Beach Arts Scene

Yellow House Gallery is celebrating a year of fine art in Kingston Road Village, while launching its latest show, Mindscape.

By Andre Kan
‘Detached’ by Andre Kan

Yellow House was opened a year ago at 921 Kingston Rd. by Christina Kostoff as a combination gallery and framing shop. Since then, Kostoff has been running regular exhibitions, both solo and group shows, by both established and emerging artists from across the city and beyond.

Mindscape will showcase the work of Andre Kan, K. Claire MacDonald, and Cortney Stephenson from May 14 to June 13.

Kan’s drip paintings are bright and lively, inspired by interests in both the defined forms of architecture and the open forms of abstraction. His work has been seen in the Toronto Star.

'Immersed' by K. Claire MacDonald
‘Immersed’ by K. Claire MacDonald

MacDonald is currently the artist in residence at Harbourfront Centre. Her interdisciplinary work combines both painting and her metalsmithing practice.

Stephenson works in mixed media, and takes inspiration from landscape and urban design. She has recently held several solo exhibitions in Toronto.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the gallery, with the artists in attendance. Catering will be provided by gallery neighbours The Art of Cheese and Stone Pizza, as well as The Céilí Cottage.



Neighbourhood Gallery will be opening two new exhibits this weekend.

Maureen Norris has created a collection of digital art with an iPad, and her show, Listening to the Past, Speaking to the Future will be on display in the north gallery.

In the south gallery will be Finding Abstraction, an invitational group show. Participating artists include Paul Byron, Marc Cohen, Doug Crozier, Jean Galt, Charles Hackbarth, Runa Ikeda, Brenda Linneman, Peter Marmorek, Bradley Matson, Ingrid Mayrhofer, Connie MacLeod, Cid Palacio, Milena Roglic, and Joan Walder. The show is curated by Lauren McKinley Renzetti.

Both shows run from May 10 to June 28, with an opening reception to be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Neighbourhood Gallery is in the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation church at 79 Hiawatha Rd. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.



There are still a few days to catch Noreen Mallory’s show, Mostly Encaustic, at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., just west of Coxwell.

By Noreen Mallory
By Noreen Mallory

Mallory specializes in semi-abstract art inspired by the human figure, and land and water forms found in southern Ontario. She spent many years as a member of Montreal print collective Graphia, and taught in that city’s Saidye Bronfman Centre fine arts school.

Mallory works in painting, drawing, and printmaking, though as one might guess from the title of this show, her encaustic painting is front and centre in her most recent work.

Mostly Encaustic runs until May 10. The Photography Show opens at GAS on May 13, with work from a number of Toronto photographers and artists.



Malvern Collegiate Institute’s annual student art show will be held at the school on Wednesday, May 13. The show will coincide with the school’s junior music night.

By Malvern CI student Emmanuelle Gagne
By Malvern CI student Emmanuelle Gagne

While the evening is a showcase of the arts departments at the school, students from other areas will also showcase the creative side of their work. This includes musical instruments created by physics and computer engineering students, illustrations and graphs created by math students, and other work requiring attention to both form and function by students in tech classes.

Also on exhibition will be work by the school’s art students, including a special printmaking display by students in an Expressions in Aboriginal Cultures class. Stop by the school on May 13 between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. to take in the student work.

Malvern CI student artwork
Malvern CI student artwork



A class at Duke of Connaught Public School will host an evening to bring awareness to mental health issues on May 21.

Room 205’s Learning Business Venture project will be the Hear My Whisper event, to be held at Rebellion Gallery. Students have created art inspired by urban art and Jean-Michel Basquiat in particular, whose life was cut short due to mental illness.

Duke of Connaught Public School student artwork
Duke of Connaught Public School student artwork

Students will also be sharing stories written to illustrate the trials of growing up, and an anthology of short stories will be available for sale. The audience will also be guided through meditations as well as entertained with a few jokes in order to promote positive mental health.

Hear My Whisper starts at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at Rebellion Gallery, 1495 Gerrard St. E. All proceeds raised will go to the Child Mental Health Organization in memory of Chazz Patrella, a 12 year-old Cobourg boy who took his own life.

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