Beach Arts Scene

Beach felt artist Sheila Thompson is one of 75 artists who will be exhibiting over the Labour Day weekend at Artfest Toronto in the Distillery District.

Sheila Thompson
Sheila Thompson

Thompson trained as a biogeographer and ecologist, and uses her fabric-based art to revisit her science days. She writes on her website, “As a geographer and ecologist, I was trained to interpret landscapes as layers of pattern, process, landform and habitat. As an artist, I layer wool, silk and natural found objects to reimagine and convey the complex texture and colour of the surface of the land.”

Artfest runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Friday, Aug. 29 to Monday, Sept. 1. The annual juried show includes visual art from photography to sculpture, alongside fine crafts such as pottery, glass work and jewellery. Live music performances and gourmet food round out the event.


Artisans At Work is looking for local creators for its second annual Danforth Independent Photo & Film Festival.

The festival celebrates local film and photography through an exhibit and screenings running through the month of September at the community art space, at 2071 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine.

The official opening night party will be the gallery’s monthly First Friday, on Sept. 5. The opening starts at 7:30 p.m., with food, drink and live music by The Sidewalkers.

The community art gallery, store and workspace offers a retail gallery, as well as studio, office, classroom and private gallery space to local artists. For more on Artisans At Work, including a schedule of upcoming classes, see


Three artists are joining for a show at Rebellion Gallery, 914 Eastern Ave., from Sept. 5 to 28.

Lawrence Choi
Lawrence Choi

Beacher Paul Corby will be joined by David Hynes and Lawrence Choi for a show called The Perception of Danger.

The edgy work to be featured is, according to the statement released for the exhibition, “a show too dark, too startling, to sexy to trust. Is it our enjoyment of the excitement of its consensual coercion that powers art?”

An opening reception with the artists on hand will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, with drinks, appetizers and live music. For more on the venue, see For more on the artists’ work, visit, and

David Hynes
David Hynes

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