Upper Beach/Beach Hill ceramic artist Karen Franzen is hosting her 14th annual Karen Franzen and Friends Holiday Show at her home studio near Coxwell and Upper Gerrard Street East from Dec. 5 to 7.
Franzen, a regular participant in the Beach Studio Tour and other shows, is known for her functional ceramics and hand-painted tiles.
Joining her for the holiday show will be Lara Bazant, who hand-forges sterling silver jewelry crafted with rare and vintage beads collected during her travels. She creates earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
Kathleen O’Toole is a sculptor of fabric, having created dolls and bears for many years. Her work is treasured equally by children and collectors. She will also have tree ornaments and baked goods.
New to this year’s show is Jane Saracino. The handbag and accessory designer creates meticulously designed bags for everything from a day shopping on Queen Street to complementing business attire.
Each artist has donated a handmade item to fill a gift basket for a raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will support the Glen Rhodes food bank.
The Karen Franzen and Friends Holiday Show runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7. Franzen’s home studio is at 3 Wembley Dr., two blocks east of Coxwell off Gerrard Street East.
The show features a mix of local, regional, and international creators, and runs until Dec. 20. Participating artists are Norman Allan, Jacques Albert, Colin Asuncion, David Brandy, Brenda Clews, David Cumming, Earl Elowsky, Melissa Espina, Lisa Fox, Donna Gordon, Gail Gregory, Vashty Hawkins, Jennifer Hosein, Jane Hur, Choi Ka-Eun, Andre Kan, Reuben Looyenga, Nola McConnan, Judy McKenna, Musa Musa, Nazli Nahidi, Amy Siegel, Anthony Smerek, Ann Somers, Felicity Somerset, Carol Steinberg, Shyla Tibando, Kathy Vatcher, and Michaela Nessim.
An opening reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
Arts on Queen will feature Collingwood painter Sue Tupy through the month of December.
Tupy’s large-scale paintings are inspired by and strongly feature the natural surroundings of her hometown. Her impressionistic style is used to convey the beauty of nature through all four seasons.
Tupy studied art at Georgian College, but got an early creative start, as her father was the founder of the well-known Blue Mountain Pottery company. The work on display at Arts on Queen is a collection of acrylic paintings on canvas.
Arts on Queen is at 2198 Queen St. E.
The Beach Photo Club has once again produced its annual wall calendar, featuring 14 stunning colour images of the Beach by local amateur photographers.
The 2015 Beach Calendar was produced and designed by Michael MacLaverty and sells for $18 at select Beach retailers and at Community Centre 55. Proceeds will support the club’s educational programs.