Larry Williamson will exhibit his photographs at Great Escape Bookshop, 957 Kingston Rd., for the month of May as part of the 20th annual Contact Photography Festival.
Williamson describes himself as “a layabout, a would be (wannabe) artist. I use a camera to create images that please me.”
Abandoned industrial locations were the setting for many of Williamson’s earlier work, though he now is focusing on the human form for inspiration. His work may be familiar to Beachers, as he’s exhibited in the area for a few years, with shows in Kitchener and Cambridge before that.
An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
The Art of Junk will run at Cobalt Gallery, 870a Kingston Rd., for the month of May as part of the 20th annual Contact Photography Festival.
Featuring work from Lisa Robertson and John Davidson, the show will be launched with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
The photographers “peel back the layers of industrial decay to explore the imagery underneath,” according to press material. “They reveal art that is often overlooked.”
Find out more at cobaltgallery.ca. Cobalt is open noon to 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Yellow House Gallery, 921 Kingston Rd., is marking its birthday with Second Wave, an anniversary exhibition and birthday bash. Artists taking part in the show, which runs from May 5 to 22, are Maggie Broda, Chad Gauthier and Nicole Moss.
Broda creates bold figurative impressionist paintings. She’s a member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada and the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton.
Gauthier is a recent drawing and painting grad of OCAD University. He is an active member of Okay Collective and creates broken and fragmented images of the human figure.
Moss studied drawing and painting at OCAD University and works in collage and acrylic. She is one of the winners of The Artist Project’s 2016 Untapped emerging artist competition.
The gallery will host a birthday party and opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Bluegrass band The Hit Pickers will provide a soundtrack, while local Kingston Road businesses will provide food.
To RSVP for the party, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see yellowhousegallery.ca.
A former OCAD instructor and handmade printmaker, Forrest travelled to Japan in 1988 to study traditional woodblock printing, made famous in the 1800s by artists whose work may be more widely known than their names (Hokusai, Hiroshige). She ended up staying for 11 years, and now lives in Toronto.
Her newest work, completed over the past couple years, combines Japanese and European traditions, printed with watercolour pigment on Japanese paper. The Wild Shores series finds its inspiration in coastlines where wind, saltwater, rock and vegetation meet.
Wild Shores runs from April 20 to May 8 at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E. An opening reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
Together We Rise is on now until April 30 at Areej Gallery, 2640 Danforth Ave.
The show gathers work from artists who pay tribute to the lives and contributions of African people through their work. Artists are Amira Alamary, Getachew Fantu, Sherry Prenevost, Ian Grant, Maritza Sanchez, Charmaine Lurch, Georgia Fullerton, Asmamaw Mitiku, and Sheryl Keen.
The Art Guild of Scarborough will hold its 54th annual Arthur Art Show and Sale from April 30 to May 15 at Studio 888, 2359 Queen St. E. at Balsam Avenue. An opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.
The guild includes members working in a variety of mediums, ranging from oils, acrylics and watercolours to mixed media, sculpture and printmaking. The Arthur show includes 30 juried works of art, and one will be chosen as the overall winner of the Arthur Award. Another piece’s creator will take home the Free Spirit Award.
The guild began in 1962 with seven Scarborough artists, and has grown to a membership of more than 170. The non-profit was formed to bring together people with a mutual interest in fine art.