit gerrardartspace.com and gerrardartspace.blogspot.ca.