Yellow House Gallery (yellowhousegallery.ca) presents The Sword or the Brush, an exhibition of work by Erika James, Michael Coughlin and Christina Kostoff.
The mixed media work from all three artists features text and language as both inspiration and part of the work.
Reflecting a current culture in which text messaging habits have reduced communication to fewer words than ever, The Sword or the Brush explores “how language transmits meaning between the artist and the viewer.”
The Sword or the Brush is on now until Feb. 7 at Yellow House Gallery, 921 Kingston Rd.
The Eskape Reality collective (eskapereality.com), three street artists who regularly perform live painting at events around the city, are taking over the Flying Pony Gallery for the month of February.
The collective consists of Jayden “Eskape” Hardie, Tim Skynz, and Jeannie “Jenesis” Priscila, who work individually and as a crew to combine each of their distinctive styles into a cohesive whole.
Flying Pony is at 1481 Gerrard St. E., at Rhodes Avenue. For more details see flyingpony.ca.
Gerrard Art Space presents The Heart Show, starting tomorrow, Jan. 28, and running until Feb. 15. Work exploring all matters of the heart, “whether it be anatomical, biological, spiritual or emotional,” will be on display leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Gerrard Art Space is at 1475 Gerrard St. E., and at gerrardartspace.com.
There are a still a few days left to catch the Scarborough Arts group show called Word Lens, an exhibition intended to explore “the playful and complex relationships between words and images, and how meaning is created through these relationships.”
The show includes work from a baker’s dozen of Ontario photographers, including Andrea Beiko, David Brandy, Janice Hardacre, Barry Hodgert, John Jansen in de Wal, Lila Karim, Ryan Louis, JC Olsthoorn, John Oughton, Patricia Stamp, Petrose Tesfai, Keith Vander Wees, and Rick Vincil.
Word Lens is at The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Rd., just east of Birchmount Road, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information see scarborougharts.com.
It Runs in the Family is the group show at Artisans At Work for the month of February.
The gallery and community arts hub, 2071 Danforth Ave. at Woodbine Avenue, will feature art and artisanal crafts from families of creative types. The work will be hung grouped by family.
An opening reception – the monthly First Friday event – will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. For more on the show, the space, classes, the winter indoor farmer’s market and more, see artisans-at-work.com.