Sunderland Hall, our main worship space, is an ideal place for showing artwork. The large skylight and high ceilings enhance the room while the gallery space has its own lighting to allow the works to be shown to their best advantage.

We also have a smaller display area in our library, where art from our members is displayed for up to two months.

The artists who display their work in these spaces often offer some pieces for sale, with a small percentage of the price going to the congregation. Please contact the artist if you are interested in purchasing a work.

Artists interested in exhibiting their work in our Sunderland Hall gallery are invited to contact the Arts Committee chair by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Art in July & August: Avenue Road Arts School

Avenue Road Arts School

The Avenue Road Arts School has been offering high-quality arts programming in a relaxed and supportive environment for over 20 years. Coming from a wide variety of professions, adult students turn to visual art as a pastime. For many students, it isn't long before a deep-rooted passion is unearthed.

Anita Floras, Orly Glatt, Tracey Suba and Ann Wilson have channeled their innate creativity to much accomplishment. Each artist has exhibited at public galleries and local venues. Over the years they have delved further into their desired medium, exploring innovative techniques while staying true to their vision.

The exhibit runs to mid-September.

Library Exhibit for July and August: Art from our Travels

Lake Mahyara, Tanzania


The artworks in the library this summer are on loan from First’s friends Norman Millar and Catherine Allen.

They were collected on the couple’s world travels, and include paintings from near Lake Mahyara, Tanzania (shown here), from a women’s cooperative in a black township of Capetown, South Africa, and from Vietnam; -two Molas, typical applique works created by Kuna women in Panama.


2017 Exhibitions in Sunderland Hall

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
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January Michael Battenberg Jan 8-29 January 2
February Jordan Clarke Feb 5-26 February 5
March Members and friends of First March 5-26 March 5  
April York Artists Guild April 2-30 April 2
May Nancy Bennett May 7-28 May 7
June Irene Sakata June 4-25 June 5
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 2 - Sept 3
September Carmel BouzanneSept 10 - Oct 1 Sept 10
October Barbara de Beaupré Oct 8-29 October 8  
November Nick Biagini Nov 5-26 November 5
December First Nations Art Dec 3-31 December 3  


Last Year’s Shows

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2016:

Month Artist Learn More
January Palette Expressions Group  
February Clayton King Aboriginal artist
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists' Guild
May John Visser
June Susan Farquhar
July & August Artists’ Network
September Steve Rose
October Shir Libeynu
November Jean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines  
December Aboriginal Art  


Shows in 2015

The following shows were held in 2015:

Month Artist Learn More
January Michael Battenberg
February Judith Donoahue, Carol Harrison  
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists' Guild
May D.D. Gadjanski
June Randall Brown  
July & August 10 Artists from the Don Valley Art Club
September Shir Libeynu
October Barbara de Beaupré
November David Connolly  
December Amnesty International: In/visible Scars