Beach Arts Scene

The annual Beaches Arts and Crafts Show has for three decades brought the best in handmade creative work to Kew Gardens. This year’s show promises more of the same, including several East End artisans.

Clayshapes Pottery
Clayshapes Pottery

Leslie Fruman runs Clayshapes Pottery in the heart of the Beach. Several years ago Fruman took a break from a television career and took part in a night class in pottery at the Gardiner Museum. Her obsession grew from there, leading to a prolific output and sales of her work at the One of a Kind Show, the Wychwood Barns Art Market, an online Etsy shop, and more.

Fruman’s functional work is influenced by her surroundings, whether that’s at home or travelling abroad. She creates her decorative pieces first at her work table, later hand painting and glazing each piece after firing.

Jen Allison is a local photographer who grew up in Northern Ontario and lived around the province before ending up here. Her work is wide-ranging, covering urban and rural settings.

Allison uses both film and digital cameras, along with her phone’s camera, to capture the moments around her. She also uses a variety of substrates and materials to create unique prints.

Jen Allison
Jen Allison
Devorah Miller's Red Thread designs
Devorah Miller’s Red Thread designs

Devorah Miller finds her inspiration in colourful fabric, designing unique clothing with her hands and creativity. Her work for children is marketed under the Red Thread name and is designed to last even if kids wear the clothing every day.

Miller uses local sewers, despite the increased cost compared to overseas production. She also runs an online fabric shop.

Jillian Bunting is a designer and set decorator for film and television, but also creates hand-drawn maps on postcards. She also applies the drawings to purses and other accessories for travellers, tourists, and cartography lovers.

Jillian Bunting
Jillian Bunting

Bunting has been producing and selling her work for about a year, mostly at outdoor art and craft shows.

 

 

Cobalt Gallery, 870a Kingston Rd., will feature the work of East End painter Liz Russ for the month of June.

Liz Russ
Liz Russ

Russ, formerly the owner of Gallery 888, is a painter working mostly in acrylic and watercolour, creating landscapes and abstract work. She aims to show the beauty of nature, but also the influence human activity has on those landscapes.

Russ’ work is online at lizruss.com, and can also be seen at her new studio gallery at 2359 Queen St. E. An opening reception will be held at Cobalt on Saturday, June 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. See cobaltgallery.ca for more details.

 

 

Lorette C. Luzajic’s Cash and Carry mixed media collage work is on display at the Flying Pony, 1481 Gerrard St. E., for the month of June.

Luzajic is an artist and writer who has lived in Toronto for the past 25 years making art, writing, and taking photographs. The Cash and Carry project is intended to appropriate mass production techniques, with the result of her “one-woman creative assembly line” being a large amount of small works that are both cheerful and cheap.

 

 

The School of Life Experience, also known as SOLE Alternative, is holding its end of year arts gala at Rebellion Gallery, 1495 Gerrard St. E.

Student work including art, design, photography, and film projects will be on display at the gallery from June 3 to June 10. An opening night reception will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at the gallery.

SOLE student artwork
SOLE student artwork

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