Beach Arts Scene

Mary Dykstra’s surrealistic paintings are on display until Sept. 28 at Flying Pony, 1481 Gerrard St. E. The show is called Innocent when you dream.

Point of No Return, by Mary Dykstra
Point of No Return, by Mary Dykstra

Dykstra writes in her statement that her paintings are “made of filtered memories, snippets of stories, lyrics that landed, waking Technicolor dreams, inspirations embraced, visions tackled.”

Her paintings, often incorporating children, range from the whimsical to the darker spectrum of the imagination. Familiar imagery from children’s stories and fables populate the dream scenes in the acrylic paintings in the Innocent when you dream series.


Yellow House Gallery is open again after its summer break, with the new show BODY.FORM.COLOUR., running Sept. 10 to Oct. 10.

After Hals’ “Portrait of a Woman Standing” (Kassel)  (1618-1620), by Michelle Tourikian
After Hals’ “Portrait of a Woman Standing” (Kassel)
(1618-1620), by Michelle Tourikian

The show is part of the gallery’s guest curator program, and was curated by Cortney Stephenson of My Mother’s Basement Gallery Artists. Featured artists are Krista Arnold, Stella Cade, Chad Gauthier, and Michelle Tourikian.

Stephenson runs a virtual exhibition space and chose artists for BODY.FORM.COLOUR. who use the human body as “an allegorical element” in their work, she writes in the exhibition statement.

“Through the use of the human figure, Krista Arnold, Stella Cade, Chad Gauthier and Michelle Tourikian employ a dramatic use of colour, form and space to create distinct works that straddle the line between figuration and abstraction,” writes Stephenson.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. RSVP by email to



Upper Beach resident Glenn Honiball has spent more than 25 years helping fix up old photographs as a professional photo retouch artist.

Relax, by Glenn Honiball
Relax, by Glenn Honiball

But during that time he’s also never stopped drawing and painting. Honiball comes from an artistic family: his grandfather was a famous cartoonist in South Africa, and his father worked in advertising.

After taking some painting and drawing classes, his passion has grown, and he’s now set to launch his first show. From Sept. 11 to 17, Honiball’s acrylic paintings will be on display at Ben Navaee Gallery, 1107 Queen St. E.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.



Members of the Beach Guild of Fine Art are shifting to the west for a show at Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills.

Michael, by Lynda Freeman
Michael, by Lynda Freeman

This show will include more than 100 pieces of art from members of the guild, covering a wide variety of subjects, styles, and mediums.

Many of the artists will be present for an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be refreshments and everyone attending will be offered the chance to pick up a brush and contribute to a group painting that will be auctioned for charity. Attendees can also vote in the Viewers’ Choice award.

A closing coffee and tea event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m., when the Viewers’ Choice award will be presented. Papermill Gallery is at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. between Broadview and the Bayview extension.



Artisans At Work will host the Gather to Give show from Sept. 17 to the end of the month.

by April White
by April White

The show will feature a preliminary collection of donated artwork, some of which will be auctioned off at the gallery’s Mexican Solidarity Toronto gala fundraiser on Nov. 1. Proceeds of that auction will go to the families of 43 murdered students from a teachers’ college in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Until Friday, Sept. 11, check out April White’s solo show at the gallery at 2071 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine.

White’s show features paintings done in her studio in Sydney, Australia, and her original home in Ontario.

After graduating from York University’s fine art program, White travelled for a decade, crossing Canada before moving on to Europe, Southeast Asia, and finally Australia.



Danielle Cox will be holding a one-night-only exhibition at her Distillery District studio on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Township IV, by Danielle Cox
Township IV, by Danielle Cox

Cox is from South Africa, and has lived in England, Singapore, and for the past decade, the Beach. Her extensive and regular travels are the main inspiration for her work, done in acrylic, oil, and mixed media.

“Is it about to rain? Or is the sun finally shining through? There are no clear cut answers from my work. I want people to feel a bit lost. Lost in their thoughts and lost in the mood,” she writes in her artist’s statement.

Cox’s one-night show will take place at Studio 303 at the Case Goods Warehouse in the Distillery District. More than 30 pieces will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Refreshments will be served.




The eighth annual DECA Art Fair, an annual art party put on by the Danforth East Community Association, is fast approaching.

The fair gathers more than 50 artists, artisans and craftspeople with their work at East Lynn Park, on Danforth west of Woodbine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20. Participants include woodworkers, soap makers, jewellers, photographers, painters, and more.

Just a few of the artists include East Danforth resident Henry VanderSpek’s Culture Snap photography. Clayshapes Pottery will have a collection of handmade pottery. Julie Glick’s pet portraiture remains as popular as ever, and she will show some of her latest work. The functional, reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood furniture of Gunn Woodworks will be on site for the weekend. Strathmore Boulevard local Quilted City will offer quilts, table runners, blankets, and more. Dave Rheaume will be showing his “art noir meets Alex Colville” paintings.

by Dave Rheaume
by Dave Rheaume

Children’s activities will take place throughout the weekend, including workshops run by Silly Goose Kids, the Art Cave, Pegasus Studios, and the Toronto Tool Library. Musicians, dancers, and other performers will offer entertainment for all ages over the course of both days.

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