Beach Arts Scene

Honest Ed's sketch by Patricia Desilva, Toronto Urban Sketchers

The Toronto Urban Sketchers, a chapter of an international urban sketching group, will hold its first ever exhibition at Areej Art Gallery from Dec. 5 to 19.

Founded by Marie-Judith Jean-Louis, the Sketchers have a mission of promoting the artistic, storytelling and educational value of drawing on location. The diverse membership meets regularly to draw on location and share ideas and techniques.

O'Connor Bowl sketch by Barbara Eguchi
O’Connor Bowl sketch by Barbara Eguchi

Several members of the group have collaborated on a project to use their craft to document some of the disappearing landmarks of Toronto. The group has published an illustrated book, and images from it will be on display at Areej. The show and book feature well-known city locations such as Honest Ed’s, the McLaughlin Planetarium, and Captain John’s Restaurant.

An opening reception, featuring live sketching by group members, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Areej Art Gallery, 2640 Danforth Ave., just east of Main Street.


Karen Franzen
Karen Franzen

East End ceramicist Karen Franzen is holding her annual holiday show at her Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue area home.

Franzen’s work is often bright and colourful, inspired by painters such as Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keeffe, and her father Fred Franzen. Sunflowers and colour schemes reminiscent of the Mediterranean are recurring themes in her pieces, which also take inspiration from children’s illustrators.

Franzen will be joined by some of her creative friends, who will also be selling their work.

Bev Winn
Bev Winn

Lara Bazant will show some of her jewelry, Kathleen O’Toole will have her bears and dolls on hand, Jane Saracino will show her latest handbag designs, and Bev Winn will have knitted mitts, gloves, hats and scarves.

All five artists have donated a handmade item for a gift basket that will be raffled off in support of the Glen Rhodes United Church food bank.

The show will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, at Franzen’s home-based studio at 3 Wembley Ave.



Lazy Daisy’s Café, 1515 Gerrard St. E. at Coxwell Ave, will host the fifth annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Gala.

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, a dozen East End artists and artisans will show their wares at the café, as part of the annual Gerrard/Coxwell holiday street party. The show is free to attend.

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