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 May

Nancy Bennett - Glow

Nancy Bennett is a Toronto-based painter. She works in oils, on large panels inspired by the skies over city and woodland skylines. She believes the sky is a common element in all our lives and as such, is a source of unity, calm and wonder. Someone once told her never to paint the sky because no one would ever believe her. Her work is believed, and is held in private and corporate collections in Canada and the U.S.

This exhibit runs until May 28, 2017.

Please join us for the opening reception Sunday, May 7 from noon to 1 pm.


Library Exhibit for May and June: Saturnine, by Bridgette Grant


Bridgette Grant says:

For me, photography is about capturing both a moment and a mood. There are surroundings that naturally make me feel upbeat and happy, and my photos from those moments reflect that. This collection, however, shows a darker, more somber side. Combining nature, architecture, and antiques, I hope this collection provokes thoughts of “the past”.


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 apr
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 Simon Schneiderman Sept 10 - Oct 1 Sept 10
(co-sponsored with Shir Libeynu)
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