ArtShow

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 January & February: FIBRE WORKS, an exhibition of quilted images.

Fibre Works Shirley Dawson is a lifelong sewist, quilter, designer and teacher. Working with wool and hand appliqué is one of her current creative outlets. She is happily covered in thread and constantly inspired to create something new from fabric.

Since 2005, Valerie Prideaux has created quilts in the modern tradition, featuring simple shapes, bright colours, and a liberal use of negative space. It is her intention to provide the viewer with a sense of balance, harmony and calm. With fabric as her medium of choice, Valerie works deliberately, while allowing serendipity and a dash of humour to enter her work.

Twenty years ago, Sandra Sarner took a beginner class in quilt making and discovered a new passion. Since then, she always has several projects on the go, adapting existing patterns and designing bed quilts and wall hangings. Sandra doesn't have a particular "style" because she is always exploring different ways to play with fabric and thread.

Please join us for the opening reception and artist talks on Sunday, January 12 from noon to 1 pm.

The exhibit continues to February 23, 2020.

Library Exhibit: Botros Durra, “Nostalia”

Botros Durra

Artist’s Statement:
From the moment I came to Toronto, 6 months ago, I was fascinated by its diversity and inclusiveness. Its people’s care and warmth have reminded me of my home country, the way I like to remember it, before the war. It was the place where I studied Performing Arts, and where I shaped my perception and aesthetic sense.

Now, Toronto is enriching my experience and opening new doors that I have never thought existed; even when I am not holding a brush or in front of a canvas, the city keeps me imagining and painting. My paintings for this exhibition are dedicated to everyone who can relate to “nostalgia”.

The exhibit runs until the end of March.

This Year’s Shows

The following shows will be held in Sunderland Hall in 2020:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January &
February
Shirley Dawson, Valerie Prideaux,
Sandra Sarner
Jan 12 - Feb 23 January 12  
March Members and friends of First March 1-29 March 1  
April York Artists Guild April 5-26 April 5 yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
May Helena Wehrstein May 3-21 May 3  
June Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox June 7-28 June 7  
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 1 - Sept 9   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September TBA Sept 13-27 September 13  
Ocotober Peggy Bell   Ocotober 4 peggybellartist.com
November Pat Dumas-Hudecki   November 1 dumas-hudecki.com/paintings
December Indigenous artist TBA      

 

Previous Years' Shows

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2019:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Willowdale Artists Group Jan 6-27 January 6 willowdaleartists.com
February Sheryl Keen Feb 3-24 February 3 sherylkeen.com
March Members and friends of First March 3-31 March 3
April York Artists Guild April 7-28 April 7 yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
May Bill Ross and Randall Brown May 5-26 May 5  
June Rama Fayaz June 2 - July 14 June 9 Rama Painting
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 16 - Sept 4   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Jeff Mann Sept 8 - 29 Sept 8 jeffmannart.com
October Phyllis Gordon Oct 6-27 October 20 phyllisgordonart.com
November Sereen Aziz Nov 3 - Dec 1 November 3 instagram.com/sereenscape
December Indigenous artist Debra Vincent Dec 8 - Jan 5 December 8 debravincent.com

 

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2018:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Jan 7-28 January 14 (Fundraiser) escarpment.ca
February Ato Seitu Feb 4-25 February 4 inkphy.com/tag/atoseit
March Members and friends of First March 4-25 March 4 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
April York Artists Guild April 8-29 April 8 YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May Joanna Strong May 6-27 May 6 joannastrong.ca
June Lucinda Vandenieuwegiessen
Colin van Zwijndregt
June 3-24 June 3 saatchiart.com/vandenieuwegiessen
July & August Avenue Road Arts School June 28-Sept 3   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Susanne Clark   September 9 susanneclark.com
October Susan L. Brown   October 7  
November Martin Myers   November 4 martinmyers.ca
December Métis artist Louise Lefebvre   December 9 mountaindrummer.wixsite.com/spiritcougarlefebvre

 

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2017:

Month Artist Learn More
January Michael Battenberg MichaelBattenberg.com
February Jordan Clarke JordanClarke.ca
March Members and friends of First
April York Artists Guild YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May Nancy Bennett NancyBennett.ca
June Irene Sakata IreneSakataArts.com
July & August Avenue Road Arts School AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Carmel Bouzanne CarmelBouzanne.com
October Barbara de Beaupré  
November Nick Biagini DigitalConsciousness.com/galleries/NickBiagini
December Joseph Sagaj
Keitha Keeshig-Tobias
muskratmagazine.com/joseph-sagaj
bizindam.com

 

The following shows were held in 2016:

Month Artist Learn More
January Palette Expressions Group  
February Clayton King, Indigenous artist WhiteBearArt.com
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists' Guild YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May John Visser JohnVisserArt.com
June Susan Farquhar susanfarquhar5.wordpress.com
www.SusanFarquhar.ca
July & August Artists’ Network
September Steve Rose SteveRose.ca
October Shir Libeynu ShirLibeynu.ca
November Jean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines  
December Aboriginal Art  

 

The following shows were held in 2015:

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