Beach Arts Scene

Jacquie Gillespie’s paintings will hang at Gerrard Art Space for the next three weeks.

Flax and canola morning, by Jacquie Gillespie
Flax and canola morning, by Jacquie Gillespie

From Oct. 21 to Nov. 8, Prairie Landscapes will feature Gillespie’s work, which she describes as impressionist Canadiana.

Originally from small-town Manitoba, her work celebrates the landscapes of her formative years. Gillespie travelled western Canada for several years after working for a few years as a commercial artist, eventually moving east to London, Ontario.

A fine arts diploma from Fanshawe College led to a widely varied body of work, but Gillespie has been focusing on her landscape work since 2010.

An opening reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Gerrard Art Space is at 1475 Gerrard St. E.



Elizabeth Berry will follow up her regular Beach Studio Tour appearance with her annual studio show.

Painting by Elizabeth Berry
Painting by Elizabeth Berry

Berry will take part in the tour from Oct. 23 to 25 (see separate story for details), then reopen her studio on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. She will show watercolours and acrylics, a medium new to her.

Berry’s latest work covers art painted on location along Toronto’s waterfront and in its historic neighbourhoods, including the Beach, as well as work from Georgian Bay and the Lake of Bays.

Her paintings have covered locations from the Caribbean to England, from Canada’s East Coast to mainland Europe. Berry’s paintings are in collections around the world, including those of royalty (Queen Sonja of Norway).

Berry’s studio is at 133 Neville Park Blvd.



Artisans At Work will hold an art fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 1.

AyudARTE (translation: “help by art”) will include a lunch and art auction. Funds raised will go to the families of 43 students murdered in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Timed to coincide with Mexico’s Day of the Dead, AyudARTE will run from noon to about 5 p.m. Art available at the auction will be hanging at the gallery for previewing from Oct. 20 until the day of the event.

Tickets for AyudARTE are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Artisans At Work is at 2071 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine.



Two Beach artists have been chosen to take part in the 25th anniversary edition of the McMichael Gallery’s volunteer committee autumn art sale.

Anna Clarey and Laura Dick will have work in the sale, a prestigious juried event with work from 50 artists. The show takes place in the grand hall at the McMichael, 10365 Islington Ave. in Kleinburg.

The sale runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 for an opening night gala, then from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25. Admission is free.

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