Beach Arts Scene

The annual Beach Studio Tour will take place from May 1 to 3 at private home studios in the Beach.

The semiannual tour brings together 25 artists in 14 locations on a self-guided tour of some of the most prolific creators in the Beach. Everything from painting to printmaking, sculpture to fabric art can be found in the homes of artistic East Enders and guests.

Artists taking part this year are Monika Aebischer, Caprice Akram, Carolyn Barnett, Lara Bazant, Helen Billet, Heidi Burkhardt, Anna Clarey, Katherine Crichton, Lucille Crighton, John Dowding, Karen Franzen, Ruth Elizabeth Hayes, Grethe Jensen, Louisa LaBarbera, Roderik Mayne, Jennifer McKinnon, Teresa Miller, Michaela Nessim, Sue Obata, Dianne Shelton, Felicity Somerset, Rachel Taggart, Sheila Thompson, Marilyn Walsh, and Tod Waring.

Painter Roderik Mayne has been taking part in the tour for four years now. He enjoys the unique chance to speak with art lovers and buyers about his work without the worry of weather that comes with outdoor art shows (he has taken part in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Riverdale Art Walk in past years).

Roderik Mayne
Roderik Mayne

Mayne works in art and creative direction for film and television – he has a graduate degree in set and costume design – but says that doesn’t really have much influence on his personal artwork.

“They’re two separate things.”

He paints in both watercolour and oil, depending on what the work calls for. Watercolour allows Mayne to work quickly, and has a spontaneous feel, despite the need to get things right the first time. Oil, meanwhile, offers a weight that watercolour doesn’t have. Oil paintings also seem to be more popular, he said.

“I move back and forth between the two,” he said.

While in the past he’s split his time between figurative and landscape work, he’s been spending more time painting people lately. “That’s my main focus right now,” he said.

Showing at Mayne’s Kingswood Avenue home will also be fabric artist Carolyn Barnett, who originally founded the studio tour in 1994 before moving out of Toronto a few years later.

The tour runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. For more information on the artists and a map to studio locations, see, or pick up a flyer from participating retailers or the yellow bicycles scattered around the neighbourhood.



Cobalt Gallery, 870a Kingston Rd., will host Weathered, the latest exhibit by Beach photographer Felicity Somerset.

Felicity Somerset
Felicity Somerset

The show is a collection of abstract images highlighting the textures and colours of wood and metal surfaces that have been, as you may have guessed, weathered by exposure to the elements.

Weathered runs from April 23 to May 26. There will be an opening reception with the artist from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. For more on the gallery, see, and for more on Somerset and her work see



Once again, senior art students at Danforth Technical and Collegiate Institute will hold an exhibition of their work.

Xhibitart15, the eighth annual showcase of DCTI student work, runs from April 29 to May 10 at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. Grade 11 and 12 art students not only created the work on display, they learned to mat and frame the work and install the show at the gallery.

An opening reception featuring the artists, and catered by the school’s culinary arts program, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Papermill Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

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