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 October: Barbara de Beaupré's “Some of my best friends … (are trees)”

Some of my best friends … (are trees)


Barbara's lifelong love affair with trees is on display in her second solo exhibition at First Unitarian. She invites the viewer into a veritable arboretum of monoprints, watercolours, mixed media and acrylics.

At the October 8th reception, Barbara will talk about her many influences, her fascination with trees and personal odyssey as an artist after retirement from the financial world.

The exhibit runs to October 29.


Library Exhibit for September & October: Cloths and Zentangle-Inspired Art by Sue Berlove

Sue Berlove


Sue’s original 6” x 6” pen drawings are adapted from Zentangle, an art form typically done using black ink. Sue has incorporated color, bringing the drawings to life with vibrant colors and imaginative designs.

The 3’ x 5’ floor cloths in the show are intended to add color to any floor and brighten up a room.

The exhibit runs Sept 10-Oct 31.


2017 Exhibitions in Sunderland Hall

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
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