Beach Arts Scene

Marlene Pape, Sharon Barr, Patrice Carmichael and Anna Clarey, all local artists, are mounting a show titled Parks and Recreation at Twist Gallery in the West End.

Pape paints in acrylic, focusing on trees, skies and clouds, and other natural subject matter. Barr paints large scale acrylic and oil abstract expressions of natural forms. Carmichael paints both landscapes and a series of abstracted images titled Bass Vibrations. Clarey paints landscapes and florals in acrylic.

Twist Gallery is at 1100 Queen St. W., open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show runs from Dec. 3 to 13, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Destiny by Max MacDonald
Destiny by Max MacDonald

Gerrard Art Space presents Chasing the Paint, a show of new work on wood and canvas by Max MacDonald. MacDonald counts American abstract expressionists and the Group of Seven among his many and varied influences. His work explores “those strange places where painting, photography, typography and music stream together.”

MacDonald works as a graphic designer in the film and television industry. Schooled at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) and the University of Guelph, he has been exhibiting his work since 1980.

Chasing the Paint is on until Nov. 30 at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E.

Artisans At Work is celebrating two years of offering a community art space on the East Danforth. Every weekend in December, guest artists will set up for a seasonal craft show. Also available will be stained glass ornaments from Maggie Groves and woodburned ornaments by AAW founder Tara Shelton.

The monthly art show in December has no specific theme, so any artists are welcome to submit work to be shown for the month. Proposals for shows through 2015 are also now being accepted.

Cobalt Gallery presents the Holiday Festival, on now until Dec. 23. Artists and artisans will be on hand for a reception on Sunday, Nov. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Available work includes ceramics, glass work, jewelry, woodturning, fine art, and more. Cobalt is at 870a Kingston Rd.

Bright Street by Rita Anne Piquet, on display as part of Cobalt Gallery's holiday festival.
Bright Street by Rita Anne Piquet, on display as part of Cobalt Gallery’s holiday festival.

An open international design contest will bring some colour and energy to the Leuty Lifeguard Station this winter. Winter Stations invites artists, designers, architects, and landscape architects to submit their vision for bringing life to one of Toronto’s most underappreciated winterscapes. The theme is “warmth.”

Temporary winter installations anchored to the lifeguard station will be judged by Toronto Star architecture writer Christopher Hume, Design Exchange president Shauna Levy, Sputnik Architects principal Peter Hargraves, independent curator Catherine Dean, and Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.

Submissions are due by Dec. 5, and winners will be announced in January, 2015.

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