Beach Arts Scene

Yellow House Gallery will feature Adi Zur’s mixed media work in a show called Abstract Connection.

Zur describes her work as part of a search for a connection between a shared past and an uncertain future, in the midst of a bombardment of information from different media.

Abstract Connection runs from April 9 to May 9 at Yellow House Gallery, 921 Kingston Rd. An opening reception featuring the artist takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.




Focus of 8 Photographers will hold its 10th exhibition over the weekend of April 17 to 19. Water = Life consists of photographs of water, how people live near and with it, and how we depend on it.

The Gossip Column, by Michael McLaverty
The Gossip Column, by Michael McLaverty

The group formed as an offshoot of the Beach Photo Club, and consists of Joe Calleja, Maureen Littlewood, Catherine MacKinnon, Michael MacLaverty, Natalia Shields, Felicity Somerset, Rod Trider, and John Wallace.

Water = Life takes place at Dignam Art Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Ave. The exhibition runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.



David Irvine’s “redirected” art will be on display at Flying Pony Cafe, 1481 Gerrard St. E., for the month of April in a show called Poisson D’Avril.

Irvine has been making and selling art for more than a quarter century, but his redirected project has proven the most popular, going viral online more than once. For this project, he takes thrift store, yard sale, and discarded paintings and prints, and adds figures and characters to the existing scenes.


Redirected art by David Irvine
Redirected art by David Irvine

redirected paintings reference pop culture, politics, and the absurd, bringing a sense of humour to the art world.

Irvine’s redirected work can be seen online at alongside his other paintings and creative endeavours.


Painting by Ray Dirks
Painting by Ray Dirks


Along the Road to Freedom is a travelling exhibit of paintings featuring “Mennonite women of courage and faith” by Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks. The paintings tell the stories of women who led their families to new lives in the Americas after facing persecution in the former Soviet Union.

The show will be on display and open to the public at Toronto United Mennonite Church, 1774 Queen St. E., from April 13 to 24. The public is invited to view Along the Road to Freedom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, or from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.



A painting from the Nesting Instinct series by Dana Boettger
A painting from the Nesting Instinct series by Dana Boettger

Dana Boettger is the featured artist at Arts on Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., for the month of April. Her abstract paintings are her representation of the search for ‘home’ and its meaning, in a series of paintings called Nesting Instinct.



Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., presents The Members’ Show, on now until April 19.

The show will feature works by GAS members Jacquie Gillespie, Jennifer Nikitin, Noreen Mallory Hood, Joanne Filletti, Matt Wood, Jyne Greenley, Gord Smith, Max MacDonald, Judith Meeks, Debbie Wong, Liane Odze-Silver, and Elizabeth Forrest.

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