Beach Arts Scene

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The Dancer, by Pam Richards, Beach Photo Club
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Early Morning, by Chris Borcsok, Beach Photo Club


The Beach Photo Club is presenting an exhibition titled Romancing the Light at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, at the foot of Pottery Road.

From Jan. 28 to Feb. 9, members of the club offers 65 works covering a wide range of artistic visions, all emphasizing the need to be in the right place at the right time to capture the right light. There will be an artists’ reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. The gallery is normally open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:30 p.m.

For more info, visit


The Toronto Field Naturalists’ annual show, Nature Images, takes place next month at the S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave., just north of the East York Civic Centre.

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Owl in Winter, by Kathy Paidock

The non-profit charitable organization has been working to promote a love of nature in the city for more than 90 years, encouraging preservation of natural heritage. On the first Saturday of each month, members with a passion for painting, sketching or photographing nature gather for an outing, and each year the group presents the best of its work.

An opening reception featuring projected digital images by member photographers will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. For more information on the organization, visit


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Susan Ward

Four Beach-based artists are hosting an exhibition at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District.

Chris Peters, Xander Dobrowolski, Susan Ward and Lori Molnar are combining their recent artistic output for Dimensions, running from Feb. 6 to 9. This winter show will feature a broad range of work, covering a number of different techniques and styles from these four diverse artists.

Each artist is donating one piece for a raffle on opening night, and proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Artbridges, a Canada-wide, non-profit community arts organization. The opening runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane.

For more on the show and the artists involved, visit the Facebook page at Peters also has a website at


East End Arts is presenting another round of free events for the Beach, Riverdale, East York and general East End artistic crowd.

East End Arts is a new organization with a goal of developing and promoting community arts in the East End – specifically, wards 29, 30, 31 and 32. It is one of six local arts service organizations funded directly by the City of Toronto.

Business Tips for New and Experienced Artists is a seminar that will be presented at Beach Business Hub, 2181 Queen St. E., suite 301, on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Local artists will take part in a panel discussion covering how to start and develop an art business and grow a network. Light refreshments will be available. Though there is no cost to attend, those wishing to do so should RSVP at

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, artists are invited to learn about how to write and submit community arts grant applications to the Toronto Arts Council at the Coffee and Grants event. There are also plans in the works for a Family Day friendly art competition and more. For more information on future events, visit the website.


Gerrard Art Space is issuing a call for works related to the heart for its next show. A Show of Heart will run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 16 in both the north and south galleries. Works “for or from, about or because of, biological or anatomical, medical or spiritual, this show is for all matters of the heart.”

For more details on drop off times and cost to take part, visit and, or call 416-778-0923.

Life drawing sessions are running at the gallery on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 10 p.m. There is also an open ukulele jam which takes place Monday evenings from 9 to 10 p.m. (Family Day excepted). The jams are pay what you can, with $10 suggested.

Gerrard Art Space is at 1390 Gerrard St. E., between Coxwell and Greenwood.

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