Beach Arts Scene

Unlikely Spoon Collections by Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Lauren McKinley Renzetti, curator of Neighbourhood Gallery on Hiawatha Road, is holding a show across town at Crema Coffee Company and Gallery, 3079 Dundas St. W.

Unlikely Spoon Collection is the unlikely but accurate title of the show that features mixed media sculptural spoon collections.

The idea was sparked over Christmas, when McKinley Renzetti spent time mulling over the situation of Syrian refugees, and a revelation about her place in the world.

“Even though I am a somewhat (un)known medium-income artist, I am part of the group classified as “The 1 per cent” or the people who Have. I have shelter, food, clothes, family, a job, health and wealth in the bank. I even have the ability to spend my extra money on a Christmas tree and ornaments and presents,” she writes in her statement.

Using the idea of North American spoon collections as a starting point, she began to construct sets of spoons made of unlikely materials – hair, nails, concrete and more.

The results will be on display at Crema until Aug. 24.



From August 20 to 28, Art of the Danforth returns for a fourth edition.

The bi-annual event happens between Greenwood and Woodbine, consisting of art projects, performances and activities “often taking place in unexpected or unconventional locations,” according to press material.

When AoD first began the East Danforth was a very different neighbourhood, just in the early stages of the community-wide changes that have made much of the area a hotbed of gentrification, with all the good and bad that entails.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Fault Lines,” inspired by a local homeowner whose home was broken in half after an overnight crack appeared.

According to organizers, the theme “asks its artists and neighbours to consider the unseen forces at play in their spaces or community, the weight of unstoppable and insistent change, and the fault lines of friction between differing forces that remain unnoticed and invisible … until the day that they are not.”

For the full lineup of art, events and interventions see



‘What A Relief!’, a Japanese woodblock print exhibition, is on now until July 31 at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E. Participating artists are Janine Lindgren, Nik Fydyshyn, Amy Uyeda, Avril Bull, Irina Schestakowich, Shelley Savor, Pam Belshaw, Phyllis Gordon, Peggy Bell, Andre Zadorozny and show organizer and woodcut printmaking instructor Elizabeth Forrest.

‘The Plein Aire Show’ will run from August 3 to 21. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.

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