Beach Arts Scene

Mandala by Stephanie Smash, part of We are All Precious Snowflakes at Yellow House Gallery

Yellow House Gallery is getting the jump on the season with its holiday art show, We Are All Precious Snowflakes.

From Nov. 12 until early January, the group show will feature more than 100 works from over 40 artists. The work covers many mediums and is affordably priced for those looking for a holiday gift idea that supports the Toronto art scene.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.



Local photography collective F8 will hold a one-weekend-only show from Nov. 13 to 15.

Photo by Michael Maclaverty, F8
Photo by Michael Maclaverty, F8

F8 was born out of a group of Beach Photography Club members. It’s About Toronto will be its 11th exhibition.

The show is meant to celebrate the city and all of its diversity. Work from Joe Calleja, Maureen Littlewood, Catherine MacKinnon, Michael Maclaverty, Natalia Shields, Felicity Somerset, Rod Trider, and John Wallace will be on display.

Music Garden Maypole, Queen's Quay, Toronto, by Natalia Shields, F8
Music Garden Maypole, Queen’s Quay, Toronto, by Natalia Shields, F8

It’s About Toronto will take place at Dignam Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Ave., in the Women’s Art Association of Canada. Receptions with artists present will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.




Neighbourhood Gallery, inside the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 79 Hiawatha Rd., is hosting two shows to finish up the year.

In the north gallery is Rebecca Cowan, with her aptly titled show Etchings of Trees.

Etching by Rebecca Cowan
Etching by Rebecca Cowan

Cowan trained at the Toronto School of Art, where she fell in love with printmaking. She then joined Open Studio and has produced award-winning intaglio prints, recognized by the Canada Council, the Ontario Art Council, and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

The drypoint prints on display at Neighbourhood feature walnut trees that Cowan took life lessons from after watching them through the changing seasons. Because of the nature of the drypoint technique, only small runs of prints are created from each plate.

Cid Palacio’s show Falling in to Spring is in the south gallery at NUUC.

Painting by Cid Palacio
Painting by Cid Palacio

Palacio’s paintings are created intuitively, using the excitement of a blank canvas as a starting point to see where her brush leads her. Her work features texture, bold colour and a liberal dose of experimentation.

Palacio started the Art for Cancer Foundation in honour of the memory of her parents. The foundation was set up to provide an outlet for creative expression to those living with cancer, through free workshops. Proceeds from her work are donated primarily to the foundation.

For more on the gallery, hours, and upcoming shows, visit or call 416-686-6809.




The Beach Guild of Fine Art has held its annual Fall Show and Sale for more than two decades now.

Painting by Trish Cummings, Beach Guild of Fine Art
Painting by Trish Cummings, Beach Guild of Fine Art

The 21st annual show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15, at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. An opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

The show will include paintings by more than 40 Guild members – a great opportunity to pick up work by well-known Beach artists.

Painting by Jordana Heney, Beach Guild of Fine Art
Painting by Jordana Heney, Beach Guild of Fine Art

The show will also include a gift boutique, a section of smaller work priced under $150, alongside prints and cards. Admission is free.




Dylan Ellis Gallery at 1840 Danforth Ave. is celebrating its first anniversary with a two-month show opening on Nov. 12.

Photo by Laura Paterson, from Dylan Ellis Gallery's Holiday Show
Photo by Laura Paterson, from Dylan Ellis Gallery’s Holiday Show

The gallery, at 1840 Danforth Ave., will host its Holiday Show with more than 40 photographers taking part. Henry’s will sponsor a ‘best in show’ prize chosen by votes from the community.

Dylan Ellis Gallery is connected to Bob Carnie Printmaking, and its aim is to highlight photography in the East End.

The Holiday Show will run until Dec. 28. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12.

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