Beach Arts Scene for Oct. 17, 2017

Beach Studio Tour artist Rachel Taggart with her UN-commissioned work. PHOTO: Submitted

The hospitality and creativity of Beach artists is on display once again for the Beach Studio Tour’s fall edition. Each spring and fall, Beach artists open up their homes and studios for a delightful and dedicated weekend of art that celebrates both the individual and the collective.

“The artist-run collective shares a passion for original expression, coupled with respect for each participant’s distinctive style,” reads the note from artist Katherine Wortel introducing the 23 artists for the Beach Studio Fall Tour which runs Oct. 20 to 22 at 13 locations throughout the Beach.

The tour has been a fixture in the neighbourhood since it began in 1994, with new artists participating each tour to keep things fresh.

“All of our artists are always pushing their work in new directions with new creations on display,” explained Wortel.

Heidi Burkhardt painting on location in Gaspe.

One of the local artists the tour is celebrating this year is Rachel Taggart. She was recently chosen to create a painting for the United Nations, which will be housed in the UN headquarters in Nairobi. Find her and her evocative paintings at 51 Brookmount Rd. As always, look for the yellow signs and balloons when touring the ‘hood.

Heidi Burkhardt, another artist on the tour, loves plein air painting across Canada. She recently “returned from a painting trip to Gaspé, a popular holiday destination for French Canadians, and was enchanted by its dramatic mountainous coastal road overlooking tidal flats, scenic islands, and unusual landforms.” Find her and her bright, bold paintings at 99 Norway Ave.

For more about the artists on the tour, visit or pick up one of the brochures found at numerous businesses around the neighbourhood. The tour runs Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

John N. Inglis

Coming up at Yellow House Gallery and Framing, Quest, a retrospective of the distinguished Canadian watercolour artist John N. Inglis.

This selection of paintings spans over 60 years of enquiry and development, and has resulted in an evocative and recognizably distinct visual language. Vibrant landscapes play host to the archetypal traveller. With an inspired approach to his medium, Inglis envelops the audience into his spiritual and psychological quest. A member of the arts and letters club and a recipient of the AJ Casson award for distinguished service in the academic arts, Inglis puts together a masterful body of work.

An opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Yellow House, 921 Kingston Rd. Show runs through Nov. 11. More information at

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