Beach Arts Scene

Arts on Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., will be showing work by Jodi Wheeler from Oct. 11 to 31.

Jodi Wheeler
Jodi Wheeler

Wheeler is a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada, the US and Australia for the past decade.

Wheeler’s paintings are done in acrylic on canvas, with both photo transfers and carved text included. She photographs places, things and moments and includes transfers of those photos in her multimedia work. Toronto, Gravenhurst and the Muskokas feature prominently in her pieces.

The artist will be on hand to discuss her work at an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. For more on Wheeler, see For more on the gallery, see

Rebecca Mills tries to always have a camera with her for her daily walks on the beach, since everything – the clouds, the light, the shadow – is in a state of constant change, especially the clouds.

Rebecca Mills
Leuty Lifeguard Station in Clouds, The Beaches by Rebecca Mills

Her regular attention to the shifting light – and clouds  –around her has resulted in one of her photographs of the Leuty lifeguard station being chosen as one of 50 images from across the city to represent the waterfront in an exhibition at Queen’s Quay Terminal.

“I’m obsessed with clouds,” she said. “The cloudscape over Lake Ontario is magnificent. Thirty seconds after I took this shot the clouds had changed. With photos you can capture something you’ll never see the same way again.”

Leuty Lifeguard Station in Clouds, The Beaches is Mills’ take on the iconic Kew Beach structure, and earned her a spot on the contest’s winners list even though she entered close to the closing date.

“I came into the contest late, I didn’t even know anything about it,” she said. “I think it’s the first contest I’ve ever entered.”

Mills discovered her passion for capturing images about 20 years ago, taking classes and photographing with black and white film. Like most photographers, she has moved on to digital cameras, and appreciates the advantages modern technology offers.

“You can capture so much more, and more easily,” she said, noting that average people looking to capture a personal memory are able to do so without technical details slowing down the process. “I think that’s a good thing.”

Since moving to the Beach two years ago she has spent time almost every day on the beach, taking advantage of the neighbourhood’s waterfront location.

“You feel like you’re on vacation every day. It feels like such a gift living so close to one of the Great Lakes,” she said.

Mills’ image is one of 50 printed at poster size and on display at Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queen’s Quay W., until Nov. 2 as part of the fourth annual My Waterfront exhibit. See for more details on the show.

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