Beach Arts Scene

‘Boys Wanna Be Her,’ by Leanne Davies

Rebellion Gallery is hosting a show featuring more than 25 members of painter Grethe Jensen’s ‘Just Do It!’ experimental painting program.

‘Blue Dance, by Felicity Somerset
‘Blue Dance, by Felicity Somerset

The participants range from total beginners to experienced artist hoping to expand their visual horizons. Jensen has run the classes and workshops for the past few years, and students past and present are taking place in the show. For some, it will be their first time ever exhibiting their work in public.

‘In Motion’, by Nedda Zaharelos
‘In Motion’, by Nedda Zaharelos

The show will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 17, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Rebellion is at 1495 Gerrard St. E. For more information find Rebellion Gallery and Art Academy on Facebook.



Friends and Rockstars, a show by Toronto painter Leanne Davies, is on now until June 30 at Flying Pony Gallery.

Cher, painting by Leanne Davies
Cher, painting by Leanne Davies

As a drummer in Toronto bands since the 90s, Davies has many musician friends, and so has combined paintings of friends with elements of pop culture.

Ten of her acrylic paintings are on display, including the somewhat disturbing but captivating ‘Boys Wanna Be Her,’ a portrait of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as electroclash rocker Peaches. The painting was inspired by Trudeau’s statements on feminism and inclusivity. Other painting subjects include Nash the Slash, Doc Pickles and East End artist Al Runt.

Flying Pony is at 1481 Gerrard St. E., at the corner of Rhodes Avenue.



There are a few more days to catch ‘The Photography Show’ at Gerrard Art Space. The show includes work by Jim Lambie, Patty Rivera, Ravi Persaud, Liza Franses, Max MacDonald and Joanne Filletti, and closes on June 19.

Sculpture by Marcus Berns
Sculpture by Marcus Berns
Mixed media collage by Ethel Shoul

After that, Marcus Berns and Ethel Shoul will mount an exhibition called ‘Scissors Paper Steel 2’ from June 22 until July 10. An opening reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Berns creates metal sculpture driven by his interest in structural balance, composition and texture.

Shoul’s mixed media works incorporate collage, paint, and her photographs. The work is photographed and reproduced as Giclee prints.

Gerrard Art Space is at 1475 Gerrard St. E.



Birch Cliff resident Martin Howard has what may be one of the most significant collections of old typewriters in the world.

‘Automatic’, photo by Jon Muldoon
‘Automatic’, photo by Jon Muldoon

If you know Martin, you might have been lucky enough to see the collection in person. Or maybe you’ve spotted some of his machines at the Royal Ontario Museum, the MZTV Museum of Television, or – depending on your profession – at the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

His collection includes numerous examples of typewriters created before the standard ‘QWERTY’ keyboard was invented, and some that are not even recognizable as typewriters.

From June 18 until June 30, a selection of photographs of his collection by your author will be on display in the Great Escape Bookstore annex, behind the shop at 957 Kingston Rd.

Martin and a handful of his collection will also be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, June 18 and 25.



‘Textures of My Soul’ is the latest show at Neighbourhood Gallery, the gallery inside the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation church.

Painting by Lauren Renzetti
Painting by Lauren Renzetti

Abigail Johnson, Joan Walder and Lauren Renzetti are the featured artists, working in a variety of media, including acrylics, pen and ink and quilting. All three contribute abstract work to the show, though each has their own approach.

Johnson uses an ink pen to outline shapes made by acrylic paint and watercolour pencil. Walder creates dyed fabrics stitched together into colourful and textured quilts. Renzetti lays out even rows of dots in varied sizes.

‘Textures of My Soul’ runs until Sept. 11 at Neighbourhood Gallery, 79 Hiawatha Rd.



Ehi Obinyan’s Paintspace Studio opened last month on Queen Street East, and her group painting nights are taking off.

Started as a mobile business originally, Obinyan wanted to set up shop in a permanent location.

“I decided to open a space where people could come in to express themselves creatively,” she said.

Ehi Obinyan sketches a pet in preparation for Paintspace Studio’s upcoming ‘Paint your Pet’ night.
Ehi Obinyan sketches a pet in preparation for Paintspace Studio’s upcoming ‘Paint your Pet’ night.

A Mother’s Day party with a group of mothers and daughters painting floral scenes together kicked things off in May, and upcoming events will see fathers and sons enjoying painting and donuts for Father’s Day, and a pet portraiture night. The studio is also open for regular painting sessions.

“Really what I’m trying to do is get people with similar interests to come in, just relax, and connect,” she said.

Cassandra Felix, a recent OCAD-U graduate, helps with the art instruction.

Painting nights are open to would-be artists and experts – “anyone who can hold a brush” age 7 and up. Classes with specific themes run up to five nights a week, with private parties, special events, and kids’ day camps happening over the next couple months.

The studio is at 1787 Queen St. E.

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