Beach Arts Scene

Standing Tall by Rita Vandedzis
Standing Tall by Rita Vandedzis

Rita Vindedzis acrylic paintings will be featured at Arts on Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., for the month of November.

Vindedzis has been working full time as an artist for more than a decade. Her work is a mixture of what she has seen and what she would like to see. Her work has been seen in Canadian House and Home, Style at Home, and Chatelaine magazines, and on television shows including CityLine, Income Property, Property Brothers, Steven and Chris, Canadian Idol, and more.

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F8 photography collective is holding an exhibit called Up Close and Personal in November.

Seductive North by Catherine MacKinnon
Seductive North by Catherine MacKinnon

The group is an offshoot of the Beach Photo Club. This show explores personal journeys and what it means to be human, through images ranging from the natural world to the aesthetics of technology. Up Close and Personal is the collective’s ninth show.

F8 members are Margit Koivisto, Maureen Littlewood, Catherine MacKinnon, Michael MacLaverty, Natalia Shields, Felicity Somerset, Rod Trider, and John Wallace.

Shimmer by Felicity Somerset
Shimmer by Felicity Somerset

Up Close and Personal is showing at the Dignam Art Gallery in the Women’s Art Association at 23 Prince Arthur Ave., near the St. George subway station downtown. Artist receptions will be held Nov. 7 and 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Nov. 9 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Artist and art instructor Ruth Hayes will be holding an open house at her home studio in the heart of the Beach.

Ruth Hayes
Ruth Hayes

Hayes has opted to take part in only the spring edition of the Beach Studio Tour. She has painted most of her life, and has a BA in fine arts and an MA in expressive arts therapy. She has shown throughout Canada and the US.

To allow those who enjoy her work a chance to pick up cards, small works, and matted acrylic and watercolour paintings for the holiday season, she will be holding the one-day open house on Sunday, Nov. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Her home studio is at 17 Fernwood Park Ave.

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Gerrard Art Space has moved across the street and a few blocks east, to 1475 Gerrard St. E., at Rhodes.

The first show at the new space is a solo exhibition by mixed media artist Jyne Greenley, on now until Nov. 9.

Jyne Greenley
Jyne Greenley

The show, Stix & Stones, is a mix of work on stone and reclaimed wood. Her work is inspired by nature, with a focus on the elements and the cycle of life. Her pieces are created with organic dyes, milk and clay paints, and natural pigments.

Greenley, a Scarborough native, has created since she was a child, when she took art classes with the Scarborough Arts Council. She attended University of Toronto’s fine arts program, focusing on painting, printmaking and photography. She has exhibited across North America and Europe.

Greenley will also be teaching a photo image transfer workshop on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will learn how to transfer a photograph to a stone tile, and will complete two pieces.

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Beach artist Chris Peters will once again be holding his Art for the Cure sale on Monday, Nov. 10.

Urban II by Chris Peters
Urban II by Chris Peters

From 6 to 9 p.m., supporters, art lovers, friends, and colleagues are invited to join Peters at the Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland St. in Yorkville. There will be raffles and, of course, his mixed media work will be for sale. Proceeds from the raffle and 40 per cent of money from painting sales will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Work will be discounted for one night only, though the show runs until Nov. 30.

Peters has been exhibiting his work since 2010. He combines his passion for photography with acrylic paint and mixed media techniques to create bright, colourful pieces, ranging from abstract to figurative and impressionist work.


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